Tips On Packing For A Cruise
The gloom of winter is starting to lift. That means it's time to start planning your spring break! Some of us are getting ready to set sail on a cruise, and that requires a special packing strategy. If this is your first time on the high seas, here are 7 tips on packing efficiently for a cruise.
If you're going on a cruise, your itinerary likely includes taking a plane to a port. When you fly, there's always a chance luggage will get lost. If that happens, you may not recover your bags until you return to the port. Use your carry-on bag for your absolute essentials, like one change of clothing, a bathing suit, your toiletries, and anything you think you'll use every day.
What you wear on deck to soak up the sun playing shuffleboard is very different from what you're required to wear at evening dinners. Most cruises have a formal dinner with a dress code of cocktail dresses and ties. Since cruises don't have the space for complete wardrobes, choose wrinkle-resistant material and shoes that can handle being crushed in a suitcase, so you look presentable at meals.
Choose a color scheme for your clothes to help you pack more sensibly. It allows you to create several outfits with just a few pieces of clothing by mixing and matching. It keeps things simple and your luggage light.
If you want to pack extra light, you always have the option of having your laundry done onboard. It can be expensive -- getting a pair of socks washed can cost about $1.50 -- but it might be worth it. Check with your cruise line on prices.
Accents & Anoraks
There's no guarantee the weather will be perfect for sunbathing the entire trip. If there's a chance for the weather to get a bit chilly, you want to pack clothes you can layer to keep you warm or cool out on the open water. Cardigans warm up a sundress and a set of leggings can turn a beach frock into tunic. A light scarf can take a tank top from sunny afternoon to shady evening.
What you need to pack for lounging on deck may be very different from what you need to wear when you stop at different ports. Flip flops and tank tops are great for lounging by the pool, but football socks, sneakers and slacks might be more appropriate for walking around your destination.
If you choose to lounge on deck with books, audio books, magazines, or your kids' books, consider bringing something you're OK with leaving behind. These will take up space in your luggage on the way to your cruise. If you leave them for someone else to read, you'll have space for souvenirs to bring home.
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