Let’s be honest about it, what you pack for a trip can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of said trip. There’s not getting away from the fact that when we head off abroad and haven’t packed what we need, it has an impact on our enjoyment of our time away.
Of course, the issue is that regardless of where you are going, be it on a cruise or backpacking around Europe, not packing the right items can have a serious impact on the enjoyment of your trip. That is why it is so important to ensure that wherever you are heading off to, you pack smart, but especially when you are heading off onto a cruise ship as you will be vacationing in the middle of the sea and only stopping off on dry land sporadically. So ensuring that you have packed everything that you need is even more vital.
Bearing that in mind, the question is: what should you pack for a cruise and how can you ensure that you haven’t forgotten anything?
Read reviews of the cruise
When it comes to packing for a cruise, reading cruise reviews can help. The fact is that by reading up about what a trip is like, you can gain a better insight into the types of things that you may want to pack. For instance, if the cruise is described as being ‘tranquil’ and ‘relaxing’ then you may want to consider packing a couple of books, some therapeutic adult colouring, and headphones to listen to music. However, if it is described as being ‘lively,’ you may want to think about packing your going out clothes, so that you can go out and have fun. Reading reviews from previous passengers can give you a better idea of what to expect from your trip, allowing you to pack properly.
Write a list
To ensure that nothing important is forgotten when it comes to packing, it’s worth sitting down and writing a list. Take the time to think about the items that you need to pack to ensure that your trip is a success, and then create a checklist of all the items that you plan on taking with you, from your clothes and shoes to your beauty bits. Then, as and when you pack each item, make sure to tick it off of your list. That way you can ensure that you won’t end up forgetting anything important.
Ask others for ideas
Not entirely sure what to pack? If could be helpful to ask other people who have been on cruises before, what they would recommend that you pack. You never know, they might be able to share some really useful insights into what is and what isn’t necessary to pack. Do you have friends that have been on cruises before? Ask them what they tend to pack when heading off on a trip so that you can ensure that you have packed everything that you could possibly need. Wondering whether a certain item is necessary? Then perhaps it would be wise to ask a friend or relative who regularly travels on cruise ships for advice about whether to pack the item or not.
Think about what you will be doing
A great piece of advice for packing for a cruise is to think about what you will be doing while you are there. Think about what you plan on spending your time at sea doing. Will you be relaxing most of the time, swimming, partying, or taking part in onboard activities? Consider how you hope to spend your time, and use these thoughts to determine what it is necessary that you pack. For instance, if you plan on doing a lot of sports, it could be worth packing various pieces of sports attire, so that you have everything that you need to make the most of your trip, and can create some amazing memories. Don’t forget to take the exploring side of things into account, and pack for a range of different locations and climates.
There you have it, a guide to my top tips for packing for a cruise. Take note of everything mentioned above, and you can ensure that you pack smart and arrive on your cruise ship with everything that you need for an incredible break. Remember, if you do end up forgetting anything, you can always pick it up on one of the shops aboard the cruise liner, so there is no need to panic too much.
*This is a collaboration post