How to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

How to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise
You are embarking on a Caribbean cruise soon and it's time to get started on packing those suitcases. You aren't just packing for the ship, you need to keep in mind what you will be doing at each port your cruise stops at as well. Set aside a half or even a whole day to pack a few days before you leave, that way you have time to remember to add things you may initially forget. Keep your itinerary nearby as you pack so you can check that you cover all the necessities for the places you will visit.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Suitcases Day pack Clothing Personal items
  • Suitcases
  • Day pack
  • Clothing
  • Personal items
Step 1
Pack your ship-board day wear. Bring two bathing suits and a cover-up, work-out clothes, sun dresses, shorts and t-shirts to cover most day time needs while at sea.
Step 2
Pack your evening attire. Bring a dressy pant or skirt and blouse set, and a cocktail dress for women. Pack a polo shirt, dress shirt, tie, sports coat and a suit for men. Dinners will vary from casual to formal each night.
Step 3
Pack your island wardrobe. Match your clothing choices to the activities you plan to participate in. Packing shorts, casual pants and comfortable skirts fulfill most needs as specialized clothing or equipment will be provided for most activities. Pack t-shirts, polo shirts and lightweight blouses. Generally, pack one pair of pants per three days and one shirt per day at port.
Step 4
Pack a pair of walking shoes, workout shoes and sandals. Women should avoid heels and instead choose flats, as they are easier to walk in and cruise ships are large. Pack a pair of dress shoes for men.
Step 5
Include a lightweight jacket, a rain coat and a wide-brimmed hat to protect you from the sun. Include sunscreen and an extra pair of sunglasses.
Step 6
Include accessories such as cuff links, jewelry and underclothes, including socks and undergarments. Leave expensive jewelry at home unless your stateroom has an in-room safe.
Step 7
Pack leisure items. Include a good book or two, a journal, a pair of binoculars and a camera or camcorder. Bring extra film or memory cards and batteries for your cameras.
Step 8
Pack all required medication, a copy of your prescriptions and any personal grooming items. Include an extra set of glasses or contact lenses. Also pack minor first aid items such as Band Aids and aspirin. These may be available on the ship, but it is simpler to have them on hand.
Step 9
Pack a small carry-on bag in addition to your checked suitcases. Include a bathing suit, a change of clothes and any necessary medications. Choose a bag that doubles as a day pack when you are at port.

Tips & Warnings

Pack an empty duffel bag in your suitcase to later fill with the souvenirs you purchase. Pack large items inside small items, such as rolling socks and placing them inside shoes.
Pack an empty duffel bag in your suitcase to later fill with the souvenirs you purchase.
Pack large items inside small items, such as rolling socks and placing them inside shoes.
Do not bring flammable items such as matches or hot plates, coffee makers or any illegal items on board the ship.

Article Written By Jenny Harrington

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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