We’re major advocates of packing light regardless of where you may be traveling.
Whether you’re sight-seeing in Europe or going on a week-long cruise, the less you have to lug around, the better. For a one-week cruise, of course, traveling light is especially easy.
Choosing Your Luggage
First of all, you won’t need a gigantic suitcase or chest for a one-week cruise. A rolling suitcase or backpack and a simple tote should be really all you should require. Plus, if air travel is necessary, you can get in and out without waiting on checked luggage.
A good rule of thumb is if you can’t fit it in your carryon, you probably don’t need it.
Obviously, you’re going to need all the general, basic necessities for traveling. However, we’ve gone over these plenty of times before.
Make sure you have any medications, your emergency contact information, travel documents, identification, etc. with you. Keep them somewhere safe and secure where they can be easily accessed but not easily lost or stolen.
This checklist isn’t about the obvious things you need in order to travel though. It’s about the must-haves when it comes to packing for your trip itself.
Barebones Packing List
Relax, you’re going to be on a cruise. Most things will be totally taken care of and it’s your job to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
In other words, you don’t need much stuff at all – you simply need to be comfortable.
For shoes, you shouldn’t need more than two pairs, max. One – you’ll want a comfortable pair of all-purpose travel shoes, and two – some sandals or flipflops.
For a single week-long cruise, two swimsuits should suffice. You also likely won’t need more than a couple of t-shirts to wear. Additionally, we suggest packing one pair of shorts, a skirt, and perhaps a single dress.
Other than that, all you should need is underwear, a sun hat, and your basic toiletries. (Don’t forget the sunscreen especially!) Ok, and maybe a very lightweight jacket or cardigan in case it gets chilly at night.
Why Pack More?
It doesn’t sound like much, and you’re likely wondering if it’s actually reasonable to pack so few things. But why wouldn’t it be? As long as you’re comfortable and have all your necessities, what else do you need?
Think about it, if you were packing for any other trip, you’d essentially just pack more of the same stuff. So, why would you need more for a warm weather cruise?
We suggest simply choosing versatile, lightweight items that you can handwash if necessary. T-shirts can double as sleepwear as well as swimsuit coverups. As long as everything matches, it’d actually quite freeing, not needing to worry about what you’re going to wear.