I mentioned earlier this week that I’ll be traveling next week. You will be free from my random musings for the week (unless of course I decide to schedule some posts before I leave, heh). Meanwhile, I will be aboard a Royal Caribbean boat for six glorious days in the Caribbean! This is pretty much how I intend to be found for most of next week.
Jesse and I like to travel. Last year, we tried out an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, which was fun. Maybe it was the particular resort we stayed at, but we both felt that we enjoy cruises more. This cruise will be our 4th with Royal Caribbean, I think. It can be nice and relaxing for sure, but I love that the cruise boats always plan lots of different activities so you really don’t have an excuse to be bored unless you WANT to be.
Anyway, I thought I would post today about packing for a cruise. Because if you ask me, it’s unlike packing for any other sort of vacation. I still don’t think I have gotten it right. But regardless, here are my current Cruise Packing Rules!
1) Pack a small “On-Boarding” bag. They are going to take your luggage when you first get on the boat. It won’t appear at your cabin until a few hours after you’ve been on the boat. So if you have any intentions of immediately going poolside, you’ll at least need a bathing suit! Maybe some towels (if you are geeky like us, make sure you fly your colors of choice … we are going with Tardis blue and pony pink!) and sunscreen.
2) Bring multiple bathing suits. At least two. You are going to be using them a lot, and they dry very slowly even when you hang them nicely in your stateroom bathroom.
3) You will need at least two changes of clothes per day. One outfit for dinner, where the dress code changes daily and can be anywhere from casual to formal. And one outfit for other daily activities, such as tours while you are in port. If you are going to work out on the boat, you probably want to pack clothes for that too. This is where I feel like I have failed in the past. No matter what, I always feel like I have dirtied all of my clothes before the end of the cruise. I will likely be packing extra on this one.
4) If you burn like we do, you want lots of sunscreen, aloe, and HATS. And swim suit cover ups for the ladies. If you are worried about burning, some boats have nice solarium areas where you can enjoy the sun beneath some glass that helps block the UV rays.
5) For all those clothing changes, you’re gonna need more than one pair of shoes, even if you are a guy. I recommend at least flip flops and sneakers. Probably a set of nicer sandals or loafers. And heels or fancier shoes for women for the formal nights.
6) Don’t forget your camera! And your power cords! Our phones will be less useful on the boat, but I might still want it for pictures. And I always bring my good camera. Sometimes it’s worth it to bring the underwater one as well if you are doing any snorkeling, etc. The cruise line will provide many opportunities for pictures (and purchasing said pictures) if you are lazy and don’t want to haul your camera around.
7) Drugs! Bring some cold medicine in case you get sick (though you can purchase it on board the shops if needed). Bring advil or tylenol for headaches and hangovers. We like to bring caffeine pills to extend the fun evenings just a little longer. And perhaps most importantly, bring dramamine! Or something for motion sickness if you are prone to it. We are lucky to not have issues with this, but if you encounter a storm, even the sturdiest stomachs on the largest boats can feel the movement.
Here is what one of our spare bedrooms looks like in preparation for the trip.
We’ll certainly have one large bag, one small bag, and the aforementioned carry-on. There may be a third small bag as well, hard to say. We are driving down to the port, so we don’t feel bad having that much luggage.
Packing for the trip is something I like to start a good week ahead of time. The real challenge for me is UNpacking when I get home. Ugh. I won’t think about that part yet …