Travel Series: The Ultimate Cruise Packing List

Hi Bellas,

I just went on an awesome cruise and spent months packing and researching various websites, watching other videos to bring you a comprehensive packing series. This first video is on must-have items to pack for a cruise. This is just in time for spring break and upcoming summer vacations. I tried to compile the best tips and prices I found in this one video.  Check it out!

Check out the video!


  • Packing Cubes 
    • Gonex or Eagle Creek compression cubes via Amazon (
    • Target, TJ Maxx has affordable packing cubes.  
    • eBags via Amazon
  • Pop up hamper (dollar tree) or dirty laundry bag (TJ Maxx) some people use a zippered delicates laundry bag to store dirty clothes
  • Passport holder (TJ Maxx)
  • Zippered waterproof bag for swim suit (TJ Maxx) or a large zip lock bag
  • Foldable duffle bag (Amazon) to carry home souveniers
  • Jewelry Roll to organize jewelry (TJ Maxx)
  • Hanging Toiletry Bag to hang on bathroom hooks (eBags)

  • Mini pill case
  • First aid kit (dollar tree)
  • Neosporine, anti-itch, pain reliever, Dramamine, Pepto Bismal, anti-gas, cold meds, cough drops, emergen-c, allergy, etc.

Carry-On Luggage (in case your luggage doesn’t arrive the first day)
  • Dinner outfit
  • Bathing suit and cover up
  • Pajamas
  • Motion sickness patches ( and daily medicine
  • Shoes for pool/dinner
  • One bottle of wine/champagne per person 750ML or less

  • Water shoes for rocky beaches/excursions (Target or Wal-Mart)
  • Flip flops/sandals – REEF Flip flops, most comfortable flip flops via Amazon
  • Beach bag/backpack
  • Sunscreen for the face and body
  • Aloe
  • Bugspray with deet
  • Towel clips (Dollar tree, laundry aisle)
  • Hat/visor
  • Compact towel (Amazon)

Toiletries (will go into more detail in cruise check in video)
  • Shampoo/conditioner/Hair Products
  • Skin care – cleanser, moisturizer, etc
  • Body soap
  • Body Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Nail Kit
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
  • Razors
  • Etc.

Cabin Essentials
  • Travel Alarm Clock (Amazon)
  • Wrist Watch to adjust to cruise time, or Clip on Clock (
  • Corkscrew for Wine
  • Hand soap – liquid with pump(more convenient to use than the bar soap they give you)
  • Travel Flashlight
  • Easy nightlight idea – illuminating plastic ice cube or flameless mini candle
  • Magnetic  hooks/magnets for your metal cabin walls to hang hats, bags, post papers (
  • Scissors with blades under 3 inches
  • Post it notes to leave notes for friends/family and cabin steward
  • Sharpie, Pen, highlighter to highlight activities on your cruise itinerary
  • Clothes pins/clamps to hang clothes, close curtains, etc (
  • Ear plugs for loud nights
  • Poopouri (toilet spray)
  • Plug in air freshener
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Tide pen/shout wipes
  • Febreeze
  • Downy wrinkle release
  • Mini laundry detergent

Clothing (will go into more detail in my next videos)
  • Beach and pool wear
  • Pajamas
  • One pair of pants for cold nights
  • Shorts
  • Rain jacket that folds into a smaller pouch (TJ Maxx)
  • Light sweater
  • Tanks/T-shirts
  • Cruise Elegant Outfit
  • Dinner Outfits
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Dress Shoes

  • Chargers
  • Camera/tablets/phones/tripod, etc.
  • Ear buds
  • Power strip (not a surge protector) – Stanley Powermax USB powerstrip (

  • Mini umbrella
  • Reading Material, Kindle
  • Small cross body purse for Port
  • Gum
  • Anti-bacterial wet wipes
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Small bills for tipping $1s, $5s, $10s
  • Copy of passport/credit cards/license
  • Fanny pack – I brought a Waist belt/runner’s belt (Amazon)
  • Portable Water Bag with Carabiner, clip to bag for Port
  • Insulated cup with a cap (to drink and travel with cold drinks on board)
  • Empty extra zip lock bags
  • Straws
  • Clear zippered bag sets (TJ Maxx) for storage
  • Duck tape (comes in handy to fix broken luggage, hem clothes, etc)
  • Selfie stick (
  • Lanyards to hold your cruise card (dollar tree)

To Do
  • Take pics of passports/documents
  • Check phone plane to see international coverage
  • Notify banks of travel
  • Check in for cruise online, print cruise luggage tags and attach to luggage

If you want to print the list, you can print this picture.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post!  I have a few more videos including how to pack your check in and your carry on coming soon!