What you Need to Pack on Your Next Cruise
You will undoubtedly spill something on your clothes. I don’t care how neat you think you are. You’re going to be living in a resort that moves. This is a lifesaver if you are a #teamcarryon member. During cruises, you tend to mix and match outfits so the last thing you want is a big stain in the middle of shorts you had planned to wear a few times that week. Yes, you can get your clothes cleaned while onboard but it’s expensive and a hassle.
Most cruise lines don’t have irons in cruise cabins and getting your hands on one is almost impossible. This is a great alternative and so easy! Spray it on your clothes tug them a bit and voila! Arrange to have your formal clothing pressed (if needed) the first day of the cruise. If you wait until the day before formal night there is an extra charge for a rush order.
This may not be as much of a hassle for men because men’s clothing almost always has pockets but for women, you will need somewhere to store your room key which also acts as your credit card while aboard the ship. If you want to get extra fancy you can get a pull attachment so you don’t have to wear it around your neck and ruin your pics!
When you arrive at the pier it’s chaos. You should print your luggage tags before you arrive. Luggage tags for cruises can vary by cruise line, you will have to buy a tag that fits your specific cruise line. Luggage tags are great because it’s fairly common for the paper tags to tear and fall off during transport onto the ship. Be on the safe side and make sure you don’t have to go searching for your luggage through the mounds of lost bags. That’s a really crappy way to start a vacation.
Seasickness affects people differently. Sometimes it happens immediately other times it may take a few days. In my case normally after three days on board, my motion sickness has had it with the floating life and makes me lay down. However, for most days Dramamine has worked wonders for me and is the only reason I’m able to continue going on cruises.
6. Lint roller
There’s not much justification to a lint roller. It’s just a good idea when you want to look crisp and spiffy.
Alcohol on cruises is expensive. Enough said.
You are allowed to take up to two bottles of wine (750ml) aboard a cruise ship. BUT if the wine bottles have a cork you have to pay a corkage fee that can be up to $15. Bring your own corkscrew or make sure to bring twist tops!
Let’s get serious for a moment. You’re going to eat your weight in food at least 3 times over while on a cruise and it has to come out somehow. Do everybody in your room a favor and spray a few times before you go.
Since all cruises happen on water and most of the activities you will be doing have something to do with a beach or warm weather this is just a good idea to keep your valuables from getting soaked.
Another thing that’s crazy expensive on cruises, the excursions! However, you can book with outside providers who provide the exact same experiences for a fraction of the cost. Many of the excursions are run by locals and they have great reviewing systems to let you know what you’re getting into. A word of caution: When you purchase an excursion with your cruise line they are obligated to wait until you are back on the ship before they leave. If you book with an outside provider you don’t have the same assurance. Always book early excursions to be on the safe side and give yourself enough time to get back to the ship if anything goes wrong.