My Personal Cruise Vacation Packing List

I don’t know about you, but I think that packing for a cruise can be fun. But, if you’re like me, you have a busy life and don’t want to stop to think about everything you need to pack. So, I started utilizing Google Keep to keep track of everything, including my packing list. What’s cool about Google Keep, is that at first, you create a checklist. Then, when you check those items off your list, they move to the bottom. Ultimately, the next time you pack for your next cruise (you know there will be one) just un-check the boxes and they will move back to the top.

I’m going to try to take the work out of thinking about what to pack for you. All you need to do is print this off or use it to make your own list on Google Keep.

My suggestion is that you pack a day bag (your room will more than likely not be ready and you might want to hit the pools).

Day Bag (usually a backpack):

  • sunscreen
  • bathing suit
  • swim cover up (although mine looks like a dress so most often I wear my bathing suit and my swim cover up and pack a change of clothes)
  • medications
  • chargers
  • computer
  • camera
  • wallet
  • passports
  • cruise documents


  • Passports and port documents (birth certificates if not using passports for closed loop US cruises)
  • Travel insurance documents (please purchase travel insurance…we found out the hard way when we had an emergency where my husband was hospitalized and we did not have travel insurance)

Clothes (no-brainer)

  • Bathing suits
  • Bathing suit cover-ups
  • Shorts to lounge in or for your fitness days
  • Pants for cooler nights or when you are in the dining rooms (can get chilly)
  • Sweater for cooler nights or dining room (we ended up getting our wait staff to bring us a warm table cloth to wrap up in on one of our Disney cruises)
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, flip flops, water shoes (if doing excursion that requires them)
  • Formal wear (usually 7 nights and longer cruises), formal shoes (don’t be like me and leave one at home)
  • Females: make-up, hair straightener (these are still allowed), curling iron or curlers (no need for a hair dryer…all cabins have one and they are usually amazing!)
  • Dinner outfits (no cutoff jeans, tank tops, and athletic wear allowed in dining rooms)
  • Hat (to protect you in the heat)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Undergarments
  • socks (if you so desire)


  • No need for shampoo and conditioner as it will be provided, unless you are partial to your own
  • Females: sanitary items for those horrible monthly visits
  • Brush
  • Hairspray, gel, moose
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Facial wash (most cruise lines offer)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect Repellent (Disney Cruise Line provides this)
  • Lotion
  • Body Wash (most cruise lines offer)
  • Chapstick for sunburned lips
  • Baby Powder (to get the sand off feet and hands at the beach)
  • Deodorant
  • Razors/Shaving Cream


  • Advil or Tylenol (can be expensive on the ship)
  • Dramamine or Meclizine (Meclizine is prescription and is non-drowsy) *if needed
  • Nausea meds: Phenergan or Zofran (both prescription) *if needed
  • Any prescription medications you take daily and a copy of the list (don’t pack in checked luggage)


  • Camera, camera batteries (or charger)
  • Cell phone, chargers
  • Charging block (USB only, power strips are prohibited)
  • Ear buds
  • Laptop (I take to upload my photos and blog)
  • SD Cards/memory cards for camera
  • Underwater camera
  • Watch (charger for smart watches)
  • flashlight


  • Cash for tips (room service tips on Disney Cruise Line)
  • Credit Cards
  • Lanyard
  • Trading Pins (Disney Cruise Line)
  • Mouse ears (Disney Cruise Line)
  • Pirate costume (Disney Cruise Line)
  • Rain jacket or poncho (for excursions or port days)
  • Snorkeling gear (usually free to snorkel if have own gear)
  • Books or magazines to read during down time
  • Ziploc Bags to put wet items in to travel home
  • Extra bag for souveniers
  • Clothes Pins to hang up wet items in bathroom
  • Bathroom organizer to hang in closet with all toiletries
  • Small sewing kit and scissors (pack in checked luggage only)
  • Magnets (most cabin walls and doors are magnetic. This is a great way to hang up important invitations to gatherings or the Navigator (DCL’s newsletter), your kids cruising artwork, and/or a message board for your family to communicate on.
  • Dish soap to wash your reusable mugs

I hope you find this list helpful! I know how overwhelming packing for vacation can be, but when you are packing for a cruise, it can be even more overwhelming because most items you could leave at home on accident will not be available on the ship, and if they are, the cost could be three times as much as you would pay on the mainland. There is no need to pack maps of the islands you will be visiting. You can get nice glossy, colored ones once you arrive. You can do your homework ahead of time and figure out what excursions you want to go on and places you want to shop. I hope you have a magical voyage!

Contact me!

Contact me if you would like me to help you plan your next vacation! I specialize in Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Azamara Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani Resort in Hawaii, Universal Studios, Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your voyage!

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I am an avid Disney fan, especially of the Disney cruises. Since learning of my love of travel, something I wasn't able to do as a child, I have decided I wanted to help others make magical memories. I became a personal vacation planner with Magical Vacation Planner in 2017. Since getting this job, I have traveled even more. I love sharing my travel tips with people, especially novice travelers. I hope you find my blog interesting and helpful. Be sure to subscribe if you like it. I post blogs on a regular basis.
My Personal Cruise Vacation Packing List