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Not sure what you need to take with you on your cruise?
Several years ago, when my wife and I prepared to go on our first cruise, we asked a number of people (many on CruiseCritic) what they suggested we take along.
This included things that we would not want to do without, things that would increase our creature comforts, and also items that we might wish we had, and would regret not taking when we had the chance.
I complied it all into a list. I have attached a copy of that list, but have also posted it below.
I hope you find it useful, and if you have any additional suggestions, please share!
FOR WHAT NOT TO FORGET TO TAKE WITH YOU ON YOUR CRUISE
Small tote umbrella
Extra pair of prescription glasses
Large metal paper clips for hanging up wet bathing suits
Sweater and/ or jacket for cool nights at sea or air conditioned areas that are quite cool
Over-the-door shoe holder
Cheap waterproof watch
Small containers of laundry detergent
Nylon mesh laundry bags
Pop-up laundry hamper
Stain remover pen
FOR STORING CLOTHING
A shoe rack which fits over the bathroom door
AIR FRESHENERS, ETC.
Fabreeze air freshener (may be a problem if flying)
TOILETRIES (PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS)
Travel roll of toilet paper
Purell or other waterless hand cleaner
Liquid hand soap
A small shower organizer to keep the soap and shampoo, razor, etc. (There is little enough room in the bathroom for storage)
FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Waterproof (water resistant) shoes
Plastic hair clips for holding down towels on your chair or holding wet things drying on the balcony
FOR ON-SHORE EXCURSIONS
A backpack or fammy pack for carrying things on shore excursions
Driver Licenses if needed
Tour Vouchers & Payment for Tours with tips
Thermal Bag with drinks & ice
DRUGS, MEDICINES, ETC.
Headache medicine (aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
Stomach ache medicine (Pepto Bismol tablets, etc)
Bonine or Dramamine
Extra prescription medications (extra 2-3 days’ supply
APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS
Nightlight (for the bathroom or elsewhere)
Power bar/ power strip
Extra batteries for your digital camera
Rechargable batteries for your digital camera
Cell phone charger
Extra memory cards for your digital camera
Clorox spray cleaner for disinfecting surfaces
Pop-up hamper for dirty clothes
Trash bag for storing dirty clothes
Duffle bag for dirty laundry
Empty duffle bag for carrying what you buy on shopping trips
Empty tote bag for carrying what you buy on shopping trips
IF YOU BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER
Memory card reader and/ or cable to backup your photos to a flash drive or CD/ DVD
A highlighter for the newspaper or Patters
Small cocktail shaker
Single $$ for tips and misc. spending
Bottle opener (“Church-key”)
Guidebooks for your cruise desitnations
Small roll of duct tape
Post-It notes to leave messages for the porter or those traveling with you
Addresses of all those that you want to write postcards and letters to while on your cruise.
A small pair of scissors
A bungie cord to hold open the sliding door to the balcony and/or hold the drapes open
Small pair of binoculars
Eyeglasses repair kit
Thank you cards to leave for waiters and stewards. (They really appreciate them!)
Island Princess Panama Canal Cruise 2008
Grand Princess Alaska Cruise 2013