The Ultimate Cruise Packing List For Everyone

Packing for a cruise doesn’t need to be overwhelming. The best way to decide what to pack for a cruise is to create a cruise packing list for every person coming with you. This way they can check each item off their personal list. This includes your partner and your kids if you are packing for a cruise with the family. has made things easier for you with our cruise packing checklists for the whole family!

It’s sometimes hard to decide what to take on a cruise. Don’t be left having to spend your valuable cruise dollars on an item you may have forgotten. Instead, you can download our ultimate cruise packing list or access each printable cruise packing list individually. It’s time to get organized so that you reach your port of call with everything you need to enjoy your cruise.

Top Tips On What To Pack For A Cruise

1. Make Multiple Lists

It’s essential to have more than one copy of your list for every person going on the cruise with you. In doing so, you will have a master copy and one extra that you can pack into the suitcase for each cruise companion. Another handy tip, laminate the lists so that if they get wet, they’re less likely to get ruined.

2. Pack An Extra Set Of Essentials In Your Carry-On

The worst thing to happen on any trip, especially on a cruise, is to lose your luggage before embarking the ship. Pack a couple of days of light clothing and essentials like extra medicine in your carry-on. By doing so, you’ll have what you need if your checked bag is either lost or damaged in transit. You should also pack some extra clothes and essentials in your cruise companion’s luggage. If your luggage goes missing, but not theirs, you’ll have some essentials to keep you going.

3. Use Waterproof Luggage Protection

There are plenty of waterproof protectors that can be used not only when you are packing for a cruise, but for any trip. Protecting your luggage tags and other essentials from water damage is vital, especially when you are on a cruise ship.

Packing Essential List For Every Cruise

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The following cruise packing list applies to each person accompanying you on the cruise. It can be modified depending on your port of call requirements and destination. When packing for a cruise, consider all of the following items as a starting point for your packing list.

Things To Do Before You Leave

  • Call your bank to advise them of your travel plans.
  • Purchase a pre-paid phone card and compatible SIM card to use while traveling
  • Organize your currencies and get a pre-paid travel card with multiple currencies loaded on to it if required
  • Give copies of your travel plans, itineraries, flight details, etc. to a friend or family member.
  • See your doctor to obtain prescriptions, letters, and vaccinations in advance.
  • Check the validity of your passport at least one month before departure.
  • Organize smaller bills in the required currency if you plan on tipping for service or buying small gifts
  • Make a list of all of your emergency contacts to keep in your carry-on including next of kin, credit card companies, tour companies, lost or stolen phone numbers for your bank, etc.
  • Check to see whether you can use your phone at your destination.
  • Contact the cruise provider to finalize your reservation and to inquire about any changes to the itinerary if applicable.
  • Organize a house-sitter
  • Advise family and friends regarding your travel plans and to advise them if you have organized a house-sitter
  • Download any maps to use offline of areas you’d like to explore while at port
  • Prepare your music playlist and podcasts.

What To Pack In Your Carry-On (Travel Documents Packing List)

  • Your airline tickets
  • All your cruise documents
  • Your travel itineraries
  • Copies of all passports of travel companions
  • Any visas you may be needing
  • Cruise documentation
  • Proof of citizenship (if required)
  • Proof of immunization
  • Letter from your doctor regarding your medications if needed
  • Instructions regarding your care requirements in case of a medical emergency
  • Copies of your insurance documents (life, medical, travel insurance) including essential contact numbers
  • Driver’s license and any other government-issued I.D

Cruise Packing List For Women

  • Bras (assorted styles to match your outfit requirements)
  • Panties
  • Pajamas/light robe (check to see if the ship provides this)
  • Foldable slippers
  • Compression stockings if you tend to suffer from deep vein thrombosis
  • Socks and hosiery
  • Other undergarments such as shapewear, slip, camisole
  • Evening wear for dress up dinners
  • Costume if there’s a theme night
  • Accessories – belts, sunglasses, scarves
  • Raingear
  • Your most comfortable closed toed shoes
  • Dressy sandals
  • Flip flops or thong shoes
  • Multi-purpose pair of shoes
  • Watches (sport and dress)
  • Swimsuit & cover-up
  • lightweight towel or sarong
  • Lounge or exercise wear
  • Shorts or capris
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • long-sleeved tops
  • Blouses
  • Comfy jeans
  • Windbreaker
  • Zip-up jacket
  • Warmer sweater if the weather could be chilly
  • sun hat

