Your much-anticipated cruise is just around the corner, and you have been planning your wardrobe for weeks. You’ve packed the basics already: shirts, pants, socks, underwear, toiletries, swimsuits, and flip flops. While you can expect exceptional service on a cruise line, where every little detail is taken care of for you, it is important to be prepared for anything when traveling away from home. Our experienced cruise specialists will happily help you choose the perfect cruise for you, but unfortunately we can’t pack your bags. We hope this handy list of essential items to bring on a cruise will make the daunting task of packing a little bit easier.
Whether you’re on a luxury cruise in the middle of the ocean or a small river cruise with sights around every corner, binoculars are a must. On a cruise through the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or even across the Atlantic, you might not see the point in bringing binoculars when the only thing in eyesight for miles is the ocean. However, when you close in on the port, there will be countless sights that you wish you could see close-up. Once you disembark, you’ll be happy you have binoculars on hand when you’re exploring forests on an exotic island and a rare bird is perched high in the canopy, or when you’re dying to see an ancient temple atop cliffs that you just can’t climb. And, of course, you will absolutely need binoculars on a river cruise to view medieval castles hidden in the hills or baroque architecture in passing cities as you float along.
2. Bug Repellent
Often overlooked but an essential nonetheless, bug repellent is a lifesaver, since you are bound to be outdoors at some point or another. When you’re traveling to a foreign country or exploring a new destination, it’s better to be safe than sorry and use either bug spray, bug wipes, or some other form of bug repellent. This way, you won’t wake up the next day with itchy bites that could last for days, taking away from your amazing cruise experience.
3. Sun Protection
While pesky bugs may not completely ruin a trip, there is one glaring threat to your dream cruise: the sun. No matter if it’s 100 degrees or 0 degrees, the sun is always shining down on you and your fellow cruisers. To protect yourself from harmful rays, make sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, and of course sunblock. Even if you’re trying to work on your summer tan, it’s important to apply sunscreen to prevent skin damage; your skin will thank you in the future! Not to mention, you’ll be able to enjoy each excursion without trying to avoid the sun at all costs.
You’ve got your clothes, binoculars, bug repellent, and sunblock packed away, and now you need to pack even more clothes? You may think to yourself, “but I’m cruising to Tahiti, where there is nothing but sun, sand, and water!” And you’re right, you will definitely be warm during the day. But when the sun goes down and you want a drink on the deck of the cruise ship, you’ll be wishing you had brought along a light jacket. A raincoat is ideal in case of stormy weather. On the other hand, if you’re cruising in northern areas of the world or destinations known to be a bit chillier, packing layers of clothing will ensure a comfortable trip no matter where you go.
5. Most Importantly, Bring Yourself
With what seems like so many essential items to pack, it’s important that you bring yourself and a relaxed mindset on your cruise. You are on vacation, after all, and a well-deserved one at that! To fully enjoy your cruise, you must be open to allowing someone else to wait on you with phenomenal service, as well as venturing out to experience new things, and letting yourself go for a few days of relaxation. A cruise is the perfect chance to get away from your busy life and simply enjoy living and being around friends, family, loved ones, and new friends that you may meet along the way. Our team of trusted cruise specialists would love to help you truly unwind on the right cruise for you, so book a consultation today!