Cruise - What to Pack
The only thing more horrible than trying to figure out what to pack
for your vacation is making yourself unpack after the vacation is done,
after you have been living out of you suitcases for a week or so.
As far as taking trips on cruise ships go, it can be hard to figure
out what one should take and what one should not take. Ship's lodgings
offer a lot of amenities, but if you are a first time cruiser chances
are you are not fully aware of the options you have available to you
so it can be easy to over pack. For instance, a first time cruiser
would have no way of knowing, unless they asked, that most cabins feature
hair dryers so there is no need to bring your own. Hotel rooms do not
have hair dryers in their rooms all the time, so why do ship's cabins?
Perhaps because of the nature of the voyage and the activities that
take place on the cruise ship, but is also a part of the luxury experience.
So let's go over a few of the things you MUST pack, a few of the things
you might wish you had on your voyage, and maybe even a few extras for
those of us who just can't pack light to save our lives.
The Essentials When taking a cruise, especially a cruise that crosses
the United States borders, make sure that you bring:
-Your passport and/or state identification card or driver's license
are sometimes required on certain cruise lines that leave the country.
Your vaccination certificate may also be necessary in such circumstances.
-Proof of automobile insurance is necessary if you plan on renting a
car during the time you spend on dry land. -Bring a watch, perhaps with
more than one time zone since you will most likely be cutting across
more than one zone -Be sure to bring clothes for whatever you plan to
do on your voyage. If you like to attend fine dining restaurants, and
dance in the ship's lounge you may want to bring dressy clothes, but
if you plan on spending time by the pool and on deck playing games,
jeans, tee shirts, and bathing suits should suit you just fine. Plan
ahead by finding out what activities you have available and take it
The Not-So-Essentials -A camera -Extra memory for your digital camera,
if you have one -A camcorder -Your reading glasses and something to
read on lazy days on the deck of the pool. -A first-aid kit -A small
flash light for emergencies (always smart to have!).
As far as the essential things to take on the cruise, this is just about
where the list of the most important things to take along ends. Do
your best not to over pack for your cruise voyage as most people tend
to do. Remember that you are not moving, and this is a vacation where
most of the essentials are provided for you already.
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