What to Pack for a Cruise: 5 Must-Have Items

If you’ve recently booked a cruise but never been one before, you may be wondering what to pack for a cruise?

Even if you’ve traveled the world over, there are certain challenges and limitations that come with being on a boat.

And depending on the sort of cruise you’re taking, you’ll need to consider those differences.

1. Outlet Adapter

You’ll want to be sure that your phone stays charged while on your cruise. But outlets are limited in cabins. So if you’re also bringing other devices or small appliances (such as a small fan and a night light) you’ll find an outlet adapter essential.

In addition, if you’re traveling to Europe for your cruise, you’ll need an adapter that is compatible with your devices and accessories.

Whatever adapters your purchase, be sure they don’t have surge protectors – as they are not allowed on ships.

2. Unique Toiletries 

Of course, you want to take your usual toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, and other products. But you may want to toss some stomach medication into your bag in case of motion sickness as well as Benedryl should you develop an allergy.

Another suggestion? Pop a travel-sized air freshener into your bag. Cruise cabins and bathrooms don’t always have the best ventilation, so you’ll be glad you did.

3. Appropriate Shoes and Clothing

Obviously, if you’re on a Caribbean cruise, you’ll want to pack for hot weather. A Mediterranean cruise in the summer will also be hot and steamy.

Meanwhile, an Alaska cruise or one on the inland Europen rivers will leave you with more variable weather conditions. Also, remember to pack comfortable shoes for excursions when you’re at port. This is especially true in Europe where you could potentially be on your feet a lot.

So while European cruises help to immerse you in the Old World, you don’t want to have to immerse your aching feet in hot water at the end of the day.

Also, be sure to check dress codes for the cruise itself. Some are more casual than others.

4. Backpack or Tote Bag

While packing your bags for the cruise, it’s easy to forget to pack a bag IN your bag for shore excursions.

So be sure to include a tote bag or a backpack when you pack. Otherwise, you’ll be juggling around your sunscreen, towels, books, or special purchases you make on-shore.

5. Waterproof Dry Bag

A waterproof dry bag is a must if you’re taking a cruise to Mexico, the Caribbean, or any other destination where you’ll be spending time in the water.

Having a bag that keeps all your belongings dry so you don’t have to figure out what to do with your valuables when you head into the water is priceless. Plus, they come in many colors and even include a waterproof phone case.

Now You Know What to Pack for a Cruise

When you know what to pack for a cruise, it will make your journey all the more enjoyable. And while you can often buy items on the cruise that you forget, they will cost you a premium.

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