The Ultimate Cruise Guide

Whether you are packing for a cruise or trying to plan for one, there are many things to take into consideration before you set sail on a relaxing vacation. We have comprised the ultimate cruise guide to help you avoid frustration and make the most of your adventure abroad. Don't worry; we've even included a packing list for you too!

As you get ready to set-sail for your dream destination, “what do I pack?” becomes a major question. We know that packing for your cruise should be as effortless as possible. When packing for a warmer climate, most cruises have a smart casual dress code recommendation with many of them requesting formal attire past 6pm.

The typical destination-intensive cruise typically lasts a week or longer. Depending on the cruise, you could experience arriving at multiple ports in one weeks span. So packing for your cruise is an important preliminary step to insure your cruise is safe and enjoyable. At Travelon we have comprised the ultimate packing list for your winter cruise:

His Cruise Packing List

1 Pair of jeans

1 Sweatshirt

1 Pair of Swim trunks

1 Sandal

1 Polo shirt

1 Khaki Short

2 Active short

3 T-shirt

1 Suit for formal evenings if you plan on attending

1 Gym shoe (For sightseeing or the gym)

1 Hat

3 Pairs of socks (Depending on how often you plan on wearing gym shoes)

1 Pair of sunglasses

6 Pairs of underwear


  1. Anti-Theft Classic Travel Wallet #42475
    Better than your average wallet- our travel wallet features a locking compartment. It also features a zippered pouch for coins and can be worn inside or outside of your shirt for safety when on other islands
  2. 18” Wheeled Underseat Bag #84043
    Available in multiple colors this underseat bag is perfect for the flight to your cruise ship. This is also a great addition for your laptop.
  3. Toiletry Sheets #02091-02096
    The toiletry sheets are available in multiple varieties including hand soap, body wash, shampoo, and shaving cream. The sheets dissolve in water and include 50 biodegradable sheets. These are perfect for anyone traveling.
  1. Set of 2 Anti-Bacterial Toothbrush Covers #02041
    Few cruise ships have ventilation fans. Making these covers a MUST. Bathrooms are home to critical surfaces that house contaminated surfaces.
  1. Inflatable Bottle Pouch #12875
    If you are a wine connoisseur this bottle pouch is right up your alley! Inflatable, this pouch allows you to safely transport a bottle of wine or spirit in your suitcase without it breaking. It’s also leak-proof and meets TSA airline requirements. Cheers!
  1. Expandable Packing Cube #42963
    Keep your shoes and clothing organized with our packing cube! It goes from suitcase to dresser for simplified unpacking. It’s also lightweight and water and stain resistant.
  1. 2 Pairs of 2 Shoe Covers #43065
    This set includes 4 individual covers for 2 pairs of shoes. This is a great way to avoid scuffing nicer dress shoes for formal evenings on the cruise ship. They’re also water resistant for sandals to avoid ruining other items in your suitcase. The important aspect of these is that you can fit them separately in your suitcase for optimal packing space.
  2. Tech Accessory Organizer #43134
    There is nothing worse than forgetting your charger on the ship. Keep your laptop, tablet, and smart phone accessories organized in one place! This organizer is also water and stain resistant to protect everything inside.

Her Cruise Packing List

2 Flowing Dresses

1 Swimming suit

1 Sandal (for beach and to wear with flowing dresses)

1 Sneaker For gym or sightseeing

2 Shorts

1 cocktail dress for formal evenings if you plan on attending

1 pair of jeans

1 blouse

1 T-shirts

3 pairs of socks (Depending on how often you want to hit the gym)

