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10 Must-Have Items For Your Next Cruise!

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1. A Suitcase with Wheels

First, if you don’t already, invest in a sturdy and reliable suitcase with wheels.  Not only will this help you maneuver the airport for flights, but should you decide to carry it on the ship rather than checking it, you will love the ability to move through tight spaces.  Additionally, should you choose to check your bags with the porters prior to embarkation, having that sturdy hard shell suitcase will protect any valuables you have while your suitcase is being transported with thousands of other pieces of luggage!

2. Reef-safe Sunscreen

Next, and quite honestly, probably the most important thing to pack for a cruise, is some high-quality sunscreen with a high SPF for protection from the sun!  Also, be sure to get reef-safe sunscreen, as many places in the Caribbean will only allow reef-safe sunscreen!

3. Motion Sickness Medication

If you are someone that gets motion sick quite easily, it may be a good idea to invest in some motion sickness medication.  Although today’s modern cruise ships are huge and less susceptible to large movements in the water, there is no guarantee you won’t feel the ship moving from time to time.  You don’t want to be in the middle of dinner or a show and all of a sudden have a bout of motion sickness hit you!

4. Cell Phone Power Bank

Although some of us go on a cruise to unplug and get away from electronics for a little while, there’s some of us that also don’t have that luxury.  This is why a cell phone power bank is a must have.  It comes in handy for those long days on shore, or for just laying around the pool!  Always be certain your phone will have enough juice, and buying one with built in cords will be more convenient than having to also worry about carrying extra cords with you!

5. Crossbody Bag

I discussed this in my blog on Disney World Essentials, but a comfortable crossbody bag will also come in handy on a cruise!  Whether you use it as a carryon for your embarkation day, or as a bag to take ashore on any port days, you will be glad you invested in this while exploring!

6. Waterproof Pouch for Cell Phone

Another great item to take along with you on a cruise is a waterproof pouch for your cell phone.  Not only will it protect a very expensive item, but it will allow you to have your camera handy during water excursions to help capture those lifelong memories!

7. Waterproof Floating Dry Bag for Excursions

Another handy cruise essential to keep your belongings dry is to invest in a waterproof floating dry bag.  In the event you have water excursions planned, these bag will keep your important items safe and dry!  You don’t want to risk your passport getting ruined by saltwater while you are trying to enjoy your vacation!

8. Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

Space in your cabin will be at a premium, so consider purchasing an over-the-door shoe organizer.  This can be used to hold several items and keep things nice and tidy in your room.  Nothing makes your room feel even smaller than clutter!  Best of all, they are so inexpensive, you won’t feel bad leaving it in the trash when you disembark!

9. Travel Noise Machine

You never know what kind of neighbors you will have on a cruise ship, or even how noisy the hall will be.  That’s why bringing a travel noise machine will be handy!  Be sure to get a good night’s sleep with the help of this little machine!


The final item on my cruise “must-have” list is something I recommend to all my clients, especially those cruising during hurricane season.  TRAVEL INSURANCE!  While you can purchase “travel protection” through the cruise lines, generally that is only going to cover things tied to the cruise, whether that be a missed port, a cancelled cruise, etc.  However, a travel insurance plan from a third party can cover much more, including flight delays, lost luggage, “cancel for any reason” options, and much more!  I will be happy to quote you travel insurance for any of your upcoming trips, and if you are someone that travels quite often, having an annual travel insurance policy could be a lifesaver!  Both my wife and I have annual travel plans.  The cost is very cheap for the amount of money we could lose should anything happen while we are traveling, so I highly recommend it for all travelers!

By purchasing these essential items, you’ll be well-prepared and equipped for the adventures that lay ahead on your dream cruise vacation. Remember, planning and organization are key for a stress-free and enjoyable voyage.

In conclusion, a successful cruise vacation relies on being prepared and having the right items at your disposal. By investing in these essential items, you’ll ensure a smooth and unforgettable journey while effortlessly navigating your way through the vast ocean and enjoying all the wonders a cruise has to offer. Bon Voyage!

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