What to Bring, and What Not To Bring

Preparing to pack for your voyage may seem like a daunting task, but words to live by are: lay out everything that you think you need, put back half, and then pack what’s left. The bottom line: come prepared, but travel lightly. Your belongings (including the luggage itself) are stored in your cabin. Keep this in mind when you are deciding between a huge suitcase or a soft-sided duffle on wheels (the latter is a great choice.) The following list is intended as a suggestion only and is not exhaustive. Please use your personal judgment and best discretion when considering the items below.

Packing Tips

  • Your luggage will be stored in your cabin. Consider bringing a duffle bag on wheels rather than a huge suitcase.
  • More conservative clothing will give you the most flexibility, especially when in port.
  • Visits to many cultural sites require covered shoulders, shorts/skirts below the knee, and closed-toe shoes.
  • Life with Semester at Sea is casual except for a few special occasions. You are limited to two pieces of luggage plus a carry-on. Pack for maximum versatility.

Linens and Towels

Bed linens and bath towels are provided on the ship. You do not need to pack them.


Drip-dry and lightweight clothing is essential, as is sturdy, comfortable footwear – you will be doing a lot of walking and hiking during your port explorations. Laundry service is available onboard.

  • Undershirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Jeans/Khakis
  • Sturdy, comfortable shoes
  • Skirts (one long one recommended)
  • T-shirts (not too many – you will buy many along the way)
  • Collared shirts (if that’s your style)
  • Sweater/Hoody
  • Jacket (light/medium weight)
  • Rain gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Hat(s)/Visor(s)
  • Swimwear
  • Formal wear for the Ambassador’s Ball


Because individuals have varied preferences and the supply of specific brands onboard and on shore is limited, bring necessary toiletries with you to the ship. Consider the potential for air travel within countries; bringing travel sized items may be beneficial for both convenience and for air travel regulations.

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush(es)
  • Mouthwash (if you use it)
  • Deodorant
  • Razor(s)
  • Shaving cream/gel
  • Liquid body soap
  • Scrub sponge
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair products
  • Contact lens supplies (if applicable)
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Any prescription medication
  • Over the counter meds
  • Gender specific toiletries
  • Sleep Aids : Tylenol PM
  • Benadryl for allergic reactions, nausea
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Imodium
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Immune boosters (EmergenC , Airborne,
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray with DEET (non-aerosol)
  • Small first-aid kit


  • Laptop (we recommend bringing an additional power supply (e.g., batteries, charger)
  • Install and Recovery CDs for all software and operating systems on your laptop
  • Camera (bring extra memory cards/film – you will take more pictures than you think!)
  • Credit/Debit cards – Notify the company of your itinerary
  • Cash – A supply of $1 bills is always convenient/ Money Belt
  • School supplies – Pens/pencils, notebooks, etc.
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Plug Adaptor and/or Converter. All outlets on the World Odyssey are European (220v). If your
    electronic device has an input range of 110v – 240v you will only need an adaptor. If your device has
    an input range of below 220v, you will need a converter.
  • Thermos/Mug/Water Bottle
  • Laundry Detergent – You may want to wash smaller items in your bathroom sink.
  • Beach towel – Bath towels are provided, but cannot be taken off the ship!
  • Sleeping bag – Not required, but if you want yours, bring it.
  • Overnight backpack and/or Daypack – Useful for traveling in port.
  • Small items for people you meet along the way (hometown postcards from your, stickers, coloring
    books, etc.) – Always ask permission before giving gifts to children.
  • Journal
  • Business cards for networking – An easy way to exchange information with shipmates and in port.
  • Musical Instruments– Guitars & small instruments are allowed, but they must be stored in your cabin.
  • Quart-sized plastic bag to store carry-on liquids and gels for air travel

The lists above are intended as a suggestion only. Please use your personal judgment and discretion when packing. The lists will serve you best if you use them as a guide in your planning.

Prohibited Items

In accordance with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, the following items are prohibited aboard the ship.  Confiscated items cannot be returned and will be destroyed. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary.

  • Alcohol* (includes empty bottles/cans, souverniers, or gifts)
  • Illicit Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia (includes pipes, water pipes, hookas, souveniers or replicas)
  • Firearms/Ammunition (includes these guns: air, bb, pellet, flare, paint ball, starter, blow, and replicas)
  • Aerosol cans (fire hazard)
  • Sharp Items/Weapons (includes ice pick/axe, box cutter, utility knife, saber, swords, or look-alikes)
  • Martial Arts/Self Defense Items (includes billy clbus, black jacks, brass knuckles, kubatons, night sticks, nunchakus, throwing stars, stun guns/shcking devices)
  • Drones or Kites of any kind
  • Duct Tape
  • Select Tools (includes hammer, crow bar, axe, saw, hatchet)
  • Disabling Chemicals (includes pepper spray, mace, tear gas)
  • Dangerous Materials (includes fire extinguishers, bleach, paint & thinner, fireworks, flares, all fuel)
  • Open Flames (to include candles, incense, oil lamps)
  • Items with Hot/Heating Elements (includes hot or coffee pots, halogen lamps, clothes iron)
  • Personal Hair Appliances
    • Curling irons and hair straighteners must be UL approved and have auto shut-off devices
    • Portable Hair Dryer for In-Country Use Only (Each cabin is equipped with a hair dryer)
  • Electrical Extension Devices (includes extension cords, octopus plugs, power strips)
  • Walkie-talkie and 2-way radios
  • Adhesive Tape (includes duct, electrical, double-sided)
  • Select Sporting Goods (includes darts, bats, bows & arrows, spear gun)
  • Oversized Items (includes surfboards, bikes, scuba gear, steamer trunks, x-large luggage, x-large musical instruments, x-large exercise equipment, x-large souvenirs, oversized fossils/stones)
  • Live Animals/Pets
  • Live Plants
  • Taxidermy (of any kind/size)
  • Select Food & Beverage Items:
    • Unsealed fresh or dry food and spices
    • Sealed fresh food (invidually-sealed portions OK; must be able to be consumed at one time)
    • Meat products i.e. jerky, salami, sausages (individually-sealed portions OK; must be able to be consumed at one time)
    • Cheese (individually-sealed portions OK; must be able to be consumed at one time)
    • Beverages with twist-off caps, either originally sealed or half used.

*Lifelong Learners, Faculty, Staff, and their legal-aged Dependents may bring aboard two bottles of alcohol per port (maximum size: 1 liter per bottle) for personal use in their cabin.