December 11, 2011

December 11, 2011
More Help for Packing for a Cruise

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I started part one of a blog explaining how to pack for a cruise vacation. Since space in the cabins are small, it is very important to pack the smartest way you can. Today, I will conclude the blog with more tips on packing.

Make a list of activities, and pack accordingly.

Remember to pack clothes according to the types of activities you plan to participate in (both on the ship and at ports of call).

Do you want to spend lots of time at the pool? If so, bring a couple of bathing suits and cover ups, flip flops and plenty of sunscreen. Do you want to exercise? Be sure to bring comfortable athletic shoes and workout clothes. Do you plan to sign up for shore excursions? Make a list of any additional gear, so that you do not end up having to miss out because you forgot to pack the right shoes.

As far as clothing, I typically bring three of everything and use the ship's laundry service if needed. It is usually reasonably priced, and some ships even have self service laundry you can use in a pinch.

Be prepared for small bathrooms.

Small cabins mean cramped bathrooms, so pack your toiletries in a hanging toiletry bag. If you are sharing the bathroom with other people, you might want to even bring along a fabric hanging shoe caddy that folds up flat when not in use. Put it over the back of your door and let each person keep their stuff in their own compartment. It is a smart way to stay organized.

Most cruise lines offer basic toiletries, including lotion, shampoo and conditioner, but that is about it. It is always good to bring your own, especially if you are particular about which products and brands you use.

Every ship has some sort of small shop for toiletries, so if you forget stuff you can always buy things there. They typically even have items like underwear and socks. If you use a blow dryer regularly, consider bringing your own since the blow dryers provided on ships are always weak!

Also, because of their size, most cabins are equipped with just one power outlet. So if you have several devices you are going to want to use and charge at once, bring your own power strip. Cruise lines do not advocate this, but it is a good item to bring along so you are covered in case you need it. An outlet multiplier will also do the trick.

Hope these tips help you whether you are going on your first cruise vacation or the last of many. I know cruising is one of my favorite ways to travel. You can the taste of different places so you know where you might want to take a longer vacation.

Hope you have a great Sunday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab