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Pack Like a Pro

By HannahMonday 18th April 2016

Pack like a pro with our packing tips and tricks. Pack like a pro with our packing tips and tricks.

Want to take the hassle out of packing? We can help! While your onboard baggage allowance is a whopping 90kgs, your airline may have much lower limits which you need to follow. So if you’re flying to your departure port and, like most people, the thought of packing brings you out in a cold sweat, read on to find out how you can pack like a pro for your next cruise.

Packing tips

1. Check the dress code

The length of your cruise will dictate the number of casual, smart casual and formal nights you’ll have, so, if you want to take part, you should take a look at the dress code. This will give you a better idea of the specific outfits that you’ll need to bring. However, if you’d prefer to keep it casual, there are plenty of other dining options onboard. For more information, check out our Cruise Clothing Myth Buster.

2. Make a list

Split your wardrobe into categories – for example: sleep wear, evening wear and accessories – and work out how many items you’ll need and which items you’re going to take. Don’t forget to pack essential items, such as a US or EU plug adapter for 3-pin UK plugs, and remember certain items, such as hairdryers and kettles, are provided in your stateroom.

3. Pack for your destination/activities

While you’re writing your packing list, keep your destination and activities in mind. If you’re going somewhere cold, you’ll need lots of lightweight, warm layers, and if you’re going somewhere warm, you’ll probably need several bathing suits. Likewise, if you’re going to do lots of walking, you’ll need appropriate clothing and footwear.

4. Choose day-to-night outfits

When choosing which items of clothing to bring, it’s a good idea to create day-to-night outfits. Packing something which you can wear all day and accessorise at night means you can get two wears out of one outfit. This is a great little space saver.

5. Pack multipurpose shoes

When it comes to packing, shoes are probably the bulkiest items. Not only do they take up lots of space, but they usually add a lot of weight to your case. Choose shoes which can be worn for more than one occasion, such as trainers for shore excursions and the gym.

6. Save room for souvenirs

No matter where you’re going for your holiday, you’re more than likely to pick up a few souvenirs along the way. Whether it’s local trinkets or purchases from our onboard boutiques, you’ll need to save room for these additions.

7. Use packing cubes

So you’ve whittled your wardrobe down to the items you’re going to take onboard, now it’s time to pack. Packing cubes are a great way to separate your clothes and they can double as dirty laundry compartments during your cruise.

8. Pack your carry-on bag wisely

After successfully packing your suitcase, it’s time to get started on your carry-on bag. If you can’t wait to start enjoying yourself once onboard, pack your swimming costume, sports kit and anything else you may need. Bring any medicines and important documents with you as well.

Packing tricks

1. Roll your clothes

Not only does this save on space, but it causes less creasing than folding.

2. Bring a power strip

So you’ve already packed your plug adapter, but you’ve got more than one electronic item to charge? Problem solved with a power strip.

3. Cover dirty shoes with a shower cap

Protect your clothes (and anything else in your suitcase) with this nifty trick.

5. Stop leaks with cling film and tape

Avoid any suitcase spillages with a square of cling film placed under bottle lids and a piece of tape on top.

Find out more details on what to pack for your cruise and don't forget to check for items which aren't allowed onboard.

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