When you’re going on a cruise, it seems like there is tons to think about when it comes to what to pack for your cruise!
And among those things – it seems like there’s a lot to think about when considering just what to wear on a cruise.
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What to wear on a day out at a cruise port?!
The longer the cruise, the more activities you may have to think about! Luxury problems. 😉
Maybe one day you’ll go for a shore excursion arranged by your cruise line.
Maybe another day you’re in a cruise port that you can explore by foot for a DIY excursion on your own.
Below is a list of things to consider packing for your cruise based on what types of shore excursions you’ll be going on.
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So, what are some of the best things to wear on these types of port days during your Caribbean cruise?
Sightseeing walking tour excursion
Maybe this includes…
Taking a walk from the cruise port to the downtown area of St. Maarten…
Or a walking tour of the heritage sites of Curacao…
Top thing to wear for walking excursions:
- Travel sandals made for walking!
If you’ll be doing a lot of walking during your cruise when you’re in port, you want to keep your feet happy!
So it can be a good idea to make sure to pack shoes or sandals that are easy on the feet.
Instead of wearing shoes, you can wear sandals that are made for walking.
You may like these types of sandals better because they can be more breathable than shoes when you’re walking around in hot weather.
They will also take up less space in your suitcase!
Good walking sandals are a must for the cruise ship too
Actually, it’s a good idea to have comfortable sandals for walking even if you have no plans to embark upon a walking tour on a port day.
There’s a good chance you will be doing a LOT of walking just on the cruise ship!
Cruise ships on the popular cruise lines are BIG! Even if your cruise is on the smallest Carnival cruise ships, you will likely be walking a ton around the ship.
Probably even more so on the first day or two as you make your way around the ship as you get lost. 😉 The smallest ships are still big.
A cruise vacation is a good excuse to invest in a new pair of shoes. 😉 Just make sure that you break them in before your trip!
More for a walking tour excursion
- Small backpack
- Tech t-shirt so you won’t become uncomfortable in your own sweat
- Things similar to what to wear hiking in hot weather
Water sports excursions
If you’re going on a Caribbean cruise, you are sure to end up at a cruise port that offers up plenty of water activities.
This could include…
A shore excursion of swimming with stingrays at Grand Cayman…
Or a shore excursion that includes snorkeling to make a lobster sighting off the coast of Cozumel…
Or just a convenient beach day on your own right next to the cruise ship at Grand Turk.
Top things to wear for a day with water activities:
- Water shoes
- Swim clothes with UV protection
These types of beach shoes are something you hear cruisers say they wish that they would have packed for their cruise.
The biggest reason is because some beach shorelines can have some hidden rocks.
Wearing beach shoes means that you can wade in the water without fear of cutting your feet on a sharp seashell or rock.
If you’re cruising with kids, swim clothes that are designed with UV protection can be a great idea.
While you still want to lather on the sunscreen on the exposed skin, you don’t have to worry as much about re-applying sunscreen with a swim shirt on.
And these kinds of swim clothes aren’t just for kids! They are perfect for adults too. Once again, so you don’t need to be so concerned about diligently re-applying sunscreen.
This can better help you so you don’t get burned under those strong tropical sun rays!
More things for water adventures
- Waterproof pouch to take your valuables in the water with you
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No matter what you decide to do on your port day, it’s a very good idea to make sure you bring along some water with you.
Whether your cruise is in the winter or summer, you want to make sure that you think about how to prepare for the hot weather!
This is even more so if you’re taking a winter cruise to a tropical destination and you’re flying from cold weather.
Don’t be taken away in an ambulance
Your body isn’t acclimated to the Caribbean heat, so you want to do all that you can to stay cool. You don’t want to suffer from any heat-related illnesses.
You most certainly don’t want to be the cruise passenger who is taken away on a stretcher in an ambulance, right next to a line full of fellow cruise passengers.
I have seen this happen – we were standing in line waiting for a tender boat to take us back to the cruise ship from Grand Cayman and a passenger was carried away.
Presumably, it was heat-related! It was really hot.
Fill your water bottle up before you get off the cruise ship
Put a water bottle on your list of things to pack for a cruise. Make it a travel-friendly water bottle that will roll up, or one that will keep your water cold for a long time.
Then at breakfast on the days you’re in port, fill the water bottle up with ice and water to take off the ship with you.
If you’re a coffee drinker, I love these Contigo travel mugs since they can be multi-purpose.
On sea days, you can fill it with the free coffee or tea that’s provided and take it around the cruise ship with you.
On port days, you can fill it with ice and water and take it off the ship with you.
One night I filled the travel mug with ice and water, and the next morning there was still ice in it! I’ve never had a problem with it leaking.
That said, when you’re going to be out for a full day in hot weather, it could be a good idea to have a bigger insulating water bottle!
Wear a cooling towel around your neck
A cooling towel can also be a good idea.
You get the towel wet, put it around your neck, and then it brings you a little bit of relief from the heat.
If you’re going to be off the cruise ship for a few hours, make sure to eat well too.
Food can do wonders for your energy levels! So snacks can be a good idea.
In some cruise ports, you are technically not supposed to take food off the ship.
So just keep that in mind in case the security officer stops you and tells you to get rid of the your snacks.
It might be best to purchase snacks once you’re in port. Or, you can take the risk and hope you won’t get checked.
More sun protection
Even if you’re not going for water adventures and won’t be wearing any UV protection clothes, don’t minimize the effect the sun can have! Make sure that you wear sunscreen.
Once again, those strong tropical rays! They are likely stronger than you’re used to back at home, so it won’t take much exposure for you to be affected.
You don’t want to be that cruise passenger who is completely red when walking around on the open deck on a sea day. 😉
And one of these “do not disturb” sun hats might be a good idea too. Perfect at the beach, and perfect for a sea day when you’re laying out on the open deck! 😉
HAPPY CRUISE PORT EXPLORING!
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- Walking: These types of hiking sandals. For walking in hot weather, they are more breathable than shoes, while still giving you necessary traction on the trails. Also see these travel sandals.
- Beach: These types of beach shoes. For beach walking, wading in the water, and rocky shorelines, they can prevent cuts from hidden rocks or when bumping into coral reef.
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Best things to pack for active travel- First-time snorkelers love full-face snorkeling masks.
- These UV protection shirts are a hit so you don't have to keep re-applying sunscreen and don't have to worry as much about getting sunburn!
- These types of small backpacks are perfect for a day out so you can carry essentials... and snacks!
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- At the beach: This type of pouch that you can easily take your wallet in the water with you, instead of leaving on the beach.