Packing for a Caribbean Cruise

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Cruising in the Caribbean is fun and easy, and so, one might wonder what to pack for such an adventure. So here I made a list of what you might want to add to that luggage.

1.      Sunscreen 

Pack your favourite bottles, tubes, spray, gel or stick of sunscreen that is water-resistant, broad-spectrum coverage with SPF of at least 30 for protection against UVA and UVB rays.  SPF stands for sun protection factor, a measure of how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays.

2.      Bathing suits

On a cruise, you probably spend most of your time in bikinis; pack at least three so that you can rotate. If you plan to participate in a sporty activity such as Kayaking or Scuba diving, you want to take swimwear that does not easily blow off. Women can choose the athletics type one-piece or tankini, and men choose a trunk with the waist tie and legs that don’t blow up like a balloon.

3.      Snorkel and Mask

Are you a lover of Snorkelling and Scuba diving? Pack your equipment. Taking your own is much cheaper and guarantee to fit perfectly than a rental that may fit poorly and let in water or fog up. If you are like me that dislike the idea of using a plastic tube place in the mouth of a stranger, pack your own.

4.      Underwater Camara

Caribbean island water with its majestic coral reefs, luscious seaweed and colourful fish, is an adventure and wildlife that you’ll likely want to capture. And what more to capture that than an underwater camera that shoots well above and below the waterline. If you prefer to use your camera, secure it in a durable waterproof case, and take the plunge. For a quick grab-and-go, consider a cheap disposable camera. Whichever type you choose, purchase the camera and extra memory cards before the ship departs, or you’ll pay hefty inflated prices.

5.      Sun hats

We all know the importance of sun protection by now.  However, don’t underestimate the importance of a sun hat. In addition to being super stylish, sun hats help offer an extra layer of protection against the sun’s skin-damaging UV rays.  Ensure you take on that fully covers your head and has a brim long enough to shade your face with an elastic fastener that would keep the Caribbean breeze from blowing the hat off your head.

6.      Smaller Bag

Inside your luggage, stash a smaller bag that you can toss on your shoulder or back, especially during port visits. Ensure the bag has a zipper or snap closure to fit sunscreen, water bottle, camera etc.,  plus souvenirs purchase along the way. For water activity, opt for a nylon or Neoprene bag that will keep your belongings dry. A good option for the beach is a string or mesh bag that will sift out the sand and allow your damp items to breathe.