Are You Packing Correctly for Your Next Cruise?

Here are 9 common mistakes that people make when they pack.  Are you guilty of any of them?

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We've travelled enough over the years for land vacations that I'm really pretty good at packing. So far, I haven't packed anything I haven't used, and I haven't forgotten anything. Being a list maker really has helped me, and I like laying things out ahead of time to make sure they can mix-and-match to create a few different looks with few clothes.

I have improved greatly! The last cruise, I packed perfectly (although I did wish I had another pair of capris). Still making the15 days list.Wink

I have 3 lists on my computer..... "Clothing", "Toiletries/Meds" and "Miscellaneous". I can merge them if I want. I have columns I can mark if I need to "purchase items" or as they are "packed". I feel pretty organized and don't have to re-think things every cruise or trip now. Some great tips I've learned from others. Big Smile

Happy Cruising! Happy

I don't like rolling my clothes. I prefer the vacuum bags. But that's me.

I stand by this technique. Year after year it works perfectly. You just need to put some thought into what you really want to bring with you.

One other thing, if you are traveling as a couple be sure to cross-pack. That means, pack half of your clothes in each suitcase.... never separately. That way if one gets lost both of you have clothes to wear.

I like to use the packing bags in our suitcase, and we always cross pack too.

I had heard several good things about the "packing bags", BonMike. So I have purchased some to use on our next cruise since hubby and I will both be going. I am curious about what you meant about "cross packing"? Happy Thanks!

Happy Cruising! Big Smile

Dbldelites, since you and I both like the hanging shoe organizer to keep things neat in the closet, I think you'll find the packing bags (some call them packing cubes) too. They keep things sorted and easily go from suitcase to drawer. With cross packing, I put some of my husband's clothes in my suitcase a a few of my things in his in case one piece of luggage doesn't arrive at the destination with the other. That way we have at least one or two changes of clothes we can use until the missing luggage arrives. When we fly from western Canada to Florida, we usually need to change planes 2x, which can double the chance of our luggage not arriving together, and it has happened.

Ahhhh okay! Yes, good idea on the "cross packing" tip too! Wink Something I had not thought of doing before when flying. Thanks! I think you and I seem to think alike! Big Smile I know that ever since I had my twins, years ago, I became more about being organized and whatever makes things easier!

Happy Cruising!!!

Cross packing is where he wears's where you split clothes between two suitcases in case one gets lost. Then, you both still have some clothes. As opposed to putting all of his clothes in one case, and all of hers in another. Make sure you put one bathing suit in each case too.


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