If you’re new to the concept of travel on a cruise ship then picking what to wear can be a pretty stressful task. After all it’s not like a beach holiday where all you need to make sure you’ve packed is your swimming costume and sunglasses!
What you need to pack will really depend on where in the world you’re going but it’s important to remember that some of the cruises will be, or at least start, in British waters.
Now, without wanting to put a dampener on a holiday (which the British weather can do most literally a lot of the time) it might be smart to pack for bad weather for your time sailing near the UK. With cruises to a whole host of destinations, Thomas Cook Cruises can offer you the perfect getaway this winter but it’s up to you to make sure you’ve got the necessary essentials packed in your suitcase.
While you may be heading out to warmer climes, the weather during the winter months can always be unpredictable so it’s a dangerous assumption to think it will be sunny 24/7. The best suggestion for a sudden temperature drop or spot of rain is to layer up as this doesn’t require too much additional packing.
When the sun is out, appropriate swimwear is essential while thicker beach towels can also provide more warmth should the weather take a turn for the worst.
Daytime touring locations and stopovers mean you can encounter a number of different weather conditions. While it is most likely that the chosen destinations will be warm and dry, this is not guaranteed so a set of waterproofs is a lightweight piece of kit that doesn’t take up to much space.
A range of footwear is also recommended, from light weight shoes that can be worn around the ship to more sturdy shoes or boots that can be used when travelling on land.
Day and evening wear
Finding clothes that can be worn in both hot and cold conditions is a great way to lighten the load when packing and having a few items that you can wear for more formal occasions is also suggested although there’s no need to go overboard when choosing these.
Packing for a winter cruise is very similar to packing for a holiday that is out of season – all weather types are possible so it’s best to be prepared and cover all bases.