|Essential #1 - Passport - One of the most important things to take with you on a cruise is your passport. You will probably need to show it when you visit on shore, and maybe even when you get back home as well.
Essential #2 - Medications - If you have any medications that you take on a regular basis, you will need to make sure that you pack them as well. Forgetting your medications could lead to a medical emergency, and it may be hard to get the medication you need on the ship or even when you are touring various land destinations.
Essential #3 - Toiletry Items - While you can purchase some toiletry items on the ship, it is better if you remember to bring toiletry items such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, makeup, contact solution, shampoo, soap, and any other toiletry items you need. Buying them on board may be expensive and you may not be able to get exactly what you want either.
Essential #4 - Comfortable Shoes - More than likely you are going to do a good bit of walking while you are on your cruise, so be sure to take a comfortable pair that will not have your feet screaming by the end of the day.
Essential #5 - Jacket and/or Sweater - While it may be warm during the day, many times it will be a bit cool in the evenings, and in some cases, out on the water you may find it cool during the day as well. Take a jacket or sweater to have just in case you get a bit chilled.
Essential #6 - Sunscreen - Sunscreen is another important thing to remember when you are going on a cruise. You will probably be spending a great deal of time out in the sun, whether on deck or on shore, and you want to avoid sunburn, so make sure you add the sunscreen to your bags.
Essential #7 - Rain Gear - You can never guarantee the weather on a cruise, and you may just run into some rain storms along the way. Taking a raincoat or an umbrella with you can keep you from being miserable if the rain decides to hit.
Essential #8 - Payment Methods (Cash, Credit Cards, Travelers Checks) - Money is going to be important while you are on your cruise, and you need to make sure that you take methods of payment with you like credit cards, travelers checks, and some cash as well.
Essential #9 - Camera - You will be making many exciting memories while you are on the cruise and you will definitely want to capture those moments to remember forever. Make sure that you take along your camera and the film you need so you can capture every important moment.
Essential #10 - Formal Wear - Most cruises will have at least one night, if not more, when dinner is going to be a formal affair. You may need to take a suit or tuxedo, or for women, you will need a cocktail dress or a formal gown.