What to Pack for a Cruise - Printable Checklist
by Cindy Girard
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A packing list for all voyages includes the travel essentials you will need at minimum for your sailing. Check with your cruise line for a destination specific packing list, dress code, theme nights, and prohibited items. Consider seasonal weather and duration of your journey when packing the travel essentials. While this is not an exhaustive list, if this is your first time sailing, the items listed here will ensure you are comfortable. For everything else, you can always buy it along the way.
Download a printable What to Pack for a Cruise checklist:
Daytime at Sea & Ports of Call: Consider cultural expectations, and restrictions. Resort-style attire, including jeans and shorts, is typical until dinner seating times (6pm +). Casual shorts, cover-ups, swimsuits reserved for are poolside, on deck, spa and fitness studio.
Evening after 6p: Elegant casual attire and evening shoes. A theme night or cocktail dress, dress slacks and collared shirt, optional sport jacket. Formal nights, for gowns and dark suits, tuxedos.
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Check your airline bag size restrictions
- Photo ID/Driver’s License and documentation (passport, visa etc.)
- Proof of required vaccinations
- Emergency documents, contact list, health/insurance cards, allergy list
- Change of clothes, and bathing suit
- Prescription medications for duration, refill prescription, + 2 wk extra supply
- Toiletries and hygiene items - travel size liquid containers only
- First aid essentials, aspirin & band-aides
- Cell phone, charger, camera, memory card
- Specialty items, jewelry
Checked bag Essentials
- Swimwear and cover-up
- Sleepwear, undergarments, socks
- Exercise attire and sneakers
- Dress/formal attire, cocktail dress
- Dark suit/tuxedo
- Walking shoes, sandals, evening shoes
- Brimmed hat, sun screen, sunglasses
- Accessories; belts handbags
- Blouses, collared tops and casual shirts
- Sports Jacket, blazer, sweater or wrap
- Skirts, slacks, dress pants, shorts
- Foldable tote bag for tours / shops
- Laundry bag and zip-lock bags
- Mini sewing kit
Packing Tips for Savvy Travelers:
- Multi-Purpose Clothing: Opt for versatile pieces that can transition seamlessly from daytime excursions to evening elegance. Consider reversible garments or convertible items that offer flexibility without sacrificing style.
- Compact Footwear: Pack shoes that serve multiple purposes, such as stylish walking shoes that can double as evening footwear. This saves space in your luggage while ensuring you're prepared for any occasion.
- Tech Essentials: Don't forget to pack your gadgets, but streamline your tech arsenal by choosing multi-functional devices. Bring 2 portable chargers ensure you stay powered up during your adventures.
- Customized Golf Gear: Tailor your packing list to accommodate your passion for golf. Aside from shipping your clubs separately, consider packing golf-friendly attire with moisture-wicking fabrics and UV protection for optimal comfort on the course.
- Over-the-Door Organizer: Utilize this space-saving accessory to keep your toiletries, accessories, and small essentials easily accessible without cluttering your cabin.
- Portable Power Strip: With limited outlets in cruise cabins, a compact power strip ensures you can charge multiple devices simultaneously.
- Hanging Toiletry Bag: Opt for a toiletry bag with a hook for easy hanging in the bathroom, freeing up counter space and keeping your essentials within reach.
By optimizing your luggage, embracing multi-purpose items, and incorporating convenient accessories, you'll enjoy a seamless travel experience from start to finish. Embark on your next adventure with confidence, knowing you're prepared for every exquisite moment on board and on the greens.
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