Hey all! It's been a hot minute since I've written a blog post. The first half of 2018 has been a whirlwind, most notably wrapping up a major project at work and making a condo move. While I have not spent much time traveling and blogging, it was a season focused on home.
But alas, here I am, three days away from jetting off to Europe for a summer vacation that I have been looking forward to for a long time! We booked our cruise two years in advance. Crazy? Maybe...but the glory of booking early is that you can always reschedule if the dates do not end up working for you. We could not pass up the opportunity to experience the newest and biggest ship in the world, Symphony of the Seas! We secured optimal flights, amazing rooms on the ship, and have had plenty of time to plan for our trip.
Cruising does require some pre-planning in terms of packing. With a variety of excursions (beach, land, sea) and plenty of activities on-board, you want to be prepared with everything you need to make it awesome. For clothing, my best advice is the following:
- Pack a daytime outfit that aligns well with your planned excursion/activity. This could be a swimsuit/cover-up/flip flops for a day at the beach or hiking shorts/tank top/walking shoes for a day on land.
- Pack a few comfy outfits for afternoon relaxation. You will usually come back to the ship ready to shower and chill out before dinner. Something good for a siesta or enjoying a cocktail on your balcony is key.
- Pack a dressy outfit for dinner every night. Cruise ships have scheduled 'smart casual' nights and usually 1-2 'formal nights.' Getting all dressed up and enjoying great food and wine is one of my favorite parts of cruising!
I've highlighted some of my other cruise essentials below, which I believe are not so obvious when you think about packing for a normal trip! These are all things that have personally come in very handy on past cruises. While you do not want to over-pack, there are certain things that are very practical and will make your trip more enjoyable.
While this is not my full packing list for cruises, it should give you a head start for the things that may not be so obvious! And just remember, the glory of cruising is that you can bring a larger suitcase, unpack ONCE, and enjoy your amazing floating hotel for the duration of your trip!
Follow my adventures over the next two weeks on the Symphony of the Seas in Spain, France, and Italy on Instagram at Get Out There Travel.