Packing List


Travel Documents and Identification

  • airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation with record locator
  • travel documents
  • passports and visas (if necessary) Copies of each
  • vaccination certificate (if required)
  • wallet and fanny pack
  • driver’s license and auto insurance card – in case you decide to
    rent a car when ashore
  • medical insurance cards and medical history (especially if
    traveling alone)
  • another picture ID – if you don’t take driver’s license
  • credit cards – be sure to call credit card companies before
    traveling to alert them you are traveling outside your normal area
  • ATM card
  • pre-paid phone card
  • cash or traveler’s checks (be sure to keep traveler’s checks
    receipt in separate location)
  • cell phone (when traveling abroad, it is possible to prearrange
    telephone service with your provider prior to your departure for
    coverage within the area you will be traveling)
  • contact numbers to report lost/stolen credit cards or traveler’s
  • emergency numbers at home



  • prescription drugs and any other essential medications in carry
    on bag
  • ear plugs or “ear planes”
  • small first aid kit (band aids, Q-tips, vaseline, dramamine,
    antibiotic cream, bandages, anti-diarrheal medication, cortisone
    cream, aspirin/tylenol/advil)
  • Crazy glue
  • bug spray (not for your hotel room or cabin on the ship, but for
    those pesky mosquitoes ashore
  • sun screen/sun block and lip sun block
  • germicidal hand cleaner
  • hand wipes
  • hand lotion
  • rubbing alcohol
  • foot lotion
  • sewing kit and scissors (pack in checked luggage)
  • travel-size Woolite
  • clothes pins
  • empty folding tote bag – for souvenirs
  • hats/caps/visors
  • insulated large coffee mugs

Miscellaneous Necessities

  • binoculars
  • watch
  • glasses, extra contacts, contact lens cleaner and case
  • extra reading glasses
  • sunglasses
  • reading sunglasses
  • guidebooks and other destination information
  • maps
  • reading material or loaded kindle
  • journal or notebook and pen/pencil – for making notes to tell
    your friends back home about your experiences
  • business cards with email address to give out to new friends
  • home and email addresses of friends/relatives – for sending
    postcards, emails, or gifts
  • extra plastic cable-lock ties for securing luggage for return
    trip (better than locks, but one-time use only)
  • extra luggage name tags (in case yours are lost on the outbound
  • small travel alarm clock – battery operated or use cell phone
  • zip loc bags of all sizes and garbage/laundry bags
  • corkscrew (be sure to put in checked luggage)
  • Swiss Army knife or something similar with screwdriver head,
    etc. (be sure to put in checked luggage)
  • small umbrella
  • collapsible travel pillow for those long airplane flights


Photography & Electronic Equipment

  • Digital Camera or Traditional Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Zoom Lenses
  • Tripod
  • Extra film or memory card sticks or video tape
  • Extra batteries or battery charger
  • Walkman, MP3 Player, IPod
  • Laptop or PDA – (leave it at home, you’re on vacation!)