Cruises are a fun and exciting way to spend spring break, both for high school and college students. Cruises provide a reliably safe and low pressure way to travel, while still allowing for exploration and adventure, making them both fun for students and comfortable for concerned parents. With a little attention to packing, this type of spring break trip can be a great success.
The first step in any successful packing is to make a list. A simple list will ensure that nothing important gets left behind and requires unnecessary items from being included on impulse.
The first and sometimes most important thing to consider is any necessary medications. Cruise ships do have medical staff to take care of emergencies, but it is best to be prepared. In addition, it may be a good idea to bring some medication to combat sea sickness. Any doctor can prescribe a medicated patch prior to the trip. This unobtrusive patch goes behind the ear and will keep the trip from becoming uncomfortable in case of rough seas. Sunscreen is another necessity, especially for tropical cruises.
The next thing to consider is clothing. Most spring break cruises travel around the Caribbean, so the weather will most likely be warm and mild, but it may be a good idea to bring a light jacket, just in case. Swimsuits, shorts and sandals are all a good choice. A pair of comfortable walking shoes will be helpful for exploring the area and is necessary for certain shore excursions. Bring one formal outfit if the cruise line has an evening where passengers should dress up for a special dinner.
Toiletries are another important part of any spring break packing list. Toothbrush and toothpaste, razor, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and anything else that is used on a daily basis should be packed. Women should also remember any makeup, jewelry, and feminine products that they may need throughout the trip. Like any hotel, a cruise ship will provide some basic toiletries for guests who have forgotten them.
One of the most important things to remember when preparing for a cruise, or any travel plans for that matter, is pack light. Travel is much more comfortable and less stressful without heavy, over-sized bags to worry about. Most cruise ships will allow at least one carry on bag and one piece of larger checked luggage that will be brought to the stateroom by the cruise staff. However, for a fairly short trip, such as spring break, it is best to keep packing to a minimum.
Spring break vacations can be a great experience, as long as there is a little preparation in advance. Proper packing will result in a fun and stress free experience.