Cruising is one of the best ways to explore the world. The older you get the more this is the case, so it is no surprise that the average age of a cruise passenger is 55.
There are no transfers to worry about, you only unpack once and you will definitely be pampered. You just need to treat yourself to a few new outfits and some swimwear from somewhere like Fashion World, pack your case and go. To help you to decide what to buy I have put together a few packing tips.
Be prepared for all weather
When you go cruising, you will be visiting a lot of different places. In all likelihood, some will be warmer than others. So, you need to be ready for all kinds of weather. It is especially important to pack something warm to wear while you are out on the deck. You will be surprised by how chilly it can be, at night, when the ship is moving.
It is usually a good idea to pack more than one swimming costume. A lot of the activities people enjoy doing while onboard are best done wearing a bikini or swimming costume. Things like spending time by the pool, playing deck games and going to the spa. Plus, on many cruises, you can take part in water sports or spend a day swimming and enjoying an isolated bay that is only accessible by boat. So, it is a good idea to have more than one swimsuit with you.
Be sure to pack enough appropriate outfits
Packing outfits that can be mixed and matched and planning to dress in layers is always the best approach. This is especially important if you are going on a long cruise. You need to make sure that what you pack is comfortable and appropriate for all of the activities you are planning to enjoy.
On occasion, you may need to get to the shore using a boat. So, make sure that the outfit you choose for those trips allows you to preserve your modesty. In those situations, shorts or trousers are better than a short skirt.
Always use a packing list
To make sure you do not forget anything download a packing list template and edit it to suit your needs. Listing what you need for each activity is a really good way to make sure you pack well.
It is also worth talking to friends and family about what they took on their last cruise. They will give a few extra pointers. For example, in most cabins, there are very few power points. So, a short extension socket will be invaluable.
Understand your luggage allowance
Most cruise ships have very generous luggage allowances. If your cruise is longer than 6 days a lot of cruise companies allow you to take 2 suitcases weighing up to 50lbs each. That is a lot of luggage, but there are a few things to bear in mind. Firstly, what you can take varies greatly between companies. So, always check what is allowed.
If you are flying as part of your holiday, be careful. In all likelihood, you will have a much smaller luggage allowance for your flights. Unless you want to pay high fees, at the airport, that is the allowance you need to plan your packing around. Plus, in some situations, you will be responsible for getting your cases on board the ship and to your cabin.
If you would like to read more of our holidaying tips, we suggest that you start with this recent article.