Useful Things to Pack For Your Cruise (Guide)

Useful Things to Pack For Your Cruise (Guide)

Useful Things to Pack For Your Cruise (Guide)

Going on a cruise can be the experience of a lifetime, but it can also bring a whole new challenging level of packing to the table. Remember that ship cabins usually have a limited storage space allocated so it’s always a good idea to pack light. So, what to pack, and what should be left at home?

1. Some Considerations 

Useful Things to Pack For Your Cruise (Guide)

A major consideration in packing is your cruise destination. Are you going on a tropical cruise? Arctic? Or a mix? That will dictate what clothes you should bring. It’s important to know as well about the shore excursions as you definitely would have to be dressed appropriately for them.

Pay attention to your ship’s dress codes. How many formal nights are they requiring? You would need to bring appropriate clothing for that. Remember that you can bring one black dress and just make it look different with the use of accessories or scarf! In most ships, however, resort casual is the norm (something you would wear on a dinner date on land).

Note as well that the ship will provide basic toiletries, so if you’re not particular with regards to brand, you can leave your bottles of shampoo and conditioner behind.

2. Clothing 101 

Useful Things to Pack For Your Cruise (Guide)

While it’s a good idea to pack a variety of outerwear for the different weather, don’t bring too much. That said, a basic one even for a tropical cruise is a sweatshirt and a windbreaker for when the temperature drops. You can always dress in layers if it becomes too cold.

Bring a variety of casual clothing for relaxed days on the ship, including shorts, breezy T-shirts, and a swimsuit. Don’t forget some nice, wrinkle-free dresses (and slacks for men) as well for dining onboard or dining experiences on land (dress, slacks).

You should also have a variety of footwear from supportive, comfortable sneakers for touring on land, sandals for warm days by the pool on the ship or casual dining, and dress shoes for more formal dining or attractions. Don’t bring more than four pairs or you’re going to be overpacked!

Make sure to bring proper headwear for the weather conditions as well. Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun’s rays as well as an umbrella to keep you dry on rainy days. Keep in mind that all cruise ships have laundry facilities, so you don’t have to bring as much clothes as the number of days you’re on cruise.

3. Non-Clothing Essentials

Useful Things to Pack For Your Cruise (Guide)

While cruise ships usually have an onboard clinic, make sure to pack your own medications or medical equipment. You can also inform the captain beforehand if you have a more serious medical condition so that they can be prepared.

Definitely bring your camera, tablet, electronic reader, chargers, and a universal adapter. If you’re going to bring a laptop and go online, find out first how much the usage charges would be. You don’t want to come home from a wonderful cruise just to be surprised with an astronomical bill due to sky-high roaming charges that you weren’t aware of!

Bring a small tote as well for those day shore excursions for exploration, tours, dining, and other tourism activity. This can also double as your day pack. On the last night of your cruise all suitcases are usually taken away, so this smaller tote can be your overnight bag containing your change of clothing for the next day, toiletries, medications, and anything else you may need to access in that shorter period of time when your bigger luggage is not available.

For convenience and organization, storage solutions are great to pack for a cruise. Bring door-hanging organizers for makeup, smaller toiletries, and accessories. Suitcase organizational systems as well as a foldable bag where you can put your souvenirs and checked in on your way home are all great options as well.

If you’re tempted to bring alcohol, don’t. Most cruise ships will charge you for it. If you really must drink, the ship bar is there for that purpose.

What you pack and what you don’t pack can affect your experience of the cruise. So better prepare for it in advance!

4. Best Hotels Near Miami Cruise Port (Guide)

4. Best Hotels Near Miami Cruise Port (Guide)

Many cruise companies leave from the Port of Miami to go to the Caribbean or to the Bahamas, which brings many tourists to south Florida. But these tourists are not looking to explore the city. They are simply looking for a place to sleep that is near the harbor, so that they can catch their cruise ship bright and early in the morning. Whether you want to see some of the city or not, finding the best Miami hotels to suit your travel needs can be done online.

Many websites give travelers the distances between accommodations listings and common landmarks so that it is easy for travelers to chose rooms that not only have the right price but that are also in the right neighborhood.For many travelers, finding Miami hotels where they will be comfortable and get a good nights rest is important. When it comes to certain amenities, the choices become more unique based on each travelers preferences. As such, the only way for you to find accommodations that are ideally suited to you personally is for you to get involved in the search. 

Travel websites have made this easier and easier to do, because they offer a long list of accommodations on one website. Instead of visiting each lodging's website, you can look at a list of results on a travel website to get an idea of what each place is like. Then, once you have narrowed it down to one or two possible places, you can visit the websites of these few places and make your final decision. It is in this way that travel websites are saving travelers not only money but also time. booking provides efficient search engines that narrow your results with filters such as price and major landmarks. Visit the website at http://www.booking.com to find Miami hotels to stay before and after your cruise. They also offer airfare and car rental arrangements, to conveniently take care of all travel needs in one site.