October 16, 2017

That Time I Packed for a Cruise...

For my first cruise I had a really hard time finding a good packing list to go off of. There were plenty of lists that just listed items, but not quantities. Due to my strife, I wanted to post my packing list for others to find (below).
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3vsD-FqZbpeMHE0a0wwckJkYm8

But first, some things to note:...
If you are going on a longer cruise, and flying, you are better off packing less and doing laundry. no one's going to judge you for re-wearing clothes; we're all in the same boat (pun non intended). Choose generic looking clothing items you can mix and match which won't be noticed when you repeat them later in the cruise. For reference, Carnival's "Cruise Elegant" dress code could be described as "semi-formal": cocktail dresses & khakis + oxford shirt; not ballgowns and tuxes... tho more formal is certainly permitted.
If deciding whether or not to attend your cruise' Formal Night: DO IT. It's the only time you can get lobster for free (on sailings of 6+ days). This takes place in the main dining room. (This is specifically for Carnival; not sure what Royal Caribbean does, and Norwegian doesn't even do a formal night.)

When packing, decide if you wan to check any bags at the cruise terminal. We choose to carry-on all of our bags, but we packed relatively light. Checking your bags means you might not have those bags in time for dinner the first night. If you are carrying your bags on, you don't need to print the luggage tags.

If you board very early, your room may not be ready yet, so checking your bag could be the better option. You would then want to have a bathing suit, etc. in a carry on so that you can hit the pool right away, along with anything else you will want the first day before your bag is delivered. When checking a bag, they are delivered outside your door sometime that evening. If you check bags, you are expected to tip $1 per bag to the person you hand them over to.
This list is for me and Boyfriend for a 7-night cruise. I've only done NCL and Carnival cruises so there are some specifics for them which may or may not apply to other ships. Most-if-not-all ships have shampoo and body was in dispensers in the shower, and hand soap is provided a la all hotels. If you have kids, here's a packing list for them. If you're going somewhere cold, here's someone else's article that you can use to modify the list below.

(Printable Version)

**Packing Cubes (un-filled pre-cruise, then use them on the return to make room for souvenirs)

Boyfriend's Packing list:
Clothes
2 Swim Trunks
2 Belts
1 Exercise Outfit
1 Jacket
1 Jeans
2 Oxford shirts
2 Polo shirts
3 Shorts
3 Socks
3 T-shirt
1 Trousers/Khakis
2 Under Shirts
8 Underwear
1 White evening outfit (NCL and Carnival both have white-attire nights)
2 Gym clothes
1-2 Sweater

Shoes
1 Flip Flops
1 Dress Shoes (something that will work as both semi-formal and formal)
1 Sneakers
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My Packing List:

Accessories
1 Clutch Purse
1 Day bag (for items needed off ship... or on when away from cabin)
1 Hat
1 Jewelry
4 Hair Tie
1 Nail File
x Tampons (just in case)
x Makeup

Clothes
2-3 Bathing suits
2 Bras
1 Cardigan, hvy
1 Cardigan, light
1-2 Dress, cocktail
1 Dress, little black
1 Formal Dress (for cruises with formal night)
1 Jacket, light
1 Jeans
1 PJs
3 Mini Skirts/Shorts/combo
1-2 Dress skirt
1 Shirt, long sleeve
2-3 Shirts/tops
2 Socks
2 Summer Dress
3 Tank tops
1 Tights
7 Underwear
2 Bathing Suit Cover-ups
1 White evening wear (NCL and Carnival both have white attire nights)

Shoes
1 Flip Flops
1 Foldy shoes 
1 Dress Shoes (something that will work as both semi-formal and formal)
1 Nice sandals
1 Sneakers
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Both (some to be shared):
Beach / Sun
1 Beach Bag
1 Bug spray
1 Cooler (you can buy buckets of beer that you could then bring off ship if wanted - check open container laws for your ports)
1 Sunglasses
Sunscreen
1 Swimming Goggles
1 Aftersun Lotion

**DO NOT BRING A TOWEL - There will be pool towels you can take to the beach with you in your room.
Documents
1 ATM Card
1 Books
1 Id (Driver License)
1 Id (Passport)
1 International Credit Card (One that doesn't charge intl fees. The cruise lines' cards seem to not have int'l fees OR annual fees, so check that out if you don't already have one)
1 Med ins card (Makes things easier if something were to happen)

Electronics
1 Cell Phone
1 Phone charger
1 Digital Camera
1 Charger (Camera)
1 Extra memory card
1 Laptop
1 Charger (Laptop)
1 Tablet
1 Charger (Tablet)
1 Extension cord
1 Flashlight
1 Headphones
1 Plug splitter

Medical
1 Antibacterial Ointment
1 Bandaid
1 Cortisone
1 Lip Balm
x Motion Sickness Tablets
x Pepto
1 Scissors
x Tums
1 Tweezers
Miscellaneous
3 Highlighters
6 Magnetic Hooks
1 Books / Magazines
1 Wine Opener
1 750ml Bottle Wine/Champagne (*for cruiselines that allow)
1 Champagne stopper (I have one, it works surprisingly well)
12-Pack Soda/Juice cans-or-cartons (*for cruiselines that allow)
2 Lanyards (For room key)
1 Sewing Kit
3 Tea lights (battery powered-nightlights)
1 Travel mug
1 Umbrella
1 Water bottle
2 Laundry detergent packets

Toiletries
1 Hanging organizer
1 Ear plugs
1 Lotion
1 Razor
1 Toothbrush
1 Toothpaste
1 Combs
1 Contact Case
1 Contact Solution
1 Contacts
1 Face soap
1 Glasses
1 Glasses case
1 Q-tips
1 Toothbrush
1 Toothpaste

**DO NOT TAKE SHAMPOO & SOAP. Unless you need to have your brand, these are in the room.
For further reference in the clothes category, Cruise Critic has a page with links to all cruise lines' dress codes linked.

If there's anything on the list you don't have, here's a shopping list:
https://laurenofalltrades.blogspot.com/p/cruise-shopping.html

More stuff you should bring!:
Cabin Must-Haves
Sundeck Necessities
Accessories for Cruise Ports

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