Luxury small-ship cruise holidays are booming in popularity and now experts have decided on the 10 must-pack items to take with you on your next trip of a lifetime.
Luxury cruise experts at Panache Cruises have named the top ten items travelers should take on board to ensure that their next cruise holiday is all plain sailing. Cruise holidays can last many weeks so travelers must think carefully about everything they need to take with them as there are limited opportunities to buy most items whilst away, especially when your cruise is far from the beaten path. Many of the items recommended by the luxury cruise experts are specifically useful when on board a cruise ship including magnetic hooks and over-the-door organisers for essential items.
Despite being smaller in size than the mass market cruise liners, some luxury cruise ships give passengers more than twice the personal space and larger cabin sizes. But items that allow passengers to stow items better to keep cabins clutter-free are still recommended making it easier to find personal belongings quickly and easily.
Most cruise cabin walls are made from steel – meaning magnetic hooks are a great idea for storing smaller items like lanyards, hats or jewellery, instead of leaving them around the cabin.
Over the Door Organiser
Another great way to keep the cabin in order is to have an over-the-door organiser for all the smaller essential items. Fill it with things like suncream, sunglasses, snacks, water bottles, and anything else that may instead be left laying around. It’s an easy way to keep the cabin feeling spacious and organised.
When cruising, the best way to let your towel and wet swimwear dry is, of course, outside on your balcony. A towel clip is a great item to pack to stop your belongings from blowing away into the ocean when it is windy outside. Towel clips can also be used to secure your towel to your sunlounger when on the pool deck.
Some cruise cabins may not have as many plug sockets for charging all the different devices simultaneously a family or couple might need. That’s why buying a socket bank is a great solution for charging lots of things at the same time. It’s also worth taking a plug adapter to make sure you can use any socket type.
Investing in some high-quality binoculars is a good idea before boarding the cruise ship. The water depth and the draft of the vessel you are on will determine how near the shore you sail and anchor and having high-powered binoculars will let you enjoy details that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.
A Small Personal Bag
Bringing along a small bag that you can keep on your person, such as a bum bag or a money belt, is a good idea for both ship and shore to help make sure you keep belongings such as cabin keys, money and phones close to you and safe. On larger cruise ships you may spend much of your day far away from your cabin so keeping a ‘day bag’ will allow you to access essential items without needing to keep going back and forth. It is also worth remembering that on the day of embarkation, it may take several hours for your luggage to arrive in your cabin. Ensure you keep everything you might need with you in a separate bag.
Water Activity Essentials
Depending on your cruise itinerary and the time of year, you might be able to swim at your ports of call – so bring along a mask and snorkel so you can swim and explore the underwater life. Water shoes are also a good idea to have – to help avoid any nasty foot cuts and scrapes.
Appropriate dining clothes
If there are formal dinners on your cruise then you will want to pack appropriate dress clothing to make the most of the experience. Also, travelers might not be able to dine in certain restaurants if they are not wearing the appropriate clothing so it is worth checking with your cruise agent before you go and packing appropriately. Be mindful of the local traditions in your ports of call and cover up where necessary out of respect for local cultures and religions.
Remember to pack basic medication that might be needed whilst holidaying – such as paracetamol, Imodium and allergy tablets as well as travel bands and/or motion sickness tablets in the unlikely event that you may need them. Although it may be possible to buy these items on board the ship, it is more convenient and cheaper to take them with you. Suncream regulations differ markedly across the globe too so ensure you take enough to ensure your family is protected.
Cruise Repatriation Insurance
These documents are essential to take onboard any cruise holiday. They provide the peace of mind that if anything does go wrong you will be protected. It’s worth knowing what the insurance specifically covers and having these documents to hand at all times – taking a picture or having the email saved on your phone is a good idea. Alternatively, take a printout with you.