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What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean, What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise
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One of the most popular cruise destinations in the world is the Caribbean, and for good reason! There are many incredible countries throughout this region of the world- paradises on earth that offer sandy beaches, shady palm trees, warm tropical weather, sunshine, and a rich culture and history.

Packing for the Caribbean can be a fun task- this is the time to pull out the bikinis, sunglasses, and shorts and prepare for days of sunshine and warmth. It can also be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out exactly what you need without overpacking. We have put together a comprehensive list of key items we suggest you pack for your next Caribbean cruise. From basics to insider tips, here is everything we recommend you don't forget when cruising the Caribbean:

SWIMSUIT | This is of course a given, and the more, the merrier. Between the onboard pools and the endless beaches, you will be using your swimsuit more than any other clothing item in your luggage- guaranteed! We recommend packing 2-3 for a 4-7 night cruise.

BEACH & POOL CLOTHES | The pool culture is huge onboard a cruise ship, and the beach culture in the Caribbean is even bigger. Bring the appropriate clothing to enjoy these activities. This includes coverups, comfortable shorts or skirts, rash guards, and t-shirts. Having these coverups for your swimsuit frees you up to go from water to the pool bar, and around the ship without having to worry about appropriate attire. It also helps with sun exposure in addition to sunscreen.

CASUAL, BREATHABLE CLOTHES | A trip to the Caribbean is all about the relaxation. Make sure you pack comfortable and casual clothes for everyday- both on the ship, or on the shore. The Caribbean tends to be very hot and humid, so packing breathable natural fabrics such as cotton and linen is highly recommended.

RAIN GEAR | While sunshine is in abundance, rain is always a possibility in the Caribbean. You will want to make sure that you are fully prepared by packing a poncho or light rain jacket, as well as a small umbrella for good measure.

SWEATER | The evenings, especially in the winter months, can get cool. We always recommend bringing a sweater, no matter what time of year. This will keep you warm and comfortable as you walk the outside decks on a breezy evening onboard.

EVENING CLOTHES | Most cruises will have a formal night or two onboard the ship. This gives guests the opportunity to dress up a little and have a special date night or evening with friends onboard.

SUNGLASSES | Sunshine is why most cruisers choose the Caribbean, so don't forget the sunglasses at home.

SUN HAT | For additional eye and face protection, consider bringing a sun hat or baseball cap.

COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES | When on the shore, you may find yourself doing a bit of walking around the port, or even hiking in the beautiful tropical landscape. Don't forget to bring your comfortable walking shoes for these occasions. Protecting your feet and staying comfortable is key, and will allow you to get the most out of your onshore experience and excursions.

WATER SHOES | Consider bringing waterproof shoes on your cruise. Waterproof sandals and shoes will allow you to walk through the tropical waters without fear of stepping on the sea urchins, and keep you steady on the rocky beaches. It is also a great option to have when utilizing the beach and poolside showers and bathrooms.

TOTE | For your beach days, consider packing a beach tote along. You will typically bring quite of few necessities with you to the beach, and a tote will simplify everything so you have less to keep track of, and all you have to do is think about relaxing.

SPF | This is one of the most important things to bring with you to the Caribbean. Most ships will sell sunscreen, and you can generally find it at most port stops, but the prices can be steep, so we always recommend bringing some from home. Always remember to stay safe in the sun by reapplying throughout the day.

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE | Having a reusable water bottle is a game-changer on a cruise ship. You can refill at any of the drink and water stations onboard, and you can take it off the ship with you for a day of hiking or relaxing in the sun.

INSECT REPELLENT | The Caribbean humidity and tropical weather does tend to attract a few bugs, so we always recommend bringing bug spray if you can.

PERSONAL FAN | Brining a small handheld fan is not a necessity, but can be a game changer, especially on the warmer days on the beach.

BOOK OR KINDLE | For those long beach days in the sun, having a bit of reading material will enhance your relaxation time.

CAMERA | You will want to remember every moment of your cruise, and the best way to keep those memories close is by capturing them on camera. Whether you are bringing a large DSLR, a polaroid, or disposable camera, you will be able to captured special moments that will last a lifetime.

Booking Your Cruise

Now that you are ready to book your cruise to the Caribbean, reach out to the experts at Harr Travel. Our advisors know the ships and itineraries inside and out, and we have an amazing relationship with many world-class cruise lines that sail to the Caribbean. We will craft the cruise vacation of a lifetime for you, your friends, family, or group at an exceptional rate, and give you the Harr Travel signature service every step of the way.

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