How To Pack For A Cruise!

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Clothes

  • Pants-Skirts
  • Shirts-Blouses
  • Belt
  • Dress Shoes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Flippy-floppies
  • Socks
  • Workout clothes
  • Swimsuits (2 at least so one dries while the other in use)
  • Suit Coverup
  • Undies and bras
  • Formal Evening Wear for Captain’s Dinner night
  • Dinner Wear for formal dining room dinners
  • Sundresses
  • Shorts
  • Tops
  • Tshirts
  • Light sweater-Hoodie
  • Robe
  • Jammies
  • Hat/visor

Hygiene-Medical

  • Hair ties/clips
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairspray/Gel
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Razors-shave gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Curling or Flat Iron (After some debate they do allow these on the boat. Yay!)
  • Lotion
  • Face moisturizer (even if you don’t do this at home – trust me)
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Kleenex
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers/file/polish
  • Cologne
  • Q-tips
  • Tampons
  • Prescription Glasses
  • Contact Lenses/Solution
  • Medicine (aspirin, pepto, bandaids, vitamins, eye drops)
  • Medical ID info
  • Birth Control Pills/Condoms
  • Prescription medicine and medical devices

Documents & Misc.

  • Sunglasses
  • Cell phone & Charger
  • USB wall plug
  • Multiplug for outlet (Usually there’s one outlet and many things to charge)
  • Earbuds
  • Laptop/Tablet & Charger (I wouldn’t recommend this, you might be tempted to work and the wi-fi is really expensive out to sea)
  • Credit Cards-Debit Card
  • Passport
  • Money (Most ports of call take US cash)
  • I.D.-Drivers License
  • Birth Certificate if no passport
  • Tickets – boarding passes – confirmation #’s
  • Keys
  • Itinerary
  • Luggage Tags
  • Jewelry
  • Watch
  • Purse
  • Journal
  • Luggage Locks/keys
  • Safety pins-sewing kit
  • Ziploc bags
  • Cigs, Lighter, E-Cigarette-Charger
  • Gum/Mints
  • A leisurely book or magazine
  • Your Hangover Cure

Don’t forget to…

  • Throw out stuff in the fridge that will be gross by the time you get back
  • Lock all doors and windows- set alarm
  • Lock your car
  • Have neighbor check the mail/feed animals
  • Go shopping for missing items-in travel sizes!!!
  • Put ID tags inside luggage in case your luggage tags fall off
  • Change $40 into small bills for street vendor purchases and tips
  • Put all nail files, scissors in checked luggage if flying
  • Send email to important people (I’ll be out of the country…)
  • Get a ride to the port
  • Call mom – give her your itinerary, she worries you know
  • Pay bills that will come due while you’re gone
  • Put all “necessities” in the carry-on, you may not get your bags delivered for hours
  • Double check all reservations – you need ID, ticket and boarding pass
  • Get to the port early – plan to spend time parking whether on-site or off-site
  • Bring goodies for theme nights

Notes:

  • I generally change 3 times a day. Pj’s to shorts and tee, to swimsuit, to dinner wear back to PJs. Yes, bring that crazy print shirt, nows the time for these type of things.
  • I listed shampoo and soap because I can’t use any old brand, that will be in the room as will a blow dryer.
  • Make sure you don’t pack your ID and boarding pass in your checked luggage
  • You may not be able to get into your room right away, don’t carry on too much
  • Your bags wont arrive at your room right away, don’t leave necessities in them
  • You are allowed to bring one regular sized bottle of wine per person, it must be in your carry-on. Get screw top so you don’t need an opener.
  • If you get tipsy on 2 drinks or don’t drink, don’t get the drink package, Otherwise, get the drink package! Drink package allows you to grab bottled water at the bar. Bring a few back to the room so you don’t drink the expensive mini-bar offerings in desperation. Also sink water kind of ick to brush your teeth with.
  • Room service is free and it’s nice to have a coffee and some fruit before you go battle the crowds at breakfast. Put your request outside your door before you go to bed.
  • Make your room number your phone lock screen.
  • Every day your room attendant will leave a brochure of ship activities for you. Be sure to read it so you don’t miss out on Bingo or an amazing theater show. Last trip my roomie paid for the whole cruise by winning Bingo.

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