Packing & Prohibited Items

Life at Sea


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.

Please note that there is a limit of 2 suitcases per person which will be permitted to be brought onboard.

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

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.



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.

You may want to sway toward more conservative dress in port as certain instances, such as visits to businesses, meetings with government officials, and special events or dinners, will call for special attire. Additionally, visits to houses of worship will require covered shoulders, shorts/skirts below the knee, and closed-toe shoes.

  • Underwear
  • Undershirts
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Jeans/khakis
  • Skirt- a long one is recommended
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater/hoody- the ship can be chilly
  • Jacket- light to medium weight
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable shoes- sneakers/ sandals. We also recommend close toed shoes.
    • Walking barefoot or in sandals/ slippers is not allowed onboard, but may be worn while in port.
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Hat(s)/Visor(s)
  • Swimwear
  • Formal wear for the Alumni 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.

*In order to minimize the environmental impact to oceans, we recommend bringing biodegradable toiletries.

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste & mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razor(s) & shaving cream
  • Liquid body soap
  • Scrub sponge
  • Comb/brush
  • Hair products
  • Contact lens and/or prescription eyeglasses
  • Gender specific toiletries
  • Travel-sized toiletries for in-country travel
  • Any prescription medication
  • Sleep Aids: Tylenol PM, Benadryl
  • Benadryl for allergic reactions, nausea
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Imodium
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Immune boosters (EmergenC , Airborne, Echinacea)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray with DEET (non-aerosol)
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Camera
  • Extra memory cards/film
  • Flash drive
  • Laptop (if you are bringing one)
  • Portable music player & headphones
  • Small flashlight and batteries
  • 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
  • Pens, pencils, notebooks, Journal etc. (Pencils will be needed for Global Studies exams administered by Scantron)
  • Clipboard, Lap Desk or Masonite board – many classrooms on our campus do not have desks so it is recommended you bring one of these items to write on
MISCELLANEOUS – Many items on this list are suggestions from Alumni
  • Credit/Debit cards – Notify the company of your itinerary
  • Cash – A supply of $1 bills is always convenient
  • Money Belt
  • Plug adaptor 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

Additional Tips for Preparing to Sail on the MV World Odyssey

  • The MV World Odyssey only has European outlets with a voltage of 220v. If you have a non-European device with an input range of 110v-240v you will only need an adaptor. If your device only has a single input range of below 220v, you will need a converter. To verify if you will need a converter, check the label on your device’s power supply.
  • There are only two European outlets in each cabin and one shaver outlet in the bathroom. The shaver outlet is dual voltage (110v and 220v) however, it is designed for low voltage appliances and can only accommodate shavers or similar devices. Power strips and extension cords are not allowed. However, in order to increase plug capacity, consider purchasing an adapter that also offers two USB connections.
  • Straightening/curling irons are only allowed on board if you have proof that they are auto-shutoff. If you have no proof, it will be confiscated during check-in and will not be returned to you. Please verify the voltage on your device as many of these devices are single voltage and may need a converter to be used on board. You may also consider purchasing a dual voltage hair straightener or curling iron.
  • You will not be allowed to affix any items to your cabin walls. The cabin walls on the MV World Odyssey are not magnetic. All adhesives including, but not limited to, regular tape, duct tape, wall mounting tape/adhesive strips, poster tape, and thumb tacks/push pins are not allowed on the ship. Cabin stewards check cabins daily so please do not plan to affix any items to the interior or exterior cabin walls. If any adhesives are brought to the ship they will be confiscated at check-in.


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, souvenirs, or gifts)
  • Illicit Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia (includes pipes, water pipes, hookas, souvenirs 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 clubs, black jacks, brass knuckles, kubatons, night sticks, nunchuks, throwing stars, stun guns/shocking 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 (individually-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.