8 days before your cruise. Can you smell the salty air? Can you imagine the sunsets over the ocean? Can you hear the sounds of whales and dolphins splashing? You are almost there!! Today we are going to get down and dirty and show you how to make your cruise packing a success. Today you will start to wash all of your clothes for the cruise. Then make sure you don’t wear them for the next week! Fact is, we tend to wear our favorite clothes over and over. But after today you must put those favorites you are bringing on the cruise to the side. Wash them, put them in your “pack for the cruise piles” and don’t touch them. Seriously. If you can make sure that all of your must bring things are clean today you will take a huge stress load off of the next 7 days to your cruise.
Start the real Cruise packing today
Bring your suitcase in and let’s go! Woohoo!!!!! You are 8 days from your cruise!
If you have purchased packing cubes and or packing bags this is a good time to put all of those smaller items that don’t wrinkle in them; underwear, socks, bathing suits, sweaters, etc. Or, if you aren’t using these cubes then start putting them in your suitcase. We suggest you use the extra pockets to pack socks and underwear for now.
HINT – Taking an hour on your first day onboard to unpack is crazy making! All you will want to do is be out of your stateroom exploring the ship, meeting with friends or taking pictures of everything you see! For this reason, we love when our clothes are neatly arranged in packing cubes, or packed properly to just lift them out and put them away.
HINT – If you are packing light, or using a hanging bag, then we love to have all our hanging clothes on tiny thin travel hangars. Then we can just unpack in one easy grab. Done! Some travel hangars even come with clothes drying pins to use on your trip.
HINT – The art of packing. Once you do the real packing you can put the smaller things in corners of your suitcase to fill the space, or pack things inside shoes or hats to keep their shape.
On the ship clothing tips
- All cruise lines have cleaning services. But they cost. Often, they charge by the bag for the easy to wash things. Underwear, socks, teeshirts, jeans, etc. But it can take two days to get them back. So, be conscious of this when you decide how much to bring. And of course, they have dry cleaning and steaming for your better quality clothes.
- If you are going to give them any dry cleaning to do for you, make sure to find out when you will get it back. Nothing like having a formal night with your pants nowhere to be seen.
- Some cruise lines have washing machines and dryers on board for guests to use. They will have soap for sale, too.
- Most cruise lines now have rent-a-tux capabilities onboard. We mentioned it on Day 28. There may still be time to rent yours from the cruise line and save the hassle of packing for the formal night! They even have last minute inventory on the ship for emergencies. Though obviously last minute, they may not have the sizes you need.
- Hand wash in your cabin is a great way to go! You can bring your own soap in the easiest travel packs. We love the detergent sheets that are TSA compliant. You just add them to water and bam! You have bubbles! They are also biodegradable which we love for our oceans! We also love the travel size Woolite packs.
- Most ship’s showers have a retractable clothesline you can use to dry your clothes. But HINT! Wipe it down before you put your clothes on it. Or lay a towel over it and put your clothes on top. The ships request you do not dry your clothes on your balcony. We do, too! After all, when you are in port and want to grab gorgeous pics of the ship, you don’t want to see someone’s tidy whities hanging on the balcony railing.