Packing for a cruise can intimidate even the most experienced of travelers because unlike “traditional” vacations, cruises have the prospect of “formal” and themed nights to contend with, thus vacationers are posed with the ultimate question: to pack, or not to pack, the tux or gown. What’s more, all clothing and travel items need to be packed into two suitcases, max. But worry not—cruise packing can actually be pretty stress-free; especially when you follow our top tips.
Wardrobe: Mix it Up
Most cruises feature both laidback and more formal dining options, so in addition to your casual attire—such as t-shirts, jeans, sundresses and shorts—you’ll also want to bring a set or two of dressier options for those nights when you want to take your evening up a notch. Tuxedo- and gown-averse guests needn’t worry—dark suits, or blazers with trousers will work just fine, as will contemporary nighttime looks for women. That said, should you wish to don cocktail attire, you’ll also feel right at home. Other essential items include a minimum of 2 bathing suits (so one will always be dry!), workout clothes, sun hats, sandals, and sunglasses. However, if you’re headed for a cooler region, you’ll also want to add a lightweight (but warm) coat, pieces you can layer, along with socks and suitable footwear.
Technology: Capturing the Memories
To help you remember every aspect of your trip, you undoubtedly want to pack a camera (or if you have a smartphone, a charger to make sure your device won’t let you down at the wrong moment!).
If you plan on going ashore and sightseeing, you should also consider bringing a tripod, to guarantee your pictures come out grounded and professional, and a portable flash drive, so you have enough memory to keep shooting pictures from day to night. Extra camera batteries are also key, if you’re opting for the non-smartphone option.
Safety: Protect Yourself
Whether it’s from the sun or potential pick pocketers, take steps to keep yourself and your property as safe as possible when traveling. We recommend stocking up on sunscreen and bringing along a personal first-aid kit to take care of small emergencies (but of course cruise staff are around to help at all times). For peace of mind in port, bring purses and wallets that can be kept close to the body, along with carry-on bags that are big enough to keep your cruise paperwork, airline tickets and required medications on you at all times (pro tip: do not pack them into your luggage!).
And, Finally: Don’t Stress
The beauty of being on a cruise is that even if you forget something (say, your sunscreen or a pair of nice dining shoes), chances are you’ll be able to purchase the forgotten item(s) from one of the many onboard boutiques. Indeed, Celebrity Cruise guests can pick up everything they might want—or need—from, say, a TAGHeuer watch, to a Hugo Boss bathing suit., and they’ll all be at duty-free prices.