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Carnival Cruise Lines - CRUISIN

What to Pack / Bring?

Carnival Cruise Packing List
Carnival Cruise Packing List
Carnival Cruise Packing List

The list below is comprised of suggested items to bring on a Carnival Cruise and is meant as a guide only.
Hopefully, it will help you in your pre-cruise planning and make your entire cruise experience a little more enjoyable.

What To Pack / Bring On A Carnival Cruise?

Travel Documents

  • Passport / Driver's License / Green Card, etc. - all necessary personal documents
  • Cruise Confirmation Information
  • Other Travel Confirmations / Tickets
    • Airline Tickets
    • Rental Car Confirmations along with Proof of Car Insurance
    • Hotel Reservation Details
  • Marriage License for a Honeymoon cruise since document names may not match


  • Medical Insurance Cards
  • Your prescriptions
  • Non-perscriptions - aspirin, ibuprofen, sea sickness pills, antacid, etc.
  • Vaccination Certificates (if needed for some destinations)
  • Medical Emergency Contact Information


  • Casual Clothing
    • 1 - Sweatshirt / Sweater - nights on deck can be cool even in the Caribbean
    • 1 - Pair of flip flops - not always necessary for Alaskan cruises
    • 1 - Pair of sneakers - a necessity for some shore excursions
    • ? - Shorts, shirts, socks, jeans, etc. - number will depend on your cruise length
    • Extra bathing suit (they typically don't dry overnight, so if you don't have to put on a wet suit bring an extra)
  • Formal Clothing
    • If you want to participate in the formal "Cruise Elegant" night it is recommended you follow the Main Dining Room Dress Code
    • Keep in mind the Dress Code is not currently strictly enforced

    * General rule when it comes to clothing: Everyone packs too much! (especially on their first cruise)

    * Keep in mind also that Laundry Services in addition to self-service laundrettes are available onboard all ships. Dry cleaning is not available.

For The Cabin / Stateroom

  • Cabin Organizer - Use it to organize your bathroom stuff, sunblock, sunglasses, cell phones, cameras, shoes, etc. This is especially important with 3+ people in one cabin! The over-the-door organizers seem to work best and take up almost no room.
    CRUISIN recommends:

  • Surge Protector / Power Strip - There are limited outlets in the cabin. Usually only one US 110V and one European 220V outlet. Surge protection is a good idea onboard too.
    CRUISIN recommends:

  • Highlighter so you can highlight the interesting things to do in the Carnival Fun Times.
  • Magnet - to keep A/C running with balcony door open (only required for ships with this feature)
  • Bungee cord - to hold open your balcony door (some balcony doors will remain open on their own)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (to keep from waking up other cabin guests at night and for emergencies)
  • Febreeze® - it can get humid and it will keep your room and clothes fresh
    CRUISIN recommends:

  • Downy Wrinkle Release Plus
    CRUISIN recommends:

  • A carry-on cooler - max size is 12"H x 12"W x 12"L (Carnival is very strict on the size!). Great as an additonal ice bucket in the cabin or to keep your in-cabin drinks cold. Even if your cabin does have a refrigerator they are known for not getting very cold.

For The Beach / Pool

  • Sunscreen and aloe vera (for those times you forget to put on the sunscreen)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Disposable water camera
  • Beach shoes


  • Bug repellant - recommended for some shore excursions
  • Cell phone and charger - use as an alarm clock in the cabin and also a great way to set reminders/alarms for events throughout the day
  • Digital camera and charger
  • One dollar bills for tipping
  • Large Hot/Cold cup with a lid - to keep you from having to refill smaller cups available onboard and also a great way to carry drinks you make in the cabin around the ship

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Page last updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019
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