It seams like no matter how many cruises I've gone on, I always manage to forget something. My most recent cruise was no exception. On day 2, I realized I forgot to pack a charger for my MacBook! Fortunately I was able to get off the ship in Grand Cayman and find one in port. Of course this little faux paux set me back $60!

Since I would hate for this to happen to you, here's a nice little cruise packing checklist to help you prepare for your next cruise:

  1. Travel Documents:
    • Passport (check visa requirements if traveling internationally)
    • Cruise tickets or boarding passes (almost all cruise lines now provide these via their app)
    • Travel insurance information
    • Photocopies of important documents (passport, credit cards, emergency contacts)
  2. Clothing:
    • Casual daytime outfits (shorts, t-shirts, sundresses)
    • Swimwear (bathing suits, cover-ups)
    • Comfortable shoes (sneakers, sandals, flip-flops)
    • Evening wear (smart-casual or formal depending on cruise line and your preferences)
    • Lightweight jacket or sweater (for cooler evenings, windy decks or chilly theaters)
    • Workout gear (if you plan to use the onboard gym or participate in fitness classes)
    • Pajamas and undergarments
    • Socks and/or stockings
    • Hat or cap for sun protection
  3. Toiletries and Personal Care:
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
    • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (personally I use what's provided by the cruise line)
    • Moisturizer and sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
    • Razor and shaving cream
    • Deodorant
    • Makeup and cosmetics
    • Hairbrush or comb
    • Nail clippers and file
    • Prescription medications and basic first aid kit
    • Over-the-counter medications (pain relievers, antacids, etc.)
    • Feminine hygiene products
  4. Accessories:
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunhat or visor
    • Beach tote or bag
    • Travel-sized umbrella or poncho
    • Books
  5. Electronics and Entertainment:
    • Cell phone
    • Camera or smartphone for photos
    • Multi-port USB charger (many cruise lines don't allow power strips unless non-surge protected)
    • E-reader or tablet for reading
    • Headphones/earbuds
    • Chargers for all electronics
    • Playing cards or travel-sized games
  6. Miscellaneous Items:
    • Luggage tags
    • Snacks and reusable water bottle
    • Laundry bag or plastic bags for wet/dirty clothes
    • Motion sickness remedies (if needed)
    • Binoculars for scenic views or wildlife spotting
    • Small backpack or day bag for shore excursions
    • Travel-sized sewing kit or safety pins
  7. Optional Items:
    • Travel journal or notebook with pens
    • Language translation app or pocket dictionary (for international cruises)
    • Inflatable travel pillow or neck pillow for long flights or bus rides

When packing, be sure consider the specific activities and amenities offered on your cruise, as well as any dress codes or restrictions imposed by the cruise line. Tailoring your packing accordingly will help ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience on your next cruise vacation!