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Here lies the problem in packing for a cruise:

You want to pack the basics of what you NEED for a cruise so you will be comfortable on your vacation; so you pack for every possible scenario. This ultimately leads to over packing.

What you need is a plan. A simple blueprint to help you pack for your cruise to keep from over packing.

To walk you through this we have put together 8 tips to optimize your cruise packing list today.

Ultimately, we’re giving you The Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Suitcase.


Cruise Packing List: Chapters

Chapter 1: Cruise Planning – Chapter 2: Best Electronics – Chapter 3:  What To Pack

Chapter 4: Alaska Cruise Packing – Chapter 4: Caribbean Cruise – Chapter 5: Packing For Women

Chapter 7: Packing For Men – Chapter 8: Packing With Kids – Download: Infographic


Chapter One: Cruise Planning Guide

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If you are planning for your first-time cruise or you cruise so much you think you should steer the ship, these resources will help get your cruise off on the right foot.

Planning a cruise with a little research will not only help you to be stress free prior to your cruise, but also show you how to be laser specific when packing.

Check out these 9 tips for how to plan a cruise:



Chapter 2: Best electronics to pack on a cruise

best electronics on a cruise

Now that you have an itinerary of what you are doing on your cruise and what the climate will be like, now is the time to really have some fun.

Choosing which electronics to bring on a cruise is one of the most popular topics when packing for a cruise. This is where we can use technology to really help us save some space in our luggage!

Electronics can make your cruising experience amazing, here are 8 tips how:



Chapter 3: What To Pack For A Cruise

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Before we could even start getting into what to pack for a cruise, we mentioned planning for a cruise and the best electronics for a cruise.

Those chapters sets the stage for what we should pack by allowing us to know more about our cruise ship, climate, excursions, port activities and what devices will allow us to have a better cruising experience.

By gathering that much needed information, it will help us form The Perfectly Optimized Suitcase.

Let’s take all the information that we gathered to find out what to pack for a cruise using these 7 great resources:



Chapter 4: Alaska Cruise Packing List

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Hang on one second! Packing for an Alaska cruise is quite a bit different than packing for a Caribbean cruise.

Alaska is one of the last adventurous raw locations on earth. With its ever-changing climate, breathtaking views and wildlife, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. But before you book your Alaska small ship cruise, check out these Alaska travel tips.

As the average temperatures ranges from 48 degrees to 67 degrees May through September. Alaska is the cruising destination that will have you kneeling on your suitcase in order to close it. Read more on the best time to go on a cruise in Alaska.

If you are traveling to Alaska from outside the United States, here are the Visa and Passport requirements to read before you go.

To help you achieve a perfectly optimized suitcase, check out these 9 Alaska Cruise Packing topics:

Chapter 5: Caribbean Cruise Packing List

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There are few places on earth that are as pristine as the Caribbean. The turquoise water, warm weather and local cultures make going on a Caribbean Cruise a must for every family type. As you can travel to the Caribbean year round, here is a great article on the best time to travel to the Caribbean.

No matter what time of year you decide to go on a cruise through the Caribbean, this is the ultimate trip where you can PACK ULTRALIGHT!

Ok, maybe your suitcase won’t be this small, but you get the idea 🙂

But before you start packing for your trip, take a look at this Caribbean Travel Guide to give you insight as to what to expect when you travel.

If by the off chance you are overzealous and have reached this page because you want to know what to pack but haven’t selected a cruise ship yet, here are 20 Best Caribbean Cruises. I know you want to know what to pack for a cruise, but don’t forget to book a cruise too 🙂

With all that said, here are 7 tips on how to pack for a Caribbean cruise.

Chapter 6: Cruise Packing List for Women

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Don’t get stressed out with everything that you have to plan and pack for your cruise.

This cruise packing list for women is designed to keep you from agonizing over every little piece so that you can get the most out of everything you pack.

Check out our cruise packing list for women.

Chapter 7: Cruise Packing List for Men

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Men have it easy when packing for a cruise!


Because quite a bit of your outfits, yep I said “outfits”, in a man’s suitcase are incredibly versatile and suitable for just about every activity. Think about it, one pair of khakis shorts can be worn on excursions as well as for semi-formal nights.

This will help to remove the “Do I have everything” feeling before you leave.

Get the cruise packing list for men here.

Chapter 8: Cruise Packing List for kids

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Putting together a cruise packing list for kids can be very tough.

You don’t need to worry. We’ve taken the stress out of trying to decide what to pack for your kids in our cruise packing list. The following packing list is for every age range that your kids may be in, whether they are a infant, toddler, preschooler, middle schooler or teenager.

Here are some great tips if you would like to know how to cruise with a baby. If you have never cruised with a baby, here are some do’s and don’t’s.

Obviously you can’t pack everything you need / want, so be sure to Google: “Your Cruise Ship” + rental, to find a list of what’s available to make your cruising experience better.

Maybe you are going on a cruise with your teenage friends, here is a teenage packing list you can email them to bring.

Before checking out this section, you should check out our cruise packing list chapter on best electronics for cruises. In that guide we go over the incredible benefits of tablets and other electronics that make cruising with kids more pleasurable

Cruise Packing List For Kids:

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What are your must have items that you have on your cruise packing list? Share them in the comments section below.