It can be so exciting to go on a cruise. What’s not exciting is getting on board and realizing that you don’t have everything you need. Sure, some shops will cater to your needs, but it’s going to get quite costly. It’s kind of like the inflated cost of products in the airport. The same concept applies here. My hubby and I celebrated my birthday aboard Norwegian Jade Cruise Line, so I am sharing a few tips and pointers for all of you to maximize your experience.
Let’s take a closer look how you can pack and prepare for a cruise getaway.
Pack Important Documents » First things first. If your cruise takes you outside the country, you need to make sure you have the documents you need. In other words, you need to bring your passport and anything else the cruise line requests. If you have particular medications, it might help to bring the paperwork from your doctors.
Consider Your Destinations » Where you’ll be traveling has a lot to do with what you’ll need to pack. For example, if you’re taking a European cruise in the middle of January, you’ll obviously need different clothing than visiting the Caribbean in July. Research your destinations to determine exactly what you’ll need in terms of clothing.
Remember the Essentials for Time in the Sun » If you are spending a lot of time on deck, you’ll want to remember to bring along sunglasses, sunscreen, a sunhat, etc. You may also want to bring along aloe gel in case you get a bit too much sun. Also, don’t forget flipflops or other summery footwear for wearing poolside.
Include a Few Extra Bathing Suits » Speaking of being poolside, you want to make sure to bring a few bathing suits. This way, you always have a dry bathing suit to slip in to.
Pack Something Special for Evening Shows and Dinners » Cruise lines are well known for having amazing shows and elegant dinners. You want to make sure to pack evening wear along with your comfortable clothing. If possible, pack these items in garment bags, so everything stays wrinkle-free.
Celebrating My Birthday Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line
Bring Any Medications You Might Need » You want to be overprepared when it comes to medication. Bring a pain reliever for headaches, an allergy medication, and especially something for motion sickness. You never know when something is going to happen. It’s better to be prepared than overspend in the gift shops.
Add Something to Read or Play » Whether you’re lounging by the pool or relaxing in your cabin, you want to have something to read or a game to play. If you have a tablet, that’s perfect. However, you can’t beat having a couple good books packed.
Include Chargers » Last, but not least, don’t forget to bring your chargers. You’ll need a charger for your phone, camera, tablet, laptop, etc. You may also want to invest in a portable power bank so that you can keep your phone charged when away from your room.
Remember, the exact needs you’ll have when going on a cruise will depend on the journey. Your best bet is to research the areas you’ll be visiting, so that know what to expect when it comes to weather. There are, however, some items you simply must bring. This list will help ensure that your needs are met and that your cruise is the best it can be.