What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise: 52 Essentials To Bring (With Free Printable!)

Got a cruise vacation coming up? Wondering what exactly you need to pack for a cruise to the Caribbean?

Whether you’re heading off on a weekend getaway or cruising for a week or two, this post will help you get a sense of what to pack for your cruise holiday.

For a trip like this where bulky items are not needed and shorts/bathing suits will be worn almost 24/7, you’ve got a lot more flexibility (and free luggage room)!

This post contains my top Caribbean cruise packing essentials to ensure you have everything you’ll need to bring with you onboard to the Caribbean, and any other beach destinations, really! You’ll be packing like a vacation pro after reading through this post.

Many of the items in this packing list are considered vacation essentials, which means they can be used on many other future trips, too. So if you find yourself needing to buy a lot of new things for your cruise vacation, I assure you, you’ll be setting yourself up for success on future trips!

The goal with this packing guide is to make sure you’re ultra prepared for your Caribbean cruise so you can spend your money and time worrying about the things that matter—having fun doing the things you love!

So without further ado, let’s dive into everything you need to pack for your cruise to the Caribbean!

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General Cruise Packing Rules

While all cruise ships are a bit different, luggage packing rules tend to be pretty similar.

  • You are not limited to the number of carry-on items (such as purses or small bags) but there might be a size limit to these items
  • You are allowed two checked bags per person, and each bag may not exceed 50 pounds.
  • If you are over 21, you may take a single bottle of wine or champagne, no more than 750 ml, in your carry-on baggage. Once on the ship, you may be charged a corkage fee, running anywhere from $10 to $25. (On luxury ships, you may be able to bring as many bottles as you like.)
  • All prohibited items, such as alcohol, weapons, candles, and other dangerous items, may not be taken aboard in your carry-on or checked bag.
  • If you give your luggage to a cruise porter, he/she will deliver it to your room free of charge. Don’t forget to tip! $1-2 per bag is fine.

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Fashion / Style: What To Expect On A Cruise

In general, cruises are pretty casual–with a touch of style. You should dress for a cruise the same way you would for any stylish land-based resort. Chances are, your existing vacation wardrobe will do just fine.

Cruise occasions can be broken down into three categories–daytime attire, evening attire, and swim/beach attire.

Daytime Attire

Due to the warm and tropical weather of the Caribbean, shorts, t-shirts, light linen shirts/pants, sundresses, and sandals are all the norm. This type of clothing will keep you feeling fresh and looking your best while at sea and ashore.

To travel smarter, I would definitely consider bringing comfortable walking shoes as opposed to a flimsy pair of flip-flops. I would also make sure to bring your belongings in an anti-theft bag!

Evening Attire

In some instances, your cruise will require more formal clothing in order to dine in some of their restaurants. They may even have designated formal evenings.

If that’s the case, you’ll want to save some room in your luggage for those fancier nighttime outfits.

Swim Attire

When you’re not eating lunch/dinner or out exploring a new port destination, you’re likely going to be swimming or enjoying the hot tubs aboard the ship.

All you’ll really need for these occasions are swimsuits and coverups.

Now that we’ve set the stage on what to expect on a Caribbean cruise, let’s get on to the packing details.

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Consider The Weather Before Packing

When planning what to wear in the Caribbean, it’s very helpful to look at the weather forecast a few days before your trip.

While the weather does differ slightly from island to island, one thing remains consistent– it never really gets cold in the Caribbean.

The winter months are dry and warm, while the summer months are hot and humid. The in-between months are a mix of both climate types.

In summer, pack for warm, humid weather and expect a really hot midafternoon. In winter, temperatures are drier and slightly cooler, and evenings can be cool enough where it could be good to bring a light cardigan or jacket.

The wet season (hurricane season) in the Caribbean is from June to November. I’d recommend packing a light rain jacket or poncho if cruising during the wet season.

Do note that while mosquitoes exist year-round, more mosquitoes come out during the rainy season.


Consider Your Activities Before Packing

Clothing is going to be a large part of your packing. After all, with so many galas and excursions you’ll get to take part in, you may very well need outfit changes throughout the day!

