Packing your case can be a daunting prospect. How do you know how much, or how little, to take on your cruise?
The image which runs through my head before any trip is of Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous. Arms flying about, running around, yelling, “TICKETS, MONEY, PASSPORT, TICKETS, MONEY, PASSPORT!” If you have these bare essentials you are pretty much set. But if you like to be slightly more organised we have put together a simple list to get you through you cruise.
Some cruise lines are more casual than others; make sure you check the cruise line’s website for dress code, formal evenings and/or any theme nights. A great place to start is to access your booking using your cruise line confirmation number. Each cruise line has a personaliser with information specifically for your voyage.
Next and most importantly, check the forecast for your destination before you go!
Your check-in luggage may take a bit of time being delivered to your cabin, so it’s good to have these items with you when you board.
- Passport/Visas (or driver’s license for Australian domestic cruises)
- Travel documents – boarding pass, itinerary, insurance documents, baggage labels
- Credit/Debit card & cash – You’ll need to set up your on-board expense account at the start of your cruise
- A small amount of local currency for shore days
- Swimwear – So you can take a dip straight away!
- Any prescription medication
- Mobile, tablet and/or camera and chargers
- Hat & sunscreen
- Your holiday reading – Book/magazine etc.
My Nan would recommend at least two pairs for each day.
- Comfortable and versatile clothes for during the day
Try to avoid overloading your suitcase by choosing items that can be layered or mix-and-matched.
Thongs are fine for sitting by the pool but don’t forget to pack a pair of more formal shoes for dinner/formal nights. Pack a pair of good walking shoes for shore tours and if you’re planning on visiting the gym, a good pair of sneakers.
- Formal clothing to wear to dinner
The level of formality will depend on the individual cruise line. Long pants and a collared shirt for men, either a dress or pants/skirt with an evening blouse for women.
Swimwear, shorts, jeans, tank tops and thongs are generally not allowed to be worn in the restaurants.
- A light rain jacket or cardigan
Regardless of the temperature outside you might need something warmer inside if the air-conditioning is cooler than you would have it at home.
Take up a lot of space and weight. Try using smaller containers.
- Tooth brush/paste
- Shaving supplies
- Hair/skin care products (shampoo, conditioner, hair brush, hair gel, moisturiser etc.)
- Hair styling appliances
- Make-Up, perfume, aftershave
- Personal products
- Anything else you think you might need
The cruise line will provide soap and shampoo in your bathroom. However, if you prefer certain brands it’s better to bring your own.
If you are planning on glamming up for the evening remember your jewellery. If you have sentimental items you would hate to lose, leave them at home and take the genuine fake instead!
- Travel adapter
Not all ships are fitted with Australian sockets.
- Music Speakers
It is great listening to your favourite tunes on holiday. But remember you are travelling with other guests who may not share your taste in music; this is best kept inside the cabin.
- Small bag/backpack
- Travel guides
- Your travel journal and pen
If we’ve left something off the list you think is essential please let us know!