Cruise holidays grew in popularity by an astonishing 10% in 2012 as more and more people look to find cheaper ways to enjoy their summer holidays. Booking a cruise couldn’t be any easier nowadays either, as you can simply log online and book a break that suits you.
However, packing for your cruise holiday can be a little bit different, as there are bound to be a few changes in your itinerary when compared to a ‘normal’ holiday.
Why is it different?
A cruise holiday isn’t like a normal holiday – for starters, you’ll be able to visit a multitude of locations rather than just one. You could cruise around Europe instead of just staying in one city, but this obviously means that you’ll need lots of different clothing options if you’re to dress for the weather in every location. Cruises can also be incredibly long, lasting up to a month in some cases, so you’ll need to pack a lot of items to keep you going.
So what do I need?
Well, the good news is that you don’t really need to take everything but the kitchen sink. You can pack light even on an extended cruise holiday, and this can minimise the risk of losing anything along the way (we’ve all accidentally left something behind on holiday!).
Remember the essentials
You might think that your clothing and toiletries ought to be at the top of your packing list, but your documents are actually more important. Remember to pack your passport, cruise booking confirmation, cabin information and any other documents provided when you booked your cruise.
Time to make a fashion statement
Now it’s time for the clothes.
You don’t need to dress up for a cruise holiday, so feel free to take casual clothing that you can wear while on deck. Practically all cruise ships have on-board swimming pools, but you shouldn’t wear your swimsuit anywhere else on the cruise liner.
If you’re planning on enjoying the cruise’s formal dining options, remember to take appropriate attire with you. Ladies will need a ball gown and men a tux to ensure they’re dressed for the occasion.
When it comes to shore excursions you should dress comfortably and casually, as you’ll probably be doing a lot of walking. Take the exact activities into account – if you’re going snorkelling you’ll need a swimsuit!
Take your toiletries
Could there be anything worse than unpacking on holiday only to realise that you’ve forgotten your toothbrush?
Ensure you buy a toiletry bag that you can stow everything in, including your aforementioned toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, deodorant, shaving kit and hair styling essentials. Ladies will also want to take their make up and make up remover, along with any other products they need day-to-day.
Leave the excess at home
There are some things that you don’t need to pack for your cruise holiday. For instance, if you want to save space you shouldn’t pack heavy and bulky items such as hairdryers or mini-irons, as the cruise liner will already be equipped with them and you can use them free of charge.
Similarly, packing ten volumes of your favourite book series in order to ensure you always have something to do would be a waste of time and space – you can just visit the cruise liner’s library or take an e-reader with you.
Packing for your cruise holiday can seem a bit daunting, but it really won’t take as much time or effort as you might expect. When packing, be sure to work on your important documents before turning to your clothing, toiletries, and other items.
This post was contributed by CheapCruises.com, a company offering cut-price P&O cruises holidays, Royal Caribbean holidays and Fred Olsen cruises, as well as breaks from many other cruise lines.