(airline and cruise) & (carry an extra picture ID, just in case)
-A (if required)
-AppropriateDepending on the duration and location of your cruise. Be aware that many cruises offer nightclub, entertainment, or even formal events and dinners while onboard.
-A & , , & , if traveling internationally
-A , especially if traveling with children
or other in case of illness
Things to leave at home: Your . It’s one more thing to carry. Many (if not most) of today’s cruise ships offer Internet access onboard if you must stay connected. YOU’RE ON VACATION! Be sure to enjoy yourself!!
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Also, be aware that if you are traveling internationally, you may want to consider leaving your at home or keeping it OFF! Many smart phones will charge for international data use if you do not purchase a special plan. This can get pricey, very quickly. Here’s a hint: If you have an unlimited data plan, check with your carrier. Communicating via web-based applications (such as LinkedIn or Facebook) may be included, regardless of your location. The same is not always true for text messaging.
Keep in mind that there is no need to bring bulky or , as these will be provided for you on the cruise. You will likely have a safe in your cabin, but it is still advisable to leave most , such as expensive jewelry, behind. Unless you have special dietary needs, there is not much need to pack or , as these are complimentary on most cruise lines.
If you own equipment such as , or you will almost certainly be allowed to bring them aboard. However, be sure to contact your cruise line’s customer service center ahead of time and double check.
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If you need to rent equipment for your voyage, contact us at 1.800.513.4515 to rent in advance! Special Needs at Sea is the leading global provider of special needs equipment rentals, and we’re more than happy to accommodate you during your travels.
Pack all (check and double check!), plus (if possible) an extra week’s supply in your carry-on luggage, purse, or in a small fanny pack. This ensures that, just in case anything happens to checked luggage, your medications are safe in your possession.
Bring along an . In addition, it is a good idea to carry an with the name/contact information of a close relative or friend.
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Other items to consider: A for getting around the cabin in the dark, a of key accessible terms in the language of your destination/ports (these can be found online, and we will be doing a post on some of these key terms next week), and an extra or for re-chargeable power chairs or other special needs equipment.
Packing your bags with thoughtful care ensures a most enjoyable cruising experience. Take your time, double check, and get ready to set sail! Bon voyage, travelers!