Every week someone in our forums will ask "I am taking a cruise to [fill in the blank]. How should I pack?"
Every week we get the same question, and we have answered it hundreds of times almost exactly the same way. You can fill in the blanks above with Alaska, Greece, South America, the Baltic Sea or any place ships or river boats can sail. You can also specify any date when ships normally cruise to these regions. In every case, with only slight variations, our reply remains the same. I will reveal that in just a minute.
One thing we take along are compact umbrellas, and I mean the ones that collapse down to about a 1" to 2" diameter and are around 8" long. They expand into fully functional umbrellas yet take up very little space. One can stuff them in shoes for packing. Easy to carry along while ashore too. These are great in Alaska and Europe.
We over packed for our first cruise. We trimmed it down a lot for the second and we still had way too much. This time, we're going with a single suitcase and a carry-on each. No sense paying baggage fees for stuff we don't use.
[SIZE="1"]Norwegian Dawn (August 2012)
Monarch of the Seas (January 2012)
Celebrity Century (April 2011)
Headphones seems to be obvious you probably have them attached to all types of devices and you will probably bring them with you, I found that
I needed them in the gym when I exercised and fortunately I had packed them,
I've taken too many trips where I unpacked unused clothes afterwards, so I try to be really strict with myself!
For warm clothing on most trips, I stick with a really good quality waterproof & breathable jacket for both wind/rain. I buy nice looking ones that are a bit dressier if I can, although these tend to be more pricey. For my warm layer (for women) I now bring a thin wool cardigan. Again, I buy a rather expensive one and in a neutral color that I can wear casually or dress it up with a scarf. These work so great and are very warm. A fleece in addition to this for more casual wear is a lightweight addition that should be enough layers for most destinations. I highly recommend the LLBean Fitness Fleece, which I've purchased many of over the years. Stretchy, warm, zip pockets, perfect!
This was a great article. I've become overwhelmed with packing advice at this point, but I liked the simple advice in this article which has helped me think through how to pack stuff really tightly and efficiently.