Have a dilemma about what to pack for a cruise? Do you have an endless list of things to bring on a cruise? A cruise packing list can seem very daunting, as you never know where to start and what to bring. Knowing the necessary items to bring on a cruise to make your trip more enjoyable, convenient and organised.
Packing for your first cruise can be stressful because of the mixed emotions of excitement and not knowing what you might need during the cruise.
Keep reading to find out some of our handy essential cruise items that you will need on board.
Read some more related posts here about the other things you should know and bring on a cruise. If you are looking for the best suitcase and cabin suitcase to take for your cruise, you can read my favourites!
Presenting our cruise packing list!
These are things to pack for a cruise that will make your trip more enjoyable!
1. Wardrobe organisers
As it says in the tin, wardrobe organisers typically hang from inside your closet. Just to create a little more organisation and space for your little trinkets and undergarments.
Some cruise ships don’t have a big wardrobe, and if you are cruising for 2 weeks or more organising your clothes can be a task itself so taking one of these can create a little more space for you.
2. Door Shoe organisers
These fantastic shoe organisers are not only made for shoes. You can also have this as your organisers for your other loose trinkets, jewellery and other toiletries or cosmetics.
The brilliant thing about this is you can hang it pretty much everywhere and it doesn’t take much room either in your suitcase.
3. Magnetic clips
Handy little magnetic clips to help you to organise all the important paper, tickets and itineraries that you might need for the day or the duration of your cruise.
The cabin walls are typically made of metal so you can easily stick them on any wall.
4. Extension cables with a power surge protection
With all the gadgets that we have nowadays to capture amazing moments during our cruise.
It is important that we have enough power sockets to charge our gadgets.
Most of the time cabins only have 1 or 2 available sockets, hence bringing an extension cable with power surge protection is a must!
Some cruise ship will only allow extension cables with power surge protection, safety first!
As a photographer and blogger, I always bring a small portable wall extension cables with a power surge protection.
5. Battery operated wall lights
This little battery operated wall lights will help you to light your way in case you need to go to the loo in the middle of the night.
Saving you turning on the light that can potentially disturb your other roommates.
6. Travel clock
Always be on time! This travel alarm clock will help you to be punctual onboard. Most especially if you are crossing various time zones during your cruise.
For nature lovers, this is a must if you want to do any dolphin or whale spotting during your cruise.
This is not for invading other people’s privacy during your cruise. Use responsibly!
8. Power adapters
Most cruise ships have American power sockets, hence for European and British cruisers or vice versa, it is important to pack some travel adapters during your cruise. I wrote another blog post about the World Travel Adapter Guide, I encourage you to read it to help you plan which adapter to get for your next trip.
I normally bring around 2 power adapters one is for my wall power extensions and the other one is for my other gadgets that might need charging or a spare one!
9. First Aid Kit
This is one of the necessary things to pack on a cruise that you wish you will never use.
However, in case you do, this will come in handy saving you a few hundreds of dollars instead of going to the cruise ship infirmary.
10. Travel clothes washing line
Use this in case you need to have more space to dry your laundry.
Typically there are clothes washing line inside the toilet, but if in case that is not enough, due to the duration of your cruise, a couple with loads of clothes, or you are a travelling family of four, this cloth line will help you to dry those clothes out.
11. Bottle protector
Typically cruise ships will let you bring a bottle of alcohol onboard.
The bottle protector can protect your precious bottle from breakage. Alternatively, this is also handy if you want to take a bottle of alcohol home.
12. Poo pouri (toilet freshener)
Nobody wants a stinky cabin after you had your number 2. Save yourself and your roommate/partner from suffocation from your dirty business.
13. Travel towels
Towels are typically provided and readily available in any swimming area or inside your cabin.
However, it is still handy to bring a travel towel on your cruise in case you need it during a shore excursion or just to hang out on the beach.
14. Dry Bags
If you are planning to venture on any itinerary that will typically involve tropical beach or excursions on water, Dry bags will come in handy to protect your personal belongings from getting wet.
15. Aloe Gels and Sunblock
Want to have fun under the sun, you need to protect your skin. Bringing a sunblock with good SPF and an Aloe Vera gels will surely help you to take care of your skin to prevent any sun burn and to cool it down after a hectic day of fun at the beach.
16. Motion sickness tablets or wrist bands
You’ll never know when the seas will get rough.
It is always handy to bring a motion sickness tablets during your cruise. It will save you a tonne of hassle and a trip to the infirmary.
17. Towel Clips
Your sun lounger’s best pal! We all wanted to chill out on the top deck sunbathing whilst reading our book or just sipping a glass of your favourite cocktail. Bringing handy towel clips will help you to get comfortable much easier on your sun lounger to avoid any slipping towels or covers.
18. Refillable water bottle
Help us on saving the seas! Using a refillable water bottle will help reduce waste tremendously while travelling. This will also save you a fortune instead of buying bottled water every single time!
A corkscrew will surely come in handy for your precious bottle of wine (in case you brought one with you onboard), in case you want to drink it in your cabin.
20. Small portable fan
Travelling in a tropical climate can sometimes be overwhelmingly hot.
Typically your cabin will have an air conditioning system, but in case this will fail it’s great to have one handy!
Drinks packages on board your cruise can be so expensive. Save yourself the hassle and enjoy your alcoholic beverage onboard outside your allowance with these discreet alcohol flasks dressed up as shampoo, lotion and conditioners.
These are our recommendations on what to pack for a cruise holiday! I hope you will find it useful. You can also check out my 7 Tips on How To Prepare for an Expedition Cruise.
Let us know in the comment below what are the other things to bring on a cruise that is not listed here!
We love to know about them!