Before you can say Bon Voyage, there are a few essentials that you will need to consider packing on your next summer cruise. This packing list is a compilation of all the items I brought and wish I had brought on my cruise to the Bahamas!
Below, I have attached a printable checklist for you! Be sure to add items you feel will be just as necessary to bring!
Passport / Visa
Confirmation Receipts (Hotel, train, bus, excursions etc.)
Cash / Credit Card / ATM Card
These documents are essential for boarding your ship, checking into your hotel and confirming your bookings. Do not forget to bring these documents as well as also having printed copies of your Photo ID and passport as a precaution.
Swim Wear & Cover- Ups
Underwear / Socks
Pajamas / Lounge Wear
Casual Shorts / Skirts
Formal Wear ( Cute Dress or dress pants and nice shirt )
Sweater / Cardigan
Cruise clothing can be very fun and bright! You will spend majority of your time in cute swim suits and casual shorts and shirts. It is important to check your cruise itinerary for formal themes, as many cruise lines include formal dinners in their package. The formal theme can be as fancy as you would like. There were people wearing ball gowns and tuxedos and others dressed very casual. I recommend wearing a fun summer dress or a cute two piece set for dinner paired with your favorite wedges!
Pro Tip: Be sure to carry a small carry-on bag with you onto the ship with your swim suit, a change of clothes and any other essentials, so you can enjoy the ship as soon as you board, as most cruise lines take your luggage when boarding and deliver it to your rooms later!
Jewelry / Watch
Beach hats and sunglasses are essential as cruise ship accessories, as you will be in the sun for quite some time. I recommend a cute straw hat to protect you from the sun’s rays and also make you feel like a Bahama Mama!
Sandals / Flip- Flops ( For the pool & beaches)
Sneakers (if using the gym or for excursions)
Heels / Dress Shoes
My go-to shoes to pack on a cruise are simple. I pick my best sandals to wear in and around the ship as well as also on the beaches. I pick a neutral pair of wedges for the formal evenings and I pick a pair of sneakers to use on the ships gym and also for any excursions & hikes!
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Shampoo / Conditioner
Soap / Body Wash
Skin care products
Hair Products (brush, hair ties, bobby pins)
Sunscreen / Aloe Vera
Contacts / Glasses
Shaving items (razor, shaving cream etc.)
Lotion / Moisturizer
Q- Tips, Cotton Rounds
These are my essential toiletries for any summer vacation. Of course, if you forget any items the ship does have a store to purchase these necessities. I would recommend bringing your own bottle of shampoo & conditioner onto the ship as the small bottles they provide do not contain enough product to rid your hair of the sea salt and pool water from that day!
Tablet / Laptop
Charger / Adaptor (if needed)
Water proof Phone case
I would recommend bringing as little electronics as possible, as they will most likely just sit in the room while you are enjoying your time on and off the ship! However, any cameras and picture/video taking devices should be carried around the ship to capture those epic moments with family and friends!
Health & Beauty:
(headache, allergy, stomach upset, sleep aid etc.)
Hangover relief Pills
Seasick band / medication
Hair styling Products
It is important to bring along any current medication/vitamins as well as any preventative medication like sea sick pills or hang over relief pills! You never know what could happen while out to sea!
Light foundation / BB Cream
Lip Balm / Light Lip Stick
Because you will spend majority of the day in the sun and in the pools, a light makeup look is best for the evenings on the cruise. I would recommend a light but moisturizing BB cream, some highlight for a glow, a bit of mascara and some lip balm!
Reusable water bottle
Water proof phone case
These items are essential for stepping off the boat and enjoying the sea! I would recommend bringing a small bag to pack all your essentials for you and your family!