We’re often asked what to bring on a Cardiology CME Cruise and completely understand why. You’re both attending a conference and on vacation all while being in the middle of the ocean with occasional, sporadic stops at vastly different destinations. It’s a bit of an unconventional way to attend a conference- but we’re here to help with these Cardiology CME Cruise Packing Tips.
Passport or birth certificate
Because you’ll most likely be visiting ports in foreign countries, you’ll need to be prepared with proper identification. Your Valid Passport should be sufficient for most, but some ports may also require a Visa (multi-entry for US). For closed-loop cruises (i.e. those that begin and end at the same U.S. port), an original copy of your government-issued birth certificate may suffice. You’ll just want to check here first to make sure it’s ok for each port you’ll be visiting. It’s always a good idea to remember to leave photocopies at home as well.
What clothes should you bring on a Cardiology CME cruise? You’ll want to bring attire appropriate for conference attendance as well as for a typical cruise vacation. For the Cardiology CME conference portion, dress to impress, but keep it business casual. For the vacation portion of the cruise, days are casual, whether you’re on the ship or ashore (including beachwear). In the evening, attire is dictated by occasion. Most nights, smart casual for ladies and pants and a collared shirt for men. If attending a gala, something more formal like a suit or cocktail dress will be more appropriate, perhaps even a dinner jacket for gown. As for shoes, you’ll want to bring the right mix of shoes, but not too many. Try to bring multi-purpose shoes; one pair of business/formal, flip flops, and sneakers for working out and/or excursions.
Wrinkle Release Spray
It’s inevitable that no matter how carefully you pack, some of your clothes will get wrinkled. Just spray it on the wrinkled item, hang it up, and let the spray do its work. Most rooms will not have irons (fore safety first!), so bring this and look your best for all parts of your Cardiology CME cruise.
One of the great aspects of attending a Cardiology CME Cruise is the networking opportunities. So, you’ll want to make sure you bring a lot of business cards (make sure they have your e-mail on them). Also, when receiving a business card, immediately write down a key point you discussed with that person so you remember once you return home and don’t have any lost opportunities.
Bring what you need but try not to go overboard. Smartphone, tablet, camera, and corresponding chargers (including portable). If it’s not necessary, try to leave your laptop at home and just use your table/smart phone and a notepad (like a moleskin). Less is more when you have to carry it around with you and only have a cabin to accommodate everything for conference and vacation. (Cruise lines don’t like you streaming video services and Internet is expensive- so download movies and/or episodes on your tablet beforehand.) If you plan on using provided WiFi, you may want to consider a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to provide an additional layer of encryption to your data while.
There will be amazing views throughout your CME cruise. Whether on an excursion or from the deck, stateroom window, or balcony- you’ll be glad to be able to take a closer look.
This may sound like an odd suggestion, but unfortunately cruise ships don’t offer fan vents and the cabins are pretty small. Some rooms may have a balcony for fresh air, but otherwise some Poo-Pourri will help mask unwanted bathroom odors. It’s not a room spray that that goes in the air and can cause difficulty breathing. You spray it in the toilet water before you go and it creates a seal on the surface that keeps odors away. People who use it sear by it.
And a few others:
- Waterproof Drybag
- Reef-safe sunscreen
- Deet-free mosquito repellent bracelets
- Small, portable cabin fan
- Stain Remover
If you realize you forgot something while on your Cardiology CME Cruise, there’s a good chance you can find it at one of the onboard shops—just note that they generally don’t open until the ship leaves the port.