Packing for a cruise

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Packing for a cruise

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These are suggestions of things you might take on a cruise. It assumes you're going somewhere sunny, but depending on where you're going, some of the items may not be useful to you, and there are inevitably additional items you'll want to bring along. But this should give you a general idea of what you'll want to pack. (Please keep in mind that we want this to be useful to people in general, so don't edit it for your own personal needs.)


  • underwear, socks - check availability of laundry service to cut down the number you have to bring
  • short-sleeved shirts
  • shorts
  • comfortable lightweight slacks (e.g. khakis)
  • formal dress and shoes (women)/suit and dress shoes (men) - most cruises treat at least one dinner of the voyage as a formal affair
  • comfortable walking shoes - for excursions ashore
  • sandals
  • windbreaker - for cool nights on deck
  • swimsuit


  • travel alarm clock - especially if your room doesn't have window


  • empty tote bag - for purchases, souvenirs on the way home
  • cash, traveller's checks, bank card

Stay healthy and safe

  • sunglasses, sun lotion, hat
  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • aspirin
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • motion-sickness medicine/bracelet
  • insurance card
  • ID card/passport

See and Do

  • camera, film/memory card
  • notepad and pen for journal
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