Packing for your first adventure cruise may seem confusing. Here’s our guide to adventure cruise essentials

Whale Watching in Greenland. Credit: VisitGreenland.com/ Mads Pihl

It is important to note that not all adventure cruises will travel to the same climate. Therefore, each cruise requires varying types of careful packing.

Whether you are embarking on a hot climate cruise, which you can read what to pack for here, or an Arctic cruise, where you can read about what to pack, here, these articles will be beneficial in helping you decide what to take on a specific cruise.

However, the adventures that you will be embarking on require you to be ready for anything. For this reason, we recommend a mix of gear for varying weathers. Here are a collection of items that you may have forgotten about packing for your adventure cruise.

What to Pack For a Trip That Includes Hiking

Hiking in Geiranger. Credit: CH/Visitnorway.com
  • A small (ideally, waterproof) backpack for adventure excursions.
  • Hiking boots are a must.
  • Some examples to be included within this backpack are: Bug repellant, an eyeglass strap to prevent them from flying off, mini versions of sun cream bottles etc and blister plasters.
  • Lots of thin layers of clothing. This is so you can add or remove layers in accordance to the temperatures at the top or the bottom of mountains.
  • Additionally, if you are heading to a colder climate, a warm jacket such as a down jacket is advised.
  • Thermal layers – this is touched upon within the artic cruise packing planning, but we believe should be mentioned here too.
  • Hats. We believe a few type of hats should accompany you on your adventure cruise. Hats are great for cold weather, sun hats (traditional sun hats or baseball caps) are excellent for protecting you from the sun, but also, water-resistant hats are great for wet weather.

Adventure cruises will often offer you different activity options. For example, the Oceania Cruises’ 15-day South African Explorer cruise grants you the choice to either visit the table top mountain or go shopping – therefore, you might not always need hiking boots but they are definitely useful to have in case you do.

What to Pack For Wet Weather/Water Activities

Snowmobiling In Greenland. Credit: VisitGreenland.com/ Mads Pihl
  • Waterproof sun cream, we recommend one with the highest UV rating available.
  • Thin, waterproof outer layers.
  • A backpack similar to the one previously discussed.
  • Spare clothes in case you would like to change before retuning to your cabin.
  • Alternatively, clothing with suitable fabrics. I.e – fast drying fabrics such as Polyester. Or, alternatively, water resistant clothing in the first place. This is not applicable if the activity requires you to wear a swimsuit.
  • A zip-lock bag for wet clothing once you return to your cabin.

Additionally, whether you are white water rafting in Norway or whale watching in Maui, you will want photographic memories of your experience. Purchasing a waterproof camera such as a GoPro camera, or even waterproof covers for your existing phones or cameras may be beneficial.

Top Tip: If you are the type of person that likes recording memories of your trips, you do not want to miss snapping a video clip because you could not charge your camera at the same time as drying your hair. So, as discussed by various bloggers, bringing along an extension cable or power strip will benefit you as cabins often have limited plug sockets.

General Ideas for Adventure Cruise Packing

Dog Sledding in Tromso. Credit: CH/Visitnorway.com
  • You are an adventurous person and will want to begin exploring the ship the second you are onboard. So pack a small bag as hand luggage with your essentials in (Swimsuit, sun cream etc).
  • Sea Sickness pills – just incase! You do not want to miss out on any scheduled adventures due to feeling unwell.
  • Aloe vera! You will be busy on various adventure excursions throughout the day, and although we strongly advise keeping topped up with sun cream if the weather is warm, you will be grateful to have aloe vera if you do accidentally get burnt.

Shoes That We Advise For an Adventure Cruise

  • Lightweight shoes with good grip. These are for everyday use around the ship. They require a good grip but are a must.
  • Hiking boots or well supported trainers.
  • Waterproof shoes if the activities on your cruise require this.
  • For women: A smart pair of sandals and evening shoes
  • For men: Slightly more robust sandals for port days dress shoes for the evening.

But most importantly, if you forget something, don’t panic! There are plenty of onboard shops that will have probably thought more about what you need than you have yourself.