What NOT To Pack For Your Cruise

When packing for a cruise, it's easy to overpack or bring items that are unnecessary or even prohibited. To help you streamline your luggage, here’s a list of things you should leave behind:

Towels and Linens

Cruise ships provide all the towels and linens you’ll need, both for your cabin and for beach excursions. Bringing your own just takes up valuable suitcase space.

Iron and Steamer

For safety reasons, most cruise lines prohibit irons and steamers. To avoid wrinkles, opt for wrinkle-release sprays or use the ship's laundry services if available.

Large Bottles of Toiletries

Pack travel-sized toiletries instead. Not only will it save space, but many cruise lines also offer complimentary toiletries. If you run out, you can purchase more onboard or at ports of call.

Heavy Books

Books can be bulky and heavy. Consider an e-reader or tablet instead, which allows you to carry multiple books without the extra weight.

Expensive Jewelry and Valuables

While there are safes in cabins, it's best to avoid bringing expensive jewelry or irreplaceable items to reduce the risk of loss or theft. Opt for stylish but inexpensive accessories.

Too Many Shoes

Shoes can take up a lot of space. Stick to versatile pairs: comfortable walking shoes, dress shoes for formal nights, and sandals for the beach.

Prohibited Items

Each cruise line has a list of prohibited items. Generally, these include:

  • Alcohol (except maybe a bottle of wine or champagne)
  • Firearms and weapons
  • Illegal drugs
  • Candles or incense
  • Surge protectors with extension cords

Beach and Pool Toys

Most ships are well-equipped with everything you need for fun in the sun, including pool and beach toys. Check the ship’s offerings before packing extras.

Excessive Clothing

It’s tempting to overpack clothing, but remember that you can re-wear outfits. Utilize laundry services onboard if needed. Bring versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched.

Food and Drinks

Most cruises are all-inclusive, covering meals and snacks. Bringing your own food is generally unnecessary and may not be allowed, particularly for perishable items.

Packing smart can enhance your cruise experience by reducing stress and saving space. Stick to the essentials, and remember that many items can be found or rented onboard. Bon voyage!

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