Cruising is certainly a luxurious way to holiday, but the longer you’re at sea, the more you’ll need to pack to last you your journey, so packing light can become a challenge. Here are some great hints for packing light on your cruise.
Dress for the Weather
If you’re leaving home in the middle of winter and you’re used to piling bulky jackets and woolly winter items into your luggage, consider your destination first. While the trip to the dock and even the first few days of your cruise may be cold, if you’re heading to warmer waters, the Caribbean for example, then a lot of those heavy clothes just become space hogs in your suitcase. Pack a heavy jacket and a few thick jumpers if you’ll need them, but remember that there’s no need to pack a whole range of winter outfit options if you’re heading to a warmer climate.
Ditch the Gadgets
It can be near-impossible to part with your technology, we’re all a little addicted to our gadgets, but they’re often bulky and heavy once you pack them all, along with their chargers and any other accessories they use. While it’s tempting to bring the laptop along, or fill your suitcase with say, an electric shaver, tablet, kindle, phone, portable gaming console, Bluetooth headset – stop and think about where you’re going. The cruise ship is simple packed from top to bottom with entertainment, activities, technology and facilities that will not only keep you occupied enough to not need your gadgets at all, but will also make it unnecessary to bring them, with plenty of services and facilities that will allow you to check your emails, make calls etc.
Pack Versatile Clothing
If you’re going on a pretty lengthy cruise, packing an outfit for each different occasion or activity can be challenging if not impossible, especially if you’re trying to travel light. Rather than trying to stuff your whole wardrobe into your bag, try to choose versatile items that are suitable for all different occasions. Choose clothing that you can dress up or down depending on the need, and go for neutral tones and shades that will all blend well with each other so you can mix and match items without worrying about clashing colours.
By the same token, packing a new set of clothes for each day isn’t terrible practical on a longer cruise, so don’t be afraid to reuse your items. No, that doesn’t mean recycling sweaty or dirty clothing from days before – make use of the ship’s laundry facilities! Most ships offer a laundering service, however that can be very pricey. Before you leave, find out if the ship comes equipped with a laundrette – if so, it’ll be easy to wash your clothes during the cruise and pack much less than you would have.
If there’s no self-service laundry facilities though, don’t be scared to just bring a small bottle of laundry detergent and employ a method than many travellers use when packing light for long voyages – simply warm-wash your clothes by hand in the bath or sink and hang them on a towel rack or over the shower to dry while you’re out enjoying the ship’s many activities. It’s easier than it sounds and saves lots of space in the suitcase.
If you think you’ve got the luggage problem whipped and you’re ready to set off on the cruise of a lifetime then it’s time to find your ideal cruise holiday and book now. Search online to view more details on what cruise is perfect for you and get packing!