Carry-on Packing List for Our Cruise

Three, three, three more days!  Three days until we’ll be jet setting off to the Mediterranean for a seven night cruise.  It’s about time to finish packing!

We’re going to be using only carry-on luggage for the trip, so space is at a premium.  To see what I need to live (and what I can live without), I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the past week and a half.  “Practice packing,” I call it.  I wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaving anything behind that I’d regret.  I did end up switching a few long sleeves for short sleeved shirts, and adding some little necessities that I had forgotten.

I fit everything into a carry-on suitcase, small backpack, and security neck pouch:

Not bad!  Here are the contents of the suitcases.  Am I missing anything?

Wear on the planes to Venice:

  • Black capri pants
  • Tan tank top
  • Black button-up sweater
  • Black belt
  • Olive walking sandals
  • Watch
  • Bra (racerback)
  • Underpants
  • Glasses


  • Bottoms
    • Capris (cream)
    • Jeans
    • Shorts (brown, blue plaid, orange plaid)
    • Skirt (white)
    • Workout shorts
  • Tops
    • Long sleeved shirts (brown, black)
    • Short sleeved shirts (green, black, purple, teal)
    • Tank tops (teal, black, brown)
  • Other
    • Dresses (blue, brown)
    • Pajamas
    • Swimming suit
    • Underpants (9)
    • Bra (strapless convertible, sports)
    • Socks (6)


  • Barrettes
  • Bracelet
  • Earrings (five)
  • Headband
  • Headscarf
  • Necklaces (three)
  • Shawl


  • Sneakers (gray)
  • Sandals (brown, flip flops)
  • Dress shoes (black)


  • Band-aids*
  • Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Contact case, with contacts inside^
  • Contact solution^
  • Contacts (extra)^
  • Cotton swabs*
  • Deodorant
  • Dental floss*
  • Face wash
  • Feminine products
  • Hand sanitizer*^
  • Hair ties
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Make-up
    • Eyeshadow
    • Eyeliner
    • Blush
    • Nail polish^
    • Concealer^
    • Mascara
  • Medication (prescription, IB Profin, vitamins, allergy, itch cream, tums)
  • Mirror
  • Nail clippers*
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste*^
  • Tweezers
  • Wrinkle releaser


  • Alarm clock
  • Night light
  • Paperwork in folder
    • Address list (for postcards)
    • Airline e-tickets
    • Backup credit card
    • Credit/debit cards
    • Cruise documents
    • Currency conversion chart
    • Driver’s license (copy)
    • Emergency phone number list
    • Health insurance card (copy)
    • Hotel paperwork
    • Passport (copy)
    • Phone card (copy)
  • Plastic baggies


  • Books (two)
  • Canvas bags
  • Camera bag
    • Camera and charger
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Headphones
    • Playaways
  • Games
    • Deck of cards
    • Scrabble card game
  • Glasses case
  • Highlighters
  • Journal
  • Kleenex
  • Pencils (2)
  • Pens (2)
  • Puzzle books and copies
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella*
  • Water bottle (empty)

Security Shoulder Pouch

  • Airline e-tickets
  • Cash
  • Currency conversion chart
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Cruise documents
  • Drivers’ license
  • Emergency phone number list
  • Health insurance card
  • Passport (original)
  • Phone card

* Can share with Paul – pack somewhere between the two of us

^ Liquid – must fit in quart baggie


One response to “Carry-on Packing List for Our Cruise

  1. Hi! I came across your blog while searching travel and packing articles. I love to travel but I’m always struggling to find the delicate balance between being prepared and packing light.

    I’ve never thought to “practice pack” and try living out of the suitcase before the trip. This is a really great tip! Thanks for sharing!

    And enjoy your trip!

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