10 Essentials When Packing For A Cruise

Cruises are becoming a more and more popular. They’re a convenient form of travel that can see you relax and enjoy yourself between one destination and another. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you might not know what to expect and may be struggling to pack appropriately. Including these 10 essentials when packing for a cruise will definitely make life easier.

Passport and Travel Documents

Starting with the obvious, but you won’t get very far if you don’t pack these. A cruise is no different and you should take copies of your passport to take ashore if you are having a beach day.

Consider Where Your Cruise Will Take You

Different cruises go to different places. So, you’re going to have to consider where your cruise will be taking you before getting started with your packing. After all, a cruise around the British Isles in the middle of winter is going to require completely different attire and other basics to a Caribbean cruise during the warm seasons. Take a look at where you’re heading and start researching the average temperature, weather conditions and climate to be able to get a better idea of where to start with your packing.

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Make sure to pack appropriately for your destination.

What Excursions Will You Be Doing?

Remember, you may spend a lot of time on the cruise ship yourself, but you are likely to stop off in different destinations and you may find that you want to do day trips or excursions while you’re there. Do your research beforehand. This will give you a good idea of what you want to do in each location and will help you to pack appropriately. You may find that you could benefit from packing comfortable walking boots or hiking boots, extra swimwear, coveralls to visit cultural sites or more.

What excursions will you be doing?

Sun Lotion

Heading somewhere hot? You’re going to need to make sure that you pack plenty of sun cream or sun lotion for your time away. Burning can ruin days of your trip, as you may suffer from exhaustion or could simply be extremely uncomfortable and need to take time to rest and recover. It’s also important for your general wellbeing, as exposure to UVA and UVB can come hand in hand with a host of health consequences. Find a good SPF and make sure to stock up!

Insect Repellent

If you’re heading to a tropical climate or somewhere with mosquitos and other insects that bite, you may also want to invest in some insect repellant. This can help to stave off bugs and minimise bites that you experience during your trip, saving yourself itchiness and discomfort.


Most cruises have some sort of onboard pool, jacuzzi and other water based activities. It’s important to take plenty of swimwear, so that you have enough to tide you through the trip. You want to be able to enjoy the water while one pair is washed or drying. Good options include swimming costumes, bikinis and tankinis.

Don’t forget your swimwear.

Flip Flops or Sandals

If, like me you plan on spending time lounging by the pool, a pair of flip flops, sandals or sliders are a must. You don’t want to spend time putting shoes on and off or drying off before walking around.

Gym Wear

Sure, we might not think of the gym as soon as we think of a cruise. But many cruise liners do now have onboard gyms where you can work out and keep up with your fitness routine while you’re away on your holidays. Make sure to pack some Leggings, trainers and a sports bra or sports top if you plan to use this facility.

Whether you use the ship or the destination to workout, be sure to pack your gym wear.


If you’re visiting somewhere sunny, sunglasses should be deemed an essential. This will make the whole trip a lot more pleasant and enjoyable for you. Not only will they block out the light, it will stop you wrinkling up your face and you will look cool.


A sunhat can also protect you from the sun. Many people experience sunburn on their scalp, forgetting that it is often exposed to the sun’s rays and being unable to apply sunscreen over their hair. Consider something with a wide brim to completely cover and protect this area of your body.

Of course, the best things to pack for any trip will differ between one person and another due to personal preferences. But hopefully, some of the information outlined above should help you to pack for your cruise as best possible, ticking off some of the essentials from your to-pack list!

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