Nothing gets me more excited than planning for a trip. I LOVE to travel, and have been fortunate enough to have been able to go to quite a few wonderful places around the world, including Europe, China, and Israel.
Seeing other countries and cultures is more than just educational. It is easy to think that the way we live our life is “normal”, and that things are pretty much the same everywhere, but when we get out of our little corner of the world and experience first-hand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, culture and people of another place, we are forever changed. The cliche that “travel is broadening” is more than true in so many ways.
Even with the internet, and with all the information that is available to us, there is no way to really know what a place is like without going there. A book, a movie, or a website cannot provide us with the atmosphere of a place, and there is no substitute for actually interacting with the people who live in other places.
One of the great things about travel is seeing how many different ways there are to live life, and how many beautiful things and people are in this world. The creativity of people never ceases to amaze me, and I love seeing how other cultures interpret life on this planet.
Soon my husband and I will be going on an Alaskan cruise. We did this before about ten years ago, and can’t wait to do it again with our very good friends, Tim and Lynne!
So, let’s talk about packing for a cruise. For my husband and Tim, packing is a one-hour experience…take some jeans, shirts, pants, jacket,2 pairs of shoes, raingear, and a suit…throw them in a suitcase, and good to go.
But for Lynne and me, it is a whole different thing! We start weeks ahead of time, thinking about what we are going to wear, and doing whatever shopping we need to do to make sure we have just the right outfits. Don’t laugh, but here is what we have to think about in order to pack correctly:
- Comfortable travel outfits
- Dressy outfits for formal nights on the ship
- Comfortable shoes for excursions
- Outfits to wear to dinner
- Outfits to wear on cruising days
- Shoes to match each outfit
- Jewelry to match each outfit
- Coats and jackets
We also have try things on, and make sure stuff goes together, especially if we are trying to mix and match to save luggage weight. We have to wear our new shoes around for awhile, to make sure they are really comfortable. We have to think about layers, because weather in Alaska can be unpredictable.
I have been working on packing for the last week! But it will be worth it. I will have an outfit for every occasion already planned out, and can relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about what to wear.
This is the first of several posts about getting ready for the cruise.Here are links to the others:
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