Going on a cruise is a delightful vacation experience the whole family will love. Whether you want to enjoy your golden years in style, relax by a pool while still pleasing the kids, or have an exciting couples retreat, there is a cruise for everyone.
You may think packing for a cruise is the same for every vacation, but cruises actually differ in some surprising ways. Before you fill your suitcase, here are some important things you’ll want to include—and some you won’t.
Plan for 3 different styles of clothing
Vacation clothing isn’t just what ever you’re planning to wear on board. There are actually 3 phases to your cruise. These include the clothing you’ll wear on the flight (think sandals to make going through security a breeze, and comfortable clothing for the flight) what you’ll wear on the ship, and also what you plan to wear when the cruise is in port. Plan clothing appropriate for all of these settings, and you won’t find yourself feeling awkward as you search for a restaurant that approves of what you’re wearing.
Some cruise lines have specific dress codes for dinner time, ranging from a dinner jacket or dress at the minimum, to jeans that aren’t distressed. Check with your specific cruise line to find out what clothing is appropriate for dinner, so you don’t find yourself embarrassed when no one else is wearing a Hawaiian t-shirt and khakis.
Bring an outlet adapter
Cruise ship rooms are tiny. They have to be in order to pack everyone into a compact space, and no matter how big the cruise ship, it’s still relatively small for a floating hotel. That means outlets are at a premium in your room. Think about all the things we love to have that require a plug. What will you sacrifice? Your laptop? Your phone? Hair dryer?
Instead of playing musical chairs with your plug-in items, bring an adapter that expands the amount of things you can plug in. Just make sure the one you purchase doesn’t have a surge protector, which is banned on cruise ships for your safety.
Bring a good sunscreen
While on your cruise chances are you will more than likely be spending a lot of time outside on the main deck or even exploring ports. Maybe you booked a private beach excursion or decided you wanted to swim with the dolphins. Either way, your chance of sun exposure is pretty high. That’s why is is very important you pack a top of the line sunscreen to take with you on your cruise. Your sunscreen needs may differ while on your cruise. Is is very crucial to pick the perfect SPF to help protect you from the sun, otherwise, you just may be nursing a nasty sunburn before your vacation is over.
Don’t bring these
Lots of things that would seem like fun and exciting additions to the trip are actually forbidden on deck. While a kite may seem like a fun experience to put over the edge of the rail, and it makes sense because of the constant sea breeze, flying things are forbidden on deck. This isn’t just limited to kites either. Drones are also forbidden, as well as r/c helicopters and the like.
You also shouldn’t bring shoes with wheelies, mopeds, or other similar things for your safety and the safety of others.
Cruise ships are remarkably fun for everyone, and many are uniquely tailored to your favorite themes. Whether you’re waiting for the next Harry Potter cruise, or you just want a romantic get away without the kids, there is a cruise tailored to your needs. Just make sure when you head out you have everything you need packed—and none of the things you don’t.