How To Pack For A Cruise In 10 Easy Steps

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How to pack for a cruise in 10 easy steps

Today we are talking about packing for your cruise. We are going to break the packing process down into 10 easy steps. You’ll get some structure and ideas on how to keep the stress out of packing for a cruise.

How to pack for a cruise in 9 EASY steps:

  1. First- make a packing list – check your cruise lines prohibited items list to make sure that nothing you’re packing is forbidden. Categories should include: toiletries & medications, and stateroom essentials. Then, there’s the big one, clothing (swim, fitness, port day, ship day, dinner, formal night, embark/debark, pajamas, undergarments, shoes, hats). 
  2. Decide HOW you want to pack. Light/Carry on only? Anything goes? Check to make sure you have the luggage you need to support that packing style. Borrow or buy what you need. 
  3. Second- shop your list- we’ve created an Amazon store dedicated to cruise travel but you can also check dollar stores for inexpensive toiletry and accessory items. We also love discount stores like TJ Maxx, Ross & Marshalls for buying luggage and places like Target & Walmart for travel-size toiletries. 
  4. Third- lay out your clothes and make sure items match & coordinate and Try on anything you haven’t worn in the last few months to make sure it still fits comfortably. 
  5. Put foldable items into packing cubes and set hanging items aside in a corner of your closet.
  6. If possible, wait a few days or even a week and review everything you’ve packed. Look at your choices again & ask yourself the following questions: Have you overpacked? Do you love the items you packed? Will you reach for them? 
  7. Pack your suitcase & pack your embarkation day bag. Place heavier items at the bottom of your suitcase to create a better balance. 
  8. Check the weight of your bag if flying.
  9. Lastly, affix your cruise line luggage tags to your suitcase just before you head to the por
  10. Remember,  you need your passport and boarding documents, and medications. Everything else, in an emergency, could be purchased.

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Sheri and her family are cruise content creators focused on providing practical tips and advice to new and seasoned cruisers. CruiseTipsTV’s audience enjoys following Sheri and her family as they travel the world by ship creating travel films. Sheri has visited destinations like Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean, and has experienced 33 cruises on 6 cruise lines. She was named one of Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 10 Travel Influencers Changing How We Vacation in 2018 and 2019. Sheri has been quoted in the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, Prevention, and Business Innovator Radio. Her YouTube Channel, CruiseTipsTV has over 87,000 subscribers and 17 million views.