Get a complete list of what to pack for a Caribbean cruise. Including items I would have never thought to bring until we were on the cruise.
If you follow me you know that I just got home from the most amazing work retreat called Permission to Hustle at sea. Don't worry I will share more about this event soon. It made me realize it has been a long time since my last cruise.
Confession time, on my last girls trip at sea my roommate and I were so ready to get off the boat on day 2. We were joking that we wondered how much it would cost to get helicoptered off the boat.
So needless to say I was nervous to get on the boat. The good news is I went and it was the best experience ever!!! And for the most part I remembered everything I should pack. There are a couple of things I wish I had brought so I wanted to share the complete list of what to pack for a Caribbean cruise.
What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise
Coffee Cup/Water Bottle
Water, juice, coffee, and tea are included at no charge. The cups on the ship can be small so it is best to bring your own insulated cup/mug.
I brought both a coffee cup with a lid for the morning and a water bottle for the afternoon. It is so hot on the cruise, you will want to stay hydrated.
Something to Hold Your Key Card
Your key card is everything. It is your charge card, your room key and your access on and off the boat. A number of friends had necklaces to carry your keycard they wore with a hock for the key card. Other people had a special place in their phone case.
My roommate brought a wireless speaker and it was so nice especially when we were getting ready at night for dinner.
Even with a group your rooms may be spread out around the boat. If you don't remember the exact room number you will have a hard time tracking down your friends because all the doors look exactly the same.
I packed a magnet for our door, but our door was not magnetic. Instead of you can pack decorations that can be applied with tape or hooks. It makes your room festive and easy for you and your friends to spot your door.
You sun seems even more intense when you are at sea. So protect your skin and eyes. I even took it a step further with my swim shirts. And I was so happy I did. A week at sea and no sun burn was a huge win for me.
Portable Phone Charger
I used my phone to take a majority of my photos and videos. Bring a portable phone charger with you so you don't have to find an outlet to charge your phone.
Even if you are on a smaller ship you will easily get all 10K steps every day. I recommend bringing comfortable shoes. By the last day I was wearing my running shoes with a dress.
We had VIP early boarding so we got to our rooms before the luggage arrived. A large carry on bag will allow you to pack a change of clothes for the first day on the ship and anything else you might need right away.
It will also come in handy when you are packing up. Luggage is collected the night before so you will want a carry on bag that is large enough for everything else you will need that night.
International Phone Plan
Leaving home with my family behind for a week was a little overwhelming. Luckily we have WiFi calling and FaceTiming when on board. When we were on shore I had to just hold my breath.
Some friends had upgraded their cell phone plans for as little as $10/month. Next trip I will be calling my provider just incase.