Travel Tips for Packing luggage -
How to Pack for Cruising the Mediterranean stress free

"Travel tips for packing luggage when you cruise Mediterranean sea. How to pack your cruise ship wear when cruising the Mediterranean."

When it comes to packing, little tricks can make a big difference… that’s why there’s never enough tips for packing luggage.

First thing we find really important when it comes to travel tips for packing luggage for Cruises to Europe is how you distribute your cruise ship wear and accessories among different bags.

Namely, most people will go cruise Mediterranean sea with at least three types of bags:

Travel Tips for Packing Luggage: Check-in Luggage

Check-in luggage will usually be your larger rolling luggage – you should pack the bulk of your stuff in your check-in luggage but don’t pack things you cannot do without for a couple of days!

For more tips when packing your check-in luggage check our article Travel Tips for Packing Luggage

Travel tips for packing luggage: carry-on bags

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This section talks about travel tips for packing luggage, with focus on your carry on luggage. Carry on luggage is usually your smaller rolling luggage – here you should pack everything you could possibly need in case your check-in luggage gets lost or delayed.

Now, we all hope it won’t be our luggage that gets lost and delayed, but after 7 years of intense travel we can say… sooner or later, it happens to everyone and it’s very uncomfortable to be without your clothes for a few days when you go cruising the Mediterranean.

Having experienced this ourselves many times we could really sympathize with the cruise guests who walked around the ship wearing t-shirts provided by the cruise line, wistfully looking at everyone else dressed up for their first night onboard.

So, have at least one evening and one day outfit in your carry-on luggage, especially if you’re headed on a shore-excursion the very next morning.

When cruising the Mediterranean, your luggage doesn’t even have to be lost or delayed for you to think about everything that you will need in your cabin upon arrival.

Namely, your suitcases will be taken from you upon check in with the cruise line and you may only get them delivered to your cabin later on in the afternoon or early that evening.

That’s why, if you dream of heading to the pool straight upon your arrival, don’t forget to pack your bathing costume in the carry-on bag you’ll be taking straight onboard with you!

Also, for cruises to Europe it’s important to have a pashmina, a lighter jacket or a jersey in there as well, you never know what kind of weather could be waiting for you at the point of your arrival.

Other items to pack in your carry-on:

Cell phone charger
  • cell phone charger/camera charger
  • skin care products
  • travel size container of shampoo and body wash
  • shaving kit
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • two changes of underwear
  • contact lenses solution and case
  • medications
  • a few snacks (you never know what time it’ll be when you finally get to your hotel or how long you might have to wait in line
  • reading materials
TIP: Be aware that you are only allowed 3oz (100 ml) of liquid per product in your carry on luggage. They must be in a clear zip-loc type plastic bag with a capacity no greater than one quart.

Travel tips for packing luggage: hand baggage

This section talks about travel tips for packing luggage, especially regarding the hand baggage. This is usually a large day tote bag that most ladies have as part of their wardrobe essentials. If not, they should definitely get one! This is a piece of luggage that will always be on hand when you travel, containing things you cannot do without during the flight:


  • Passport and passport wallet
  • Wallet/some local currency cash (Euro)
  • Credit Cards/ID
  • ATM cards
  • Traveller’s Checks
  • Cruise line documents
  • Flight tickets
  • Cell phone
  • A book/travel journal/guidebook
  • Note pad and pen
  • Address book/important contacts
  • Camera
  • Chewing gums/mints
  • Snacks
  • Medicines
  • Lip balm
  • Hand lotion
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Toiletries you might need during the flight
  • Reading glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry and watches (after having some watches stolen from our check-in luggage before, we never put our valuables there anymore!)

Extra items you may need during a flight:

  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • E-book reader
  • Eye shades
  • Compression socks
  • Flight spray
  • Headphone splitter
  • Feminine wipes

Extra pieces of hand-luggage/accesories

  • Laptop bag
  • Money belt
  • Camera bag

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