Winter in the Midwest is usually pretty cold. (Though the last few days in Missouri have actually been awesome!) I know the bad weather is coming and I’m ready to plan a getaway to somewhere warm. My favorite, last minute trip to take in the winter is a cruise.
Thankfully I already have a cruise packing list with all the items I don’t want to forget. I’ve been on quite a few cruises and each time I think I get better at packing. Here’s my latest “Cruise Packing Tips” (in no particular order):
- Motion sickness medicine – better safe than sorry!
- Power strip – there are never enough outlets
- Extension cord
- Battery-powered candles – ambiance with safety!
- Travel cup (with lid and straw)
- Laundry bag
- Nightlight for the bathroom
- Walkie-talkies – I haven’t used these before but it would be so nice to be able to connect with my friends and family on the trip.
- Waterproof camera – especially for excursions and by the pool
- Clips for beach towels – I really get tired of my towel getting blown around
- Shoes for excursions – (like water shoes for snorkeling)
- Pool bag
- Day bag or camera bag – I have a camera bag that also doubles as a day bag with extra room for other necessities
- Jacket or sweater – even on travel to warm weather venues it gets cold and windy on deck at night
- Zip lock bags – good for many things . . . snacks, jewelry, protecting items from water, etc.
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Post-it notes – handy for leaving notes to your room steward
- Hanging toiletry bag – helps keep the bathroom counter clear
- Soft-sided cooler bag
- Wrinkle release spray
- Clothes for formal nights
- Clothesline and clothes pins
- Small spray bottle – for spritzing water as I lounge by the pool
- Books – to read by the pool that I don’t mind getting wet
- Small medical kit
- Crystal Light or flavor drops for water
- Wine – if allowed by your cruise line it will save you lots of money!
Of course there are other things you will need to bring . . . like clothes and shoes. But I’m assuming you will have already planned for those things. I just wanted to give you a list of all the “extras” I like to bring that make a big difference in your comfort level.
What have I forgotten? Let me know in a comment if you have a “must take” item that you never go without!
And if you’re ready to plan a cruise check out an earlier post about just that.