What To Pack For A Caribbean Cruise – Tips & Checklist

You’ll be cruising to the Caribbean soon, and it is the first time? You certainly think that you need to bring a lot of stuff, fearing that you will lack something when you get to the embarkation!

Well. Let me tell you the most frequent mistake that people commit is packing too much stuff when going on a cruise vacation.

And not only do they overpack, but they buy other stuff, and when they get there, they realize that they have brought too many things! OOPS:) So, what to pack for a Caribbean cruise? You’ll find all the answers in this article!

Packing list for bareboat

8 Tips For An Easier Cruise Get-Away

  1. There is nothing wrong to buy some clothes before the trip, but if you do make sure to pack light. Also, when you get there, you may realize that you have forgotten something; there are many chances you’ll find it in the Caribbean.
  2. Even though the Caribbean is renowned for being a warm destination, make sure to pack a few warm clothes because sometimes it can get cooler, especially early in the morning and late in the evening.
  3. For the packing, I suggest you use soft bags like the Duffel bags; they are very practical and easy to store. Also, ask your company how many suitcases are permitted on the boat.
  4. There are significant advantages using vacuum bags when packing, you will get more spaces, and it is much cleaner.
  5. Take with you some cash; maybe you will need it to buy small items in one of the Caribbean markets.
  6. Make a little effort, try to take a waterproof dry backpack to carry small items like sunscreen, sunglasses, iPhone during the excursions ashore, trust me, you will need it!

Here is a helpful packing list for a cruise to the Caribbean


  • Passport + cruise documents     (Make few copies of your documents)
  • Documents
  • Medication prescription if need itBag with items on it
  • Credit card
  • Driver license
  • Cash
  • Skipper licence
  • Trip assurance        (Make few copies of your documents)
  • Iphone + charger
  • iPod + charger
  • Books – Magazines – crossword
  • Camera + batteries
  • Music player (MP3)

Toiletries (Women – Man)

  • Bag + toothbrush + toothpaste + Dental floss
  • Comb + Brush
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand creams
  • Spray against mosquitoes
  • Women personal things
  • Shaver
  • Razor + after shave
  • Deodorant + perfume

Clothes (Women – Man)

  • Swim ware + cover-up                (Bring 2 maximum)
  • Shorts + tops + t-shirts               (Bring 5 to 7)
  • Sandal + flip flops                          (For the beach)
  • A good pair of walking shoes          (To do some excursions)
  • Underwears
  • Long pants + jeans                       (Take 1 pair of each, the temperature cans drops or sometimes it can be cooler in the evening)
  • Light Jacket for the evening
  • Sweatshirt                                     (When it gets cooler)
  • Jammies/bathrobes
  • Beach dress
  • Dress/skirt                                     (For the evening)
  • Man blouse/jacket/pants/tie           (For the evening)
  • Waterproof Dry Bag                        (For the beach, or to go on excursion)
  • Seasickness Bracelet                      (To wear around your wrists, some people are very sensitive to sea, it work great!)
  • Socks
  • 2 to 3 Hats                                    (To protect from the sun)
  • Polarized Sunglasses                       (Take 2 with you, in case you loose one pair)
  • Zip lock bags
  • Air freshener                                   (To keep the cabin fresh)
  • Beach towels

Unnecessary Thinks to Take

  • Life JacketsHair dryer
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Bed linen
  • Blow dryer
  • Expensive jewelry

Try to bring clothes that you can mix, that way you will be able to wear them twice. Don’t forget that you are going to the Caribbean and most of the time you’ll be in swimwear or shorts.

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