Eastern Caribbean packing list

Whoo hoo! It’s finally time to pack for our Eastern Caribbean Cruise. We can expect mid-70s and 80s during our journey. While we can give no guarantees regarding rain, rainfall is most unlikely from November through April. Water temperatures range from the low-80s in the summer to the mid-70s in winter.

Here’s a list of things you don’t want to forget:
• Toiletries: Razor, lotion, make up (or not), hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, topsy tail, hair brush, mousse, gel, Advil, Extenze, tampons / pads, Q-Tips, etc.

• Hairdryer: If you have long or thick hair, you’ll want to bring your own dryer.

• Shorts: Cargo shorts — check! Camo shorts — check! Bermuda shorts — check! Board shorts — check! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you don’t need my help packing.

• Tank tops / T-shirts: Like you’d ever forget those.

• Sun dresses: These are optional. If you’re a sundress person, you’ll want to pack some.

• Formal attire for the optional fancy pants night.

• Sweater / light jacket: We’re looking at warm weather for the week, but the air conditioning in the hotel or on the ship can get a bit chilly.

• Hat: Bring one, bring two, bring one for every outfit. You’ll want a hat. There’s going to be sun.

• Sunglasses: Combine these with the hat and we’re talking hot, hot, hot. Bring a case for them, too. You do not need to be squinting into scratched up glasses.

• Watch: Take your Sweet time (and keep track of it, too).

• Flip flops: Essential footwear for the woman on the go. Formal flip flops for the evening, casual flip flops for the day and don’t forget your gag flip flops for starting conversations with strangers.

• Swimsuits, swimmie fins and water shoes

• Snorklers, bring your own gear.

• White party attire. It’s the ship’s white party, but we’ll all go together. Details on other theme parties to come.

• Daypack: You’ll want something to carry around on our excursions.

• Passport: Pack it, check it, double check it, then check it again. You need it. Make sure you see your girlfriend’s too. You know how she’s always forgetting something.

• Moola, money, greenbacks: U.S. currency is accepted throughout the islands we will visit as are most major credit cards and traveler’s checks. Babs suggests bringing a stack of 1s, 5s and 10s for tips and small purchases. Change is likely given in local currency.

• Notify your credit card companies and bank that you’ll be traveling in the Virgin Islands and Bahamas. Double check about foreign use fees.

• Sunscreen: Until we fix global warming, pack at least SPF 30 and make it biodegradable.

• Battery disposal: Bring a baggie to carry home your batteries and recycle them properly.

• Workout gear: Don’t forget your sneakers, shorts, sports bras and tank tops. The gym is top notch. You’ll want to check it out.

• Camera / video camera with extra batteries or charger: Don’t miss a thing.

• Business cards / notepad: You’re going to make loads of new friends. You’ll want their contact information.

• A water bottle: You’ll want to refill this early and often.

• Just in case, bring photo copies of your passport, insurance card and all credit cards you’re bringing. Better to be safe than sorry.

Share your favorite packing tips and anything I missed in the comments section below.

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