I keep reading "don't overpack". How much is too much and what's the "right" amount? The pile of clothes I'm going to try and jam into the suitcase keeps growing. I think I might be out of control....please advise.
It really depends on how much time you want to spend in your Cabin. I pack two extra outfits. Day wear, Evening wear and "Night" wear. Two bathing suits. You really don't spend too much time in the pools. comfortable shoes for excursions, swim shoes or FF for the pool, Dress shoes for dinner. The more you take, the more you must keep track of. There is 5 of us vacationing. They usually have a laundry. I go to have fun, Not worry about my clothes. You can always use the excuse to Buy something NEW.
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How many days are you cruising? I am assuming you are female. Am I correct? I take two outfits per day because I like to disembark and see the sights, then return to the ship, shower and change clothes and go to dinner. You might want to take dress pants, dresses, dress blouses, for 7 day cruise-2 evening dresses (nice looking clothes to wear while eating in the dining room). You need at least two pairs of comfortable shoes (one dressy, one casual). I always take a light jacket or sweater because I am cold when I go to see the shows on the ship. Remember however many suit cases you take with you, you also have to claim them at the end of the cruise in that sea of luggage that all looks alike and drag it to your cab or car. You might want to tag your luggage with something you will recognize. In my opinion this is the worse part of the cruise. The first time I saw all of that luggage in the designated room I thought I would never find mine. Before you put the luggage outside your cabin the night before disembarkation, make sure you lock all suit cases and remove an outfit to wear off the ship. The first time I cruised I did not lock my luggage and came home without jeans and some other clothing.
I have a list of do's and don'ts, but it is to long to post. If you would like a copy feel free to email me and I'll email it to you.
Enjoy your cruise!
Try to mix and match all your clothes so you don't have to pack so much. For a 7 day cruise, I take 3 pr shorts, 4 shirts, 2 pr slacks, 2 dressy tops, 2 sun dresses and 3 pr shoes (1 dressy, 2 casual). With this combo, I can make up lots of outfits. If you need clothes washed, usually on Thursday they have a laundry special. All you can put in their bag for $15. I usually buy a couple shirts on the ship or in the ports and wear these also.
Voyager of the Seas 5/03
Celebrity Solstice 2/09
Oasis of the Seas 10/16/10
Cruising Tip 101: Pack your bags. Before you leave, unpack HALF the clothes, and replace with TWICE the money!! !
Seriously, you won't need probably half the clothes you pack, you spend alot of time in a bathing suit, so pack more than 1 of those! Bon Voyage!
I think Donna got it right ! Half as many clothes, twice as much money ! !
Of course a woman is different, but here's my list for a man. This is for a 7-day cruise.
8- pair of socks 5- nice dress shirts
3- pair of running shoes 5- nice dress pants
1-pair of dress shoes 1- formal night suite (wear both formal nights)
10-pair of under wear 2-dress pair of socks ( for formal nights)
10-pair of short pants
8 -short sleave t-shirts
If you have noticed, I've packed extra for shore excursions, and for unsuspecting things that may happen.This list has worked well for me on 3-different cruises.
Of course you have your hair shampoo, razors, shaving cream, body soap, Tooth paste, tooth brushes, hair brushes, and ect.
No worries mate !
It makes it easier to mix and match if you choose a colour scheme as well - I like earthtone colors so tan, cream, green etc. and I take several floral tops the go with every pair of pants and capris. Always take extra undies in case the laundry doesn't get done - and polyester is wonderful for formal nights - lightweight and doesn't wrinkle. Instead of taking sleepwear I just buy souvenir shirts in every port and wear those - good excuse to shop (ya! like I really need one - lol.) Main thing - don't stress. Enjoy your cruise - TTFN Jennifer
I will give you a shoe diva's do's and don'ts...you DON'T need a whole bag for your shoes because you will most likely only wear flip flops, tennis shoes and a pair of dress shoes (MAYBE 2 if you are going on a 7 or 10 day).
Swimsuit(s), shorts, tshirts/tank tops (whatever you would wear that makes you comfortable and keeps you cool), bring a light sweater or jacket because it will get chilly out on deck at night, 1-2 pair of jeans for just knocking around at night if you don't feel like dressing up to goto the casino. Pack according to where you are going and how long you are going to be gone. Don't tell yourself "well I might wear this one or I might wear that one" just pick one and take it. Keep it all simple and comfortable!
For a 7 day cruise I bring a pair of black dress slacks and a black skirt and then mix and match dressy tops, 2 formal dresses, 4 pr. shorts, 8-9 shirts, 3 bathing suits, coverup, sneakers, sandals, water shoes and black dress sandals, sleep shirt, sweater and enough underwear.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
My husband began packing yesterday for our cruise that is 3 weeks away! **
We ALWAYS pack too much, but its him, I swear!!! He even wanted to pack a beach umbrella! Well, the only case it fit in was for transporting golf clubs, and it exceeds the size limit for the air line, unless we want to pay $80. So guess, what? No beach umbrella....but I keep telling him, "There will be palapas at the beach, we don't NEED it!"
