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Your Cruise Ultimate Packing List

After 10+ cruises and becoming a travel agent, I have created the ultimate packing list for a cruise: Having the right items packed ensures a smooth and enjoyable journey. I have linked my favorites and must have items.

Cruise ships, Cruise Ships docked


  1. Passport/ID and Cruise Documents: Ensure all necessary identification and cruise-related paperwork are packed in a secure, easily accessible location.

  2. Travel Insurance: (if purchased) Carry proof of travel insurance coverage, including emergency contact information.

  3. Medications: Bring a sufficient supply of any prescription medications you require, along with a basic first aid kit.

  4. Credit Cards/Cash: Have both credit cards and some cash on hand for ports of call and tips.

  5. Cruise Line App: Download the cruise line's app for real-time information on activities, dining, and schedules.


  1. Swimwear: Pack swimwear for pool days or beach excursions.

  2. Formal Wear: Depending on the cruise line, there may be formal nights. Pack appropriate attire for these occasions. 2-5 Day cruises, one formal night. 6+ day cruises, two formal nights.

  3. Casual Clothing: Comfortable clothing for daytime activities, shore excursions, and casual dinners.

  4. Jacket/Sweater: Even in warm destinations, evenings at sea can be breezy.

  5. Rain Gear: A light rain jacket or poncho is handy for unexpected showers.

  6. Swimsuits cover-ups: Essential for pool days and beach excursions.

  7. Activewear: If you are planning on joining a yoga class, or working out in the gym.


  1. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Essential for shore excursions and exploring ports of call.

  2. Sandals/Flip-Flops: Ideal for the pool deck and beach outings.

  3. Formal Shoes: If formal nights are part of your cruise, pack appropriate footwear.

Pro Tip: If you are planning an excursion that will get your shoes dirty, wear old shoes and toss them or give them to a local in need. We found in Belize they were happy to take our dirty shoes.

Tech and Gadgets:

  1. Camera/GoPro: Capture memorable moments during excursions and activities.

  2. Phone & Chargers: Bring chargers for your phone, camera, and any other electronic devices. I highly suggest THIS portable charger to use while out exploring.

  3. Power Strip/Extension Cord: Cabins may have limited outlets, so a power strip can be convenient. It can NOT be a surge protector.

  4. Adapters: If traveling internationally, bring the necessary power adapters.

Cabin Essentials:

  1. Lanyard: Keep your cruise card easily accessible with a lanyard.

  2. Small Backpack/Daypack: Useful for carrying essentials during shore excursions. A small backpack like THIS, is perfect. Don't get anything flashy or expensive for your safety.

  3. Toiletries: While basic toiletries are usually provided, bring personal favorites and any specialty items you may need. I highly recommend you bring your own shampoo & conditioner.

  4. Insect repellent

  5. Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

  6. Ziplock bags: Useful for wet swimsuits or storing snacks.

  7. Basic First Aid Kit: Band-Aids, pain relievers, etc.

  8. Hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes

  9. After sun aloe or cream


  1. Books/Kindle: For downtime on sea days or relaxing evenings.

  2. Travel Games/Deck of Cards: Entertainment for the whole family. (You can ask the casino if they have extra card decks, sometimes they will give you one.)

  3. Headphones: Useful for enjoying entertainment without disturbing others.

Swimming in the ocean by a cruise ship


  1. Sunscreen: Protect your skin during outdoor activities.

  2. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated, especially during excursions. This collapsable water bottle is a game changer! It is a must on vacations.

  3. Snorkel Gear: If you plan on snorkeling at ports of call.

  4. Travel Sewing Kit: Handy for minor clothing repairs . Even if you don't sew, we have used this on more than one cruise.

  5. Laundry Bags: Keep dirty clothes separate for convenience.

  6. Beach bag

  7. Hats and sunglasses: Shield yourself from the sun.

  8. Formal night accessories

Remember to customize this list based on the specific cruise destination, duration, and activities planned. Happy cruising! 🚢✨

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