Packing Tips Revisited
Packing for a cruise vacation is like packing for any resort-based vacation. You'll want to bring comfortable, casual clothing for daytime on board and in port, and swimsuits and workout clothes for pools, Jacuzzis, saunas and fitness centers. Dressing for dinner tends to involve long pants, and often suits & ties, dresses or more formal wear.
Think about the kind of shore excursions you plan to take and pack accessories, where appropriate, such as hiking boots, ponchos or rain gear, fleece jackets and snorkel gear. When traveling to tropical areas, such as in Central and South America, it's a good idea to carry insect repellent. Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses for bright, sunny days on deck. You'll have many opportunities to have your picture taken by the ship's photographers, but you'll naturally want to bring your own camera or video camera as well. Be sure to bring along extra batteries, your charger(s) and any extra digital tapes or memory cards too.
Most ships have 110-volt outlets in every cabin, which will accommodate U.S.-built hairdryers, travel irons and electric shavers. Most new ships provide hairdryers as well. When packing your toiletries and medications, be sure to put all medications, prescription or otherwise, in a bag you can carry on to your flight and be sure to obtain extra prescriptions from your physician for any medications you are currently taking and carry them with you. Remember that you and your luggage will be separated for several hours before it is placed in your stateroom, so be sure to pack a daypack or small duffle with what you’ll need when you first board the ship until your luggage is once again available to you. Having your swimwear inside the daypack is a fantastic idea!!