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Packing For Cruise

Packing for cruise holidays is one of worst parts of cruise. The other things could be unpacking though!

Packing is difficult because it is tedious task, needs quite lot of attention and most important confusion regarding what to take and what to leave behind and in this all chaos we at times even forget the necessary things which you may have to buy at double rate on the board or on ports of call. So best is to make a check list first and then tick against when that is packed.

One most important Packing For Cruise tip – Well traveling with spouse, then divide the checked items in two and if with kids then into more as per the suitcases. Also, be sure that you carry all things that you can’t live without even for couple of days in your hand luggage in case your luggage is delayed by porter or may get lost!

Cruise packing guide

Listed is guide list of things you must pack as starter but do modify as per your personal requirements.  But first always remember please make a check list while Packing For Cruise.


Travel Documents, various Wallet Items, and important Paperwork

  • airline tickets and e-ticket confirmation
  • cruise documents
  • passports and visas
  • proof of citizenship (check what is needed with cruise line you traveling with pf paper requirements)
  • vaccination certificate
  • driver’s license
  • Auto insurance card
  • medical insurance cards
  • Medical history
  • copy of any prescript medicines you might need and list of your medicines you in taking
  • Picture ID
  • credit cardsATM card
  • ATM card
  • pre-paid phone card
  • cash or traveler’s checks
  • 3 Photostatted copies of:

Airline tickets/ passports/cruise tickets/ visas/ itinerary – pack 1 copy you carry on, another copy in your checked luggage and last one leave it with someone back at home. Contact numbers to report lost/stolen credit cards or traveler’s checks

  • emergency numbers at home
  • currency conversion chart
  • wallet and fanny pack
  • Watch – watch with dual time zone is perfect!

Reading Material and Necessities

  • Glasses
  • Or if  contact lenses and its cleanerSunglasses
  • extra reading glasses
  • sunglasses
  • guidebooks
  • port of call information
  • foreign language phrase book or the dictionary
  • maps
  • reading material –that is for leisure reading, books for reading while on plane or when lounging nearby the pool
  • journal/ notebook along with pen or pencil – for making travel notes/ write down diary/ so that you can share your experience back at home.
  • business cards with your email address for giving to your new cruise’s friends
  • home/ email addresses of close friends and relatives back at home – for sending them postcards or emails, or any gifts
  • photo album

Electronics and Camera EquipmentCell phone and its charger

  • plug adaptor
  • converter
  • cell phone and its charger
  • PDA and its charger
  • laptop computer
  • binoculars
  • underwater camera – for snorkeling or beach days
  • Digital cameradigital camera
  • extra memory cards
  • batteries for the digital camera
  • battery charger
  • extension cord and power strip with multiple plug-ins
  • Ipod
  • small alarm clock
  • small flashlight

Medicine Kit

  • prescription drugs and other essential medicines in carry on bag
  • ear plugsSmall first aid kit
  • small first aid kit with band aids/ Vaselin/ Q-tips/ Dramamine/ bandages/ antibiotic cream/ anti-diarrheal medication/ aspirin/ cortisone cream/ /Tylenol or advil
  • germicidal hand cleaner
  • handi-wipes
  • hand lotion
  • rubbing alcohol
  • foot lotion
  • bug spray for ashore trips or camping if any
  • sun screen/sun block
  • lip sunblock

Other “Necessities”

  • duct tape/ strapping tape
  • extra locks for securing your luggage
  • extra luggage name tags
  • zip loc bags of various sizes and also garbage or laundry bags
  • corkscrew
  • Swiss Army knife but keep it in checked luggage
  • small umbrella
  • Inflating travel pillows
  • Crazy glue
  • playing cards
  • sports gear for snorkeling etc
  • sewing kit with scissors
  • travel-sized Woolite
  • clothes pins
  • empty folding tote bag
  • hats or caps or visors
  • insulated large coffee mugs

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