What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

Published 06/15/2016 02:40 PM   |    Updated 09/20/2017 11:30 AM

You just finished booking your Caribbean cruise and you are excited to set sail and kick off your vacation, but first you find yourself asking “What should I pack?” Not to worry...to make your life easier, our team of cruise and Caribbean experts have come up with the following list of  ‘must have’ items to pack. While every island you may visit has its own distinct culture and variety of things to do, our checklist should cover any activity you plan to do while in port.

Whether you are sailing for just a few days or embarking on a longer journey, if you’re wondering what to pack for a Caribbean cruise in January or in July—or any season at all—these essentials will have you covered. Speaking of seasons, temperatures along Caribbean island shores are remarkably steady year round, so don’t forget your bathing suit and the sun gear!  

What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise Checklist: The Essentials
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  • Snorkel and mask
  • Camera, underwater camera, extra memory card(s) and binoculars
  • Chargers (phone and camera)
  • Daypack or beach bag
  • Reading material for the beach or pool
  • Translation books / apps for visiting foreign-speaking ports
  • Re-sealable plastic bags (especially useful for wet bathing suits or clothing)
  • Beach toys for kids
  • Sunscreen, after-sun lotion such as aloe and insect repellent
  • Hat or visor and sunglasses
  • Rain jacket or poncho and small umbrella
  • Sandals and comfortable walking shoes (pack sneakers or hiking shoes if you plan to do hikes, explore rural areas or do lots of walking in port)
  • Clothing that is appropriate for visiting religious buildings; generally, this means covering the knees and shoulders
  • Light sweater, cardigan or jacket
  • Bathing suits for all occasions (including beach swimming, snorkeling, water parks and pools), along with a cover-up

Please note that in some ports of call, it is against the law for anyone, including children, to dress in army-style camouflage clothing or carry items made with camouflage material. These ports include: Barbados, Dominica and Grenada.

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