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If you are taking a Mediterranean Cruise, you are probably trying to figure out what to bring with you. Traveling abroad is tricky and I’m sure that you are trying to bring the least amount of things with you. We have taken two different Mediterranean cruises and think we have a good list of what to pack for a 7 night Mediterranean cruise.
Depending on what cruise line you are taking, you will most likely have some items available on the ship. For example, both Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line have hair dryers in the staterooms. That is one heavy item you won’t have to pack.
Some cruise ships (all Disney Cruise Line & Carnival) have self serve laundry rooms. This is important to know because you can pack less clothing since you will be able to wash them if you need.
The key is to do your research on the ship you are taking for your Mediterranean Cruise so you can pack efficiently.
Regardless of what ship you are taking, there are things you will want to be sure to pack for a 7 night Mediterranean cruise.
What to Pack for a Mediterranean Cruise
Passport. Your passport is one of the most important things you will have on your trip. I suggest you take a photo of your first & last page in the passport in the event you lose it while travelling.
Credit Card. Your ship will need a credit card on file to charge expenses to. Not only will you need the credit card for the ship, but you will also want to have it while travelling to each port. Do yourself a favor and find out the PIN number (if you don’t already know it). You will need the PIN in the event you need to withdraw cash in another country.
Money Belt. I am sure that you think that you won’t need this, but you will. Wearing a money belt is the safest way to travel with your money. Some cities are notorious for pick pockets and purse snatchers. If you have a money belt on, no one else will be able to access what’s inside.
Backpack. One of the easiest thing to carry with you off the ship is a backpack. This is where you can keep the things you need as well as the souvenirs you choose to buy.
Hanging Toiletry Bag. Bathrooms are small on cruise ships and there isn’t much in the way of counter space. Do yourself a favor and get a toiletry bag that hangs.
Hat, Sunglasses & Sun Screen. You are traveling to the Mediterranean where it is sunny and hot most of the year. You will want to have access to all three of these items on your day trips.
Guide Book for Port Cities. If you are planning to do anything on your own in the Mediterranean cruise ports, be sure to buy a copy of Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports book. This book has EVERYTHING you need to know including maps.
Pocket Change in Euros. While there are some free bathrooms in Europe, many are pay as you go. You will want to have Euros on you for those emergency moments when you can’t locate a free public restroom.
Sea Bands or Sea Sickness Meds. You might not think you will get sick while on a Mediterranean Cruise because the water is usually calm and the ship is so big, but you should be prepared just in case!
Basic Pain Meds. You will inevitably be doing a TON of walking, so be sure you have some Advil or muscle rub to ease those aches and pains.
Body Glide. Whether your thighs touch or your shoes are a bit snug due to all the walking, Body Glide will save the day.
Clothes to Pack for a 7 Night Mediterranean Cruise
You will want to try to pack interchangeable outfits and things that can be worn more than one way. The same goes for shoes. Find a great pair of walking shoes, a pair of cute sandals, and of course your flip flops for the pool. Beyond this you will want to make sure that you have the following:
- Swimsuit & Cover Up
- Maxi Dress(es) & Sun Dress (es)
- Formal Wear (usually there is a more dressy night of the cruise, but you don’t have to go all out!)
- Sweater (for cool nights & air conditioned areas on the ship after a day in the sun)
- Scarf (to cover your shoulders in Holy places you may travel to like the Vatican)
- Flowy tops
- Capri Pants
- Under garments
- Sandals, flip flops and walking shoes
- Can you think of any other items to include on a packing list for a Mediterranean Cruise?