Women’s Cruise Travel Accessories & Toiletries List

  • Blow dryer (check if the cruise ship has one first)
  • Double-duty iron (for curling or straightening)
  • Comb/brush
  • Mousse, gel, hairspray
  • Your favorite shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower cap (check if the cruise ship has one first)
  • Multi-purpose bar of soap to wash clothes in a pinch
  • Antiperspirant or deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Tweezers
  • Pocket mirror
  • Weather-friendly make-up
  • Make-up remover wipes
  • Pocket manicure set, nail polish and remover wipes
  • Thermal water spritz
  • Hair removal tools (razor, shaving cream, epilator, etc.)
  • Reading glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Tablet organizer
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide brim sun hat
  • Jewelry
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Perfume
  • Dry shampoo
  • Peppermint oil for tummy upset
  • Ginger tablets or Dramamine
  • Travel sized hand cream
  • Eye drops
  • Allergy tablets
  • Sleep mask and ear plugs

Men’s Cruise Packing List

  • Underwear
  • Undershirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Compression socks (for airplane flight to prevent swollen ankles)
  • Belts
  • Beach shoes/sandals
  • Formal shoes
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Suit for formal dinner
  • Tie (for formal dinners)
  • Formal Dress Shirt
  • Swimwear
  • Activewear and runners
  • Sun hat/visor/cap
  • Sport socks
  • Dress socks
  • Everyday socks
  • Dress and Casual Shorts
  • Casual shirts with collars
  • T-shirts (polo and casual style)
  • Slacks (casual and dress style)
  • Long sleeved t-shirts
  • Waterproof all-weather jacket

Men’s Toiletry Cruise Packing List

  • Comb/brush
  • Hair styling product
  • Moisturizer
  • Soap or body wash
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Cologne
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers (to be packed in a checked bag)
  • Quick-dry towel

Kid’s Cruise Packing List

  • Undies (pack at least two more than what you need)
  • Socks (pack at least two more than what you need)
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans or long pants
  • Dressy outfit
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Jeans
  • Track-suit
  • Hooded Sweatshirt
  • Comfort toy
  • Bathing suits
  • Bath toys
  • Goggles/snorkel & mask
  • Swim diapers
  • Floaties
  • Bathing suit cover-up
  • Small swim towel
  • Flip flops or water shoes
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Favorite portable snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Favorite bedtime storybook
  • Portable travel games and activity books
  • A small pack of crayons/pencil crayons

Miscellaneous Items To Pack For A Cruise

  • Chargers, adaptors, additional plugs for other countries if required
  • Spare batteries
  • Music player (iPod/Mp3)
  • Ear-buds for listening to music
  • Journal & pens
  • Kindle or another E-reading device
  • Reading material
  • Language phrasebook (if you’re traveling to a non-English speaking country
  • Camera (if you don’t use your phone for this)
  • Camera case (waterproof)
  • Backup USB and memory cards
  • Small first aid kit
  • Collapsable refillable water bottles
  • Small analog alarm clock (light-up)
  • Small flashlight
  • Neck pillow
  • Spare small travel blanket
  • Travel umbrella
  • Reclosable plastic bags
  • Travel laundry bag
  • Travel clothes line and pegs
  • Cable ties in case of lock damage
  • Additional packing cubes
  • Wet wipes or baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Some Extra Packing Tips For A Cruise

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Keep all of your device charging equipment in your carry-on and pack them in a separate packing cube. By using packing cubes, you can keep things tangle-free and organized.

Make sure that you keep all of your necessary documents in your carry-on; this is essential in case your bags get lost or damaged.

Think about any items that you would not want to be without, or that are likely to get damaged. Anything that you can’t bear to part with, or will use frequently, should always be in your carry-on.

Choose light-weight clothing that can be layered. Anything that you don’t have to iron is always a more practical option. Bring a few extra travel hangers, so if you do need to get the wrinkles out, you can hang the item in the bathroom while you shower. The steam and moisture should help to release some of the creases. Another laundry tip is to put a few drops of lavender oil into a small spray bottle and spritz your clothes. Lavender oil can also help with smoothing out any wrinkles in your clothes.

Only need one of the above cruise packing checklists?  You can access our printable cruise ship packing lists below.

Womens Cruise Packing List

Mens Cruise Packing List

Kids Cruise Packing List

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