What to pack for a cruise vacation [Interactive self-check packing list included]

Planning and packing cruise essentials can save you valuable vacation time by avoiding detours to search for forgotten items. It's important to be prepared for any adventure that comes your way. So, grab that cruise packing list below and prepare to set sail on your next amazing cruise vacation.

Travel Documents and Contact Information

1. Documentation & Contact Information

  • Passport
  • Copies of passport. Carry a copy with you in port; Keep the original in the cabin safe.
  • Boarding passes and excursion details
  • Airline tickets
  • Car rental and hotel confirmation if any
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Driver’s license/ state ID
  • Emergency contact list
  • Pens
First Aid Kit

2. Health & Safety Products

  • Medications/vitamins
  • Prescriptions/medication lists/medical history
  • Sunscreen
  • Motion sickness pills/patches
  • Insect repellent
  • Sanitizer wipes/spray

3. Devices

  • Cell phone, charger and portable charger
  • Laptop/tablet and charger
  • Camera/lenses/memory cards/batteries/charger
  • Voltage adapters (for international pre-/post-cruise hotels)
  • Headphones
Toiletries in a luggage

4. Toiletries (not on carry-on list)

  • Small travel-sized containers & bagies
  • Facial products
  • Hair products (if not provided)
  • Skincare products
  • Nail clippers/ file
  • Dental hygiene essentials
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup
  • Eye care items, such as eyeglass cleaners and contact solution
Neck Pillow for Travel

5. Accessories

  • Travel aids (earplugs, eye cover & neck pillow)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Umbrella
  • Light-weight backpack/ Day Bag/ Large Purse/Hiking bags
What to pack for a cruise vacation

6. Undergarments & Basics

  • Underwear and Undershirt
  • Socks and sleepwear
  • Hats and belts
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops (Be sure they have tread; wet decks can be slippery)
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt or hoodie (Evenings on the ship can be cool)
  • Denim jeans or pants
Outdoor Activities

7. Outdoor Adventure Extra

  • Hats, sunglasses and lanyard
  • Goggles and protective gloves
  • Fast-dry garments like sports bras, underwear, T-shirts or long-sleeve shirt, shorts
  • Full-length/ convertible hiking pants
  • Poncho
  • Waterproof socks, hiking boots/shoes
  • Swimwear and suitable cover-ups
  • Comfortable sandals or flip flops
Formal Attire on a Cruise

8. Casual and Formal Attire

For men:

  • Dress shirts and pants
  • Shoes and belt
  • Tie and suits
  • Polo/long sleeve

For women:

  • Cocktail dresses/evening gowns
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes/sandals
  • Blouses and skirts
  • Blazers/coats
Clothing for Colder Climate

9. For Colder Climates

  • Insulating layers like fleece pullovers
  • A waterproof jacket
  • Appropriate closed-toe footwear
  • Hiking boots for trails that require them
  • Gloves, a hat, and a scarf
  • Binoculars
  • A water-resistant backpack or a cross-body bag for onshore activities
  • Insect repellent, particularly essential for Alaska
  • Hand warmers for added comfort
Kids Stuff

10. Kids stuff

  • Diapers, including both regular and swim diapers
  • Baby wipes and rash cream
  • Extra plastic bags for wet items
  • Clothes and lightweight blanket
  • Car seat if needed and stroller
  • Bottles or sippy cups
  • Baby food and formula
  • Entertainment activities such as coloring books, stickers, and books
  • Inflatable bathtub for younger children to use in the shower and beach toys
Location-specific requirements

11. Location-specific requirements

When dreaming of a cruise to places like Rome, remember dress codes for certain attractions. The Vatican and St. Peter’s need covered shoulders and knees. Avoid camouflage clothing in some Caribbean countries; it’s illegal. Bring non-camo options just in case.

A comprehensive packing list is vital for a cruise. Save time and get senior discounts with Hey Personal Assistant. Be prepared for relaxation and shore excursions without sacrificing comfort. Create your cruise packing list and enjoy an unforgettable voyage. Happy sailing!