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The Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Cruise
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Welcome to Cruise Critic's guide to packing for a cruise. On this page, you'll find our best tips on what to pack for all kinds of cruises, how to interpret cruise line dress codes and which items you should always bring aboard in your carry-on.

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The Basics: Cruise Packing 101
Wondering what to bring on your next cruise? Just follow these guidelines for what you'll need to pack, from clothing to accessories.
Top 10 Cruise Packing Tips
Whether your goal is to avoid bag fees or simply make sure you don't forget something important, you'll want to read our top tips.
Guide to Cruise Line Dress Codes
Like 'em or not, most lines have evening dress codes. From lax to strict, here's what they think you should be wearing.
9 'Carry-on Friendly' Mini-Cruises
The shorter the cruise, the less you need to schlep. Here are nine top-rated ships offering three- to five-night trips. Can you say carry-on only?
Graphic: Anatomy of a Cruise Carry-on
Pack your carry-on right and you'll be primed to sail through many common start-of-voyage snafus. For help, see our perfectly packed bag.
The Sordid Confessions of an Overpacker
Eight pairs of shoes? Jewelry to match every outfit? Our chronic overpacker confesses to everyone -- and asks you unburden yourself, too.
12 Tips for Packing for a Long Cruise
Even packing pros may need advice when faced with a lengthy trip. We share our hard-won tips so you can master the art of packing for a long cruise.
5 Things You Want to Pack — But Shouldn't
These five would-be cruise essentials might be on your packing list. But we're here to tell you to keep them out of your suitcase.
8 Reasons to Pack Duct Tape on a Cruise
Duct tape. It's the powerful, sticky, loyal best friend that should be part of any savvy cruiser's packing list. Here are 8 reasons why.
Do We Love Free Cruise Bags? Totes!
Cruise lines don't give much away, but a handful provide passengers with a complimentary tote bag. Find out which lines are doling out free bags.
10 Packing Tips From Real Cruisers
Cruise Critic readers share their best advice, from strategies to avoid overpacking to the most important items to stow in your suitcase.


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Kids may be small but they do not travel light. If you're traveling as a family, find an interactive packing list to ensure you don't forget anything to strategies to help you manage all that luggage, including 10 Ways to Save on Baggage Fees.

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