Jump to content
Packing for a cruise
5 replies to this topic
Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:07 PM
Apart from clothes and toiletries, what else do you need to take? Do you need to pack a beach towel for shore trips?
Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:23 PM
You can if you want. You do get a 'beach' towel in your room, one per passenger, they are the same size as the bath towels they provide, so you could use that if you want to save space packing.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:04 PM
Depends on the ship as to the exact method, but you can usually sign out towels to take on shore with you.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:54 AM
If you are taking anything that needs recharging I would suggest a power board we only had one power point in room. Saved a lot of arguments.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:03 AM
Ok, I'm a cruising junkie so over some time I've picked up the following from other cruisers and use these tips now when I cruise. You can take or leave whichever ones you feel will be of benefit to your trip.
I tend to take my own towel with me anyway, as PP's have said, the ship will provide you shore excursion and pool towels but they are no bigger than the regular bath towels in your cabin and I love my huge beach towel so I just pack it anyway. I pack it over the top of everything else in my suitcase and tuck it in the sides so it is a barrier to anything moving around while in transit.
When it comes to clothes, check if your cruise has any formal nights or if there is a themed party on board. Even if you don't think you'll want to attend these before you go, pack for them just in case. It's next to impossible to find something to wear for the occasion on board if you change your mind - and they are actually a lot of fun.
I'd pack your toiletries in a hanging organiser that can be hooked on the back of the bathroom door - frees up the small vanities usually found on cruise ships. The cruise I am doing next October is on the Celebrity Solstice and by the looks of the pictures, the bathrooms there have the most storage I've ever seen on a ship so I'm looking forward to using shelves for the first time and actually having some room to put everything.
Check to power outlets on board (it should say in the specs of the ship on your cruise website) to make sure it's Australian plugs and that you don't need an adaptor to American or European outlets. Take a power board with you so you can plug it in the one outlet that will be in your room and then have multiple power sources for cameras, laptops, phones etc. Lack of power points in the past has meant that DH and I are fighting over the power point in the bathroom so he can shave and I can charge the camera!
I pack a travel clothes line with pegs to string across the balcony when I have that category cabin. It's the best way to dry my towel at the end of a day of swimming so that it's ready for the next day.
One idea I heard on the last cruise and am looking forward to trying next time is to pack the centre tube from a glad wrap or foil. When you get commemorative cards, photos etc you can roll them and slide them into the cardboard tube and then they won't be creased or crushed on the way home. I got my photos last cruise in their cardboard folder and during transit from the Bahamas, to New York, to Vegas, to Hawaii and then back home, even in the folder the photos got dented and bent. If I had known about the tube, I probably wouldn't have had that issue. The photos would be curling up when you take them out but put a phone book on them or frame them and they will go back to being flat and in original pristine condition.
That's all I can remember right now. It may seem like a lot but it makes the trip all the more easy and I've packed all this stuff before and still gone away with just a carry on bag. It's not stuff that takes up a lot of room, plus the rest of your clothing will be light Summer wear and so will be lightweight and small to pack.
If I think of anything else or you have any other q's I'd be happy to help. I wrote a couple of posts about cruise tips on my blog too if you want to check it out.
I hope you have a great trip!
Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:18 PM
Thanks for the tips, especially the power board one. Have spent the day packing and have FINALLY finished, we leave tomorrow
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.
When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.
There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't - or won't got to sleep.
Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.
While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.
The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.
Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.
So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.
An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.
While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?
If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.
Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?
A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.
Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.
It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.
Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.
It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.
One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.
Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
Top 5 Articles
Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.
Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?
She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.
A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.
Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.
It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement about the alphabet.
Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night.
An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.
It was all too much excitement for this dad.
The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.
The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.
Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.
Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.
Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.
Get your ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show - register online now!