We have been waiting a long time for cruising to resume in the United States. The CLIA just released their plans that were sent to the CDC for cruising to resume. There are going to be a lot of new changes and it is important to be prepared. I have put together this list of what you should add to your packing list when cruising resumes.
What kind of changes are we going to need to expect?
- 100% Testing for Passengers and Crew (Pre Cruise and More)
- 100% Mask Compliance (Public Spaces except for meals)
- Enforced Social Distancing
- Hospital Grade Ventilation throughout the Ship
- New excursion protocol to come (cruise line only excursions to start)
- Health Questionnaire Required for All Travelers
All of these changes are a step in the right direction. They have been put together with all of our safety in mind. Traveling has changed and you need to be prepared for it. This packing list additions go along with the new guidelines and my post on how to travel safely during the pandemic.
What Should You Add to your Packing List when Cruising Resumes?
- Masks: I know you are probably sick of them but you should be packing these in ample supply. Whether you buy a 50 pack of disposables to discard after each you or a multi-pack of reusable masks, you should have a lot on hand. Having a clean mask is the biggest step in cruising safely.
- Antibacterial Wipes: These are in short supply but if you can bring some, I would. It will give you peace of mind and it wouldn’t hurt. This travel size pack of 6 is great and is prime eligible. I like giving everything a wipe down from the plane to my room.
- Thermometer: This is great to have on hand. It is always a good idea to check yourself daily in the morning before you go out and even throughout the day. Here is the thermometer that I have.
- Hydrating Packets: I’m a fan of these regardless of Covid-19. Staying hydrated at all times is key for your immune system and body to function properly. I personally like the Liquid IV brand.
- Ziplocs: That is right, I said ziplocs. These are great for isolating masks or items that you have not had a chance to have cleaned or sanitized yet.
I hope that cruising comes back sooner than later. There is something about setting sail into the beautiful blue sea and hearing the ocean outside of your balcony. Cruising is going to look different for a while but I still believe that it will be enjoyable.
Do you plan on cruising as soon as it opens back up?