When planning out your cruise attire, it’s helpful to think in both complete days and complete outfits.

What are the activities of that day? Will you be hopping off the cruise ship for an active excursion? Will you be following that up with a formal night on the ship? In this case, you’re going to need a change of clothes for both occasions.

Pack some comfortable activewear, swimwear, and formal attire such as a cocktail dress for women and a shirt and dress pants for men. Don’t forget about the shoes–you’ll likely also need a pair of sneakers for the days and heels/dress shoes for the nights.

And what about embarkation and disembarkation? If you’re embarking and disembarking from somewhere warm, you can likely re-wear some of your clothes. However, if you’re going to be based out of a colder destination, you’re going to have to consider bringing some warmer clothes.

Start with thinking through your days and jot down which days require what outfits. From there, you can begin to get your clothes packed.

Here’s a high-level example of what your clothing can look like depending on the length of the cruise:
  • 3 day cruise to Caribbean– 1 formal night outfit, 1 smart casual dinner outfit, embarkation / disembarkation outfit, 1 excursion/activity outfit, 2 swimsuits and coverups
  • 5 day cruise to Caribbean– 1 formal night outfit, 3 smart casual dinner outfits, embarkation / disembarkation outfit, 2 excursion/activity outfits, 2 daytime sea day outfit, 2 swimsuits and coverups
  • 7 day cruise to Caribbean– 2 formal night outfits, 4 smart casual dinner outfits (feel free to mix & match your pieces in order to pack less), embarkation / disembarkation outfit, 3 excursion/activity outfits, 3 daytime sea day outfits, 2-3 swimsuits and coverups

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Packing Gear: How To Carry Your Stuff To A Caribbean Cruise

Before you pack anything, it’s important to start with the skin and bones of packing. Having the right bags to put your belongings in is extremely important. The last thing you want is to toss everything for your trip into a bag with no method of organization.

Why? Because you’ll find yourself spending a lot of extra time later on packing and repacking once you’re actually on your trip. Trust me, your life will be so much easier when you actually apply a strategy to how you pack.

You’ve got two options here. Do you want to go with a wheeled case or a travel backpack?

Wheeled carry-ons are awesome in that they are pretty much weightless on your body, you just roll and go. Since you will be checking a bag, wheeled luggage may be the most convenient option.

The other option is a backpack. Travel packs are so convenient when it comes to hands-free commuting.

1. Wheeled Luggage

Personally, I love the luggage by Monos Travel. Their pieces meet all the important criteria when looking for luggage–design, quality, and affordability.

If you’re looking for premium, minimalist luggage built with only the finest quality materials and components, get these bags!

I personally own the Carry-On Pro and have been loving every minute I get to travel with it.

2. Travel backpack

If for some reason you’d like to go with a travel backpack or duffel, my best recommendation is the  North Face Base Camp Duffel

A sturdy high-quality duffel bag is a great option. Duffel bags hold just as much as a suitcase (if not more) but can easily be squished into smaller corners of a ship, plane, or car.

Though this bag doesn’t have a lot of built-in compartments, it does fit a whole lot of stuff, especially when paired with packing cubes.

While this does tend to feel pretty heavy on your back if you’re carrying it for prolonged periods of time, you will likely not have to worry about that on a cruise.

3. Packing cubes

You need to get these packing cubes, they are amazing at creating space in your luggage that you never thought you had. No matter how you want to organize your clothes— by day, by outfit, by type—these will be the most useful thing you have in your packing artillery.

Gone are the days where you need to dig through your entire suitcase for that one thing you’re looking for, because you’ll know exactly where it’s at!

4. Everyday bag

A mini backpack that can fit a water bottle, phone, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen is a great option. Another good option for days where you’re not feeling the backpack look is a medium-sized, cross-body bag.

And if you’re able to find a bag that folds flat so that you’re able to stow it in your carry-on, even better!

I like the Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack or my trusty Nike Tanjun Mini Backpack for something simple and compressible, so when I’m not using it, I can flatten it and store it in my luggage.

For the guys (and gals too), crossbody shoulder sling bags work really well for traveling! My boyfriend is absolutely obsessed with his Bellroy Sling Bag.

