When packing for a cruise, you’re preparing for three separate sub-tours: your cruise ship, this is the leading destination. The ports of call, it is where you get out and walk around the local area, and lastly, your flights to and from your departure port. Packing for a cruise may seem confusing – preparing for gala nights, beach days, museum walks, humid ports, snorkeling excursions, and cool dining rooms: How do you pack for all of it? What are you forgetting? How do you avoid excess luggage fees? Fear not! We’re here to assist you with cruise packing tips and hacks:

Pack your carry-on bags wisely.

Pack toiletries, medicine and some clothes in the carry-on bags; which you will take on the plane as a personal transport onboard. It is vital for two reasons: Number one, if worse case scenario your baggage gets lost by the airline, you’ll have some essentials with you. It might take a while before your luggage is found and then shipped to the next port of call. Secondly, in case your bags are delayed, you will still have a dinner attire or bathing suit ready and can enjoy all the onboard activities while waiting for your bags to show up.

Keep all relevant papers with you

Bringing all your necessary paper with you is mandatory. Things like IDs and cruise documents must never be packed on your checking luggage. You’ll want your cruise ship boarding pass and photo ID on hand. Ensure you have the accurate identification for your cruise destination, be it your passport, a birth certificate, and photo ID.  If you require immunizations or visa for your cruising region, make sure you carry those documents with you, as well.

Remember the basics

Not all cruise ship cabins come with alarm clocks, instead, carry your own. Put your cell phone in airplane mode in case you are using in for business so that you don’t incur international roaming charges. Additional items you might want to pack because they’re not afforded include a camera, memory cards, ear plugs, batteries, sunscreen, plastic bags for wet things or transporting liquids, and power cables to charge all your electronics.

Dress for your destination

When traveling to Europe, you can pack more resort-casual wear, while other cruise itineraries, such as Mexican Riviera, French Polynesia, Hawaii, and the Caribbean are more informal than the norm. Sandals are excellent for a beach day, but you’ll want more comfy shoes for long days or great excursions like biking and hiking or sightseeing. If you’re touring religious sites in some parts of Europe and the Middle East, put on clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, despite the heat.

Final Verdict

These are just, but a few essential guidance for what to pack for a cruise. Don’t be troubled by what you should or should not have packed. Do your best and be ready to deal with whatever difficulties you face along the way.