The Best Things to Pack for Your First Cruise

If you love to travel, then you’ve probably been to quite a few places. However, the one thing you’ve always wanted to try was a cruise, and for some reason you just haven’t yet. The time has finally come, and you’ve booked your cruise for this upcoming summer. You have your tickets, you’re packing, then suddenly you realize you have no idea what you should take with you. 

That’s where most first-time cruisers fall short. They get on the ship, pull out of port, and realize they forgot something super important that it’s going to be difficult to do without. In this list, you can find some of the things that you don’t want to forget to pack for your first cruise. 

Enough Clothing 

Although you can, and probably will have to send out to have your laundry done while on the cruise, it can be quite expensive. If you pack enough underwear, pants, shorts, shirts, and other clothing, it’s possible to cut down on that expense. Besides, no one wants to get out to sea only to find they didn’t bring along enough underwear and socks, now do they? 

Your Travel Documents 

You’ll want to have your travel documents available at all times when you’re on a cruise as well. It’s a good idea to have copies of your passport and ID made as well, just in case you lose them. Leave those copies with a relative at home for safekeeping. 

Extra Bags

There are a few bags that you’ll want to make sure you pack, and pack extra of before you head out on your first cruise. A few bags you need are listed below. 

  • A day bag
  • Zip-loc bags for snacks, especially if you’re cruising with kids
  • A bag for dirty laundry
  • A plastic bag for wet bathing suits

It never hurts to have extra bags on board, as you never know when one will rip or get soiled beyond repair. 

Adapters/Power Strips

With the exception of ships that were built after 2014, cruise ship cabins are infamous for not having enough outlets to cover all the electronics and devices people bring on cruises with them. The obvious fix is to bring a power strip with you, however, you need to talk to the captain or cabin steward first, as ships are wary of overloading their circuits, and with good reason. Keep your power strip small and only use it if you have too. Remember, not all adapters may be the same either, so you should carry one with you, just in case. 

A Bathing Suit, or Two

It’s good to bring an extra bathing suit for you and each member of your party. The reason is that it’ll take a while for your luggage to be checked and brought to your stateroom. Instead of missing out on all the fun waiting on your luggage to arrive, you can pull bathing suits out of your carry on and go have fun. 

Toiletries

Now, onto the toiletries you’re going to want to take with you on your cruise. The ones you need the most are listed below. 

 

  • Sunscreen
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Any medications
  • Aloe vera
  • Bug spray or cream

 

 

While you can probably get many of these items on the cruise, it’s more expensive and you run the risk of the cruise ship being out of the brand you prefer or things you might need. Obviously, you’ll want to bring your toothbrush, deodorant, and other necessities, but those you aren’t as apt to forget as the others on the list. 

These are just a few of the items that you don’t want to forget in the excitement of packing for your first cruise. Remember, make a list, and check it twice for the best results and a cruise you won’t soon forget.

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