As I mentioned in my post a couple weeks ago about how to prep for a beach vacation, my mom and I are going on a cruise at the end of the month. It feels like we've both been planning our packing lists since we booked the cruise back in October. We both have very different packing styles. My mom packs for anything that could potentially happen - it's not likely to snow in the Caribbean, but you never know, right? On the other hand, I'm essentially just packing bathing suits and dinner outfits. I'm hoping this list strikes a happy medium for your warm-weather cruise.
Things to Consider
1: Onboard Activities - For example, are you planning on hitting the gym every morning or not straying too far from the poolside bar? Personally, gym clothes would never leave my suitcase. But, if you're trying to stick to your typical routine, definitely bring them along
2: Shore Excursions - Plan accordingly if you'll be doing a lot of walking, doing something more adventurous, or lounging on a catamaran.
3: Dinner Plans - You may just want to hit up the buffet instead of getting fancy for formal night, and that's totally cool! Or, you may want to bust out a fancy cocktail dress - which is totally cool, too.
4: Weather - Temperatures drop a bit in the evenings and it can get a little windy if you're wandering on the upper decks, so it's still a good idea to consider bringing an extra layer
5: You're More Than Likely Never Going to See These People Again - Dress how you want and don't worry about trying to impress anyone!
Photo ID - I've been asked to show mine when ordering poolside drink
iPad & Charger
Book - I opt for a lighter one in my carryon and pack an extra in my suitcase
Contacts Case & Glasses
2-3 Bathing Suits
2 Pairs of Shorts
Formal Night Attire - I normally opt for a cocktail dress, but this time I got a structured jumpsuit
Athletic wear - Like I said earlier, this one is totally optional
Bathing Suit Picks
Formal Night Picks
Pool Slides or Flip-flops
Sneakers - Depending on your excursions, you can leave these at home
Pool Shoe Picks
Sunscreen - I'm taking an SPF 30 and 50
Makeup - I usually only bring the essentials (brow mascara, concealer, bronzer, highlighter, blush and mascara)
Shampoo & Conditioner - Most cruises provide these, but I'm a little picky with my haircare
Sea Salt Spray
Aloe or After Sun Spray
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Advil - Or headache reliever of your choice
OTC Medications - You never know when seasickness or an upset belly from overeating at the buffet will strike
Beach Towel - Towels are provided, but I still like to bring a cute one of my own along
Camera - I mostly use my phone for pictures, but I plan to bring my Instax, too!
Pool Float - Floats on the private island are a bit pricey for the day, so we're going to bring our own