What to Take on a Caribbean Cruise

What to Take on a Caribbean Cruise
A cruise through the Caribbean is a fun and an exciting way to see the ocean, as well as the beautiful ports of call. When planning your cruise, it is highly important that you pack all of the things you need, as the cost on the cruise ship or abroad may be prohibitive, if you can find the item at all.

Clothing

It is important to remember the climate of the Caribbean, and pack light clothing. Men should pack polo shirts, shorts and light slacks. Women have more flexibility, with light dresses, shorts and blouses being appropriate. Remember that most cruises have one or two formal nights, so pack something dressier for that night--a nice dress for women and a jacket and tie for men. Sneakers are best for shoes, as the seas can get rough, and they are acceptable even on a formal night. A sweater is good to have around because of air conditioning on the ship. Finally, bring two bathing suits so that you have something else to wear while one dries.

Health

Consider what you need to stay healthy so that you can fully enjoy your Caribbean cruise. You will want to bring sunblock, even the kind that is designed specifically for the lips. Remember that the sunlight in the Caribbean is much stronger than what Americans are accustomed to. You should also pack a bug repellent for when you are hanging out in port. Also, bring any medication you may need, as well as a basic first-aid kit with bandages, motion sickness pills, anti-diarrheal medication and cortisone.

Documents and Other Paper Goods

When boarding the cruise line, make sure that bring your passport, as well as all necessary visas and whatever proof of citizenship is recommended by the cruise line. A driver's license and proof of insurance are necessary for renting a car in port. If you don't bring your driver's license, then having another form of a photo ID is useful. Cash and traveler's checks are a must for spending money anywhere that doesn't accept plastic--and remember to keep your traveler's check receipts in a secure area separate from the checks themselves. A currency conversion chart helps you track how much money you are spending and the value of goods. Take a prepaid calling card along so that you can pay lower rates for international calls. You may also want to bring a notebook to document your experiences on the ship.

Article Written By Nicholas Pell

Nicholas Pell began writing professionally in 1995. His features on arts, culture, personal finance and technology have appeared in publications such as "LA Weekly," Salon and Business Insider. Pell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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