Packing for any vacation can be a challenge. You have to consider how long you’re going to be gone, where you’re going, and what you’re going to do there. In the age of COVID-19, additional challenges are coming to travelling. It has added a whole other level of stress to getting on a plane. In addition, there have been confirmed cases of the virus on at least 21 cruise ships, and there has been a lot of outrage about how those cruise lines handled the outbreak.
The good news is that the travel industry will eventually make its way back to a sense of normalcy. When it does, you’ll need to rethink your bags once again. Even more so if you make the choice to board a cruise ship.
Prepare to Stay Clean
Cleanliness is going to be more important than ever. It will be key for the travel industry to attract people back out into the world. There are many ways cruises will have to safeguard passenger health. From sanitizing rooms and public spaces on a regular basis to serving food with gloves and masks, cruise ships will be cleaner than they have ever been before.
However, there are things you should do to avoid getting sick on your next cruise too. They include:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Consider bringing along hand sanitizer
- Bring anti-bacterial wipes
- Wash your clothes while cruising
- Wear a well-fitting mask with adequate filtration (e.g., a KN95 face mask and medical masks) in public.
Never Put Important Documents in Your Luggage
If you’re travelling abroad, you will have your passport with you. In the age of COVID-19, it’s also possible that you will need a doctor’s note proving that your healthy, noncontagious, and fit to sail. You don’t want to lose any of this information while you’re on vacation.
Never put important documents in your luggage. Instead, make sure you carry your most important items with you at all times. You can carry them in a money belt, in a passport necklace underneath your clothing, or a travel wallet. By carrying your items with you, you won’t have to worry about losing your information if your luggage gets lost.
Know the Dress Code
If you aren’t familiar with cruising, you may not realize that every cruise line has a dress code. That doesn’t mean you’ll have to wear your Sunday best next to the pool, but it does mean there are certain things you may be required to wear in order to access certain areas of the ship or certain restaurants.
In the age of Covid-19, you also have to consider other items as well. It’s important to check ahead of time to see whether or not you will be required to wear a mask, and if so, in which areas. Gloves will likely be unnecessary, but if it makes you feel better, you might want to consider bringing enough pairs to get you through your vacation.
Bring the Right Medicine
Medication is an important consideration, no matter what kind of vacation you’re taking. Just like important documents should never be placed in your luggage, so too should your most important medications be placed in a carry-on instead of your luggage.
Not only do you have to make sure you pack any and all prescription medications, but there are also other medicines you may want to pack as well. Your favourite motion sickness remedy is always a good addition to your mini medicine cabinet, as is a hangover remedy, in addition to general pain medicine.
Know How to Keep Your Belongings Safe
Unfortunately, theft isn’t unheard of on cruise ships, so it’s important to be prepared with ways you’re going to keep your belongings safe:
- Leave unnecessary valuables, like expensive jewellery, at home.
- Place cash in multiple areas.
- Use the ship’s safe to store your items when you’re out of the room.
- Use wallets and backpacks with hidden zippers or wear a money belt.
Some things about packing for a cruise are the same as they have always been, but there are some differences too, now that COVID-19 is part of our daily lives. For instance, you may want to consider getting COVID testing in San Diego before and after your trip. You can do your part to prevent the spread by making sure you aren’t sick and unintentionally exposing others to the virus.
With these tips, you can prepare to stay healthy and safe while you’re cruising the ocean.
What say you?
Thoughts on these Five Packing Tips for Your Next Cruise in the Age of COVID-19?
Let’s hear it!
Looking for More Travel Tips?