What to Pack for a Cruise with Your Family
Cruises are an ideal way to travel for a lot of families, including mine. Cruising is a great way to see more than one destination during your vacation. As opposed to other vacations, one of the best reasons why I love cruising is that I don’t ever have to cook — and everyone is happy at mealtime! A cruise ship is what I like to call an “all-inclusive resort on the sea.” If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you may be wondering what to pack for a cruise with your family. Here are a few important tips:
For a lot of women, this is a daunting art to master, but it’s doable. Even if it’s a 7-day cruise, you still don’t need to pack a lot! I love maxi dresses, so start with a couple of maxi dresses and a cardigan to go with them. (Yes, even in tropical destinations, even in the summer. Think about restaurants and theaters, which are both on most cruise ships.)
You’ll also want a couple of pairs of shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits, a “dressy” dress for a Captain’s Dinner, a pair of sneakers, flip flops, sandals and dress shoes. Besides your clothes, be sure to pack your camera, toiletries (if you’re picky), sunscreen, feminine products, any prescription or over-the-counter medicines you take, and you really don’t need much else.
What about the kids?
For your children, you should help them pack the same items as you did. While no one needs a tuxedo, nice casual wear would be advised for them during one or two of the dinners, depending on the length of your stay. And remember, packing less is always best!
You will need to pack some empty reusable luggage. As you destination hop, you will most likely buy souvenirs. However, if you packed lightly in a small or medium-sized suitcase, where are the souvenirs going? That’s where your extra empty bags come in handy.
Now that we’ve covered WHAT to pack for a cruise, let’s discuss what NOT to pack. You will not need any towels. The cruise line, as well as all of the pool decks, will have plenty of towels for you. Trust me! From the moment you step into your cabin, you will most likely be greeted by a towel on your bed, nicely crafted and twisted as towel origami into the shape of some type of animal. Amongst other items on my DO NOT PACK list are hair dryers, food, and alcoholic beverages, but research your cruise line’s policy for specific details.
Check with your individual cruise line to learn everything that will be provided on the ship and remember to pack everyone’s passports!
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