Cruise Tips: Eight Packing Strategies

Once your major wardrobe selections are complete and the suitcases are ready, devise a streamlined packing strategy. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Make a packing list. Assemble everything on the list before starting to pack, and check items off when they’re folded and placed in the suitcase.
  2. “Just in case” is never the case. Resist the urge to toss items that you are almost positive you won’t need.
  3. Zipper-top storage bags—a packer’s best friend. Undergarments and knits take only a third of the suitcase space they normally occupy when they’re compressed in these bags.
  4. Go mini. Plan ahead and shop for sample containers of favorite toiletries.
  5. Guarantee a smooth sailing. To help keep garments wrinkle-free, leave them on their hangers, cover them with dry-cleaning bags, and fold over once before placing them in the suitcase.
  6. Use the facilities… If the ship has self-service laundry facilities you can pack lighter and wash clothes midway through the cruise.
  7. …but remember life is short. Use the ship’s laundry service instead. It’s pricier, but who wants to spend valuable cruise time washing clothes?
  8. Share space. Cross-pack your luggage with your travel companion. Chances are if a suitcase is missing, it’ll turn up eventually. In the meantime, you’ll both have fresh clothing.