My main problem is getting over the idea that I have to wear something different every day and night. That is my downfall on every trip I go on, but on a cruise, where you figure you're seeing the same people over and over again, its like a compulsion with me! (Yeah, like anyone is really paying any attention to what I wear, unless its jeans in the dining room!)
No doubt we could get by with less....but I know we'll max out the limitations: 2 checked bags each, plus a carry-on and personal bag. How we'll get it in the rental car I have no idea!
I pack a few weeks before I am ready to go then I come back and take stuff out and add different stuff. When I am completely through packing I have a smaller version of my stuff. Over the years I have learned I don't need as much stuff as I took with me on the first cruise. I think the mix and match idea is a good one. I have a list of everything needed to do before cruising for example: stop the newspaper and various other things that I might forget in the excitement of preparing to cruise. Email me if you want a copy.
Hey man, thanks for the list of stuff for us dudes. It seems that everyone forgets that we need to dress as well I'm going on my first cruise in 15 days, and so I need as much help as I can get! Again, thanks!
Golly all of you sure pack a lot! Keep one thing in mind while packing.........your suitcase is your friend. You will be spending a lot of time together, riding in cars, a constant companion at the airport and finally to the cruise ship. If you have many suitcases you will really have a ball after the cruise trying to locate all of them among hundreds of pieces of luggage. Then of course you will need to have to find a place to stash them in your cabin so you are not tripping over them all the time. The state rooms on Carnival are spacious (key words) for a cruise ship, however it is a cruise ship and space is limited. The space is also limited where you hang your clothes. Take it from a lady who has 6 children. Our family of eight needs two cabins and you can imagine packing! So I have become the Queen of Light Packing. Here is some advice.
Use a suitcase that will fit under the cabin beds to keep it from underfoot and one garment bag for your formal attire. Put formal shoes in the garment bag as well. Bring mix and match clothes. White and black or red, white and blue. That way your shoes will coordinate with all the outfits and you can mix and match your casualwear. I usually bring one or two pair of nice but comfortable (I repeat) comfortable, sandles in white or white and black. They go with my casual attire as well as evening casual for the dining room. You may walk as many as 5 miles a day on a cruise ship and it can be a long haul from one destination to another so comfortable shoes are important. Bring a swimsuit, night clothes and one light jacket in case it is cool on the deck in the evening. Cruise ships have laundry facilities and you can either wash your clothes or take advantage of the $$$ deal they run during the week to do your laundry. How do you get all these things into a reasonably sized suitcase that will fit under a bed? Use spacebags. Yes they really work like the ad on TV. They keep your clothes neat and compact them A LOT! You can buy them at Wal Mart or Walgreens. When packing to come home just call housekeeping and borrow a vacuum cleaner for a few minutes and shrink your stuff into the bags again.
If you are flying be sure to bring a cary on with all relevant items such as medications, seasick meds if you want or need them, one casual dress outfit, bathing suit and night attire. Keep in mind that when you fly there is always a risk of lost luggage and when cruising it can sometimes take a few days to get your luggage to you which may be at your first Port of Call. The risk is always higher if your flight has a stopover and change of planes. This has actually happened to me once so take heed and pack a carry on with relevant items.
Do yourself a favor and don't overpack. It will save a lot of headaches and you will likely only wear half of what you bring. Hope this helps and happy cruising!
I took my first and only cruise 9 years ago (7 day cruise). Back then, I didn't have access to these boards and given how anal I am, I made a list of every possible thing I could need. I packed a pair of shorts and a shirt for every day, a dress or slacks outfit for every night, 2 swimsuits, cover up, shoes to match each outfit (probably 5 or 6 pairs), 2-3 purses, workout clothing ( I actually thought I was going to work out-), sneakers. I also packed an umbrella, a sun hat, sweater for the dining room, and a towel from home. Plus all of the other necessities that are a given. I packed it all in 2 suitcases and a carry-on (one suitcase I had to carry and the other had a pull strap). To be honest, I wore every single outfit, shoes, purse, etc. The only things I didn't really use were teh umbrella, the hat, the workout clothes and sneakers. I was happy with how I had planned. I didn't have and problems getiing my luggage there or taking it home.I'm going on a cruise next year and haven't decided yet if I will pack that way again or take the advice of some people here. I do have better luggage now though. Also, weight restrictions may come into play and make my decision for me but I just wanted you to know that all of that does fit in 2 suitcases!!!