Before you embark upon your first cruise it can be really hard to know what exactly you’ll need to take and what you won’t. It’s best to plan ahead and know exactly what you’ll require whilst you’re away to save precious space in your luggage.
Before you begin packing check out your chosen cruise line’s website for what type of plug sockets they have. All cruise ships are different and it is likely you will have to take an adaptor to allow you to use your electronics on board. What could be worse than beginning your holiday with the realisation you won’t be able to recharge your camera to take all those precious holiday photos!
Check the Dress Code
One of the first things you should do is check the suggested dress code that will be listed on your cruise lines website. Make sure you know if there are formal nights on board and, if so, how many. Pack according to the dress code for evening wear, and for daytime stick to layers which are wonderfully versatile in case of changing weather.
Try to stick to one or two different colour palettes with your clothes. For example earth tones and monochrome. If you stick to one or two colours running through all your clothes then it’s easy to mix and match and create lots of different outfits from just a few different pieces.
If you’re planning to be active on your cruise holiday and visit the gym or take part in some exciting activities on board or whilst you are ashore then be sure to pack some trainers and suitable leisure wear. Also, don’t forget to take your swimsuit so that you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool on board, or some much needed chill out time in the Jacuzzi.
No matter where in the world you are travelling to you’ll want to protect your skin. The sun is much stronger at sea, because it reflects off the water and increases your exposure. Be sure to have strong sunscreen to keep you protected, and a hat to cover your scalp. Nobody wants to spend their holiday looking like a lobster after too much sun!
Camera and charger
You’ll definitely want to make sure you take your camera and your charger so that you’re able to capture all those wonderful memories from your trip. There’s a line between taking too many pictures and living in the moment though. Make sure you don’t see every moment of your trip through the lens of your camera!
So, now that you know the essentials for your trip what’s stopping you from getting out there!