What to Take on a Cruise

Travel  ·  Gear   Updated September 2019

As cruising becomes increasingly popular, one of the most frequently asked questions is "What should I pack for my cruise?" While the answer will usually depend on your destination, there are number of items we can suggest to everyone.

Daytime Attire

Casual wear is what you should expect: shorts, polo shirts, T-shirts, blouses, tops, jeans, khakis and summer dresses if you're a woman.

Bathing suit will be of use around the pool and on beaches. If you intend to the gym, make sure you take your work-out clothes.

Taking comfortable shoes is really important, the best will be flat or low-heeled shoes that offer extra grip. Remember to take sandals and flip-flops as well.

Don't forget to take a hat to protect your skin from the sun. 

Evening Attire

"Cruise Casual" is usually order of the day, but you can expect one or two evenings where "Cruise Elegant" dress code applies.


Carry-On Bag Checklist

__ Travel documentation (passport, visas, tickets)

__ Other documents (e.g. insurance)

__ Wallet (cash, credit cards)

__ Medications

__ Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant)

Caribbean Cruise Checklist

__ Camera and binoculars

__ Snorkeling gear

__ Chargers

__ Beach bag or backpack

__ Water bottle for day trips

__ Books or magazines

__ Sunscreen and insect repellent

__ Hat and sunglasses

__ Rain jacket and umbrella


Prohibited Items

All cruise lines have a list of items that are not allowed onboard, such as weapons, irons, alcohol or other potentially dangerous items. It is very important to review this list as well as the cruise line policy. When the luggage is scanned and prohibited items are found, they might be removed without any compensation.

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