March 10


Cruising 101: Cruise Travel Checklist

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

Air Freshener

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.)

Bluetooth Speaker

Perfect for having tunes playing while you get ready or simply to enjoy music in your cabin.

Extra hangers

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

Beach towel



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

Hand sanitizer

Pocket tissues

Power bank

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.


Comfortable shoes

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) 


Trainers/tennis shoes

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?

Maxi dress(es)

Life saver! If you bring a dark colored one (i.e. navy, black) you can dress it up or down!





Swimsuit or swim trunks

Tank tops



…or go commando.  You’re on vacation!


Body wash or soap




Lint Roller

Mini first aid kit

  • Allergy medicine
  • Antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Bandages
  • Neosporin
  • Non-drowsy dramamine
  • Other medication
  • Throat Lozenges




Shaving Cream/Gel

Sewing Kit

Tide Pen or other travel stain remover


Toothbrush with cover



Boarding Tags for Luggage

Drivers License


Ticket Reservation

Travel Insurance Policy Information  

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