10 Must-Pack Items For Your Next Cruise
With all the sunshine, sea air and unbelievable destinations you could ask for, a luxury cruise is a great way to escape reality for a week or two. But there are a few practical things you can do to make your trip even more of a breeze. While there are many things you need, read on to discover the top 10 must-pack items!
Power Strip/ Extension Block
It’s always useful to have a way of charging multiple electronic devices at the same time. Especially if you have family in tow with gadgets all of their own. While your phone might be off on holiday, your camera, e-reader and MP3 player probably won’t be.
International Mobile Phone Package
Although though you don’t technically pack away this one, it’s nice to have a phone for emergencies/peace of mind. It can be costly if you don’t organize a good rate for international calls. Before you leave, contact your provider and let them know where you will be traveling.
If you like your coffee ‘your way’ this is a must have item. Of course, most cruise providers will try to convince you otherwise.
Fairly self evident item, especially if you’re off to the Caribbean. In most parts of the world (even the cold ones) you will be out and about on Port Days soaking up the rays so slap on that protection.
Most cabins will have blackout drapes and tight fitting doorways – if they didn’t, you’d be demanding them! It does mean, however, that your digs go pitch black as soon as the lights go off.
This is a good idea as trying to get your hands on any emergency medication you might need at the ship’s boutique or medical bay could be expensive. Pain killers, diarrhea medicines, anti-bacterial creams are safe-bets.
Keeping your cabin stocked up with water and non alcoholic beverages is a good move, especially if you like to visit on board nightclubs. Mornings will be a lot easier with on-hand hydration.
Wrinkle Releasing Spray
Crumpled clothes can kill your street cred on a cruise. These handy sprays will keep you looking smooth at all times.
Pop-up Laundry Hamper
Another sartorial tip is to pick up a hamper to put dirty clothes in. These are really cheap and easy to stow in your cabin closet and will help with organisation by keeping all the mess in one place.
Once you’ve got your cabin up to scratch it’s time to relax and read a book in the sunshine. Packing one of these instead of ten thrillers will save you a lot of space and there are plenty of titles to explore. Plus, they’re easier to hold and position when you’re sunbathing than a big hefty book.
All in all, the best bet is to always check-in with the cruise you are taking to freshen up on what is allowed on-board. They may differ from cruise line to cruise line. Though, I am pretty sure that you are safe with these. Most of all, enjoy your cruise!
What do you pack for cruises?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.