Family Cruise Packing List: 39 Essential Items

Here is a list of essential items to pack for any cruise trip:

a girl packing for cruise vacation.
  • Photocopies of all the documents necessary for the trip.
  • Credit card.
  • Foreign currency if traveling abroad.
  • Use small trolley bags for easy transportation. (Check baggage allowance for the cruise ship).
  • Tote bags, backpacks, and pouch belts for carrying small items on shore excursions.
  • Waterproof transparent bags for carrying documents, wallets, and cell phones.
  • Soft foldable bags for shopping.
  • Medicines if you are under regular medication.
  • First-Aid kit.
  • Medicines for motion sickness, diarrhea, fever, anti-allergy, pain relievers, etc.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Toiletries. (Do not forget to carry sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes. Also carry your make-up kit, perfumes, and deodorants. The cruise lines provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. But you may want to use your own.)
  • Diapers, if you are carrying a baby.
  • Flip-flops and other shoes.
  • Cell phone chargers.
  • Cell phones.
  • Power bank.
  • Outlet adapters.
  • Laptop if you want to watch movies or do other work.
  • Books and magazines, if you want to read.
  • Night-dress for sleeping.
  • Dresses for activities like swimming, gym, etc.
  • Dresses for casual dinners.
  • Dresses for formal parties.
  • Dresses for excursions such as beach wear.
  • Wrinkle-release spray.
  • Towels, if you do not want to use those provided by the cruise line.
  • Jewellery.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Contact lenses, if you use them.
  • Belts.
  • Torch.
  • Hats.
  • Umbrella.
  • Tea, coffee, and other snacks, if you prefer to have your own.
  • Baby toys, if you are carrying a baby.
  • Cabin fan, if you need extra airflow during sleep.
  • Magnetic hooks for hanging clothes and other items.
  • Cameras, lenses, tripods, and memory cards, if you are a photo enthusiast.

Tips on packing for a cruise

Here are some packing tips for you:

  • Pack according to the climate of your destination.
  • Always carry your passport that will be valid for at least 6 months after the cruise ends.
  • If you have filled out the Special Needs form, carry a printout of the acknowledgment.
  • Use packing cubes to keep the clothes in the luggage organized.
  • Pack a light sweater for cold nights and heavy air conditioning in the theaters.
  • Check the itinerary of the cruise for theme parties before packing. You do not want to miss events like Halloween, Pirate Night, etc.
  • Bring along a lanyard to keep the cruise key access card safe.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to avoid purchasing bottled water on shore excursions.
  • Bring along a small flask to pack coffee and other beverages.
  • Download the app of the cruise line. You can check the daily schedule, and deck plans, make dining reservations, etc.
  • Do not take too much cash onboard. Use your credit card wherever possible.
  • Request your bank to unlock your credit card for international transactions.
  • Check the travel guidelines for cruise ships as issued by the US government.

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