Cruise Packing: Easily Overlooked Cruise Essentials

Sometimes when we pack for a cruise, the excitement of embarking on another high seas adventure can cause us to overlook some essential items to pack. So, based on my past experiences with realizing I need something aboard a cruise, here is my list of easily overlooked cruise essentials. Feel free to leave your ideas on overlooked cruise essentials in the comment section below.

DOWNY SPRAYWrinkle Removing Spray This new spray is relatively new on the market and has received generally positive reviews. Basically, it’s a spray that once applied to a piece of clothing, allows you to smooth out the wrinkles. We all know the pains of having wrinkled clothing during a cruise, especially if your ship doesn’t have an ironing room. This new spray will help you look your finest for formal evenings.

Home Craft Supplies Pens, sharpies, tape, scissors – you name it! Home craft supplies can come in very handy during your cruise for many purposes. With pens and sharpies, you can write your children’s names on their souvenir cups for differentiation, you can use tape to post a note on the back of your cabin door to your cabin mate, and you might even need scissors to cut off an elusive price tag from your new formal evening. Really, home craft supplies can be very useful for in cabin use and can make your cruise more enjoyable when you’re not walking around the ship with a hole in your new shirt from the tag you had to pull off.

photo (17)Clock For Your Stateroom Sometimes you do want to know what time it is while on vacation. Having a portable clock for your stateroom can be very handy for, well, knowing what time it is! Now you can make sure you’re on time for dinner, shuffleboard tournaments, your spa reservation, and shore excursions. Plus, if it is equipped with an alarm, you can use it to make sure you wake up when you would like to begin your day aboard or in port. Just make sure your clock stay’s in the time zone your ship has chosen to follow!

Everyday Medication Do you have a headache? Well get ready to pay a large amount of money for an entire bottle of Ibuprofen. While many ships carry basic medication in their onboard shops, they usually only carry large quantities of the medication. So, while you may need only 1 or 2 tablets of Ibuprofen, you will end up paying for about 100 tablets. Bringing small quantities of everyday medication such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Dramamine will save you money in the event you may need medicinal aid. Also, remember to bring any prescription medication you may need while onboard. Odds are that the onboard shops won’t sell Xenothylapodameana or other (real) prescription drugs.



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.