If you are flying and have weight restrictions, here are some tips to make your journey a little less stressful.
If you are travelling with your spouse, pack in each others suitcase. You most likely need 2 suit cases, but if one suit case is lost then you both still have clothing to wear. In this event, either self-service laundry or very reasonable laundry services are available on all ships. I find rolling your clothing eliminates wrinkles in most fabrics, but not all. Wrap those garments in dry cleaner plastic, and then roll. Lastly, you can pack a travel size of wrinkle releaser.
I am an admitted over-packer. Truthfully, no one but you will notice if you wear 2 bathing suits all cruise, or a different one each day. If you’re aiming to pack light, 2 swim suits for a 7 day cruise is sufficient. When I must fly, I pack my shoes in my carry on as they are the heaviest items to pack in your checked luggage. Yes, I need to pack a different pair of shoes for each evening outfit. Pack your small items around the perimeter of the suit case. Make sure you pack anything sharp (scissor, knitting needles, nail clipper- you get the picture) in your luggage and not your carry on.
On sea days on Caribbean itineraries, if you enjoy the Pool Deck, you will be in a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirts, sandals/ flip flops, a cover-up. On Port Days, if you sightsee, the most important item is a good pair of walking shoes (hats, sun glasses, water, sun screen). Evenings for men mean long pants and collared shirts and dressy casual/casual for the ladies. Typically Formal or Cruise Elegant evenings on board mean a suit or tuxedo for the man and cocktail dresses, gowns or fancy outfits for women. Nice slacks and a button down and tie will work for some men for formal night, but the description truly describes casual.
Carry ons should contain all medical needs and documentation (passports). Some like to tak advantage of the open pools on deck and pack a swim suit. My family is way too busy the first day to be bothered, but it is a great tradition for many.
Do NOT forget to pack sun screen protection, a hat or sun visor, and a remedy “just in case”! I also suggest packing other remedies like for Sea Sickness, also- “just in case”. We have found natural ginger pills to work the best, but there are many available; sea bands work on pressure points and bonnie can be purchased in any major drug store. Don’t wait to find out the cruise ship medical is already out of sea sickness remedy. Stomach remedies are smart to pack as well. And, DO NOT forget a good pair of sun glasses, for you and your children.
Lastly, If you take your Smart Phone, download a flashlight first, it could come in handy in the middle of the night. No need to pack that extra weight of a flashlight anymore!
With 1,000s of items you can pack and different methods, consider this a snippet of information today!