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Whether we’re heading to the Arctic on a cruise ship for 56 passengers to the Mediterranean on a cruise ship for 800 guests or 100 aboard a yacht, we are always prepared with our cruise favorites and packing essentials.

Check out the times we always travel and how we efficiently pack our bags with organization pieces. Our packing lists and must-haves will help you prepare for your next cruise vacation.

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You will inevitably have laundry. Use our favorite mesh-lined, zip-closure laundry bag to keep dirty clothes separate from your clean garments. Clothes can be washed in the bag.

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Meet Dan + Mikkel: Packing and Cruise Pros

We are the couple behind Sometimes Sailing and are so glad you’re here to find out our favorite cruise items.

Our favorite way to travel is together and we always carry on our luggage when we can. The exception is if we’re doing multiple trips back to back, or traveling for a few months at a time – then we may check one piece of rolling luggage.

We always pack within days (not weeks) of a trip) and pack light. We are grateful Amazon deliveries fast and free for Prime members to get more motion sickness patches last minute, for example, or whatever new item we need to test out.

packing Basics

If there is one thing that helps us stay sane when we pack for a cruise, it’s staying organized. A variety of packing cubes and reusable containers help us keep our ducks in a row.


We use these for all sorts of things, like clipping our reusable water bottle onto a backpack, clipping flip flops on a beach bag, or clipping our toiletry back on a towel rod.

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Sea Sickness Remedies

Don’t let the motion of the ocean (or river) ruin your vacation. Don’t forget to pack these essential sea sickness remedies for your cruise.

Blisslets anti-nausea wristbands for sea and motion sickness in striped white and blue.

Around the Cruise Ship

Ensure you’re prepared for an enjoyable stay on the ship with everything you need to rest and relax, including a Kindle or audiobook, and a reusable bottle to stay hydrated (and be kind to the earth).

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Not into reading but love books? Listen to stories on Audible. Join now for a free 30-day trial, then enjoy monthly credits and discounts. Don’t forget to bring a pair of great headphones on your trip (for podcasts too).

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Port Excursion Essentials

When you’re off the shop, prepare for your excursions and exploration with our favorite items to pack in a day bag. Don’t forget to pack the “top picks” we mentioned at the beginning of this page.

Sun protection

Protect your skin and eyes from the sun with items like sunscreen (we recommend reef-safe), SPF chapstick, sunglasses, hats, and swimming rash guards.

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Photo Gear Must-Haves

We always travel with the gear below when we go on a cruise. What’s a cruise without the right gear to document it all and reminisce years later?

Try Before You Buy

If you want to test out a camera lens or body for your cruise vacation before buying, KEH Camera is our go-to rental resource. They make renting and returning gear easy. They even have multiple rental insurance.

Craving more travel resources?

See Our Printable Packing Lists

We have a wonderful resource category filled with packing lists for specific cruises, including Disney Cruise Line, Maine Windjammer Cruises, and more.

Disney Cruise Line (Coming Soon)

Contact Our Recommended Travel Advisors

If you want to go on a cruise vacation but don’t want the stress of the time and energy it takes to plan one, you need to contact our favorite travel advisor team. They will help make your cruise dreams come true!

Use Our additional Cruise Planning Resources

From booking pre or post-cruise hotels to flights, there is so much more to planning a cruise than packing. See who we recommend for travel insurance, get codes for discounts on additional products, and more.