Your Guide to Cruise Packing

Packing for a cruise is a lot more complicated than throwing your summer wardrobe into a suitcase. The number of destinations that you will visit on your holiday makes it tempting to pack your entire wardrobe, just in case.

Here’s a guide on what you need to consider when packing for your cruise holiday and how to keep your luggage at a minimum.


Plan Ahead

Before you start shopping for your holiday wardrobe, remember to look at whether your cruise line has a dress code. Many cruises set a number of formal nights and even some themed evenings, so research this in advance to avoid being caught unprepared!

Take into account the potential temperature differences between ports. There are many different cruise packages available, such as those offered by Bolsover Cruise Club, so have a look at the variety on offer and pack accordingly when you’ve booked your favourite.

Packing Tips

When planning outfits for your cruise, try to select pieces that you can easily mix and match to keep your luggage at a minimum and also pack clothes that you can layer up, which will allow you to add or remove layers as required. You can easily cut down on your packing by finding out whether your cruise ship has a self-service laundry on board.

Make sure you leave some room to bring back souvenirs for your family and friends, or pack an extra bag to carry them in on your way home.


Carry-on Essentials

In the event that your luggage is lost by the airline on your way to the cruise, pack a few essentials in your carry-on – it could take your luggage a while to be located and then shipped to the next port of call. Also, remember that it may take hours for your bags to arrive in your cabin, so pack the following necessities in your carry-on:

  • A change of clothes, socks and underwear
  • Medications – you may not be able to get your prescription on-board
  • Electrical items, such as your laptop and camera
  • Important documents, like your passport, ID, cruise documents, credit card/cash


If you have extra space in your bag, try to bring items in advance that will be expensive to buy on-board. This includes over-the-counter medication, batteries, sunscreen, ear plugs and power adaptors so you can charge all your electrical items at once.

The most important thing to remember when packing for your cruise is to plan ahead. You don’t want to arrive with multiple bags of luggage, but you also don’t want to pay increased prices for items you could have brought with you from home. Follow this guide and look forward to having all the essentials for a relaxed and stylish holiday.