Cruise: What To Pack

2013-07-24

One of cruis­ing’s biggest ad­van­tages is that you on­ly have to un­pack once, even if you are vis­it­ing sev­er­al coun­tries. No need to live out of your suit­case. But stor­age space is some­what lim­it­ed in ship cab­ins and most air­lines now charge for checked bag­gage — and hit you with over­charges if your bags are heavy.

The gold­en rule: pack light. That’s not as dif­fi­cult as you might think. Peo­ple of­ten freak out about what to pack for a cruise, but the re­al­ity is you prob­ably al­ready have ev­ery­thing you need. If for some rea­son you for­get some­thing it’s like­ly to be eas­ily at hand in the ship’s store — or at shops in the ports. The two biggest con­sid­er­ations when pack­ing for your cruise? Where you’re cruis­ing (trop­ical, arc­tic, or some­thing in be­tween) and on what ship you’re sail­ing.

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