Luggage: To carry on or not to carry on?

18 Feb

I was reading through posts on the Norwegian Cruise Line Facebook Page and came across a sad story. In a nutshell, the woman was getting married on the ship and her mother’s luggage was lost. In the luggage was the mother-of-the-bride dress. The poor mother was stuck buying clothing from the gift shop and was so embarrassed she did not want to be in any of her daughter’s wedding photos. This is tragic, but completely preventable.

Never allow anything of importance out of your sight! I don’t mean to make it sound like losing luggage is a common occurrence  In fact, I think it’s fairly rare, but if you cannot live without it for the duration of your cruise, then please carry it onto the ship yourself. The same goes when traveling by plane as well. Also, keep in mind that your luggage may not be delivered to your stateroom until later in the evening. Be sure to include anything you need to get ready for dinner.

This is what I carry on with me:

  • 2 changes of clothing (including one dress)
  • Extra pair of shoes
  • Sunscreen – bring lots because it’s expensive on the ship
  • Swimsuit – so you can hit the pool as soon as you’re onboard
  • Medicine – all prescription and over-the-counter meds
  • My camera gear – various lenses, spare battery and charger
  • Electronics – cell phone, tablet, and their chargers
  • Toiletries – makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. I also always bring a bar of soap since often times there is only liquid bodywash provided by the cruise line.

Lost luggage is another reason to be sure you have good travel insurance. It won’t help you when you’re in the midst of it, but at least when you get home you can file a claim to recoup some of the money you spent rebuilding your wardrobe.

Feel free to share what you cannot live without and put in your carry on!

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