I haven’t been on a cruise in a long time. My last cruise involved packing many formal dresses and preparing for multiple excursions and ports of call. When I scheduled my trip on the Fathom Dominican Republic cruise I had a feeling the cruise attire might be a different than the average cruise. My packing list for this cruise was a bit different than you might expect!
The newly launched Fathom Cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic offer a new way to cruise. Not only are they the first cruise line to begin the journey to Cuba, but they are also pioneering volunteer travel with cruising. Voluntourism is available with their Domincan Republic cruise. The cruise offers many impact activities ranging from teaching English, to pouring concrete floors and reforestation.
Some of my initial questions were about dinner attire and appropriate clothing for the activities. I hit up my friends John and Heather at Roaming Around the World and got the low down on some of my initial questions as they cruised to the Dominican Republic on Fathom two weeks before I departed. With their guidance I was able to pack like a cruise ninja!
Here is what I packed for the Fathom Cruise.
Clothing, Accessories & Shoes:
2 pairs of socks
6 pairs underwear
2 bras (beige & black)
Bathing suit cover up
2 Tank tops (white & black)
5 Tops I could interchange with pants & skirts
1 pair of shorts
1 pair capri pants
1 pair of blue jeans
1 pair of white jeans
Purse that could double as beach or pool bag
3 pairs of sandals
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Bug Spray (especially if you do the reforestation activity)
Shampoo & Conditioner. (They provided small bottles on day one, but I never got replacements).
Toothbrush & toothpaste
My favorite cosmetics
Note: There is a hair dryer provided in the bathroom.
The gadgets (non-clothing items):
Laptop, mouse & cord
My new Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Charging cords & USB cords
There you go! My packing list for the Fathom Dominican Republic Impact Travel Cruise! Now, you might be wondering what I wished I had brought and what I didn’t need or use.
What I Wished I Brought:
A Water bottle. During the impact activities, there is plenty of bottled water available. I wished I had a water bottle for the cruise ship itself.
What I didn’t Use/Wear:
Rain poncho (didn’t use it, but if it rained I would have wanted it!)
Water shoes. I brought them on my snorkeling activity, but didn’t wear them.
I could have easily gotten by with 2 pairs of sandals and left one pair at home.
Thinking of taking a Fathom Cruise?
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.