The things they don't tell you about packing for a tropical cruise

Okay, so, I have been researching what to pack and not to pack for my upcoming cruise. Not much else to do during a pandemic. The items that are missing from almost all the lasts out there are:

1- No more than two sweaters on a tropical cruise. Take something versatile, that goes with everything.

2- One pair of jeans is plenty! Really, instead pack an extra bikini.

3- Only clothing that matches goes. Really, if you cannot mix and match you won't wear it and it will take up space you can use for being home that fun artwork you just had to buy.

4- No more than three pairs of shoes. Really, you are not going to a fashion show. I pair of dress up shoes, one pair of walking shoes, and one pair of water sandals. Anything else you need you can buy on the trip.

5- Wear your comfy outfit, jeans, sweater and rain jacket on the plane. Don't bring an outfit just for travel days. Make your travel outfit out of items you are taking on your trip, layer it up. Carry a backpack instead of a purse and use light layers of things you want to wear on the trip. The backpack can hold the items you take off and you can reuse the backpack on your excursions and port treks. The rain jacket will be good for those light sprinkles of rain and a windbreaker for those romantic walks on the deck of the ship. It should also be small and light so it'll easily fit into your backpack for your romantic catamaran cruise around the island.

6- Shout Wipe and Go, is great to carry around with you everywhere. Make an emergency ziplock bag of items you should take off ship. The Shout Wipes are small and great to clean off that BBQ sauce from your yummy lunch. Other items to put into the bag: disposable face mask, antiseptic wipes, bug repellant wipes, bandaids for those foot blisters, sunscreen wipes, and lip balm.

7- Activated charcoal pills, yes, nobody wants to get sick so to fight off anything that mystery meal in the village port might have been, carry some.

Happy cruising!Happy

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7 Answers

Looks good.

Been doing that "less is more" thing for years...doesn't seem to matter...still bring too much. still bring home stuff i didn't wear. the biggest single thing that affected all that was getting free laundry. ....aaaahhh,,,cruzin.......

Great list, I was going to add make sure to bring clothes for disembarkation day, but covered it with the sweaters. We made the mistake of not bringing cooler temp items. When we drove down for our B2B 5 then 4 day from Charleston it was 75 degrees, then at the end of 9 days it was 40 degrees and raiming...

Right on.


1) Even if you've never been seasick in your life, bring enough Dramamine or other seasickness med for everyone in your cabin. Nothing will ruin a cruise like a random rough day on the seas and being stuck with your head over a can all day. It weighs practically nothing, and takes up almost no space.

2) Even when I flew out of Western NY during a "Moderate" January snow event(1-4ft of snow. We're used to this kind of crap) and 14* outside, I still wore shorts, because I dont need the negativity of pants in my life when going on a cruise, aside from Dinner in the MDR. Big Smile

I have several family members that this as you do!Big Smile

I am shocked, but thanks for this pieces of information! We will bring this in our next cruise.

Wow looks great indeed.

Words to live by my friend!!

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