There is no doubt that embarking on a cruise is an exhilarating adventure. Still, the key to a smooth and enjoyable cruise journey is packing everything beforehand and efficiently to have everything you need for various activities and occasions. Below, we have mentioned the things that should be on your essential packing list to ensure a smooth and enjoyable cruise journey.
Packing essential documents beforehand is necessary for your cruise vacation to avoid trouble. This includes important documents like a Passport, Airline tickets, hotel tickets, email addresses, phone numbers for travel assistance, proof of medical and travel insurance, and proof of vaccination if necessary. Keeping these documents in your carry-on bag and carrying a digital copy on your phone is better.
At the top of the list should be clothing. You need to decide what kind of clothes you will need to pack for the cruise according to your itineraries, what kind of activities you are looking forward to, and whether you will need active wear or more relaxed ones. You can only figure out the type of clothing you need by gathering information about your cruise journey.
For most cruises, the dress code is usually casual, with formal being occasional. So, it would be best to pack clothes you feel most comfortable in and some formal clothing.
Remember that the longer your cruise journey is, the more formal evenings you will have, so you should pack accordingly. And don’t forget to keep some warm ones too, such as a jacket or sweater, as you don’t want to get caught in the cold.
Toiletries are essential when it comes to cruising. Although you will be provided toiletries by your cruise line, just as you would be provided access to onboard WiFi service like Carnival, you should bring your own if you are picking about your hygiene, hair care, and skincare products. Don’t forget things like deodorant, perfume, and toothbrushes, as they are also essential.
First Aid and Medications
No matter where you go, you should always have first aid and medications. Although cruise ships have a dedicated sick bay and medical staff to care for the sick and injured passengers, you would still want to be prepared to stay healthy and enjoy the cruise. You won’t need a complete first-aid kit, but throwing essential medications for headaches, seasickness, diarrhea, band-aids, and sunscreen is a good idea.
If you are suffering from any medical condition, make sure that you pack your prescription medication for the entire duration of the cruise, along with a few extras.
Electronics and Gadgets
Don’t forget about electronics and gadgets; you will also need them on your cruise. Ensure you have a waterproof case for your phone and a portable power bank in your bag, too. Noise-canceling headphones can also come in handy on the cruise. Apart from these, if you are a digital nomad, carry your laptop and go through the NCL Internet packages to choose the most appropriate one to stay connected on board.
You won’t stay on the cruise for the entire trip; you will get off the ship at some point, so you should have a daypack. When your ship stops at a port for an excursion, pack important things like sunscreen, a filled reusable water bottle, a raincoat, a hat, sunglasses, and maybe a sweater. A daypack will ensure no problems on the shore and haul your massive luggage everywhere.
Most cruises are all-inclusive and charge your credit/debit card, so you can easily forget that you will still need money. Cruising veterans and experts suggest you pack some cash in the local currency whenever you go on a trip. This cash will help buy souvenirs and can be used to tipping the service providers and local guides.