What to pack for a 7-night cruise?


That really is the million-dollar question because it depends on so many different factors. Fly-cruise, no-fly cruise, time of year, destination – the list could go on forever. We’re going to narrow things down for you in our blog today and give you a base for what you should pack for a 7-night cruise.

Packing for a 7-night cruise – the basics

So, let’s start at the beginning and get the basics set aside first. No matter where you are or where you’re going, there will always be some things that regardless, you’d never travel without, and this is where to start. Remember, it’s only a 7-night cruise, so if the basics can be re-used, then slim down on how many of them you pack. One suitcase should be more than enough for a 7-night cruise – we don’t want to be weighed down with excess luggage when there’s no need.

What to pack for a 7 night cruise

Pack light

You can still be glam or dressed down without over-packing, and with a lot of people, especially those embarking on their first cruise, the biggest mistake they make is over-packing. Try and co-ordinate your outfits so that they can be mixed and matched – dressed down for casual or up for formal, this way you leave extra room in your suitcase for potential shopping – always thinking ahead!

A lot of ships offer self-service laundry areas onboard, so worst-case scenario, you can give your clothes a quick run through the washing machine if need be. If this is not available, you can always send your item(s) to the ships’ laundry for a minimal charge.

Pack for where you’re going

This is the most important aspect – where you’re going. Why? Because if you’re heading off on a 7-night Caribbean cruise, your wardrobe is going to be far different than if you are about to sail on a 7-night Norwegian Fjords cruise in the middle of winter. Make sure to do some research on your destinations before you join your ship, just to get an idea on average temperatures and rainfall etc.

Regardless of where you’re sailing, we would always recommend that you pack 1 waterproof jacket/coat and 1 warmer jumper/hoodie. Yes, this even applies to places such as the Caribbean, just in case there’s a cooler evening on the open waves.

What to pack for a 7 night cruise

Consider dress codes

Most cruise lines have dress codes and although guests don’t need to abide by them all the time, it’s worth considering. Usually, on formal evenings, the main dining rooms and speciality restaurants are reserved for those adhering to the dress code from 6pm, so if you want to join in, be sure to pack your glam clothes. As noted, you don’t need to follow the evening code to the full extent, should you wish to stay casual, that’s also fine and you will still have ample choice of dining venues. Things do vary per line, so always double check what stands with your chosen cruise line before you leave.

One thing that stands across the board within the cruise industry is that shorts, bikinis, and swimsuits should not be worn in any restaurant at any time – except for casual daytime dining, and if you are respectfully covered.

Quick 7-day basic cruise packing list

  • Everyday basics
  • Evening attire
  • Daytime attire
  • Toiletries
  • Electricals
  • Passport
  • Visas if necessary
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Medications
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sun cream
  • Travel Insurance
  • All related documents
  • Sunglasses
  • Portable charger
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