How To Pack For A Cruise

You’ve booked your dream cruise vacation, now you just need to pack. Unlike other vacations, being out in the middle of the ocean limits your options on what extras you can buy. You need to make sure you pack everything you need while being reasonable with what you bring.

There are many things to consider when packing for a cruise. You have to take into account the different temperatures, what activities you are going to do, and if the cruise has any dress protocols.

Ultimately, you want your items for cruise to be adaptable. They should be able to create multiple outfits and be stylish and functional. 

So we have created a guide on what to pack to make your cruise experience as stress-free as possible.

Everyday Clothes

While we would love to spend all day in beachwear, you also need to bring some casual clothes.

This can be something as simple as a pair of shorts and a t-shirt or a dress that you throw over a bikini. As long as it is comfortable, you are ticking all the boxes.

Remember to pack a hoodie or sweatshirt. You want to be prepared for all weather changes and when it gets cold at night.

While it may seem obvious, don’t forget to bring some underwear and socks. It’s easy to remember the little things when packing for a big trip.

Formal Attire

Having a formal night out is one of the best parts of a cruise. You get to sit down with some music and good food in your best dress. It is truly magical.

We recommend checking with your cruise line first what their formal dress code is. That way you can pack a nice outfit without worrying that you will look out of place.


This is probably going to be the outfit you spend the most time in so choosing a couple of swimwear sets to bring will be a good idea. 

Whether you’re at the beach or the pool deck, you want to be able to comfortably relax in whatever you are wearing.

We recommend packing a couple of cover-up options so that you can protect your arms when you aren’t actively sunbathing.

Outdoor Clothes

In order to pack climate-appropriate outdoor clothes, you need to know what kind of stops the cruise will be making. Layers will be your best friend in ensuring you are prepared for any temperature.


Bring the comfiest pajamas you own for the best sleep experience.


You should bring a couple of shoe options including walking shoes, sandals, and formal shoes.


Accessories can easily transform an outfit, some must-bring items include a hat, sunglasses, wristwatch, and a bag. 

Remember to leave your best pieces at home so they don’t get lost.


While the cruise will provide a lot of these like shampoo and body wash, you can bring your own.

Remember to pack your toothbrush and skincare routine as well. Any make-up or hair products should also be brought.

Don’t forget any medications you take, this includes prescription medications and pain killers. Sunscreen is a must to bring as well.


Obviously, you should bring your passport and also any insurance documents, but we also recommend carrying photocopies just in case.

Try to bring a few maps as well with places you want to visit. Don’t forget to bring your money in the appropriate currency.


As well as your phone you should also bring a good quality camera. Don’t forget all the chargers and outlet adapters you may need.

Some other items to bring would be a pair of binoculars to look out onto land.


Some other items to consider bringing include:

    • Eye mask
    • Earplugs 
    • Antibacterial wipes 
    • Book
    • Kindle 
    • Reusable water bottles
    • Small portable fan for cabin


If you are bringing children remember to pack their essentials like diapers and wipes as well as entertainment for them like toys and games.


Hopefully, now you know what to bring and won’t forget anything on your journey. Plan your outfits ahead as best as you can so you know exactly what to bring.

Take advantage of the laundry service on a cruise, it will save you a lot of space in your luggage.

A top tip when going on vacation is to also pack a list of everything in your bags. That way when you are able to make sure you have everything when you are packing up to leave. 

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