Remember, you are packing much lighter than you usually do. They charge extra for those suitcases on the airplane, so cut it down a bit. Next, decide now, black shoes or brown shoes. You can only pick one. Ok, since you chose black shoes that means black sox and a black belt. Enough said about that unless you are planning to dress up; then bring the tuxedo or dark suit or sport coat that works with the black shoes. Don’t screw up and bring the brown sport jacket when you are bringing the black shoes.
I prefer the freestyle cruising, so I am leaving most of the dressy stuff at home. If I really had my choice it would be shorts, a Hawaiian shirt, hat and sandals or walking shoes. This is a vacation, right? Well, let’s be truthful here. If my wife wants to have a dressy night at the Captain’s table, who am I to deny her that special event?
On this list I am including things for a tropical cruise as well as an Alaskan cruise. So, if you are going north, you may want to opt for warmer clothing. If you are going south, leave the heavy coat and gloves at home and take more shorts and lightweight shirts.
Finally, since I wear glasses, you will see that I suggest bringing an extra pair. Also, since I don’t want to lose my glasses as I look over the edge of the ship to the water below, I always use eyeglass straps to keep the glasses from dropping. I can take them off and they just hang down like a pair of binoculars. And speaking of binoculars, there will be another list of general items to bring along, but are not included in the clothing and sundries lists.
- PJs (leave the robe at home)
- Shoes (sandals, walking shoes, dress shoes, flip flops)
- Shoes (Jogging or workout shoes if you are into it)
- Sox (as needed for above shoes)
- Sox (If it is a long flight and you are my age, you may want to wear some of those compression sox to prevent swelling.)
- Black belt
- Shirts (Hawaiian, Gayabera, Golf, and maybe a dress shirt)
- Shorts, Khakis, and even some dress pants
- Swimsuit or two
- Hat and Sunglasses
- Sweaters & Sweatshirt (If going to a cold climate)
- Windbreaker (Good for anywhere)
- Jacket/Coat and Gloves and Knit Cap
- Lightweight or Heavyweight Raincoat with Hood
- Dressy Stuff (Shirt, Tie, Sport Coat, Dress Pants)
- Very Dressy Stuff (Tuxedo and all the trimmings)
- My DOPP Kit (It is always ready to go from the last trip.) Just check it to make sure you refilled everything as needed. I should not have to list the stuff: eg. razor, extra blades, after shave, deodorant, shampoo, bar of soap, etc… Also, if you have plastic bottles of shampoo, etc…, make sure that you squeeze out the air and put them in a Ziploc bag in case they explode.)
- Tweezers, Nail Clippers, Pocket Knife (things you cannot carry on the plane)
- Insect Repellent
- Seasick Tabs (ginger root)
- Band aids & Antiseptic Cream
- Safety pins
- NyQuil or generic Cold Medicine/Pepto Bismol
- Sleeping Aid (Especially if you have trouble sleeping.)
- Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
- Prescription Meds and copy of prescription (all in carry-on)
- Camera & Charger
- Extra Memory Cards for Camera (Bring twice as many as you think you will need.)
- Thumb Drive or Flash Drive to save your photos.
- Power Strip
- Smart Phone & Charger
- Duct Tape
- Maps & Travel Guides
- Books or Kindle
- Copy of Passports
- Alarm Clock
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