Cruise-Ready First Aid Kit: Your Essentials for a Smooth Sailing Adventure


    As you prepare for your cruise and create your packing list, make sure not to overlook the essential items for your cruise first aid kit. Although we all hope not to need it, having a well-prepared travel first aid kit is crucial for your cruise. Personally, I find it convenient to keep my cruise first aid kit ready for use, taking inventory and restocking before each trip. However, if you happen to forget something, relying on the cruise ship’s convenience store is an option, albeit an expensive and limited one. Keep in mind that if an emergency arises when the store is closed, especially during port stops or at night, you may find yourself in a challenging situation without the necessary supplies.

    What to put inside your first-aid kit before going on a cruise

    Below are some essential first-aid and medicine items you should pack before going on a cruise:

    Small Wound Treatments

    It’s quite typical during a cruise or any travel experience to encounter minor incidents like small cuts, scrapes, or blisters. These minor non-emergencies have a tendency to occur, so it’s wise to pack a few essentials to prevent a minor inconvenience from escalating into a more significant problem.

    • Pack various Band-Aids, including waterproof ones, by getting a combo pack. Don’t forget to carry a few, especially if you’re trying out new sandals or flip-flops at the beach.
    • Keep antibiotic ointment handy for quick healing of small cuts during excursions or in your cruise cabin. It helps prevent infections and is essential for your travels.
    • Bring hydrocortisone for swelling and bug bites; it’s a lifesaver.
      Include small gauze and alcohol wipes for scrapes or disinfection during shore excursions or off the ship.


    • Pack your go-to pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol, or any brand you prefer and trust.
    • Prepare for the sniffles by bringing cold medicine like Advil Cold and Sinus Congestion or its equivalent. Opt for the non-drowsy kind so you can still enjoy your time without feeling sleepy.
    • Be ready for a cough with a good cough suppressant and some soothing cough drops.
    • If you’re prone to fever blisters from the sun or stress, include cold sore or fever blister medication in your cruise first aid kit. It’s a lifesaver for those unexpected moments.
    • Tums, Rolaids, or Pepto Bismol can help with tummy issues like nausea, heartburn, indigestion, an upset stomach, and diarrhea. Whether you’ve eaten or drunk a bit too much or have a touch of traveler’s stomach, these can be really handy. We’ve even discovered that if a bit of ship movement is bothering us, a chewable antacid can bring quick relief.
    • If you’ve felt sick or gotten too much sun, rehydration tablets can help you feel better. They basically restore your electrolytes, which we lose when our energy is off).
      When we travel or change our eating habits, constipation and bloating can happen. It might be tough to find solutions on the ship, so pack some Dulcolax just in case.
    • Allergies can be unpredictable, and if you or your child has a known allergy, you likely have the right medication, maybe an Epipen, and know what to do if an allergic reaction occurs. But sometimes, unexpected reactions or sensitivities can happen, whether from trying a new food, lotion, or product, resulting in swelling and hives. In such cases, having Benadryl or a similar medication can be really helpful, especially if taken as soon as you notice any symptoms.

    First-Aid Tools for Your Cruise Survival Kit

    • Keep tweezers handy; you never know when a splinter might come your way!
    • A thermometer is a must-have for your first aid kit, especially if you have kids.
    • Pack a small flashlight for travel. Check the battery before you go, and replace it if needed.

    Preventing Sunburn on a Cruise

    • Use high SPF, good quality sunscreen, especially on a Caribbean cruise. Opt for reef-safe sunscreen in the Caribbean or Bahamas.
    • Prepare for too much sun with a soothing after-sun cream. Natural aloe vera gel works wonders for relief and moisture.
    • Keep your lips moisturized in the sun with a good lip balm.

    Mosquito Bites

    • If you’re heading to jungles or certain ports, carry mosquito repellent spray to avoid insect bites. Spray it on clothes and shoes for extra protection.
    • Keep calamine lotion with you during travel; it’s great for reducing swelling, especially if you use it as soon as possible.
    • For quick relief from bug bites, pack After Bite. It’s small, effective, and fits perfectly in your handy first-aid ziplock.

    Seasickness Medications

    • Try motion sickness patches placed behind the ear if you’re prone to feeling queasy. Check for potential side effects as there are pros and cons. Enjoy the natural and reusable benefits of seasickness patches; many people find them effective. They’re a favorite for good results.
    • Pack seasickness meds in your cruise first aid kit, like Dramamine or Bonine. Even if you don’t usually get seasick, it’s good to be prepared.
    • Bring ginger candies for a natural remedy to ease mild queasiness. It’s a thoughtful addition to share with new cruise friends.

    Prepare your cruise first aid kit for a safe and enjoyable travel

    Prepare for your cruise by assembling a comprehensive first aid kit with essentials to ensure a worry-free voyage. Covering everything from small wound treatments and medications to preventive measures against sunburn, mosquito bites, and seasickness, this kit will keep you prepared for unforeseen situations. Remember, a well-stocked first aid kit can make a significant difference in handling minor issues promptly. So, before setting sail, gather these items to safeguard your health and enhance your cruise experience.