6. Consult a Good Packing List
Have a good packing list such as this one from Xpedition Girl Travel Blog. The list should include the weather, things to do a couple days before leaving, car preparation, personal identification, and things to do before you leave the house. You may want to have separate lists for each person in the family. Remember to have pet sitters and house sitters ready if needed. The items that you forget may be very expensive on the cruise ship or maybe even impossible to find.
When you get to the port they will bring your bags to your room for you. You may want to pack a separate carry on to for medicine, flip flops, and other things you may need before you get to your room or in case you bags do not make get to your room. Think about the types of shoes you need. I recommend having at least one pair of flip flops, one pair of dress shoes, and one pair of walking shoes.
7. Check Website For The Amount of Dress Up Dinners
On some cruise ships you need to wear dress up clothes for certain dinners. Usually these dinners are the nights at sea so the girls have time to get ready. Check the cruise line website for the amount of dinners and the definition of dressed up.
One example is one of our friends only brought one pair of dressy pants for dinner. He then got those pants dry cleaned on the ship when he got them dirty. The next night they would not let him eat in the dinning room because he was wearing jeans because his pants were still being dry cleaned. If you do not want to dress up at all on your vacation that is fine too. You just need to eat at the buffet on certain nights.
8. Important Documents
Don’t leave the house without photo identification and passports for each member of your group if needed. You should also print travel documents and have luggage tags ready. If you did not get these materials that is fine too. They can print all your materials when you get there.
Remember to label your bags and remember what color they are. I like to add bright color strings to my black bag so I know which bags are ours. You can take a pictures of your bags with your phone incase they are lost. This way if your bags are lost and you need to fill out paperwork you can identify each bag in detail.
9. Plan Bathroom Bag
Bathrooms on cruise ships are tiny. You can almost go to the bathroom, shower, and brush your teeth at the same time in some cruise ship bathrooms. Most cruise ships provide shampoo and body wash in the bathroom. At this point, most ships do not have a hair dryer. Try to pack in a bags that you can hang on a hook.
10. Stay Organized
The more you organize before you leave the easier the trip will be. I like to pack my clothes on skinny hangers. Then when I get to the room I just hang up my clothes in the closet. You may want to pack kids clothes in a shoe organizer. Each shoe space is one day of clothes per child. I like to pack my jewelry in small tackle boxes. There are some drawers to unpack in the room. When you get there you can take all of the items out of your luggage and store your luggage under your bed.