Packing for a cruise can be tricky, with the weather in different ports and different cultures to consider. We’ve listed our essentials to help you get ready for the trip of a lifetime

Top tips on packing for a cruise
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1. Passport and birth certificate

Because you’ll probably be visiting exciting ports in different countries, you’ll need to come prepared with identification. Check the guide of the port you’re visiting to see whether you need to carry identification with you, or whether you can leave it in the ship safe. Always remember to leave copies at home in case of loss.

2. Electricals

You don’t want to miss a thing, so make sure you pack cameras, smartphones and tablets, and just as important, remember the chargers for all of them – plug-in and portable.

3. Clothes for pool days and port days

Days on board and on land are pretty much come-as-you-are so opt for light comfortable clothing. Flip flops are great for the pool, but make sure you bring trainers too so your feet are protected during longer days on land. Swimwear, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are, of course, a must.

4. Formal wear

In the evenings, the dress code tends to be smart casual for ladies and trousers and a collared shirts for men. For ships with formal nights, you’ll want to dress up. Ladies should bring a cocktail dress or trouser suit, and men should pack a suit.

5. Take a carry-on

You’ll want to start having fun as soon as you get on board. So while your luggage is being delivered to your room on the first day, keep the essentials like a swimsuit and sunscreen with you, in a lightweight carry-on. Plus it will double as a handy tote bag for shore excursions.

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Top tips on packing for a cruise
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