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April 08, 2022 Words: Luggage Forward

6 Cruise Packing Hacks That Will Change the Way You Travel

Simple tips for stress-free travel


Can you believe it? Your epic trip is only weeks away, and it’s time to start packing! If you’re a first time cruiser, you’re likely to have a few questions about what to bring. But even if you’re a packing pro, there’s a few hacks every traveler should know to make the most of their at-sea adventure.

Here are six tips you can employ as you pack and prepare for your Seabourn adventure:

1. Make a list — and save it for later!
As you go about your days in the weeks leading up to your adventure, jot down all of the items you use on a daily basis, and then spend some time thinking about what clothing and other extras you want to be sure to have on hand while you’re away from home. This will prevent you from having to pack from memory when the time comes, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll leave vital essentials behind by mistake.

Plus, here’s a major pro tip: save that list for later! Sure, some things like clothing items and extras may change based on weather and location, but some needs — like toiletries, makeup, and technology — are likely universal. Save yourself the headache and keep that packing list on hand.

2. Save room by rolling
Going on a cruise can require many types of clothing; from daywear and formalwear to swimsuits and even gym gear. Keeping these clothing items organized together can be a logistical nightmare — but believe it or not, there’s a clothing packing hack that can save you time and stress every time you travel. Since travel irons are off-limits on any cruise ship, one of your top priorities will likely be keeping your clothing smooth and neat.

Rolling your clothing instead of folding each item is one of the best ways to save room in your suitcase and ensure your clothing is wrinkle-free when you’re ready to wear it onboard the ship. And if you want to level up your packing even more, invest in packing cubes that will help you sort your rolled clothing by size, day, or even event – depending on how ambitious you feel.

3. Bring a universal power adaptor
You might have a near-infinite amount of power cords and chargers at home, but you should never assume that those will work outside of the United States. Not all countries have the same kinds of power outlets, and there’s nothing worse than being unable to charge your phone, camera, or tablet while away from home.

Seabourn ships are equipped with both North American and European outlets on board, but the types of power outlets available on land can be unpredictable when traveling to and from ships. Investing in a universal power adaptor will ensure you’re never caught with a low battery.

4. Do a pre-cruise amenity check
It always pays to confirm what’s offered on board your cruise - and how it might impact your packing. We outline what amenities are available depending on which suite you’re staying in. So, if you’re thinking about bringing a bathrobe, slippers, or luxe toiletries, think again – your ship may already have what you need!

5. Stay connected, no matter where you are
While you’re using your phone to capture every moment of your getaway, why not also harness the power of Seabourn Source to instantly review daily schedules, book shore excursions, track port times, and check out menus and meal times? Download the app ahead of time to take advantage of up-to-the-minute access to daily details of your voyage, and leave your hands and mind free to live in the moment.

6. Don’t sweat it – send it
So you’ve followed all of our tips and still ended up with a suitcase that weighs more than you? It may be time to treat yourself to Seabourn's Personal Valet Luggage Service, powered by Luggage Forward. Your luggage will be picked up at your home and delivered to your on board suite, saving you time and a whole lot of hassle. The best part? Your luggage can also be sent home upon disembarkation, ensuring that the end of your holiday is as relaxing as the start.

By following these simple tips, you’ll keep packing stress at bay, and your excitement top of mind. It’s entirely possible to have enough space in your suitcase for everything you need and want to make your trip amazing — provided you take a little time to plan out your packing ahead of time.

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