How to Pack for a 14-Day Cruise

Updated February 21, 2017

Packing for vacation is usually the least favourite part of the trip for most travellers. No one wants to pack too much and pay excessive airline baggage fees, but you also don't want to pack too little and find yourself without essential items while travelling. When you go on a 14-day cruise, you need to pack accordingly, because shopping options may be limited. Plan for the weather and activities in your destination ports: A packing list for a 14-day Alaskan cruise is vastly different from a packing list for a 14-day Caribbean cruise.

Check the weather before you begin packing. What you pack depends on the weather, the time of year you are travelling and your destination.

Pack two weeks' worth of undergarments, throwing in a few extra in case of emergencies.

Include appropriate cruise attire for two weeks. For warm-weather cruises, you should pack resort casual clothes for dining, and swimming costumes and beachwear for the pool and ports of call. Women should include Capri pants, khaki trousers, sundresses, polo shirts, shorts, swimming costumes and swimming costume cover-ups. Don't forget appropriate shoes such as sandals and flip-flops for the pool and beach. For cool-weather cruises, pack resort casual trousers, shirts, jackets, sweaters and shoes.

Consider your planned activities and pack for those. If you're going to be in the Caribbean, you can dress casually in cruise ports. In Europe, you should dress conservatively for tourist destinations such as churches and other religious places.

Include formal wear in your luggage. All cruise lines have formal nights; check with your cruise line to see how many formal nights are on a 14-night voyage. For example, on Royal Caribbean cruises, you will have three formal nights on your two-week cruise. Men can wear suits or tuxes with ties and jackets. Women can wear pantsuits, cocktail dresses or formal gowns. Include a light wrap to keep warm, evening bags, shoes and jewellery.

Pack walking shoes for sightseeing, workout clothes for the on-board gym, a beach bag and reading material. Don't forget your phone charger, camera, battery charger and personal items such as contact lenses and solution, medications and your favourite make-up and personal products.

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