Taking a cruise?
packing everything you need and staying organized on the ship!
- What you’ll need to bring will vary based on the itinerary. If you’re going to the Caribbean, you’ll need summer clothes. When you’re headed to Alaska, be sure to pack for a colder climate, with sweaters, a coat and maybe even a hat and gloves!
- Shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses and sundresses are fine during the day, whether in port or on the ship. At night, for dinner: slacks, capris or skirts; blouses or polos and dresses are appropriate. For formal night, a suit or tuxedo for the men, and gowns or cocktail dresses for the ladies are often seen in the dining rooms.
- For lounging by the pool or going to the beach, bring two bathing suits. That way, one will always be dry! And, don’t forget to bring flip flops or water shoes, and a cover up. Most ships feature fitness centers, so be sure to bring your workout clothes.
When packing evening clothes, consider using a rolling garment bag and placing your items in bags from the dry cleaner. This will help prevent wrinkles and keep your clothes looking neat. Casual items can go into a regular suitcase. Rolling your clothes will allow you to pack more into your bag. You can also use packing folders or cubes.
These will serve two purposes: keeping your clothes organized in your suitcase, and keeping things together in your cabin. Also, it’s a great way to separate clothes for your family members. Bring items that mix and match-that way you can pack less and have room for all the neat souvenirs you purchase in port! And, don’t forget to bring an extra tote bag. Use it while on the cruise for excursions, and you’ll have someplace to put your trinkets when packing to leave the ship.Once you arrive at the pier, your baggage will be collected by the porters and will be delivered to your cabin several hours later.
- You’ll want to take a carry on aboard the ship with you with your travel documents, valuables, electronics, medicine and possibly your bathing suit and a change of clothes. Make your carry on light weight, and on wheels. That way, if your luggage is not delivered right away, you can still enjoy the facilities on the ship. Store your suitcases under the beds once they are unpacked. Also, you can put your laundry into the suitcase as you wear clothes-it will make packing to come home faster!!
- Finally, keep your toiletries organized with a hanging toiletry organizer from Lewis N. Clark and Briggs and Riley. We even sell holders for your cruise luggage tags!