What to Pack For a Cruise
Whether you're embarking on your first cruise or you've done it a few times, there are some important things to remember when packing for a cruise. Your wardrobe should be varied based on your destination and the weather conditions, as well as the activities you're likely to engage in off the ship (beach days, poolside relaxation, sightseeing or dinner in port).
For sunny, warm destinations, pack lightweight cotton cover-ups and sun hats for daytime. Dress up with a dressier top or tunic for evenings, and make sure to bring a couple of casual jackets and thermals if the weather turns colder during the trip.
Swimsuits, Shorts and Bikinis
A few bathing suits and a pair of anti chafe swim shorts are essential on every cruise itinerary, as well as a pair of comfy flip-flops or sandals for beachy destinations. You'll also want to pack a pair of dress shoes for fancier evening dining and evening events on the ship.
Travel sized toiletries
To make it easy to find what you need, pack a variety of travel sized items that don't take up much room in your suitcase or backpack. This includes travel-sized versions of toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, deodorant, shaving cream, contact lenses solutions and eyeglass cases.
Personal Care Products
Hair products, face and body moisturizers and makeup are also useful to have on hand for those who need them. Often cruise ships provide these products, but you may want to pack some as well.
Comfortable Pajamas and Comfy Shoes
A good set of pajamas is a must-have for most cruises. Some cruise lines provide robes and slippers on their ships, but you'll want to bring your own as well.
On longer cruises, you'll probably find that there are fitness classes and a number of outdoor tracks on the ship. If you're an avid hiker, it's a good idea to pack a hiking bag or a tote that can be used to store your gear.
Other accessories to bring are a telephoto lens for taking photos in ports and a small purse to hold your passport. A lightweight, reusable bottle of sunscreen is also a smart choice for your cruise luggage.