What to bring in regard to basic clothing may seem like a no-brainer, but if you've never cruised before there are so many unknowns.  Don't laugh at some of the suggested items ... I've seen people forget them!​

Clothing/Accessories

  • Underwear

  • Socks

  • Bras (Don't forget strapless if needed)

  • PJs

  • Casual outfits for relaxing, i.e. shorts/tees

  • Sweatshirt/jacket (it gets cool at night on most cruises)

  • Sundresses

  • Evening Wear/Formal Wear (Men -- Don't forget the tie and belt) (if needed)

  • Bathing Suits and Cover-ups

  • Hats/Visors (FYI -- they will blow off when you're on deck!)

  • Small umbrella or the disposable ponchos

  • Sunglasses

  • Comfortable shoes for daytime and casual nights (The deck is very slippery, so keep that in mind if you're looking for "cute" shoes.  Just make sure they're also functional.  Trust me on this one.)

  • Dress shoes for formal night

  • Sandals/flip flops (you may want water shoes too, depending on your excursions)

  • Jewelry, but leave the good stuff at home.  You have a safe in the room, but I've lost a valuable diamond necklace on the ship before.  Just leave it home.

  • Casual purse that you can take ashore, and another for evenings in the dining room

  • Collapsible beach bag

  • Workout clothes/shoes if you plan on hitting the gym or getting some steps in

Miscellaneous

  • Cell phone and charger

  • Laptop/tablet and charger (there are computers onboard where you can rent time

  • Snorkel gear

  • Binoculars

  • Copies of passport, credit cards and insurance card (leave in safe)

  • Books, magazines or e-book

  • Headphones/earbuds

  • Sunscreen

  • Gum (you can't buy it on board)

  • Empty water bottle, i.e. Yeti

  • Medications and pain relievers

  • Camera/memory card (Bring an underwater camera if you have one)

  • Passport/Visa/ID

  • Insurance Card

  • Cards or Paper/Pen (to write thank you notes to your stewards, waiters, etc.)

  • Clothespins to hang your clothes in your shower if you hand wash them

  • Cash for tipping during the excursions, and if you plan to tip your stewards and wait staff on your own (check with your cruise lines policy)

  • Travel size detergent

  • Ziploc baggies to bring home shells

  • One bottle of wine per 21 year old passenger.  Don't forget the wine opener.

Bathroom stuff

  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

  • Tweezers

  • Moisturizer

  • Shampoo/Conditioner (if you don't want to use what is provided onboard)

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Seasickness Pills/Bands

  • Deoderant

  • Small First Aid Kit, i.e. bandaids

  • Insect repellent, especially if you're going on excursions in jungles or woods

  • Hair brush/comb

  • Curling/Flat Iron

  • Hair Dryer (only because I'm picky and want my good one)

  • Feminine hygiene stuff

  • Travel-sized air freshener for the bathroom

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