I'll be leaving for a cruise soon, so I've been constantly researching what to pack. I thought I'd go ahead and share my packing list for any of you guys who will be going on a cruise this summer. And please let me know if you can think of anything else. A few days ago, I shared a list of clothing to pack. Today I'll share a list of toiletries you should be sure to pack.
You may want to bring some shampoo and conditioner, but bring small bottles. The cruise line will provide shampoo and conditioner for you to use for free. The same thing goes with soap, lotions, and occasionally other basics like deodorant and razors. You'll want to bring your own small container of shaving cream, however. Bring your own toothbrush and a small, travel-size tube of toothpaste. Be sure to bring some floss as well.
Also remember to bring your own hairbrush. They'll probably have some for sale in case you forget, but they'll be overpriced, of course. Bring a hairbrush and possibly a smaller comb or brush if you have long hair for when you're out on excursions. Again, if you have long hair, you'll want to bring necessary hair ties, clips, and bobby pins. Be sure to bring hairspray and mousse as well. You'll probably want to bring a blow dryer, straightener and/or curling iron for when you dress nicely for dinner.
You'll want to bring a few containers of sunscreen. Chances are, you'll be using it a lot. Be sure to bring smaller, portable bottles to take with you on excursions. You'll also want to bring some moisturizer for your face and a small bottle of lotion to use after long days in the sun. You may want to bring some bugspray for certain islands. In case you get sunburned, you may want to bring a small container of aloe vera as well. Also be sure to bring a few containers of Chapstick or Carmex to keep your lips moisturized and protected from the sun.
Be sure to bring some nail basics, like a small pair of clippers, a nail file, and a pair of tweezers. Be sure to bring your favorite bottle of nail polish (preferably the color you're already wearing), so you can continue to touch up your nails throughout the cruise. You also may want to bring some nail polish remover and a few cotton balls as well.
For those of you who have vision impairment, be sure to bring an extra pair of glasses, just in case something were to happen to the pair you have now. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of an amazing cruise without being able to see. If you wear contacts, be sure to bring extras and a pair of glasses, just in case. Also be sure to bring cases, contact solution, and eye drops.
Be sure to bring your makeup. Avoid bringing a huge makeup kit, as it could be lost during travel (losing all of your makeup) and it just takes up a lot of room and weight in your suitcase. Instead, keep things small, bringing the basics: a tube of waterproof mascara, eyeliner, a few shades of eyeshadow, and basic foundation or blush and brushes. Try to fit things in a small bag. Remember: you'll be spending a lot of time in the water anyways. Your makeup will be washed off. You'll also want to bring some makeup remover and cotton balls.
To be safe, bring some Lysol or cleaning wipes to spray on common surfaces in your room. Bring along some hand wipes or hand sanitizer to use throughout the days.
Be sure to bring a small, basic first aid kit with things like bandaids, basic pain meds like ibuprofen, and some neosporin. You'll also want to be sure to bring some motion sickness medication, just in case you get seasick while on the cruise. Be sure to bring any other meds you might need. You may also want to bring a few generic medications for any emergency, like cold meds, stomach sickness, and perhaps a sleep aid of some sort.
A few other toiletries you might like are: perfume or cologne of some sort to wear on formal nights. You'll need Ziplock baggies to hold all of your liquid toiletries in case of spilling. If you're a girl, you may need to bring some extra feminine products, "just in case."
I hope I've covered everything. If not, please let me know in the comments.