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What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise: Clothing

5. Tops

You really don’t need that many shirts, especially if you choose versatile pieces, allowing them to be multifunctional. You can go with a mix of sleeveless and sleeved for the most part.

Depending on when and where you’re going exactly, mosquitos may be a problem. If mosquitos could be a problem for you, be sure to pack 1-2 lightweight long sleeves (or bring some bug repellent spray with you).

Please be sure to bring proper clothing if you plan on visiting religious sites.

6. Pants

Depending on the length of your cruise, bring 1-2 pair of long pants just in case there happens to be a chill at night or if you plan to attend a more formal nighttime event.

Pants are also great for protecting against mosquitos at night! For summers, in the face of humidity, go with loose and light materials like cotton or linen.

Jeans can be way too hot for the Caribbean, so I’d avoid bringing these. Trust me, I’ve experienced my fair share of sweaty legs trapped in jeans. It’s pretty uncomfortable, to say the least.

7. Shorts/skirts

2-3 pairs will do for your daytime attire. If you plan on doing more active excursions, opt for shorts that are more athleisure or activewear-style.

If you plan on wearing more dresses during the cruise, you can definitely cut out some tops and bottoms and substitute them with dresses.

8. Leggings

Leggings are very useful if you plan on working out, hiking, or want something comfortable to lounge in on the ship. I love traveling with leggings and can’t really go on any trip without at least 1 pair!

A pair of lightweight leggings like Lululemon’s Fast and Free Tight is a great option if you’re looking for breathability while getting that protection from bugs and the sun’s UV rays. The best part? These have pockets large enough to fit your phone in!

9. Sundresses

Plan to pack ~3 sundresses for your cruise to the Caribbean. Long or flowy dresses/skirts are really great options if you want to save space in your luggage.

If you plan on participating in formal attire nights, aim for one of the dresses to be appropriate for both daytime and evening looks. Add a nice cardigan (or even a shawl), swap out the sandals for your nicer sandals, and be on your merry way!

This way, you’ll be able to pack fewer items and ultimately save space in your luggage for things like souvenirs and gifts. It’s all about versatility!

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My rule of thumb: To save room for things I plan to buy on vacation, I’ll always bring ~2 outfits less than the number of days I plan on traveling. I know historically I tend to not wear everything I pack, so I’ve adjusted for this in the packing process. Plus, everything you bring is washable and re-wearable. You should evaluate your situation and adjust for it as well!

Note On Evening Attire

Your cruise line may have some restaurants that require formal attire.

This may mean you’ll need to bring formal shirts, fancy pants, collared shirts, blouses, dresses, etc.

For men, you could even go with suit jackets and ties if you really want to dress it up (but these are often optional).

10. Underwear and socks

Bring 1 pair of underwear for as many days as you’re going to be traveling. Sometimes, I even bring extra for changing out of bathing suits after a visit to the beach.

I also tend to bring fewer socks than the number of days I’m visiting because I find that I wear sandals more than shoes on my tropical vacations!

These items are light enough where overpacking is not a problem.

11. Bras

Depending on your activity level, 2-3 will do. Because I’m pretty active and tend to do a lot of tropical hiking, I typically bring more sports bras than regular bras.

Want to save luggage space? Your swimming suit tops can function as bras too.

12. Comfortable Walking Shoes

Even on a cruise, you will be walking for a considerable amount of time. You should at least bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with good support and traction.

My all-time favorite travel shoes these days are the tried and true Ecco Soft 7 (they’re stylish, comfortable, and have been raved about for decades since they were first created). The best part is that they have them for both men and women!

13. Sandals

When traveling to tropical destinations, sandals or flip-flops are a must. For sandals, I alternate between my Birkenstocks and Oofos Recovery Slides— both allow you to walk miles and miles.

We recently discovered the Oofos slide at our REI store and boy were we sold on it. From the moment we slid them on our feet, maximum comfort! It was like walking on clouds. Not only were they perfect for our tropical vacations, but we also now plan on gifting this to everyone we know!

For something more water-resistant, going with something like the Oofos or these OluKai quick-dry flip-flops will allow you to hit the beach, enjoy eco-parks with water activities, and walk with max comfort as well.

