Must-Pack Essentials for a Caribbean Cruise

Couple On a Catamaran Enjoying the Sun and Waters in the Caribbean

What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

When you think of what to pack for a Caribbean cruise, swimsuits, sunscreen and cameras may come to mind. While those are important items, there's much more to consider. If you’re unsure of what to pack, our checklist has you covered, so you can spend more time picking your excursions rather than packing your suitcase.

  1. Baggage

    From the moment you arrive on board, sparkling pools invite you to cool off from the warm sun. Since your checked luggage will take a few hours to arrive in your stateroom, make sure you pack a carry-on bag to hold your swimsuit, identification, travel documents, medications and a change of clothes. Consider a water-resistant bag that can withstand chlorine and sand as you may want to bring this bag along during your tranquil beach getaways.

  2. Clothing

    Besides the typical cruise attire like swimsuits and sandals, be prepared to dress for every occasion both on and off the ship. From kayaking down the pristine lagoons of Grand Turk to sailing across the rippling surface of the sea, nearly every excursion grants you access to the enchanting waters of the Caribbean. Even if you don’t plan on swimming with stingrays or letting your feet sink into the sand, you may still get wet. Be sure to pack a raincoat or water-resistant jacket if you prefer to stay dry. You should also consider wearing lightweight, loose clothes to help protect you from the strong Caribbean sun.

  3. Shoes

    Just as important as the clothes you pack are the shoes you wear. If you plan on exploring the ancient Mayan ruins in the Western Caribbean, consider comfortable sneakers to navigate the extensive grounds. You may want to pack water shoes for when you ride majestic horses through shallow waters or hike past cascading waterfalls. While lounging poolside or on the golden beaches, opt for sandals or flip flops that you can easily slide on when strolling to the bar for a refreshing cocktail. When it comes to what to pack for a Caribbean cruise, your checklist should keep you covered from head to toe.

  4. Sun and Water Accessories

    The warmth of the Caribbean sun can be felt radiating through your body from head to toe. So, be sure to pack sunglasses and a hat to keep your eyes and face protected. If you aren’t as vigilant with sun protection, aloe vera can be a lifesaver. In addition, feel free to pack snorkel gear if you plan on floating through the luminous waters with wild sea turtles or friendly dolphins although, many excursions will provide this equipment for you.

  5. Camera

    Grandiose remnants of Mayan palaces, limestone icicles embellishing the Conch Bar Caves and royal blue rivers weaving through balmy forests — your Caribbean adventure is brimming with postcard-worthy moments. Make sure to pack a camera so that your explorations can live on through awe-inspiring photos and the stories they spark. If you’re someone who uses their phone to snap pictures, don’t forget a charger for on board and a portable charger for when you’re on the go. To capture the underwater rainbow of fluttering fish, don’t forget to pack a waterproof camera and dive even deeper into all that the Caribbean has to offer.

  6. Portable Devices

    Your time at sea — and on land — should be spent luxuriating in the breathtaking Caribbean sights and sounds that lie all around you. With MedallionNet™, the best Wi-Fi at sea, video chatting about the day’s memorable sights, sounds and events with loved ones back home is easy. So is sharing a colorful gallery of tropical pictures with friends on social media. Since excursions may take you into the depths of luscious forests or to remote beaches, you may want to bring a plastic baggie for protected touchscreen use. You can also invest in a waterproof phone case so you can keep your device protected while snapping away. In addition, many guests pack a small, portable fan to help cool down in the beaming sun.

When you're thinking about what to pack for a Caribbean cruise, remember to leave room in your luggage for the souvenirs you're sure to find along the way. Authentic crafts, spices or tropical paintings, there are endless unique treasures awaiting a new home. The Caribbean is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, and on a cruise vacation, it can be yours to conquer.