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Welcome to Packing Checklist! Whether you're packing for an overnight trip or a multi-month excursion, we have a packing checklist to help you plan and prepare for your travels.

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Cruise Packing

cruise shipPalm trees, steel drums, and tropical drinks beckon as you plan and pack for your cruise.  You can almost feel that warm breeze as you go through your packing checklist. 

  • Sunblock
  • Tanning lotion
  • Swimsuits
  • Sunglasses

Yeah!  You’re ready to go, right?  Well, not quite yet.  There are still a lot of items to mark off that packing checklist.  The list also alters significantly if you choose to cruise the cooler waters of Alaska.  In general, though, there are some items you’ll want to include regardless of your cruise destination.


Specifically, for a cruise, there are required documents that you REALLY don’t want to forget.  For example, since most cruises quickly leave U.S. waters and dock in other countries, you REALLY don’t want to forget your passport and driver’s license. 

You’ll also need these for your flight and as you embark/disembark the ship in port.  Make sure you collect and carry all your tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information.  

Unique to Cruising

The unique accommodations and self-contained environment on the ship also add some unique items to the packing checklist.  Though many of the ships are like small cities with restaurants, shops, and activities galore, you are still cruising onboard the ship until you dock.  Even when you dock, it’s usually in a pretty awesome tourist location, but it’s not like you can just hop over to Walmart and pick up anything and everything. 

Certainly, prescription medication should be included under the “NEED to pack” category.  Specialty items such as shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and dietary items also fall under this category.

The cruise ship and ports offer most of the items a person might need, but don’t count on them having exactly what you want, in the brand or size you want, or for the price you’d prefer to pay.  A packing checklist can help you determine which items you really NEED to pack.

Cash and Credit

Cruise ships are unique in terms of paying for items during the cruise.  Like many resorts, a credit card is attached to your room key, which you swipe for purchases.  It’s very convenient onboard, but you’re also going to want a credit card and cash for shore excursions and tips. 

You can pay tips with your room key for ship personnel, but cash is a nice option.  You’ll need to tip cab drivers and excursion staff with cash or your actual credit card, anyway.

Destination or Event Specific Items

If your destination has one specific climate, you’ll obviously want to pack clothing and products specific to a warm or cool climate.  Not many folks will pack a parka for a Caribbean cruise, but sun block’s going to make the packing checklist whether your destination is warm sands or frozen tundra.

Think about the shore excursions and activities as you plan, too.  Will you go horseback riding?  You might want to pack jeans.  Are you a SCUBA diver?  Will you rent equipment, or will you pack your own gear?  Are the kids coming on the cruise, too? You might want to pack floaties and waterproof identification bracelets.

Go to the Downloads page for a variety of packing checklists designed for cruising in general, and specific to destinations and events.

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Cruise, Warm Climate Packing Checklist

packing for a tropical cruiseBy the very nature of these self-contained floating cities that dock in multiple countries, your packing checklist is going to include some destination and event-specific items.  For warm climates and tropical beaches, you may find yourself making room for snorkleing gear in addition to a passport, multiple documents, and an electrical power strip.

Your tropical, or warm climate, Cruise Packing Checklist is broken into categories for you below.  You can also download the printable PDF version by clicking here, or by visiting the Downloads page.

Documentation and Currency

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto insurance card
  • Medical insurance card
  • Passport
  • Immunization records/vaccination certificate
  • Hotel and/or transportation tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Parking documentation
  • Cruise tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts
  • Shore excursion tickets, confirmation numbers, receipts, and contact information
  • Dining reservation confirmation information
  • Spa reservation confirmation numbers or receipts
  • Cash
  • Roll of quarters
  • Credit Card
  • Phone card


  • Wallet, purse, fanny pack, beach bag, tote, or backpack
  • Water resistant or waterproof wrist watch
  • Jewelry


  • Electrical plug adapter and converter
  • Power strip/extension cord
  • Travel alarm clock
  • MP3/Media player and headphones
  • Mobile phone and charging cable
  • Laptop and charging cable
  • Camera, batteries, charging cable, extra memory cards or film
  • Underwater camera


