Cruise Packing List

Having a packing list is essential. I learned this the hard way by forgetting essential items and having to pay for them the hard price onboard or in the ports of call.

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First, to be on the safe side, make sure to split your items on several luggages. If one is lost at least your partner and/or your family members will have something to wear.

Second, make sure to have everything you will need to live for a couple of days in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost or delayed for any reason.

Use this list as a starting point and adapt it to the kind of cruise you will be taking. I don’t think you will need all these items but this comprehensive list should help you not to forget anything.

The Essentials

  • airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  • cruise documents
  • passports and visas or proof of citizenship (if needed)
  • vaccination certificate (if required)
  • driver’s license and auto insurance card – in case you decide to rent in one of your port of call
  • medical insurance cards and medical history (especially if traveling alone)
  • copy of prescriptions and list of all medicines you are taking
  • another picture ID – if you don’t take driver’s license
  • credit cards
  • ATM card
  • Prepaid phone card or even a prepaid phonecard may be a good idea to bring.
  • cash or travelers checks and receipt (keep separate)
  • 3 copies of airline tickets, cruise tickets, passports/visas, itinerary – the first set to be left on your carry on bag, the second set to be left in your checked luggages, and the third set to be left with someone at home. Alternatively, you can scan the documents and email an electronic copy to yourself so that you can access them from any computer through the internet.
  • Plug adaptors and converter (if needed, ask the cruise line). Electric devices can handle multiple voltages make sure that your electric devices say 110-240V, 50-60Hz (dual voltage plug in).
  • contact numbers to report lost/stolen credit cards or traveler’s checks
  • emergency numbers at home
  • wallet and fanny pack
  • Addresses for sending postcards/e-mail
  • A list of your packing list in case your luggages get lost for insurance purposes.

Cruise Packing List

Men

  • Athletic shoes
  • Belts
  • Boxers / Briefs
  • Casual shirts
  • Dress shoes
  • Hat
  • Oxford shirts
  • Pants
  • Pajamas / Robe
  • Sandals
  • Shirts (formal, casual, sport)
  • Shorts
  • Sports jacket
  • Swim wear (swim suit, swim suit cover-up )
  • Tie
  • T-shirts / Undershirts
  • Workout clothes
  • underwear
  • undershirts
  • exercise/walking socks (formal, casual, sport)
  • gloves and stocking cap (if needed)
  • walking shoes
  • walking sandals
  • rubber sandals/shoes for reef walking and beach
  • evening or dress shoes
  • “docksider” casual shoes
  • tuxedo jacket and pants (or dark suit)
  • tuxedo tie, suspenders, and cummerbund
  • tuxedo cufflinks/studs
  • sport jacket
  • tuxedo shirt
  • dress shirts
  • work out clothes/T shirts
  • slacks (formal, casual)
  • windbreaker jacket
  • sweatshirt
  • raincoat with hood
  • Hats, caps, visors
  • Jeans

Women

  • Bras
  • Lingerie (Panties and/or thongs)
  • Fake Jewelry earrings, necklace, bracelets (leave the real one in a safety-deposit box till you get back from your cruise)
  • Heels
  • Robe
  • Walking shoes
  • Walking sandals
  • Shorts, Capris
  • Skirt
  • Slacks
  • Slip, Body slimmer, Spanx
  • Sneakers or walking shoes
  • Socks (exercise/walking, trouser socks or pantyhose)
  • Stylish shirt
  • Sweater
  • Straw, wide-brimmed hat
  • Tank, halter, sleeveless tops
  • Workout clothes and jog bra
  • Night gown, pajamas
  • Camisole
  • Purses (day and evening)
  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • gloves and stocking cap (if needed)
  • rubber sandals for reef walking and beach
  • evening shoes
  • costume jewelry and extra watch
  • Swim suit
  • Swim suit cover-up, pareo, sarong
  • Flip flop shoes
  • Dress for informal, formal and casual nights on ship
  • Tops of all types (sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved)
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Sweatshirt
  • Evening sweater
  • Raincoat with hood
  • Hats, caps, visors
  • Sundresses
  • Jeans

Babies & Kids

  • Diapers, swim diapers and wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Ziploc type bags to dispose of diapers
  • Plastic bottles & sippy cups
  • A crib; booster seat for dining; stroller (the cruise line may provide these or rent them, find out before hand)
  • Disposable bibs
  • Favorite stuffed animals, books, coloring books, crayons and toys
  • Inflatable swim aids

Toiletries/Sundries

  • Comb, Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Lip balm
  • Shaving kit, Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Products
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Acne control products
  • Baby powder
  • Blow dryer, straightening iron
  • Deodorant
  • Depilatory
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Lipsticks
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser
  • Moisturizer/SPF
  • Tampons
  • Dental floss
  • Scrunchies
  • Tweezers
  • bar soap in plastic container
  • nail clippers and file (to be packed in checked luggage)
  • razor and shaving cream, or electric razor and supplies
  • curling iron or curlers
  • hair gel
  • hair spray
  • shower cap
  • make-up mirror
  • make-up and make-up bag
  • cleanser
  • moisturizer and freshener
  • nail polish and remover
  • contact lenses cleaner
  • Bubble bath
  • Massage oil
  • Hand sanitizing lotion

Electronics and Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera, batteries, memory cards, manuals
  • MP3 players and headphones, batteries, mini-speakers
  • Camera case
  • Cell phone and charger
  • PDA and charger
  • Laptop
  • Portable console games (Nintendo DS, etc…)
  • disposable underwater camera
  • battery charger
  • small travel alarm clock
  • lighted dial clock for cruise ship cabin
  • small flashlight
  • night light
  • Portable dvd player, extra batteries, and movies

Medical

  • Thermometer
  • Antibiotic cream, antibacterial ointment
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Birth control
  • Bug repellent
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch cream
  • Sea-sickness bands or pills
  • Lubricant
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medicines
  • Ear plugs
  • Q-tips
  • Vaseline
  • Dramamine
  • Bandages
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • rubbing alcohol or foot lotion for soothing tired, hot feet
  • bug spray for offshore excursions
  • sun screen, sun block and lip sun block

Miscellaneous/Extras

  • glasses, extra glasses
  • contacts lenses, extra contact lenses
  • reading glasses, extra reading glasses
  • sunglasses, reading sunglasses
  • guidebooks and other port of call information
  • foreign language phrase book or dictionary
  • maps
  • reading material
  • journal, notebook, pen, pencil
  • Binoculars
  • Currency converter
  • Krazy Glue
  • Lint roller
  • Luggage locks approved by TSA
  • Plastic bags (Ziploc)
  • Playing cards
  • Tennis racquets, golf clubs, swim goggles, snorkeling gear (if needed)
  • Umbrella
  • duct tape or strapping tape
  • extra plastic cable-lock ties for securing luggage for return trip
  • extra luggage name tags (in case yours are lost on the outbound trip)
  • Laundry bags
  • Collapsible or inflatable travel pillow for long airplane flights
  • Playing cards
  • sewing kit and scissors
  • travel-sized clothes detergent
  • empty folding bag for souvenirs and shore excursions

1 Comment

  1. Good packing is essential for a good move. If you choose to do some or all of your own packing in preparation for your relocation, it’s especially important that you be familiar with the techniques and boxes that will best protect your possessions.