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7 Ways to Pack Like a Cruising Pro

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You’ve got your passport, driver’s license, tickets, and a suitcase full of clothes. What else could you possibly need to pack for a cruise? The answer is plenty. Sure, the ship sells everything you need, but it may be expensive and not your preferred brand. We’ve included a few tips on those little extras to pack in your suitcase or carry-on that will make you look like the ultimate prepared traveler.

Clothes: You already know to pack at least one formal outfit as well as a bathing suit or two. Beyond that, try to pack “dual purpose” clothing. A sarong that can be used as a swim cover-up as well as a long skirt for casual shore excursions. A simple dress that can be worn with sandals during the day and then, with the addition of accessories and different shoes, worn for dinner another night. Make life easy on yourself and go for wrinkle-free items if you can.

Electronics: Even if you promise not to check email and work on this vacation, you will need to pack your charging cords for any cell phones, laptops and iPods. Try putting them all in a plastic zip lock freezer bag so they won’t get jumbled in your luggage.

The Sun: Sunburns can ruin a cruise for many travelers. In fact, they can make a vacation downright unbearable. Pack sunscreen, obviously, but also pack aspirin and your preferred “cure” in case you do get burnt. Some people swear by vinegar or Noxzema; Whatever you swear by, just be sure to pack it ahead of time. It will be expensive to purchase on the ship or at port.

Bug Spray: Stick some in a handy zip lock bag and be prepared when you sign up for an excursion that takes you on a jungle hike. Bugs don’t bother the prepared traveler.

A Deck of Cards: Yes, the ship will have plenty of on-board entertainment and activities much more exciting than a plain deck of cards. All the same, a deck of cards can be a life-saver during any travel delays before arriving at your cruise.

A Suitcase: An extra, collapsible suitcase can be used for trips ashore and for carrying home souvenirs as well as for storing wet, dirty laundry.

Walkie-Talkie: If you are traveling with kids or young adults, chances are they won’t want to spend every waking moment with you (or vice versa). A simple set of walkie-talkies can give you peace of mind and privacy.

Being prepared is more than just grabbing a good book to read on your way out the door. Follow these tips, add a few of your own, and you will be on your way to becoming the prepared traveler that everyone else aspires to be.

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Great advice for even the most experienced travelers. We generally pack our carry on with meds, cameras, etc. and put that carry on inside our smallest wheeled bag. Saves that last minute run to the ships gift shop to buy another bag when you did a bit too much shopping in the ports.

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Also, for those taking flights after beach excursions, be aware the sand sets off the security. It shows up as nitro. Learned that one the hard way!

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I roll my clothing. less wrinkles, and you can pack more. I pack any socks inside of shoes. If you don't take socks, put anything in there....it's good space for something.

I always pack ziploc bags for wet clothing. I bring only travel sized shampoo/conditioner, shaving cream, toothpaste etc....saves room and when they are empty you don't have to pack them (or even if they are not.)

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