Cruise Tips / 7 Cruise Packing Tips for Long-ish Cruises

ShipsAhoy asked some cruise pros for their favourite packing tips for long cruises. Here's what we found out!

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By: Ilona Kauremszky

Are you the kind of cruiser who insists on packing everything except the kitchen sink? Maybe you think of things in pairs and pack a spare. How about the cruiser who likes to pack extra things “just in case?”

For long cruises, the emphasis is on “long.” We asked some cruise pros for their favourite packing tips.

Here are 7 Essentials for Extended Cruises:

1. A no-brainer travel essential is a standard plug-in power strip. Here’s why it’s great…. When you’re on a ship and you have multiple devices to charge, it’s easier to plug them all into one power strip rather than using multiple outlets. Also, when it’s time to pack up, you’re far less likely to forget a charger and leave it in your cabin if they’re all plugged into a central location. — Brian Stacey, Tauck

2. I bring something meaningful to do. You might read a romantic novel or a science fiction short story. Or, you might learn how to paint with water colors or knit booties for the grand kids. I also carry playing cards I originally made for my children to help them think about what kind of life they want to live. — Brooke Allen, Talk To Me Cruise Founder 

3. I can’t tell you how many times I have been on a long cruise that serves terrible coffee. One time while cruising through Hawaii, I bought a single serve coffee machine (retailed for about $20). Ten years later, I still take that $20 coffee machine on every cruise. I like to have my coffee on the balcony right when I wake up. Most of the time the buffet or dining hall is a five minute walk or so. Plus, it is fairly small and does not take up a lot of room in my suitcase. –Faye Siegel, Founder of Anchors Away

4. Celebratory Décor: Bring a few small items to make your stateroom more festive when travelling on long haul cruises such as a fold-up banner, small door wreath or light holiday blanket. –Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder of Cruise Planners

5. Passengers on long cruises should pack an over-the-door shoe organizer. These organizers, which usually come with about 24 clear pockets are great for storing small items like toiletries. With limited cabin space you can hang one over the bathroom door to help rid your cabin of clutter. –Tanner Callais, Founder of

6. Cruising can quickly turn ugly for those who suffer from motion sickness or for those travelling with those who do. Don’t be caught unprepared. Pack or wear stylish acupressure wrist bands called Psi Bands. The clinically-proven medical device is for the relief of nausea due to motion/travel sickness. — Romy Taormina, Nausea Relief Chief, Psi Bands

7. As a solo traveller whose paid the single supplement a few too many times, I’ve sailed a plethora of cruise lines and itineraries so for me, packing for a long cruise comes down to layers. I bring a pullover fleece, pashmina scarf and cardigan which are key basics. –Suzanne Wolko @philatravelgirl

 Nausea Relief Psi Bands

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