14. Water Shoes

If I know I’ll be going on water adventures, I always make sure to bring a pair of water shoes that will allow me to take sure-footed steps while still being able to keep my toes free. These work great for strolling through nature reserves, going on kayaking tours, or going to eco-parks.

I love bringing along my Chaco’s Z1 Classic sandals because they serve as both sandals and water shoes. Be sure to break them in before your trip and adjust the sandal straps to make sure they’re set perfectly for your feet!

Want something more enclosed? Sometimes, you’re going to need closed-toed water shoes, such as in the case of going on an kayaking tour or ziplining combo tour. In these cases, go with a simple quick-drying aqua shoe.

Pro Tip: If you plan on participating in formal nights on your cruise, you may very well need to pack heels or dress shoes too. In this case, you’ll need to think about how to pack all these shoes. If you’re checking bags, bringing too many shoes may not be an issue because of how much luggage room you’ll have to play around with.

15. Cardigan or lightweight jacket

For those unsuspecting chilly/windy nights on deck, it’s best to have a light cardigan with you. Especially if you run cold and plan to be outside after the sun falls!

By packing a light cardigan ahead of time, you won’t need to buy anything in case of an emergency.

These also come in handy at indoor establishments that tend to blast the air conditioning.

16. Rain jacket

If you’re traveling during the rainy season, you may want to prepare for the chance of rain.

Consider packing a light rain jacket, poncho, or collapsible umbrella if there’s any potential of rain in the forecast.

17. Shawl / scarf

One of my travel must-haves! I’ll always have a medium-sized thin scarf or pashmina shawl in my bag.

Not only can you use them for warmth or style, but you can also use them as a coverup after beaching, as a towel, as a mat on grass/sand/dirt, as a quick rain shield, or as an emergency skirt if your bottoms get stained or soaked somehow.

And if you tend to run cold, a shawl will come in handy at the lobby, bars, restaurants onboard, and on land. Some establishments will have the air conditioning on, so while it may be warm outdoors, it can get chilly indoors.

18. Swimsuits and coverups

You’ll likely find multiple hot tubs and swimming pools onboard the ship, as well as beach-bound excursions when you arrive at your destination islands.

If you plan on getting wet at all, bring 2-3 sets of swimwear depending on how much you plan on swimming and beaching.

It’s okay to pack extra, in case you need to hit the beach or pool and the ones you wore previously haven’t had a chance to fully dry yet.

Don’t forget to pack 1-2 stylish coverups. You can find all my favorite beach coverups and accessories here.

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19. Sleepwear / loungewear

Loose shorts and a t-shirt or even workout clothes are all you need. You can really save luggage space here by choosing clothes that are multi-purpose.

Clothing To Pack: For Men

T-shirts, tanks, button-up shirts, linen shirts, linen pants, shorts, 1 pair of nice pants (good for if you plan on going to a nicer restaurant), 2 pairs of swim trunks, 1 lightweight jacket for the chillier nights.

Consider a light rain jacket if there’s any chance of rain in the forecast. If you plan on attending a restaurant that requires formal attire, don’t forget those dress shoes!


What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise: Accessories

20. Sunglasses

Because it can get really bright during those summer afternoons.

While you’re at it, why not accessorize your accessories? Bringing a pair of sunglasses straps can also be convenient for putting them on/taking them off in a jiffy. And making sure they don’t get lost!

21. Hat / Baseball Cap

Hats are so necessary for sun protection, don’t forget it! You most definitely should have one if you’re going to be spending any prolonged time outdoors.

Baseball caps are great for more active days where you plan on hiking or getting out on the water.

Straw sun hats are better for those casual days by the pool or beach. I’d recommend getting a sunhat with a string so that you won’t need to worry about it flying off every few seconds on a breezy day.

Whenever I want to do my hair and protect my face from the harsh sun rays, I go with my trust roll-up sun hat. This hat is my favorite because it gives me the best of both worlds, a cute hairdo, and sun protection!

22. Jewelry (Optional)

Definitely optional. I tend to skip jewelry on most days (even if I’ve packed it) because either it’s too hot/humid to want to deal with something sticking all over my neck, or I just forget to wear it.

