What do I need to pack for a Kimberley cruise

Due to the warm, tropical climate of this region, guests should pack lightweight clothing which can be layered. Wet-landings are common and pants which can be rolled up, shorts or a cotton skirt/dress are ideal. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt will help provide protection from the sun or any mosquitoes. Comfortable walking shoes and wet landing shoes such as reef walkers, Tevas or old sneakers are recommended. The below packing checklist will make packing for your expedition very simple.


  • Small day pack to take on excursions for water or photography equipment and other supplies – preferably waterproof (available for purchase onboard)
  • Preferred supplies to stay hydrated: hydralyte powder/ tablets for your water bottle, Camelbak or hydration pack
  • Sunhat with brim (available for purchase onboard) Swimsuit and/or board shorts (for swimming opportunities) Sunglasses
  • Comfortable, broken-in walking shoes or light hiking boots Wet landing shoes such as reef walkers or Tevas (see image)
  • Comfortable pants, shorts or fitness gear for walks in warm tropical conditions
  • Long-sleeve shirt or rashie for sun protection
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent – a supply is available onboard, however if you have brand preferences or sensitivities you may wish to bring your own.


  • Prescription medication
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses


  • Sandals or casual shoes for onboard use Comfortable casual or smart-casual clothing Light long-sleeved shirts to layer
  • Preferred personal hygiene products (additional to those amenities supplied onboard) and any prescription medications for the length of voyage
  • Protective face mask as precautionary measure


  • Neck Buff to soak in cool water before hikes
  • Sunscreen, lip balm & insect repellent and sunburn relief products (eco-safe products recommended)
  • Journal & pen or pencil
  • Protective face mask as precautionary measure
  • Hiking sticks for navigating uneven surfaces
  • Hand sanitizer for use in remote populated areas (also available onboard)
  • Long-sleeve shirt or rashie for sun protection (available for purchase onboard)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with battery charger and memory cards
  • Seasickness pills or bracelets if you are prone to seasickness (available to be dispensed on board at a cost)
  • Rain jacket, lightweight (available for purchase onboard)
  • Head-torch
  • Earplugs and/or eye-shade for light sleepers
  • Plug adapters or voltage converters

About Jenny

I’m an expert in small ship cruising in the Kimberley and have completed four cruises on different vessels along this spectacular coastline. With a family I now work part-time so if you would like to have a chat with me about Kimberley cruising at a time that suits you book in a call here  and I will call you then.

Cruises in the Kimberley are not ‘one size fits all’ scenario; there are different ships and itineraries each offering their own special elements.  If you would like some general information to start your research then download my free guide to Kimberley cruising here.   I have also written some really interesting blogs (if I do say so myself) click here to have read.

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