Okay, so maybe you want to take a cruise after all. What will you need? Sometimes you won’t know until you are out in the middle of the ocean. Don’t sweat it! Here’s a cruise travel checklist to help you out. You can also download a printer-friendly version here. Bon voyage gorgeous!
For your home away from home
I like to bring a 2oz bottle of homemade lavender mist (20-30 drops of lavender or any essential oil you’d like and fill up the rest with water.)
Perfect for having tunes playing while you get ready or simply to enjoy music in your cabin.
I got three measly hangers. Not much I could do with that.
Hair dryer and/or flat iron/curling iron
This is one where it can be hit or miss. I didn’t have a hair dryer in the room
Power strip extension cord
This may help if you aren’t traveling alone and need to keep your charging item within reach.
Sleeping eye mask and ear plugs
You want to sleep, but your roomie wants to party like it’s on sale for $19.99.
Tablet or iPad
Before leaving the house download some books, games and apps that can be used offline. If you have a Netflix account, download some content.
Yes, a watch. Set it to the ship’s time or get left behind.
For port days and excursions
Carry a pair in your bag or backpack if you plan to chill at the beach. You don’t want to end up paying $20 for sandals later!
Folding hand fan
If you’re going to be taking pictures with your smartphone, it’s an obvious choice. Don’t forget to bring your charging cord with adapter too in case you find an outlet.
Reusable water bottle
Scrunchie/hair clip/hair tie
Slim wallet/card holder
Only bring the essentials for the day.
Small notepad and pen/pencil
Sometimes technology fails us. This is a no-brainer. Write down directions, take down a phone number, etc…
Sunscreen and/or sun hat
Swimsuit coverup (optional)
Waterproof beach bag or backpack with a detachable accessories pouch
In other words, something you don’t mind hauling around. I prefer the Longchamp Le Pliage bag. The pouch can house loose change and money.
Around the ship
Yes, your credit card is already linked to your sail and sign card, but if you’ll need some green if you want to play in the casino.
Never forget your sail and sign card again.
Enough for your phone, a slim wallet, and maybe a tube of lipstick.
Flip flops just won’t do if you’re heading out to explore! Test them out and make sure you can walk in them before you bring them with you!
Dress shoes (optional)
Formal attire (optional)
If you plan on dressing up for dinner or for theme nights, don’t forget to make room for your tux or gown.
Hoodie/sweatshirt — OR— Jacket
Linen is your BFF.
Don’t want to wear pants?
Life saver! If you bring a dark colored one (i.e. navy, black) you can dress it up or down!
Swimsuit or swim trunks
…or go commando. You’re on vacation!
Body wash or soap
Mini first aid kit
- Allergy medicine
- Non-drowsy dramamine
- Other medication
- Throat Lozenges
Tide Pen or other travel stain remover
Toothbrush with cover
Boarding Tags for Luggage
Travel Insurance Policy Information