While what to pack for a cruise posts are everywhere on the web, we thought it might be helpful to also share what NOT to pack. With this in mind, here is our list:

  1. Illegal or Prohibited Items: Check the cruise line's policies for prohibited items. These include weapons, illegal drugs, or other restricted items.
  2. Too Many Valuables: While it's good to have some jewelry for formal nights, avoid bringing expensive or sentimental items you'd hate to lose.
  3. Excessive Clothing: We all want options, but try to avoid overpacking. Most cruise cabins have limited storage space.
  4. Too Many Shoes: While it's good to have variety, shoes can take up a lot of space. Try to limit yourself to a few pairs that are versatile and comfortable for different activities.
  5. Full-Size Toiletries: Unless you have specific preferences, it's much more practical to bring travel-sized toiletries to save space. Even better, simply use the shampoo, conditioner and body wash provided in your cabin.
  6. Beach Towels: Most cruise lines provide towels for poolside use and excursions. Therefore, no need to bring your own.
  7. Alcohol: Most cruise lines have restrictions on bringing alcohol on board. The only exception being bottles of wine. Check your cruise line's policy regarding bringing beverages.
  8. Candles or Incense: These items are prohibited due to fire hazards.
  9. Iron or Ironing Board: Cruise lines often have restrictions on bringing these items due to fire safety concerns. Most ships offer laundry services or have irons available for passenger use.
  10. Hairdryer: Most cruise cabins provide hairdryers, so no need to bring your own unless you have specific preferences.
  11. Surge Protectors: Most cruise lines prohibit the use of surge protected power strips. Instead, consider bringing a small USB charging tower.

Remember, always check your cruise line's specific guidelines and any dress codes they may have, as these can vary. Additionally, consider the climate and activities at your destination when packing.

Want to know what to pack? Check out "How To Pack For Your Cruise" and "How To Pack For An Alaskan Cruise".