In a few days, I will embark on my amazing trip around Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea with Royal Caribbean! I will be sailing away on the Serenade of the sea with stops in Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. I am beyond excited for this cruise you have no idea! What you pack for your cruise can make or break your trip, so I want to share a few of my favorite travel tips with you.
There is nothing worse than the weather being cold and not having packed any layers to put on. Or exploring a country and sweating miserably in jeans because you forgot shorts. You can follow your usual packing list of course, but make sure to keep in mind what sort of trip you are going on and where to. These simple tips will help you make sure you have everything you will need.
Your Carry On
Make sure to pack any of your important needs in your carry on. Luggage gets lost a lot and the worst thing is being stuck with no essentials. Also try and pack a change of clothes as well. Sometimes it takes some time for your bags to make it to your cabin or room, so having something to change into can come in handy.
Some ships have formal nights. For that, you will need to dress up in more than just jeans. You don’t have to go all out and pack half your closet but one or two dressy outfits get the job down. A simple black dress for the ladies and a suit for guys is perfect. Some ships offer tuxedo rentals for those who really want to go all out.
Look Up Your Destination
Check where your cruise will be heading and where it will be stopping along the way. Look into those places and research the kind of clothes you’ll need to wear. And most important, check the weather! Will it be raining or sunny? Will it be hot or cold? If you’re going to an island, flip flops are fine, but if you’re doing a lot of sightseeing, a pair of sneakers would probably suit you better.
When you go on vacation, more than likely you end up buying some kind of souvenir to bring home. Try to leave some empty space in your luggage so when you have to pack to go home, you have enough room for all your new things.
Switch it Up
Make more than one outfit with your clothes. Mixing and matching can help if you’re trying to pack light. Wear the green shirt with jeans one day and your black shorts another. Other ship mates aren’t going to care if you wore the same shirt twice. Some ships even offer a laundry option.
Double Check The Essentials
After you finish packing, go back and double check it all. Make sure to pack any medications, chargers and toiletries that you will need for the duration of your trip. Don’t assume that the cabin will have all the toiletries you’ll need. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You also don’t want to have to pay for some extremely expensive advil if a headache kicks in.