If you’ve booked yourself onto a luxury cruise, normally with stops at a number of different destinations, then you’re probably wondering what must-haves you should pack. Because of the hop-on-hop-off nature of cruises, and the variety of different locations you’ll get to explore after you dock at each destination, you’ll end up seeing a lot of different places, BUT unlike other trips, you’ll only need to pack and unpack once. This can be both a blessing and a curse (overpacking anxiety, anyone?). Well, we are here to help!
Because normally the ships are massive, with all sorts of things to purchase if you forget say, your sunscreen, it isn’t absolutely necessary to remember everything, BUT there are a few essentials to consider...
A day bag for your first day
When you first board your cruise, it may take a little while for your luggage to be delivered to your room, so make sure you’ve packed some carry-on luggage so you aren’t caught short. Take a bag with sunscreen, your swimwear, something to read and some sunglasses to ensure that you have everything you need to start enjoying your cruise from the first moment.
If you’re looking to buy some stylish and protective sunglasses before you depart, there are a number of great online retailers that sell a wide variety of things. We recommend going into the stores to try things on before buying online to ensure you purchase the correct frame shape for your face, and then going over to Eye Buy Direct to peruse their selection of sunglasses. If you need prescription sunglasses, they have VERY affordable options for frames and lenses.
You can also then use this bag for days spent off of the cruise liner too - PERFECT. Because of this, we recommend grabbing something that will be ok if it gets splashed with a little water and sand.
A portable charger for your devices
You will want to start capturing memories from your first moment, so it is worth investing in a portable charger to top up your battery on the first day - this will avoid you missing out on any shots as the ship sets sail!
Some formal/semi formal attire
In the daytime you’re likely to lounge around the pool in your swimwear and cover-ups, while evenings can be a bit more formal affair.
Some cruise liners will have dress codes for the evenings, so it’s smart for men to pack some business casual attire, including button-up shirts, pants that are dressier than jeans, and a pair of dress shoes. As always, we recommend custom, but if you’re more of an instant gratification type guy and LOVE shopping in the mall, or online, there are a few links below.
Ladies should definitely have a dress or two on hand for those dinners that require something a little fancier than your standard vacation wear. We’d recommend looking into the dress codes before packing too much, as this can definitely take up a lot of suitcase real estate.
A pair of binoculars
The beautiful scenery will not be restricted just to land, so it is a nice idea to invest in a good pair of binoculars to take with you as it will enable you to gaze in awe at the sights you may see out on the water.
Depending on where your cruise is travelling to and from, you may also be lucky enough to see marine life that you would not have seen anywhere else. All of this could be viewed from your personal window or balcony.
Unlike other holidays where you may need your passport just twice – once at the beginning and once at the end – on a cruise you will likely be required to produce your passport more regularly when you get off at each of the stops.
Needless to say, do make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your cruise to ensure both disappointment and embarrassment!