Jun 16

5 of My Favorite Things to Take on Your Next Cruise

There is nothing more relaxing – and fun – than a cruise. The very act of drifting along on the wide open sea is relaxing in and of itself. Add to that all of the activities that cruise ships offer – massages, classes, nightlife, swimming, dining (the list goes on and on,) – and the incredible things you will experience once you reach your destination and a cruise really is the ultimate vacation.

A cruise is unlike any other type of trip. You are a drift at sea for the majority of the excursion, only making stops at destinations that are vastly different than your home. Prior to reaching those destinations, you can be on board the ship for days at a time. It is because of the unique nature of a cruise that makes packing for this type of trip different than packing for any other type of travel you may do.

It’s important to put some time and thought into packing for your cruise so that you can ensure that you have everything that you need with you. There’s nothing that will ruin your vacation more than finding out you don’t have the items you need (unless, of course, your trip is canceled or some type of catastrophic event occurs, but if you’re smart, you’ll buy a travel insurance policy to protect you from these unforeseen circumstances.)

Many people, especially those who have never been on a cruise before, often find packing for a cruise a struggle. What items are really necessary? What items would be nice to have, but aren’t vital?

In this guide, you’ll learn some of my handy tips and tricks for packing for a cruise, including the five items that I never cruise without.

What to Pack for a Cruise: The Essentials

There are certainly some essential items that you are going to want to pack for your cruise. These items include clothing and other personal effects that are an absolute must.

  • Clothing: Regarding clothing, you are going to want to bring both casual and comfortable items. The casual pieces will be worn while you are partaking in activities, such as games, planned activities or just lounging around. The formal attire will be worn when you attend dinners (which can be pretty elaborate affairs) and if you intend on enjoying the vibrant nightlife that is offered on most cruise ships. Of course, the type of casual and formal attire you should pack really depends on the type of cruise you are going on. For example, if you are taking a Caribbean cruise, you should choose summer-like attire, such as shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and formal attire that can be comfortably worn in hotter temperatures. On the other hand, if you are going on an Alaskan cruise, warmer clothing, such long sleeves, sweater, pants, coats and other items that are designed for cooler weather.
  • Toiletries: You also want to bring any vital toiletries with you, including anything that use to get ready for the day and for bed. Items such as toothpaste and a toothbrush can be purchased on board, but it’s always a better idea to pack them.
  • Medications: You absolutely want to make sure that you bring any medications that you take on a daily basis.
  • Passport: If you are going to be visiting ports in foreign countries, you are going to need a passport. Make sure that you apply for a passport at least 6 months in advance of your cruise.

Packing for a Cruise: My 5 Favorite Items

Now, let’s talk about the things that I always pack with me when I’m going on a cruise. After taking several cruises, I have found that taking these items make the excursion all the more enjoyable.

  1. Binoculars: You definitely don’t have to bring a pair of binoculars, but they will come in handy if you want to get a closer look at some of the incredible views that you will encounter on deck or from your stateroom.
  2. Wrinkle Release Spray: Unlike hotels, irons aren’t offered on cruise ships, and for a very good reason; fire safety. In order to avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed, bring along a bottle of wrinkle release spray. It really does wonders.
  3. Carry-on: Once your bags are checked, you won’t have access to them for several hours. Pack a carry-on with items that you are going to want to use before you can get to your bags; a bathing suit and cover-up, for example.
  4. Hangers: While your stateroom will have hangers, it may not have enough. If you plan on hanging a lot of clothing, bring some extra hangers along on your cruise.
  5. Bathroom Organizer: There probably won’t be much space in the bathroom, so bring along a bathroom organizer that can be hung over the door to keep the essentials neatly tucked away and close-at-hand.