1 hat

1 beach cover-up

1 pair of sunglasses

1 sweatshirt or sweater for colder weather

6 pairs of undergarments


  1. Anti-Theft Classic Light Slim Waist Pack #42858
    When arriving at different ports you’ll want to be hands-free. Our waist pack has two roomy compartments and holds your smart phone. It’s also RFID blocking for cards and your passport.
  1. Wheeled Underseat Carry-On With Back-Up Bag #6454
    While flying to your cruise ship you will need something easy to take with you. This carry-on is the perfect size to fit beneath those small airplane seats. Say goodbye to the days of picking up your carry-on rows behind you in an overhead compartment.
  1. Packable Backpack #42817
    The perfect way to visit multiple destinations and bring back souvenirs to your ship is with this packable. You can pack it nearly anywhere and it expands to a hands free backpack for storage. It also features an audio port and two water bottle pockets.
  1. Set of 3 Lightweight Packing Organizers #44021
    These organizers are water and stain resistant so they are perfect aboard a cruise! Featured in bright tropical colors, they are fun and breathable for your swimming suit and personal items.
  1. 2 Pairs of 2 Shoe Covers #43065
    Love shoes? This set includes 4 individual covers for 2 pairs of shoes. This is a great way to avoid scuffing nicer dress shoes for evenings on the cruise ship. It’s also water resistant for sandals to avoid ruining other items you packed.
  1. Set of 2 compression Packing Bags #04250
    This is for all the fashionistas out there! The rule of thumb is to always pack light on vacation. However, we know that isn’t always possible. Whether you pack more clothes or you purchase them while on your vacation these compression bags will save you space in your suitcase. They also work great for larger luggage to economize space.
  2. Ladies Undergarment Crossbody Pouch #33148
    This is the most secure way to handle any valuables when you are traveling off the ship. It easily clips to a bra strap for added security. This pouch isn’t visible to anyone but you, making this a must have for travelers.
  3. Anti-Bacterial Travel Towel #23053
    The towels provided on a cruise don’t absorb very quickly, or much at all. This is a must have for every cruise traveler. It dries quickly and it’s compact and lightweight for traveling. It also absorbs 3x its weight and dries 3x faster than your average cruise ship towel! There are so many benefits to this towel that it’s one of our favorites. It’s also the perfect solution for drying long hair.

With Kids

  1. Waterproof Pouches #12505
    When on a cruise there will always be an opportunity to play in the water. These waterproof accessories will help keep your phone and tablet safe on the beach and near the pool while the kids are running around. These are also perfect as a screen protector for messy hands!
  2. Set of 2 Silicone Jars 13252
    The silicone jars are multi-purpose. Since they are BPA and food-grade silicone this is a great way to store snacks for your young ones. They are spill proof making these a must-have for kids.
  3. Oversized Luggage Tags 13246
    Make the cruise experience more fun by letting your kids pick out their own luggage tags. Not only will they be more excited to pack, but also with the bright colors their luggage will be more identifiable. We recommend the oversized Doughnut luggage tags.
  4. Total Toiletry Kit 42741
    Fit the whole families toiletries in one bag. This is the largest toiletry kit we offer and its perfect for a family with kids. You can organize everything from bathroom essentials to medicines.

For Everyone

Take care of the essentials and you won’t have to worry about the rest. You won’t see your luggage right after you board – maybe not until that night. Bring a Carry-on bag to hold the important stuff. Below is our recommended guide for everyone.

  1. Set of 2 Smart Tubes™ #12652
    The eco-friendly alternatives to disposable bottles, these tubes are reusable and BPA free. They are spill and leak proof and made from high quality food-grade silicone. They are perfect for sunscreens and lotions and are 3-1-1 compliant if you are flying to meet your cruise ship.
  2. Micro Scale #12402
    This small product could become a lifesaver with airport fees on the way back from your cruise. If you do decide to do some extra shopping aboard this item is a must have for you.
  3. Worldwide Adapter and USB Charger #19658
    Perfect when you need to charge your devices or take a look at pictures from your laptop. This is great for everyone with tech items and accessories.
  4. Set of 3 Assorted Mesh Pouches 12667
    These pouches are bright and not easily lost. Perfect for easy to lose items. They can be stored easily and packed

RFID Protected Passport Holde Passport, ID, Cruise documents: Get an RFID protected Passport holder. Make a set of copies before leaving home. Once in the cabin place the copies into a LockDown Bag in your cabin. Bring your passport copy ashore with you if the ships purser holds all the passports to expedite clearing the ship in foreign ports.

Cabin Security: There are many people who have keys to your cabin. Also cabin doors locks are sometimes horribly outdated and are not re-keyed as frequently as hotel rooms. Invest in a Door Alarm so if someone who shouldn’t tries to get in while your are there a piercing alarm will be sounded, alerting crew and other you need help.

When packing it’s also important to research specific ports you are visiting so you can adhere to their laws and regulations. In Barbados, Dominica, and Grenada it is illegal for anyone to carry or wear camouflage material.

So, now you have a complete list of all the travel clothing and accessories needed for you to relax and travel safely on your cruise. As a rule of thumb the lists provided should be a guide to your cruise packing and can be adjusted to your specific needs. For example, not everyone might need a suit for a formal evening. The wonderful aspect of a vacation cruise is that you get to decide how you spend your time aboard. Now its time to relax before your voyage sets sail, Bon voyage!