If there are a few formal nights scheduled on your cruise, you may want to bring more jewelry to complete those nighttime looks!


What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise: Toiletries

23. Sunscreen

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Sunscreen is absolutely necessary. Even if it’s overcast or cloudy, the UV index can be very high, so be sure to apply whenever you’re outdoors.

Whenever we head to tropical destinations with ample marine life, we always go with a coral reef-safe brand, as traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that harm our environment as well as the natural balance of marine ecosystems.

In fact, you may even encounter tour companies and eco-parks asking you to only use sunscreen and sunblock that are biodegradable, containing titanium oxide and zinc oxide only.

And honestly, it’s not enough to just buy any old bottle that has a “reef-friendly” label on it. It turns out many sunscreens claiming to be “reef-friendly” or “reef-safe” actually aren’t!

Products containing the following ingredients are technically NOT reef safe: oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene or nanoparticles. Always review the active ingredients on the bottle to be sure you’re really getting something reef-safe.

Here are a few travel-sized biodegradable sunscreens you can easily buy on Amazon:

And on days where we are just out and about (not getting into the water)–for the face, we are absolutely obsessed with the magical Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. No white-cast, no greasy film!

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24. Bug spray

Depending on the season you go to the Caribbean, mosquitoes may be prevalent and you’ll want to protect yourself against bites. Typically the closer you are to trees and jungles, the more prevalent mosquitos are.

If you plan to go hiking, ziplining, or ATV-ing in the jungle, I would definitely recommend packing an effective insect repellent. We recommend the following travel-size options:

If you’re looking for more natural options, we recommend the following travel-friendly options:

25. Squeeze bottles

GoToob travel bottles are my favorite things ever for liquids. Made of high-quality silicone, they are extremely durable, have never leaked on me, and are super easy to squeeze.

If I want to bring my own face wash, body wash, shampoo, or conditioner, I put them in these.

26. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer gel or hand sanitizing wipes are a must any time you’re going to be in contact with surfaces many other people have touched.

Never leave your hotel room without it! And if you do happen to forget it, remember to wash your hands often, especially before eating or touching your face.

27. Body Wipes / Feminine Wipes

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Feeling a bit gross after a hike, swim, or bike ride but don’t have the time to shower right in that instant? Just whip out one of these large body wipes for a quick refresher.

And for the ladies specifically, it’s always good to carry around feminine wipes, especially for those post-beach or post-swimming scenarios. The ones I like are both very affordable and take up no space at all.

Trust me, you will feel and smell so much better. It’s always good to have a few handy in your travel backpack when you’re out on a day of excursions!

28. Toiletries 

Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, baby wipes, moisturizer, creams, shavers, lip balm, feminine products, lotions, dental supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash).

To carry all this stuff in an organized way, I recommend getting yourself a hanging toiletry bag.

29. Makeup

Some women bring a huge collection of makeup wherever they go. I also love to wear makeup on vacations! But it’ll be hot, humid, and your face will be sweaty and oily from the sun exposure. Or, you’ll be beaching and snorkeling so much that you won’t need to wear makeup.

I find that with tropical destinations, one of the only appropriate times for makeup is when you’re not doing any water activities such as during dinner, at nightly entertainment shows/events, or if you plan to go out for the night.

Try to pack lighter here and bring only what you need.

30. DIY survival kit

Make a little bag of the following: ibuprofen, allergy pills, Immodium, ciprofloxacin (or whatever your doctor prescribes for traveler’s diarrhea), bandaids, floss, hand sanitizer, eye drops, lip balm, a sharpie, tape, and extra contact lenses (if applicable).

Think about the ailments you typically suffer from and have to deal with on a regular basis and adjust the contents of the bag as needed!

Pro Tip: Definitely pack some Immodium, Pepto-Bismol, and/or ciprofloxacin just in case. While the food will likely be clean, a lot of travelers’ stomachs are not used to the differences in food (especially if you’re going to be trying street food during your trip). Your stomach is probably also not used to unlimited food either! Both of these can cause upset stomachs.

