So this is your first cruise and you really don’t know what exactly to expect. Everything you’ve read in the brochures make it seem so great and the online reviews gave good recommendations and you are ready to set sail. There is only one small problem: You don’t really know how to pack for a cruise and not exactly sure what all you’ll need and what you should leave behind. Not to worry, this article will help guide you in packing for your first cruise.
First we’ll go through some of the things that you’ll need to take on a cruise. Depending on the length of the cruise, you’ll need changes of clothes. Consider that you may be swimming, sunbathing, and other activities where you’ll be getting wet and you’ll need dry clothes to change into. Also you’ll need at least one set of formal clothes to attend the captain’s dinner. Other items you’ll need are personal hygiene items and possibly jackets depending on what time of year the cruise is. You’ll also want to take along a camera but be warned that you may not want to take a very expensive camera unless you’re going to keep it in possession the entire time and it may get lost or stolen.
Now these are the items that you shouldn’t take on the cruise. Do not take very expensive jewelry. Anything that is expensive and you can live without while on the cruise then by all means leave it at home. This includes laptops and expensive cameras or devices that you may not even have time to use on the cruise with all the activities that will be going on. Also, just because you have a stateroom all to yourself doesn’t mean bring so many clothes that you can change five times a day. Packing light is still key even on a cruise ship. If there is a problem with something you’ve lost or got stolen be sure to check with the cruise company on what actions you need to take before you ever go on the cruise. Also check online reviews and read about how the cruise ship handled the situation of lost or stolen goods on a cruise ship. Knowing this information before you board can help you greatly if there is a problem.