21 Cruise Packing Tips to Make Getting Ready as Relaxing as an Ocean Breeze

Booking your cruise is the easy part. Then you start stressing about what to pack. There’s an art to it, and if you’re no packing Picasso like me, it helps to check out expert cruise packing tips.

Photo: Celestyal Cruises

You’ve booked your cruise and now you’re wondering, “What do I take?” and, perhaps more importantly, “What do I NOT take?” Packing for any vacation can be time-consuming. It really helps to know in advance exactly what you will need. If you are headed to the Caribbean for 7 days or taking an adventure into the chillier Alaskan waters, you’ll need to be prepared.

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No more asking yourself where to start. With these 21 Cruise Packing Tips, you will be all set to enjoy your cruise vacation without a worry. I’ve only got two cruises under my belt. So I’ve already started to agonize about what to pack for my Greek cruise on Celestyal Cruises. I want to simulate an elegant goddess (or as close as I can get) not a frumpy yiayia (a Greek grandma).

family gathered on Alaskan cruise deck showing a good cruise packing tip is to know the weather
We were woefully unprepared for our August Alaskan cruise. Temperatures on land were warm but quite chilly when we were at sea. Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/The Open Suitcase

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned luxury suite cruiser, cruising solo or with a large, multigenerational group, you will find something that you hadn’t thought of before. Click away, make a list and get packing! There’s a chaise lounge waiting for you on the lido deck!

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