What should I wear on a cruise?

When you have finally booked your European cruise holiday and you’ve worked out all the details of your itinerary, you will most likely want to spend just a little bit of time considering what you are going to pack. Getting the right items of clothing packed in your suitcases will mean that once you are on your cruise you will be able to relax much better.

Start off with knowing what the climates will be like on your vacation, will it be hot, cold, or somewhere in between. Also consider that if you are travelling some distances, the temperatures in different ports may vary, also don’t forget that night time temperatures can be considerably colder that those in the day time, so you need to plan for this eventuality.

You should also think about what kind of events and activities will be part of your European cruise ship time. In general, however, most situations that you will encounter on your cruise come under the following three headings. These are; Casual, Semi-casual and Formal wear( or evening wear).

Casual wear is important, although you don’t want to be too scruffy, also don’t forget a swim suit, you can buy these on board ship, but you won’t necessarily get a great choice so your own is better.

Semi-Casual might be the kind of outfit you would be comfortable wearing on a night or day out back home, you will be using this style when you are on shore excursions as well as enjoying the evening entertainmenta on board ship, like live shows etc.

Formal wear is important too, at least one night of many cruises involve a dinner and dance, usually called the Captains dinner, for men this would be a formal dinner jacket, possibly with a bow i.e., but not essential.

Don’t try to take your whole wardrobe with you on the cruise, even though you can fit alot in your suitcases ( more than on a traditional vacation due to air freight limitations), try and select clothes that you can mix and match and that are comfortable, new shoes can be nice, but you don’t want to be uncomfortable on the best cruise vacation ever!

Also don’t forget to pack those little things that you think you might need, if you need to make a list of all the things you want to take, this can help you decide and also make sure that you don’t forget to pack anything important.

Packing for your cruise

What you need to take on a cruise

Imagine the feeling of getting all settled on board you cruise ship, but having that nagging feeling that you have forgotten something or left something behind. This is a not a nice feeling to have, as we all know, so this post is a quick guide to some of the thing you should try and do before leaving on your cruise to make sure this doesn’t happen to you

A really good idea is to make a checklist of all the thing that’s you think that you might need, make sure you start this early on in the planning cycle, try and keep the list handy at all times, that way if something pops into your head that you really must take with you, you can write it down straight away. A quick tip is to keep the least neat, that way you won’t get confused, also make sure you have a nice neat column where you can tick things off as you start to pack your cases and hand luggage.

Another really good idea is to have a check list for every person going on the European cruise, each person may have something that are different which might make a single list you are putting together overly complicated and that might mean you will leave something out that’s very important.

To get you started, here a few essentials that you should immediately right down at the top of the list. Passport, cruise tickets, and medical documents that might be relevant. Make sure you have some other personal id and also your home telephone numbers and contact numbers. It’s a good idea to leave the contact numbers of the local doctor’s surgery that you use, that way if anything bad happens then the local doctors can easily get access to your medical records which could be vital. Also make sure you leave contact numbers for the cruise lines operator with someone back home in case they need to contact you.

If you have medications or special dietary requirements that are essential make sure you pack enough of these to last the entire cruise time, with regards to medical supplies like tablets or inhalers take extra or a spare ( especially with inhalers for asthma ) since it would be hard to get replacements.

When it comes to clothing, you should identify what kind of weather you will be expecting. Packing for a Northern European Cruise is entirely different from a Southern Mediterranean cruise, so choose wisely. Bear in mind also how long you are travelling for, 1 or 2 weeks and pack accordingly. Work out which outfits you require and try and figure out in advance what you want to wear with what, if you choose carefully you can reduce the total amount of clothes you will pack. There are limits to what you can take; you should check your itinerary paper from the tour operator to see what the limits are.

So in general pack early and pack carefully this way you will have a European cruise to remember without any worries, which is always nice.