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Cruise Packing Tips – Planning a Getaway!

cruise packing tipsWinter 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):


  1. Motion sickness medicine – better safe than sorry!
  2. Power strip – there are never enough outlets
  3. Extension cord
  4. Battery-powered candles – ambiance with safety!
  5. Travel cup (with lid and straw)
  6. Laundry bag
  7. Nightlight for the bathroom
  8. 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.
  9. Waterproof camera – especially for excursions and by the pool
  10. Clips for beach towels – I really get tired of my towel getting blown around
  11. Shoes for excursions – (like water shoes for snorkeling)
  12. Sunscreen
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Hat
  15. Pool bag
  16. Day bag or camera bag – I have a camera bag that also doubles as a day bag with extra room for other necessities
  17. Jacket or sweater – even on travel to warm weather venues it gets cold and windy on deck at night
  18. Zip lock bags – good for many things . . . snacks, jewelry, protecting items from water, etc.
  19. Anti-bacterial wipes
  20. Post-it notes – handy for leaving notes to your room steward
  21. Hanging toiletry bag – helps keep the bathroom counter clear
  22. Soft-sided cooler bag
  23. Wrinkle release spray
  24. Clothes for formal nights
  25. Clothesline and clothes pins
  26. Small spray bottle – for spritzing water as I lounge by the pool
  27. Books – to read by the pool that I don’t mind getting wet
  28. Small medical kit
  29. Crystal Light or flavor drops for water
  30. 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.


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