So you’ve booked your cruise and are looking forward to the big day when you embark on your journey. It’s time to make sure that you have everything ready. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to over pack, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 essential cruise items to help ease the pressure and enjoy the build up to your cruise holiday.
Your room will include basic toiletries such as shampoo and soap, but it you are particular about the products that you like to use in the bath and shower then make sure that you pack your own.
It is important to check the clothing advice that your cruise line will provide you with – some cruise lines have specific dress codes such as no jeans or shorts and you don’t want to be left feeling embarrassed! Consider any cultural variations of the ports that you will be visiting as well as it is important to adhere to any dress codes, unofficial or not.
Storage space in most cruise ship cabins is usually better than many hotel rooms so relax and do not worry about this aspect at all.
- Power adaptors
Usually the socket type on board the ship will depend on the ship’s country of origin so if it’s not compatible with your electrical equipment then make sure that you take enough adaptors. It’s a good idea to take a plug extension lead so that you can plug in a number of different electrical items whilst using just one socket and adaptor.
Buying sunscreen before you sail is much better value for money – it is much more expensive to buy sunscreen onboard or at port. You should also take other sun related items if some of your destinations feature lots of sun, such as after sun, sunglasses and sun hats.
- Medication and a basic first aid kit
Make sure that if you have any specific medication that you have to take in your carryon luggage just in case there is a delay in getting your luggage to your cabin. This is highly unlikely but better to be prepared. There will be a doctor and medical facilities on board your cruise ship should you need to use the facilities at all or require assistance.
- Camera and binoculars
Of course you will want to capture all of the memories of your cruise so a camera is a must take item – plus if there are any opportunities to spot wildlife then it is worth taking a set of binoculars with you too. Some cruise lines do now provide binoculars in staterooms so make sure to ask our cruise experts about this when booking.
- Batteries and chargers
If you are taking portable electrical items with you on your cruise, make sure to pack spare batteries and the correct chargers as this kind of item will be more expensive to replace either on the ship or in port.
- Day bags
It is really handy to have a selection of day bags packed such as a tote, beach bag or small backpack as you can take items around the ship with you and you do not want to lug around bigger bags than necessary.
- Your travel essentials
Of course essential travel items such as your passport, currency, cruise tickets and other such things will be needed – plus your plane tickets if you are taking a fly cruise, your mobile phone, wallet and keys too. It is also sensible to take print outs of your cruise ship luggage tags as this will make the embarkation process quicker and easier.
Now that you know what to pack for your cruise it is important to keep up to date with what to expect on the cruise, to book any excursions and start planning the other things that you are going to do when your ship is in port! Here’s hoping that you have a great cruise holiday and make sure that you let us know if you have any tips for cruises.