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Top 10 Must Pack Items for a New England and Canada Cruise

August 4, 2017

Cruises to New England and Canada aren't like packing for a cruise to the Caribbean. When I went cruising to the Caribbean my suitcase was filled with cute sundresses, lots of cute sandals and flip flops, bating suits, and adorable warm weather clothes. But unlike the tropical getaway that a cruise to the Caribbean provides, cruising to New England and Canada in the fall provides a completely different climate.

When I took my first cruise to New England and Canada back in 2015, I searched for what to pack for this type of cruising climate and I struggled to find answers. There were tons of ideas for warmer weather cruising but not for "colder weather climates". So I searched to find anyone who had been on a New England cruise that could share their thoughts, talked with different cruise lines, and searched tons of travel sites for their thoughts on visiting this area of the world. The reality is that this area of the world in the fall season can bring unpredictable weather, beautiful views, and gorgeous opportunities. So here are the top 10 things that you can't leave home without y'all:

1. Layers
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With weather that is unpredictable during this time of the year (some days can be in the low 30s to the high 80s!!) it is important to pack clothes that you can "layer". 

2. Boots, Booties, Shoes, Sandals
Unlike the Caribbean where you live in sandals, you might want to vary your shoe "wardrobe" a little bit more for a New England Cruise. For time on the boat you might want to still live in cute sandals but time off the boat and the excursions that you choose might determine that you wear different types of shoes. 

Taking a cruise to New England and Canada offers you a wide array of options as far as choices go for excursions and many that include hiking so don't forget to pack a variety of different shoes that you will need for your cruise!

3. Scarves
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Lets be honest. If you have been around the blog then you know that I love scarves and where them in all different weather environments, but a cruise to New England and Canada is a perfect opportunity and excuse to wear a variety of different scarves on the cruise. 

Scarves are also a perfect accessory for a cruise as they are lightweight and don't take up a ton of room but can bring a pop of color to an outfit, change up an outfit (by simply wearing a different scarf), and are the perfect addition to any cruising outfit.

4. Sunscreen
It can be easy to forget this necessary component of your New England and Canada cruise since you are not traveling to a "warm weather" environment but don't forget to pack your sunscreen! I heard from several people who have been on the Carnival New England and Canada cruise that this was something that they forgot but were pleasantly surprised that they needed with two full days aboard the ship that turned out to be in the high 70s! 

5. Camera (and the Extras)
Although I technically live in New England for half of the year and have been to several of the ports that we will be stopping at I can't wait to experience this cruise and the beautiful views that I am sure we will be met with. Fall in New England is gorgeous and I am so excited to explore Canada during this time of the year. Don't forget to bring all of the "extras" that you will also need like a spare battery, battery charger, extra chip, etc.

A great tip that a friend of mine shared with me the last time I went on a cruise was to charge my camera battery every night. This tip was invaluable as one day I accidentally forgot to turn off my camera in all of the fun we were having and would have missed out on some precious picture memories had I not done this!)

6. Extension Cord
Okay, so this isn't a particular suggestion only for New England and Canada cruises but can be for any cruise! Throw in an extension cord and you will be glad that you did! One that I bring along is the 6-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip simply because it allows for several things to be plugged in at once which is a must on a cruise! 

7. Umbrella or Rain Jacket
As I stated before the weather in this area of the world is unpredictable, but many northeast cities get 3 to 4 inches of rain during the fall months. Consider bringing rain gear or a small umbrella so that you are prepared for whatever weather that you might encounter!

8. Purse, Bag, Etc.
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Anyone that knows me knows that I love big purses. They are honestly one of my favorite accessories. Taking a big purse with me on my cruise last time was the perfect way for me to carry everything that I needed for our days off the ship (and adding a cute accessory). Some people like to use a backpack or some different type of item to carry their belongings in, but definitely remember to pack some type of bag. For me a large purse works perfectly as I can fit in everything I need to (including a small umbrella!) into it! 

9. Journal, Travel Books, Etc.
Y'all know from my shop that I love creating and altering travel books and travel journals so this recommendation is probably not a surprise at all! *smiles* Some people like to pack travel guides to take with them on the cruise so they can explore in depth the ports of call while others like to bring journals on board so as to remember the special details and memories that are made. THIS travel junk journal is the both of best worlds and can be the perfect solution to remembering all of the special details of your cruise!

10. Cruise Documents and Passport
Don't forget that you will need to bring all of your cruise documents and passport. Looking for a cute passport holder? I love THIS ONE (it comes in all different colors!) or THIS travel organizer!

What about y'all? Any must pack items that you recommend for a New England/Canadian Cruise? Looking for more cruising tips? Check out the following cruising posts: 

7 Things to Take With You While In Port                                              
10 Things People Forget to Bring on Their First Cruise                                                                  
16 Unexpected Things to Bring on Every Cruise                                             


  1. I've never been on a cruise that's not in the Caribbean but I really want to go on one someday! This will definitely come in handy then! :)

    1. I totally understand! I have only been on one cruise but it was the Caribbean so this will definitely be a new adventure! :) Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment! I hope that you are having a wonderful week!!
      Blessings, Rebecca :)

  2. You are going to have the best time! I was born and raised in Southern New Hampshire and New England in the fall is the best season and time in the world. I agree with your list; lots of layers and boots; you never know what the weather is going to be like and if you wake up and it's sunny, it'll probably be raining by the afternoon.

    xo Chelsie @ Life with Rosie

  3. All of these pics are getting me super excited for fall and layers! You're going to have a blast. Definitely want to see tons of pics when you get back!

  4. I'm from New England so this is definitely a good list. Layers, boots, gloves and even a hat are needed. That area gets colder a lot sooner than other parts of the US

  5. What should i pack for a june 2020 new england cruise on celebrity

    1. Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment on this post! While this post is primarily aimed at a fall New England/Canadian cruise I would still recommend each thing above for your cruise. I haven't been on Celebrity yet though so I can't speak to that directly but hope that you have a wonderful time!

      Warmly, Rebecca :)

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