I love cruising but one of the things that I have not been lucky enough to do – yet – is a world cruise. Today we have a guest post from my Mother in Law and serial cruiser – Tricia. In this guide we will tell you what to pack for a world cruise and what not to add to your world cruise packing list.
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What to Wear on a World Cruise Packing List Tips
The truth about a world cruise is that you need less clothes that you think you do. Although a world cruise seems like a long amount of time to be packing for the truth is most world cruise ships have a laundry room. As cruise cabins are notoriously small you do not want to be packing too much.
What Clothing to Pack for a World Cruise
The number one tip for packing for a world cruise is to try and create a cruise capsule wardrobe with plenty of layers that go together and mean you can easily transition from hot to cold weather climates. A sun vest can be worn on any tropical island destinations you have, can be dressed up with a shirt for an evening meal and is an added layer for your cold weather cruise destinations.
Be sure to remember your coat for any cold destinations and think about air conditioning on the ship. Although you may be a tropical paradise like Bora Bora there is strong air conditioning in the dining rooms so you will want a pashmina or cardigan with you.
What Shoes to Pack for a World Cruise
If you are wondering what shoes to pack for a world cruise the number one tip is COMFORTABLE! There is lots of walking involved on a world cruise so you need to make sure you treat your feet well. A world cruise is definitely not the time to be wearing a pair of shoes for the first time.
Some of my favourite shoes to wear on a world cruise are sketchers go walks. If you decide to buy new shoes for your cruise be sure to bed them in before embarkation.
Be sure to pack neutral coloured underwear. This is a big packing space saver as you will not have to be constantly washing your one white bra to go with your white shirts etc if you have picked neutral coloured underwear only. You can wear this under everything from an all white outfit to black formal wear.
All cruise and especially world cruises have plenty of formal nights. Be sure to pack some formal wear with you but don’t be tempted to take a fresh formal outfit with you for every night on the ship.
It is always nice to have some home comforts on the ship.
Rain Coat and Compact Umbrella
On a world cruise you are pretty much guaranteed to have at least a few rainy days. Be sure to take a small compact umbrella with you and a rain coat that packs away!
What Bag to take on a world cruise
Cross body handbags are safer than ruck sac style for sight seeing and are harder for pick pockets to steal from.
What not to Pack for a World Cruise Tips
Now you know what to pack for a world cruise we will provide you with some handy world cruise tips for what NOT to take.
Our top world cruise tip is – unless you want to have clothes constantly draped around your stateroom do NOT take clothes that can not be tumbled dried. If you do you will either be paying for dry cleaning throughout your world cruise which will quickly add up or you will have clothes constantly drying on your balcony or in your room. In such a small space this can feel claustrophobic very quickly.
Our top tip is to stick to clothes that are made of soft cottons and jersey. It is very easy to want to emulate Joanna Lumley on your travels but linen is not a practical option on your world cruise travel. It requires constant ironing so unless you want to be in the laundry room constantly waiting for one free iron avoid fabrics that need constant ironing.
What to Pack for a World Cruise (Non Clothing)
As in cruise ships staterooms are of a premium you need to be packing plenty of space saving cruise hacks. As you will be regularly doing on laundry on the ship we recommend taking a compact pop up laundry basket.
And on the laundry front, if you have sensitive skin be sure to pack your own wash gels with you. While there is powder available on the it isn’t really suited for those with sensitive skin so pack at least an initial supply and then pick up more whenever you are in a port with tips.
Toiletries for World Cruise
Only take toiletries you can’t live without , the ships generally provide good shower gels and soap in your cabin so you don’t have to worry about taking these with you. If you need to these are also things that can be picked up in ports as you travel.
If you are on any medication be sure you have a supply for the duration of your cruise and keep the prescription with the medication at all times.
Also remember to take any vitamins or over the counter meds you need.
Insurance and Documentation
Be sure you have adequate insurance with you that covered you for the duration of the cruise and be sure you have packed the documentation for this insurance should you need to use it.
Some tips for picking world cruise insurance:
- Check your cruise insurance covers you for airlift from the ship in case of a medical emergency
- Be sure the insurance covers you for the duration of the cruise. Lots of insurance will only cover you for 99 days and many world cruises are longer than this. You may need to pay for an extension to your insurance as we did for our 108 day wold cruise.
Other World Cruise Tips
Do not Overpack
Be sure not to fill your case on the way out. Leave space in your case to buy unusual pieces and plenty of souvenirs. If you pack to the max on embarkation day you will not be able to pick up those pieces you want on your travel.
Use soft cased luggage
As space is of a premium be sure to pack luggage that can be tucked away under your bed easily. Our preference is for a soft sided case but for more information on best luggage for cruises click here!
What are you top tips for packing for a world cruise?