7 Items That Have To Be On Your Cruise Checklist

There is nothing better than having a cruise booked and you are counting down the days until you set sail. We love cruising! One of my favorite aspects of going on vacation is PACKING! I love to follow my cruise checklist and make sure that we will be comfortable at our destination.

Still wondering what to pack for a cruise? This list has grown after each cruise we have attended.  Being blessed with the opportunity to cruise many times we are confident this cruise list will be extremely helpful.

By following a cruise packing list you ensure you don’t make any big travel mistakes. Below are 7 essential items that you have to bring when you cruise.


1. Over the Door Shoe Organizer

The best cruise tip I have ever received! An over the door shoe rack is an essential item that we bring every time we cruise. Interior cabins can have very limited space. This item allows for so much extra storage!

Each time we have brought our shoe rack with us we have either hung it outside the bathroom door facing into the cabin or on one of the closet doors to hide away. Another great benefit to the shoe rack is that it folds down small for easy travel in a carry-on or luggage.

For the price and space it provides you, it is a no-brainer when packing!


2. Cruise Must Have Power Strip

This item has fallen second on our list because it is also an essential cruise packing item. In the cabins the outlets are limited. One way we can be sure we will have enough outlets is to bring a power strip. With phones, tablets, camera cords, laptops, and hair straightener it is definitely a benefit to having the extra space.


3. Cruise Lanyard with ID Holder

While packing for previous cruise vacations, I came across a packing article talking about bringing a lanyard. If you have never cruised before, every transaction completed on board is done with a card you are given on when you arrive.

The card is used for everything (room entry, drink purchases, embarkment at a port)! Having the lanyard was crucial in always knowing where this all-important card was located at all times.


 4. Stay Healthy on Your Next Cruise by Packing Hand Sanitizer

One thing about going on a cruise for your vacation is that there are a lot of people in one place. Make sure that you do not ruin your trip by getting sick and pack hand sanitizer. Especially use it before meals!

When you head into the dining room for dinner imagine how many people touched the menus before you. Take the proper precautions and clean your hands frequently.


5. Put a Refillable Water Bottle on Your Cruise Checklist!

If you can make room in your suitcase, this reusable bottle is essential because you will not have to refill your cup multiple times. You can bring it right up to the bar or to the buffet to fill your cup up with anything you want.

Most of the cups are small so having your own cup will allow you to lay back and catch more rays. Also perfect for staying hydrated when you get to all the ports and need filtered water.


6. Over the Travel Shoulder Bag

One of my favorite bags that is perfect for any vacation is an over the shoulder bag. The bag is the perfect size to fill it up with items for day excursions and being able to throw it over my shoulder. I love that this bag is crossbody and you can throw in items for the beach or whatever off boat excursion you partake in.


7. Sea-Band Wristband

Each cruise was unique to the amount of movement we felt while on board. Out of the four the cruises, there was only one time where the boat was really rocking where I was feeling sick.

As soon as I placed these bands on my wrists, I began to feel better. The price is excellent and you can reuse them again over your trip. Another benefit is that they are small and will not take up any room in your luggage.

Now you know some of the essential items to pack for your next cruise! These least 7 cruise tips will help you enjoy your travel experience even more. Now get to packing and don’t forget to make a cruise checklist so you don’t forget anything.

What are the go-to items that you bring with you on a cruise?

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