31. DIY first aid kit

Chances are you already have a first aid kit lying around at home. Take a few bandaids, ointments, etc. with you on your cruise trip in case of emergencies.

Don’t feel like making your own? Buy a premade first aid kit instead–we like the simple ones by Welly.

32. Extra plastic baggies

Because you never know, but they always come in handy.

Small bags are great for storing the little things like pills, jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Medium-sized bags are good if you need to protect electronic products from water.

Larger size plastic bags are great if you need to temporarily store wet and dirty garments.

33. Tissue / antibacterial wipes

Sometimes, your hands get dirty. Sometimes, there’s no toilet paper in the public bathrooms.

34. Laundry soap (Optional)

Bring a super-concentrated soap and a handy-dandy travel clothesline so you can do your own laundry. We usually wash our swimsuits and swim trunks after hitting the pool or beach to prevent them from smelling funky.

By doing your own laundry, you can save on insane drycleaning fees! What’s even worse–some of them charge per article of clothing!

If you’d rather save money, simply use soap or body wash gel to wash your clothes. It will still get the job done.

35. Quick-drying towel

Travel towels are probably one of the best inventions for efficient travelers. They are light, super packable, and quick-drying. Definitely very useful if you plan on going on water-related excursions or having beach days but don’t have access to a beach towel!

This one is a great option if you’re in the market for one.


What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise: Electronics

36. Waterproof Phone Case

While most new phones are waterproof to some extent these days, they aren’t meant to stay submerged for prolonged periods of time without protection.

With an actual heavy-duty waterproof phone case, you’ll have peace of mind bringing your phone with you when participating in water activities.

On our last trips to Hawaii and Mexico, we forgot to bring our waterproof phone cases and our GoPro camera. We totally missed out on a bunch of awesome underwater photo ops during two snorkeling trips!

These phone cases provide excellent waterproof performance housing for underwater photos and videos. They’ve been tested more than a thousand times, and the case enables you to dive to 50ft/15m of depth in water for 60 minutes without leaks.

37. Camera (DSLR or GoPro)

iPhones are typically good enough, but some higher-quality pictures definitely wouldn’t hurt. For longer vacations, I typically go with my Nikon D5500, which produces great photos that I’ll cherish forever.

If you plan on doing a bunch of adventurous activities (ziplining, skydiving, kayaking, paddling, ATV-ing) and/or want some underwater footage when surfing or snorkeling, you should definitely go with the waterproof GoPro.

GoPro’s are perfect for underwater and jungle adventures. As I mentioned above, had we brought our GoPro, we totally would have captured some really cool ATV and snorkeling footage! Learn from our mistake–don’t forget your cameras!

38. External battery

You’re probably going to be out all day, snapping away taking pictures… the last thing you want is to be on the go with no phone battery!

A portable power bank is a must-have, and Anker’s ultra-light, ultra-portable power bank is tried and true by so many travelers! I never embark on a day of exploration without it.

39. Travel adapter and chargers

Depending on the cruise line you go with, you may or may not need a travel adapter. Do your research on this ahead of time. If you are unsure, I would pack one just in case.

This worldwide travel adapter is tried and trusted. It allows for a normal plug and has two additional USB ports.

40. E-reader / a good book

With all the pool-lounging opportunities, you’ll have a lot of time to get through that book you’ve always wanted to start.

Go with the Kindle e-reader over actual physical books if you plan to read a lot– it eliminates a lot of potential weight (and waste) from actually carrying books. What better way to spend some time poolside or tanning at the beach?

41. Portable Bluetooth speakers

We love listening to music when we’re relaxing in a hotel bed in the morning or getting ready for the day. The JBL Flip Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is our go-to whenever we’re traveling.

Cruise lines do allow guests to bring Bluetooth speakers on cruises. However, the majority of cruise lines only allow speakers to be used in personal staterooms.


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42. Eye mask / Earplugs

If you need to fly to a departing port, there is a good chance there will be families traveling by plane with young children and/or babies. I would recommend bringing earplugs or headphones for your plane rides to drown out any potential crying babies!

These earplugs by Mack’s are my absolute favorite.

Earplugs will also come in handy if you have noisy neighbors onboard.

