If You Could Only Bring 5 Things for It’s The Ship… What Would It Be?

For all the lucky ones (including us!) who will be going for It’s The Ship’s party cruise, you get to leave behind your worries and responsibilities for four glorious days. On top of that, you get to meet like-minded music fans who have travelled across the world just to attend Asia’s largest music festival on sea and meet their favourite artists up close.

Before you get too excited about the trip, we’re here to remind you of 5 essential things that you definitely need to prepare for this trip of a lifetime!

Official Documents

Let’s get the basics out of the way first: Check-in will begin at 12pm this Sunday (4 November) at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Needless to say, you will need your passport and boarding information. If you happen to be visiting Singapore from abroad, remember to bring along your flight and hotel information too.

It wouldn’t hurt to bring along your credit cards and some spare cash too. And if you happen to need any medication (especially for all my seasick mates out there), bring those pills along too. With all the themed dress-up parties on board, finding an actual doctor or nurse may be tricky.


This basically includes your swimwear, shorts, flip-flops, and abs (optional).

ITS 2018: Patong Beach, Phuket Province, Thailand
Patong, Phuket Province, Thailand: the most famous nightlife hotspot in the island of Phuket.

On the evening of 5 November, the ship will be stopping over at one of Phuket’s famous beaches. Make the most of the cool evening winds, crashing waves, and inevitable beach rave with gear that allows you to embody the freedom that the whole experience of It’s The Ship is about.

Additionally, your beachwear attire will come in handy when it comes to enjoying some of the ship’s wet and wild entertainment facilities.

Party Wear & Accessories

You’re already going for Asia’s most happening festival at sea, and we can all safely assume you’re ready to rave.

ITS 2018: Themed Parties

Take your vibe to the next level with some festival accessories, flash tattoos, and inflatables. It can’t hurt to represent hometown with your unique country flag, too.

It’s The Ship is known for its themed parties, and you should plan ahead with some specific outfits to fit in and stand out at the same time. We recommend: onesies, masquerade masks, and a Hawaiian shirt – you can’t fail themed parties with these.

Don’t sweat over these, though. The events are all largely spontaneous, and as long as you just go with the flow, you will feel right at home.


ITS 2018: Big Shaq
Man’s not hot but don’t let yo’ skin go skrrrahh, pap, pap, ka-ka-ka

Ship Captain Big Shaq may never be hot, but the sun sure will be.

With numerous activities taking place in the outdoors, it is crucial to protect your skin from the harmful rays above Singapore’s waters.

If you happen to be a vampire, however, there are still a ton of activities to do indoors all day. Over 35 bar and restaurant concepts, an arcade, and a theatre can help keep you sheltered until nightfall.

Thankfully, the ship’s climatic party aboard its floating oasis would turn up only after the sun is down.

An Open Mind

For all first-time crew members, the experience will definitely be foreign. Be ready to adapt to whatever may come as you head into the open waters.

With all that uncertainty, it can be tempting to want to bring alonevery possession and spares.

There is no need, however, to go overboard. The luxury cruise itself is packed with world-class amenities, and it would be pointless to prepare as if you are heading aboard the Tekong Ferry instead. Packing light is crucial for staying spontaneous and flexible.

ITS 2018: Bowling Alley
The Genting Dream’s glow-in-the-dark bowling alley.

What’s more, the community of seasoned It’s The Ship travellers are renowned for being an open and welcoming lot. They are bound to lend a hand if you ever feel you’re in trouble. And you, too, should reciprocate in the same way if you ever see someone in an uncomfortable – or dangerous – situation. 

As you return back home on 7 November, you would be bringing back not just the items on this short packing list – you would be bringing along some exceptional memories too.

For more information, check out the official website at:

Photos courtesy of Touch PR & Events.

Jeevan Vishnu

I'm 6'5, 220 - and there's two of me.

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