25 Essential Items to Pack for Your Cruise Vacation

Going on a cruise vacation is exciting, but packing for one can be overwhelming. With limited space in your luggage, it's important to pack smart and bring only the essentials. To help you out, we've compiled a list of 25 must-have items for your cruise vacation.

  1. Sunscreen - Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays with a high SPF reef-safe sunscreen.
    1. Dive deeper (pun intended): Reef Safe and Reef Friendly Sunscreens: Protect Your Skin and the Ocean
    2. what I use: Hawaiian Tropic SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, Sheer Touch Moisturizing Protection Sunscreen Lotion, Coconut, 16.0 Fl Oz , 2 Count
  2. Aloe vera gel - If you get sunburned, aloe vera gel can soothe and moisturize your skin.
    1. Pro-tip, put in the cabin fridge for instant cooling relief
  3. Waterproof phone case - Keep your phone safe from water damage while taking photos or using it by the pool or beach.
    1. see related blog: Best Waterproofing Options for Your Phone to Use in the Pool or Beach
    2. what I use: Nisso Professional Snorkeling Underwater Phone case Swimming Diving Case Photo Video Waterproof Protective Housing for Galaxy and iPhone Series Smartphones with Lanyard (Black-Blue)
  4. Portable charger - Keep your devices charged and ready to use throughout your trip.
    1. what I use: Miady 2-Pack 10000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger, USB-C Fast Charging Power Bank, Backup Charger for iPhone 14, Galaxy S22, Pixel and etc
  5. Travel adapter - If you're traveling internationally, bring a travel adapter to charge your devices and use any electrical appliances you may need.
    1. what I use: Universal Travel Adapter Worldwide International Plug Adapter,8A Multiple AC sockets and 3.5A USB Type-C PD QC3.0 All in One Outlet Converter for USA EU UK AUS (Black) FCC Listed
  6. Day bag - A small backpack or tote bag is perfect for carrying essentials like sunscreen, water bottles, and towels while exploring ports of call.
    1. what I use: an old backpack
  7. Swimsuit cover-up - Stay comfortable and stylish while lounging by the pool or on the beach.
    1. What I use:
  8. Water shoes or water socks - Protect your feet from hot sand or rocky beaches and make it easier to walk on slippery surfaces.
    1. See blog: Water Shoes vs Sand Socks: Which One is Right for You? | Pros and Cons
  9. Snorkel mask - Bring your own snorkel mask to save money and avoid the hassle of renting one.
  10. Insulated water bottle - Stay hydrated throughout your trip and reduce waste by bringing a reusable water bottle.
  11. Insect repellent - If you're visiting tropical destinations, insect repellent can protect you from mosquito bites and other pests.
  12. First aid kit - Bring a small first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, pain relievers, and motion sickness medication.
  13. Travel pillow - Make long flights and bus rides more comfortable with a travel pillow.
  14. Laundry bag - Keep your dirty clothes separate from clean ones and make unpacking easier when you get home.
  15. Camera - Capture memories of your trip with a camera or your phone's camera.
  16. Deck of cards - A deck of cards can provide entertainment during downtime or on sea days.
  17. Beach bag: A backpack or beach bag is handy for carrying all your essentials during port excursions or day trips.
  18. Binoculars: Bring binoculars to see far-off sights and wildlife.
  19. Earplugs: Bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  20. Towel clips or bands  - Keep your towel from flying away on windy days with towel clips. They're easy to pack and can be a lifesaver when you're relaxing on the beach or Deck. I prefer the bands as they take up less room in my bag.
  21. Beach toys - If you're traveling with children, bring along some beach toys to keep them entertained. Buckets, shovels, and sandcastle molds are always a hit.
  22. Luggage tag holders - Protect your luggage tags from damage or loss with luggage tag holders. They're a small investment that can save you time and money in the long run.
  23. Lanyard or wristband sea pass holder - Keep your sea pass handy with a lanyard or wristband holder. It's a convenient way to keep your sea pass safe and easily accessible.
  24. Downy wrinkle spray - Keep your clothes looking fresh and wrinkle-free with Downy wrinkle spray. It's a quick and easy way to keep your outfits looking their best, even when you're on the go.

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