43. Travel belt / money belt

A travel belt is a smart traveler’s best friend. They are the best thief-proof tool for airplane travel, public transportation travel, walking around abroad, and just about everything else in between.

I always, always use a Flip Belt to carry around identification, important documents, and money that I want to keep safe and right by my side.

Another benefit of the Flip Belt? It’s actually supposed to be a running belt, so it’s great for holding a phone and keys while running/walking. I swear, this thing doesn’t budge or jiggle at all when I run, plus it’s super comfortable!

For something a bit safer and bigger (that can properly fit your documents and keep them nice and neat), Peak Gear’s Travel Money Belt with RFID Block is ideal.

44. Cash and Credit Cards

Be sure to bring credit cards and cash onboard the ship. You’ll likely need to present a credit card upon check-in to set up your onboard spending account.

Also, bring cash for tipping crew members!

45. Tickets and travel documents

Passport, government-issued ID, medical card, proof of travel insurance, printed documents of your flight/hotel bookings, visas if you need them.

All U.S. citizens must have valid proof of citizenship.

46. Reusable water bottle

Go with a collapsable bottle like this so when it’s not filled, you can easily pack it away in your travel bag.

For something more durable that keeps your water ice-cold for hours upon hours, Hydroflasks are my favorite for everyday use.

47. Foldable beach bag

Great for carrying beach essentials to shore or carrying your belongings in a pinch.

This option is both stylish and compact and can fit right in your carry-on.

48. Laundry bag

Keep your worn clothes separate from your clean ones, especially when traveling to high humidity climates.

When it’s humid, you’ll definitely be sticky by the end of the day. All that stickiness will transfer to your clothes. And even if you don’t get sticky/sweaty, you will inevitably have dirty socks and undies to toss in here.

I have this laundry bag set, and it’s great because it includes many size options.

49. Emergen-C packets

Emergen-C packets or Liquid I.V. Hydration Packets are a must for travel. These are a great way to support your immune system and overall health on a trip. They are light, take up no space, and are very easy to pack!

Plus if you plan on doing a lot of drinking on your cruise vacation, these supplements are going to be the most necessary.

50. Seasickness wristbands

If you’re prone to motion sickness or seasickness and/or plan on doing boating/kayaking excursions or sailing trips, you’re going to want to pack a few seasickness wristbands for your trip. These babies work by applying acupressure to just the right spots on your wrist.

As Sea-Bands are totally natural, they’re a great alternative when you don’t want to take oral medications.

Dramamine will be your best medication option.

51. Portable Neck Fan

For travelers who, like me, do very poorly in high humidity destinations, this one is for you. If you can’t stand the feeling of stifling, breezeless air, do not forget to pack a portable neck fan!

A constant and enjoyable breeze makes all the difference and will allow you to stay comfortable being outside in the heat for hours on end. I personally own a bladeless neck fan, but there are other more affordable fans with fan blades available too.

If you know it’s going to be hot and humid and are not good with hot weather, I beg you, pack this in your travel bag!

52. Cooling towel

For something simpler than a neck fan, you can consider a Chill Pal cooling towel to stay cool. Trust me, it will save your life from the heat and make exploring the outdoors more bearable.


What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise: For Kids

If you’re traveling with kids, don’t forget to pack some of their favorite items that’ll make them feel right at home. This could be their favorite stuffed animal, a toy, or even just an iPad or a Nintendo Switch.

If you’re traveling with infants or toddlers, don’t forget the baby bottles, diapers, wipes, formula, toiletries, and other baby products!


Now you’re ready for your Caribbean cruise vacation!

If you get nothing else out of this post, at least take this with you–

When packing for a cruise to the Caribbean:

  • pack light
  • think through the different outfits you’ll need throughout the day
  • be prepared for unfavorable weather (if it’s in the forecast)
  • be prepared for heat, humidity, and mosquitos (during certain seasons)
  • be prepared for colder nights (during certain seasons)
  • try to save room for souvenirs and local snacks to bring home!

Alright, and now that we’re at the end of this post, I think you’ll have a good handle on your Caribbean cruise packing list. Now go on, you’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot of trip to pack for!


 

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