Cruise Packing List: Free Printable
Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts…we’ve officially entered the summer vacation season and there may be turbulence ahead. 🙂
What are your summer vacation plans this year? One vacation that’s fun for the whole family and often times pretty affordable is a Caribbean cruise. Think about it…tropical weather and umbrella drinks for mom and dad and kid-oriented activities for the little ones.
However, if you’re like many busy parents the thought of the annual family vacation, regardless of destination, probably evokes mixed emotions. Sure, kicking back, relaxing and spending some quality time with your loved ones is great but getting there…well, that’s not so great. All the planning, researching, packing, and running around in preparation for vacation is enough to make you need a vacation. Luckily, there’s help available. For example, there are amazing sites and apps that can help you comparison shop every aspect of your vacation from where you stay to how you get there. In addition, for those headed out on that Caribbean cruise, this article includes a comprehensive printable Caribbean cruise packing list.
This Caribbean cruise packing list can help you avoid those panicked moments where you realize you forgot Susie’s bathing suit or John’s flip flops. Those panicked moments are always followed by forking over a wad of cash…especially when you’re confined to a cruise ship. Print out a Caribbean cruise packing list for each member of your family. Obviously, some items on the list will be redundant (ex. you don’t need two hairdryers) so designate one packing list as the “master packing list” and on the others cross out the redundant items.
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Caribbean Cruise Packing List: Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories
Keep in mind that just because you’re on a tropical cruise doesn’t mean you can just pack a bathing suit and flip flops. There may be chilly weather at night so be sure to bring long pants (like jeans) and a light jacket. In addition, many cruises have a fancy dinner called the “Captain’s Dinner” so you may want to bring a nice dress, dress shirt, slacks, etc.
If you’re worried about space, try to bring the basics (such as plain shirts and tank tops) and dress them up (or down) with accessories.
Caribbean Cruise Packing List: For the Baby
If you’re bringing a baby along on your Caribbean cruise, be sure to check your packing list at least twice. Once you’re on the boat it may be difficult (or at least very expensive) to obtain the items you forgot, and unfortunately, with a baby simply going without often isn’t an option. When in doubt, bring extra! Especially when it comes to baby food or baby formula, diapers, and teething ointment.
Caribbean Cruise Packing List: Miscellaneous
Those miscellaneous items can add up fast! Before diving into packing, take a few minutes to review your cruise packing list to see if there are items you can cut out. For example, instead of taking an alarm clock use your cell phone or instead of bringing a bunch of books use a Kindle or eBook reader. You can also contact the cruise line to see if they offer some of the items on-board such as a travel iron or steamer.
Caribbean Cruise Packing List: Toiletries
When it comes to toiletries, the number of products you and your family need can get out of hand pretty quickly. Luckily, many toiletries come in a travel size including:
- Face Cleanser
- Hairstyling Products (ex. Hairspray)
- Shaving Cream
- Shower Gel or Body Wash
If you’re on a tight budget (or just want to save money), contact the companies who make your toiletries and ask for a “sample”.
Caribbean Cruise Packing List: Carry On
Often times you will take a plane to get to the port your cruise ship will leave from. If that is the case for you and your family, some items really should be placed in your carry-on bag rather than checked. As a rule of thumb, anything valuable should be in your carry-on including:
- Cash, Credit Cards, ATM Card, and Traveler’s Checks
- Cell Phone (and Charger)
- iPod (and Charger)
- Laptop (and Charger)
- Tablet or eBook Reader (and Charger)
- Video Camera
- Prescription Medications
In addition, you’ll want to pack a change of clothes, your ID and passport, and anything that will make your flight more comfortable (ex. a snack, travel blanket, or travel games).
Luckily, most airlines allow you to take two carry on bags at no charge (one that fits in the overhead bin and one that fits under the seat in front of you).
Caribbean Cruise Packing list: Before You Sail Away
In addition to packing, there are some things you’ll need to square away at home before heading off on your Caribbean adventure. Don’t forget to:
- Arrange for pet care
- Check the weather/temperature of your destination
- Give your neighbor your house keys
- Put your house lights on a timer
- Stop your mail
- Turn your electronics and lights off (including unplugging unnecessary appliances)
- Turn the thermostat down
- Turn the water heater thermostat down
- Let the police know you’re going to be out of town – many times they’ll do an extra drive by of your house while you’re gone
Family vacations should be 100% fun. Help eliminate the stress of family vacations by putting this printable Caribbean cruise packing list to use.
Can you think of important items that were left off of this Caribbean cruise packing list? If so, let us know…share them in the comments!