The Essentials that You Need to Pack for a Cruise Holiday

cruise deckTaking a cruise is like booking a stay at an all-inclusive resort.  The difference is that a cruise takes you to fabulous destinations around the world. Cruise ships offer a wide range of on-board activities, in addition to which excursions are possible at the ports of call.

Depending on the cruise you have reserved, your vessel may have full-scale entertainment lined up, cinemas, spas, bowling, and other activities. Therefore there is a need for appropriate clothing and gear to suit the activities. Please find below the essentials that you need to pack for a cruise holiday.


It is essential to carry along your passport; however, you need to verify that the validity extends 6 months beyond your intended date of return. Valid visas and inoculation certificates may also be necessary, therefore check entry requirements for the countries that you will visit. Not to be forgotten are the policy documents for your Travel Insurance, Itinerary, maps, and flight tickets.

What to Pack for the Arrival and Departure Flights

For the flights you will take at the start and end of your cruise holidays, you are going to need reading material for the time you will spend waiting at the terminal and onboard the aircraft. You will are need earphones, pen and paper, a travel pillow, and a cellphone charger. A toiletries bag equipped with toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving tools, and moisturizer will be useful. It is advisable to have a carry-on bag with a change of clothing in case there is a delay in getting onboard your vessel.

What to Pack for Your Cabin

A good rule of thumb is to be prepared for everything. In case it is stifling in your cabin, a mini fan will come in useful. Bring along a sanitizer and an adapter for your appliances. Some cruise liners do not object to passengers coming on board with a bottle of wine or champagne.

Most importantly carry a first aid kit. The shops onboard may stock over-the-counter medication, but you will likely find it overpriced. The must-have items for the first aid kit include motion-sickness patches to combat sea-sickness, band aids for small wounds, painkillers, gauze, cough drops antacid and anti-diarrhea medicine.

What to Pack for Deck Activities

Most cruise ships boast an impressive range of activities on the deck, such as waterslides, rock climbing walls, go-karting, among others. Top on the list of the items to pack is sunscreen, leisure shoes, sneakers, swimsuits, cover-ups, t-shirts, shorts, hats, casual shirts, beach bags and glasses.

When the sun goes down, aim for smart casual and above. For men, this will mean slacks with sport shirts. Women can opt for skirts, cocktail dresses, slacks, and tops.

A cruise holiday is a perfect chance to relax and unwind whilst visiting multiple destinations at the same time. Best of all, there are no airports involved, and you only have to unpack your bag once, namely when you board your vessel.