Packing for your upcoming cruise is an exciting time. When “Packing Time” arrives, you know vacation is near! Only a few more “sleeps” until vacation starts.

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One thing that plagues many of us is overpacking. Packing too much is easy to do and tends to cause issues on your trip. Keep in mind that cruise cabins tend to run on the small side, so space is at a premium.

Luckily, it is absolutely possible to pack light for your cruise, without leaving out the important stuff. Grab a pen, take notes, and you’ll be well on your way to packing light on your next cruise.

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1. Limit Your Luggage Size

While it may sound simple, the first thing you should consider is the size/amount of luggage you intend to take. If you plan to take an entire set of luggage, you will most definitely overpack.

Limit yourself to a small rolling suitcase(or even a carry-on for the expert packers!). Utilize all of the hidden pockets and compartments that may be there. It’s easy to forget the front outer pocket on a rolling suitcase. This is the perfect spot for flip-flops!

Related: How much luggage can you bring onto a cruise ship?

2. Make a List…..and Stick to It!

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Creating a packing list is vital. Not only will you remember everything you need, you are less likely to pack things you DON’T need.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time and start your list weeks before your trip, if you are able to. This will allow you the time to make modifications and have time to pack things you may have forgotten.

3. Use Packing Cubes

At first, packing cubes seemed a bit like a “fad”. After first-hand use, I can attest that it is necessary and not even remotely a fleeting trend.

Packing cubes allow you to organize your clothing and other items more efficiently. Use the smaller cubes for underwear and the larger cubes for shoes or heavier clothing. Once you have everything in a cube, you can arrange them in your luggage. You will find that you have more space and your organization skills are on point.

Read more: 10 things you should never do in your cruise cabin

4. Pack Basics

Cruise packing doesn’t have to be stressful. Organization and planning is key. Photo Credit: 150258275 © Citalliance

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