  • Specific/specialty shampoo
  • Specific/specialty conditioner
  • Specific/specialty soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Q-tips
  • Hair products
  • Curling iron
  • Comb/Brush
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne/Perfume
  • Make-up
  • Travel sized nail care kit
  • Sun block
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun tanning lotion
  • Moisturizing lotion
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses, contacts, sunglasses, case, and cleaning supplies
  • Over the counter medications (light first aid kit plus motion sickness medicine)


  • Swimsuits and cover-ups/beach and pool wear
  • Hat(s)
  • Belts
  • Flip-flops/sandals/water shoes
  • Walking shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Tops – shirts, blouses, etc.
  • Shorts/Capri’s
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Jeans
  • Dress clothing (suit, tuxedo, dress, pant suit, and accessories appropriate for formal dining)
  • Sleep clothes
  • Workout clothes
  • Light jacket


  • Sports gear (SCUBA or snorkeling gear, golf clubs, etc.)
  • Extra bag to bring home purchases (compact/foldable)
  • Travel guide books, maps, and reading material for lounging
  • List of addresses for postcards
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook or journal
  • Business cards
  • Luggage name tags
  • Rain gear
  • Binoculars
  • Wet wipes/antibacterial gel
  • Collapsible duffel or bag to bring home extra items
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Sewing kit
  • Tape
  • Post-it notes

For quick access to all the downloadable and printable pdf packing checklists, check out the Downloads page.

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Why Use

packingchecklistredpenIn addition to the reviews, travel tips, and community input on, our primary focus is always to provide a packing checklist for all occasions. 

Many of the packing checklists are comprehensive detailing every item imaginable.  Some are destination-specific.  Others are event-specific.  There are packing checklists for light travel, heavy travel, frequent travel, local travel, and international travel.  …and if the specific packing checklist does not yet exist, community input will prompt the creation of a new or modified list.

Online, Downloadable, and Printable

Each packing checklist is provided online for internet/web accessibility at home or on the road.  Descriptions of the list are characterized based on destination, event, duration, or specific need(s).  Reviews are also provided on travel-related products, destinations, and item or service availability.  The online checklists and reviews are also open to the community for comments and suggestions.

Each packing checklist is also provided in a downloadable and printable Adobe PDF format.  With the free Acrobat Reader software, the files can be universally stored and opened on virtually any computer and most mobile devices.

Since they are “packing checklists,” it’s also critically important that the PDF files are cleanly printable, so you can check off items as you pack.  Each PDF is designed to fit neatly, legibly, and cleanly on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

Real People, Real Lists

Each packing checklist is created based on the real-life experiences and input of people who’ve actually packed THESE items for the specified list(s). 

  • Items on the Soccer Game/Practice Packing Checklist are actual items packed and used by real soccer moms.
  • Items on the Luxury Cruise Packing Checklist are actual items packed and used by couples who frequent luxury cruises.
  • Items on all the packing checklists are updated and modified based on the comments and input of real people in the community.


A packing checklist is designed to prompt ideas.  …things you might not have considered packing  …things you might decide to strike from your list.  They can also inspire gift ideas and new adventures.

Since the packing checklist PDFs are specific to the trip’s destination, event, duration, or purpose, you can use them for gift ideas for yourself or others.  Do you need to buy a gift for a golfer?  How about a SCUBA diver?  Check the packing checklist relative to each hobby. 

Many of the items on those lists are consumable and have to be frequently replaced (golf tees, golf balls, mask defogger, gift certificates for air fills, etc.).  Individually, these make great stocking-stuffers or token gifts.  Collectively, you can put several items in a container (duffel bag, tote bag, bucket, basket, etc.) for a more thoughtful gift.

The less consumable/more resilient items can also be very special and meaningful gifts (new club, new golf bag, sport-specific clothing, underwater camera, dive knife, etc.).  They’ll definitely know you put some thought into it.

As you’re scanning through the packing checklists, think about the specific destinations or purpose for each list.  You might just discover a new hobby or your next adventure.


A big advantage to the lists, reviews, and PDFs on is the opportunity to join the community and share your experiences.  Remember, new packing checklists and updates come from real people with real stories to share.  Feel free to comment, add suggestions, and share your stories on