Packing for my first cruise

Although this cruise is starting on 23rd March and there is lots of time, I’m nervous about packing and deciding what to take. I have seen lots of YouTube post but it’s daunting when u have to do it yourself. Any suggestions to make me less nervous?

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Pack a couple of weeks before your cruise. A day or two go back and take out half of what you packed. You should be fine after that.

Took me four cruises before I stopped overpacking.

Thanks ... that’s what I’m afraid of, packing too much. Think I will pack early and then go over it again.

Be sure and read your cruise contract (and airline information as well if you are flying). Items that aren't allowed will be listed.

Every one of us has been through what you are experiencing now. It won't be long before you are on the ship having a blast. After another cruise or two, you'll be a pro at the packing game.

Welcome and enjoy your cruise!!

I’m really excited... hoping to have lots of fun. Guess yes it’s only jitters. Will have a blast

Don't over think it. I still pack more than most because I like something different for daytime and night time... plus shoes. Make a list of each day and what you might wear that day and what you plan to do. Some t-shirts (or tops) you can wear more than once. Next pare it down by mix-and-match by color. For a seven day cruise it is easy to get by with 2 pair of shorts and matching tops. I like a good pair of walking shoes (tennis shoes fit the bill), a pair of sandals, beach shoes (my sandals may work for on board the ship and to the beach) and dress shoes (my sandals might be dress rather than beachy). I set out everything I might want to wear (usually in the guest room) about two week ahead of time. Then take away somethings every day (maybe put something back in the stack) until I can account for when I will wear the item(s). Of course, then I might buy a new shirt, blouse, shorts, etc.,,, but I never plan for that, because there have been many times I have not purchased anything. In other words, don't worry about over packing but leave room for new things.Wink

Welcome to the world of cruising and the forum!Big Smile

Thanks that makes a lot of sense... I’m doing a ten days cruise so I will try to adjust a bit

I start throwing items I am going to pack into a bin several months ahead of time, a pair of slip on sandals, mini toiletries, mesh bags, make up samples, a favorite scarf or cover up, etc. Since I pack with cubes and mini-bags; I will pack several little used items a few weeks early, such as my swimsuits, cover-up, deck shoes, etc. in a cube it all goes. Like Santa and Aunt Pinkie I make a list of what I need and check it twice. The week before I pack my carry-on and main bag, then as joaklm said, I go back and toss out things I don't really want/need. Double-check all your important papers, I.d., etc. the night before you go and sleep peacefully in the knowledge you have covered all the bases. I like to cultivate a pre-cruise peaceful feeling before I ever step out of the house...cruising is one of my happy places. Good Cruising!

This is the most important:

Double-check all your important papers, I.d., etc. the night before you go and sleep peacefully in the knowledge you have covered all the bases.

I agree with most posts, however even if I don’t wear a couple of things I’ve packed, I have never considered it overpacking. Like AuntPinkie, I like to have choices for what to wear depending on the weather, or just what I feel like that day. A couple of extra tops and capris or shorts isn’t going to make much difference. For a 2week holiday - one week on a cruise followed by a week on land, I pack everything in a 24 inch high suitcase and a small carry on. We never pack “formal wear” but I do pack a couple of nice summer dresses for the MDR which are fine for the elegant evening. My husband packs the same size suitcase, and sometimes packs a sports jacket, but sometimes just nice pants with a button down shirt and (optional) tie for the elegant evenings.

Hope you enjoy your cruise.

Exactly, and don’t put into your checked bags or the bags you give to the porters. Still amazing to me how often this happens. We are 60+ cruises in and we still overpack! Enjoy your cruise!


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