During the first few weeks of January, a wave of ships will soon be departing from a variety of ports to take eager passengers on an adventure of a lifetime around the world. As most people are preparing for the busy holiday season, some of our Cruise Specialists travelers are also busy preparing for their long awaited world cruise.
Packing for a world cruise is a lengthy process that you will want to put some thought into because you will be away from home for three or four months. Our Cruise Specialists experts have been sending and accompanying guests on world cruises for the past 25 years and want to share their top five tips for what essentials you may need onboard.
1. Interchangeable Outfits. Most world cruise veterans know that having a variety of interchangeable outfits is essential. Pick a few color schemes that allow you to easily mix and match your clothes, and change them up with unique accessories. For formal nights and special occasions, gentlemen will need to bring along their tux and a few suits, while the ladies will want several evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Don’t forget to pack special attire for festive theme nights on the ship such as Valentines and St. Patrick’s celebrations.
2. Comfortable Excursion Attire. A few pairs of sturdy walking shoes are a must to take along for all the walking you will do on the ship and on tours in ports. Other important items include sweaters and jackets, rain gear, and a sturdy backpack for taking personal items with you on and off the ship. Depending on the excursion, you may need a bathing suit and cover-up, a sun hat, or even a pair of binoculars. Don’t forget your digital camera to capture your experiences, and you’ll want to be sure you pack several memory sticks to save your photos in case your camera gets lost or stolen.
3. Extra Supplies. It goes without saying to pack enough prescription medicine to last you throughout your voyage, but you’ll also want extra supplies of any beauty and personal hygiene products you can’t stand to go without for three or four months! An extra pair of eyeglasses is always a good idea, and our hosts also recommend taking along a handy pop-up laundry basket, a small bottle of spray and wash for treating clothing stains, a power strip for your electronics, and a durable flashlight.
4. Personal Cabin Decor. Since the cabin will be your home for a while, you will want to take items along that will make your suite feel more like home. Since most cabin walls are magnetic, be sure to take plenty of magnets to hang up precious pictures of your kids, grandkids, and pets. Some travelers like to hang up maps of the different areas of the world they will be traveling to plot their course.
5. A Worthwhile Project. Plan a meaningful project that you would like to complete while you are on your cruise. With plenty of down time at sea, you may want to complete a photo album or scrap book, knit a sweater, make some jewelry or write a book. Make sure you have the necessary supplies along to complete your project.
Aside from these necessary and comfort items, the most important thing to bring along with you on your long journey is your flexible attitude. With it, you will enjoy the world as a true traveler rather than a tourist. Find out more information on upcoming world cruises offered by Cruise Specialists.