Cruise Packing List

Avoid Headaches And Save Money

Toiletries for Cruise Vacation


A good cruise packing list will save you plenty of money. It will remind you of necessities such as passports and a camera you could easily forget in the mad rush of packing.

Make sure to check off important items from this list before leaving on your cruise vacation.


It is important to remember that your cruise line will supply some of the toiletries like shampoo and conditioner. Other items are available onboard at a higher cost. So if you want to save money, check off the items below before stepping on board.


Cruise Vacation Tips for Travel

If you are pairing a cruise vacation with travel, use simple strategies for cheap travel abroad such as staying at hostels instead of hotels. And opt for public transportation instead of taking a taxi whenever possible.

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Cruise Packing List Essentials

  1. Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
  2. Cruise documents, Passports and Visas
  3. Vaccination Certificate (if required)
  4. Driver’s license and auto insurance card – for driving in your ports of call
  5. Medical insurance cards and medical history
  6. List of medications you are taking
  7. One credit card – keep the rest at home
  8. ATM card
  9. Cash or travelers checks and receipt
  10. 3 copies of passport and visas, driver license, airline tickets, cruise tickets, itinerary – one in your carry-on, one in your checked luggage, and leave one at home
  11. Plug adaptors and converter
  12. Contact numbers to report lost/stolen credit cards or traveler’s checks
  13. Wallet wrapped in a rubber band. A cruise packing list tip to avoid pickpocketing.


Men’s and Women's Cruise Packing List


Cruising Men

  • Boxers, briefs
  • Athletic shoes, dress shoes, sandals
  • Flip flop sandals with a rubber heel for the beach and reef
  • Casual shirts and dress shirts
  • Sports jacket
  • Belts, hat, caps
  • Pants (formal and casual), jeans, shorts
  • Pajamas
  • Swim suit
  • Tie
  • T-shirts, undershirts
  • Workout clothes
  • Socks (formal, sport)
  • Dark suit or tuxedo with appropriate shirt and cufflinks
  • Windbreaker jacket, sweatshirt, raincoat
  • Raincoat


Cruising Women

  • Lingerie
  • Costume Jewelry...Leave the real stuff back home.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals, socks
  • Shorts, Slacks, Skirts, Jeans, Sundresses
  • Sweater
  • Wide-brimmed hat and cap
  • Shirts and blouses, short-sleeved, long-sleeved, and sleeveless
  • Workout clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Belts and scarves
  • Flip flop sandals with a rubber heel for the beach and reef
  • Evening shoes
  • Swim suit and sarong
  • Dress for informal, formal and casual nights, and evening sweater
  • Windbreaker jacket, sweatshirt, raincoat



Avoid Headaches before Cruising

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Make sure your cruise packing list includes everything you need.

Use these cruise packing tips to ensure an unforgetable experience. Find out what to do with important documents and what you should bring that your ship does not provide.

Always check with first time cruise tips for vital strategies when going on that cruise vacation...Including what you must bring in your carry-on.


Call your credit card company
and let them know when and where you will traveling. This is one of the most important cruise vacation tips. You will avoid having your credit card being put on hold due to suspected fraudulent charges.


Toiletries and Sundries


  • Comb, Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Razor, Shaving kit, Shaving Cream
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Products
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, Dental Floss
  • Blow dryer, straightening iron, curling iron, Scrunchies
  • Eyeliner, Eye Shadow, Mascara, Blush, Lipstick, Lip balm
  • Makeup remover
  • Facial cleanser, Moisturizer
  • Tweezers
  • Soap gel or soap in plastic container
  • Nail clippers and file packed in checked luggage
  • Hair gel, hair spray
  • Shower cap
  • Make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Contact lenses cleaner
  • Massage oil
  • Hand sanitizing lotion


Medical Needs and Supplies


  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Band-Aids
  • Birth control
  • Bug repellent
  • Cortisone 1% anti-itch cream
  • Sea-sickness medications
  • Pain reliever
  • Prescription medications
  • Ear plugs
  • Bandages, Anti-bacterial wipes, Insect Repellent
  • Sun screen


Electronics and Miscellaneous Items


  • Digital camera and case, batteries, memory cards, manuals
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Disposable underwater camera
  • Small travel alarm clock
  • Small flashlight and night light for interior rooms
  • Two sets of sun glasses
  • Two sets of contacts lenses
  • Two sets of reading glasses
  • Guidebooks
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • Maps
  • Paperbacks, journal, notebook, pen, pencil
  • Binoculars
  • Currency converter
  • Crazy Glue
  • Lint roller
  • Plastic ziplock bags
  • Playing cards
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Duct tape for damaged hems and bags
  • Plastic cable-lock ties for securing luggage upon departure
  • Extra luggage name tags
  • Sewing kit and scissors
  • Travel-sized clothes detergent
  • Empty bag for souvenirs and shore excursions


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Add more items to your cruise packing list and delete others as needed. Be prepared. Stick with most of the basics listed here. It will make your vacation a lot easier.

Make a list and check off items once they are packed. The cruise line only supplies certain items. You can find many items on board but they can get quite expensive.



Avoid ruining a perfect cruise vacation by neglecting to bring all your essentials such as a passport and camera.


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