Ultimate Cruise packing list

THE ULTIMATE CRUISE PACKING LIST!

**CRUISE PACKING LIST including breakdown by excursions!!**

Here are all the things I brought on our 7 day Caribbean cruise, and some things I *wish* I brought!

Be sure to check out my “must pack” items in case you get sun burned!  And no, I’m not just talking about aloe :)

Obviously packing will vary based on activities you plan on doing on your cruise.  We were very active, and had a wide range of excursions so had to accommodate many different things.  Below, I’ve posted a big list of ALL THE THINGS, and then break it down by what I particularly found helpful on each specific excursion (be sure to check out the links next to each excursion listed below for more details on the fun!)

Clothing (women’s) –> KEY = mix & match outfits  Carnival Fascination

    • Spaghetti strap shirts (3)
    • Tank tops (2)
    • T-shirts (2)
    • Sweater
    • Fleece jacket
    • Rain jacket
    • Sundresses (2)
    • Beach cover-up
    • Long maxi dresses (2) (Mine were both from Stitch Fix!)
    • Cotton beach pants(1)
    • Skinny jeans (1)
    • Athletic shorts (2)
    • Dressy shorts (1)
    • Pajamas
    • Scarf
    • Belt
    • Swimming suits (3 – mix & match bikinis)
    • Rash guard
    • Socks, underwear, bras – enough for entire trip + some (I tended to change outfits several times a day depending on if we were swimming or other activities)
    • Formal dress (2) – check your specific cruise to see how many elegant dinner nights there are.  Ours had 2
        • Believe it or not, I ordered BOTH my dresses on Amazon, and LOVED them!  It’s hard to find clothes that fit, and they both fit like a glove (links on pictures below, the red sequin dress was my favorite! the picture doesn’t do it justice)


 

 

 

 

 

 

*Be sure to change up these lists based on length of trip, type of activity, and if you plan on doing laundry part way through your trip*

Shoes

  • Tennis shoes
  • Water shoes (I didn’t bring specific water shoes, but it would have been nice!)
    • My husband liked his shoes which were similar to this pair
  • Flip flops/shower shoes
  • Dressier sandals
  • Dress shoes/heels
    • Cloth shoe bag for protection

Cameras

  • Underwater camera
      • My favorite underwater camera I’ve owned so far (but had to be retired)
      • The underwater camera we used this trip (a rushed purchase, but actually worked better than I expected)
      • These are the three higher quality cameras I’m looking into getting for our next trip (photos are links):

  • Regular camera
  • Cell phone
  • Bring chargers, extra batteries, & extra memory cards for everything

Accessories (Photos are links)

  • Power strip (check your cruise lines regulations to verify specific requirements)

  • Towel clips
  • Folding hangers
  • Magnets/magnetic hooks
  • Travel alarm clock

Medicine cabinet items to consider:

  • Wrist bands for motion sickness

  • Motion sickness prevention pills
  • Allergy medication
  • Antacids
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Band aids
  • Neosporin (or similar type product)
  • Nail clippers
  • Tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss, mouth wash
  • Sunscreen – bring enough!
  • Bug spray
  • Aloe
  • Contacts/solution/glasses
  • Makeup
  • Chap stick with SPF protection
  • Hair conditioner & products

MISC.

  • Febreeze (travel size)
  • Air freshener cake
  • Highlighter (there are a lot of paper itineraries, highlighting events to attend helps stay on schedule, also downloading the cruise app helps too!)
  • Extra duffle bag –> room for more souvenirs on the way home!
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Zippered tote bag
  • Small backpack
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Wrist watch (even better if it’s waterproof!)
  • Passport cover (who doesn’t love to travel in style?!)
  • Fabric shoe bag to keep everything nice
  • Waterproof money case (we had something similar to this)
  • Travel journal
  • Vacuum pack bags
  • Extra ziplock and plastic bags (varying sizes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Jewelry/accessories

 

Carnival provided towels we could use off the ship.  Just be sure to bring them back or you’ll be charged $22 for each!

 

SPECIFIC  SHORE EXCURSION PACKING GUIDES

(Click trip title links for more details about our adventures on these excursions)

 

St. Thomas: Kayak/Hike/Snorkel excursion

  • Water shoes, such as these:  (I have a pair similar to this (pic is link), and my husband has Teva’s, we both like ours)
  • Small backpack/zippered tote bag to carry everything (they had a locked cupboard area to store items before we departed)
  • Towel (from ship if provided)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (+/- neck strap, they did provide these while I was there)
  • Swimsuit
  • Change of clothes (if desired)
  • Waterproof money case (we had one similar to this)
  • Shore excursion tickets
  • Money for souvenirs & to TIP the guides!
Kayaking - St. Thomas, USVI
Kayaking

 

 

Barbados: Harrison’s Cave ECO-Adventure

  • Closed toed shoes
  • Wear old clothes (they’ll get stained!)
  • Bring a COMPLETE change of clothes, including underwear & shoes
  • Waterproof/durable camera
    • Some people used cell phones for photos, and on our tour the guides put them in a dry bag when we’d be going in areas that they may get wet, I like to play it safe and just go with the waterproof camera though.
  • Towel
  • Shore excursion tickets
  • Money for souvenirs & to TIP the guides!

Barbados - Harrison's caves

 

 

St. Lucia: Snorkel between Pitons

  • LOTS of sunscreen! (& reapply after you snorkel!  I got soooo sun burned, eek!)
  • Towel
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Waterproof camera
  • Backpack/tote bag to carry everything
  • Waterproof money case (we had one similar to this)
  • Shore excursion tickets
  • Money for souvenirs & to TIP the guides!

St. Lucia - snorkel between the Pitons

 

 

St. Kitts: Top 10 & St. Martin/St. Maarten: Top 10

  • Camera, +/- video camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Shore excursion tickets
  • Money for souvenirs & to TIP the guides!

St. Kitts - Top 10 island tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunburned?!  OUCH, be sure to pack this:

Nobody PLANS on getting sunburned… but it’s smart to throw some aloe in your bag in case you are… but you know what else came in handy when I got a bad burn?  My Maxi dresses! They were long, and both had short sleeves which covered most of the “typical” burn areas.  I got both of my dresses through **Stitch fix**  If you haven’t given that a try yet, use my referral link :)  I also purchased a super cute pair of flowy cotton pants from the cruise ship gift shop (they were Billabong brand)  these were AMAZING, because they’re so lightweight, I wore them instead of shorts one day to prevent more sun damage to my legs.

 

This post includes affiliate links, all opinions are my own.

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