You’ve already packed your bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops for your Caribbean cruise, but what about all those small essentials that are easy to forget when putting together your packing list? There are a lot of useful things to pack that you might not think about (until you need it). I’ve compiled a helpful list so you can be fully prepared for your cruise!
Most cruise will provide some essentials, so you can skip packing them to save some space in your luggage. Things like pool and beach towels, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and soap), and hair dryers are provided, and you can also request a corkscrew from your cabin agent. But other items, you’ll need to pack yourself.
Essentials to pack for your Caribbean cruise:
1. Plenty of Dramamine or other sea sickness medication in case the waters get rough.
2. A sea sickness band that applies pressure on your wrist to relieve motion sickness, for those who want to go the non-drug route. There are also essential oils that can help reduce symptoms of motion sickness.
4. A fashionable wide-brimmed hat to shield you from the sun.
5. Plenty of sunscreen, especially the “sport” or waterproof kind that stays on longer.
6. Some aloe vera gel in case you do get a sunburn.
7. Prescription sunglasses if you wear glasses. My sunglasses are the best investment I’ve ever made.
8. Insect repellent is good to have in this time of the Zika virus. You’ll especially need it if you’re taking a more adventurous excursion into the woods for hiking, ziplining, or exploring Mayan ruins.
9. A noise machine to help you sleep, especially if you’re under the pool deck or have a balcony over a noisy and popular deck.
10. A portable battery charger so you won’t be sitting in your room waiting for your phone to charge instead of having fun on the ship.
11. A lanyard with a detachable clip so you can easily swipe and keep up with your Sea Pass card.
12. A pool bag or a lightweight backpack for keeping up with your belongings around the boat and on your excursions on shore.
13. A refillable water bottle to fill up on the ship and keep you hydrated.
15. A selfie stick, of course.
16. This floating wrist strap to keep your phone or camera afloat if you drop it into the water while trying to get the perfect sunset-over-the-ocean shot.
17. A waterproof watch because you’ll need to keep up with the time so you can get back on the ship, but you don’t want your watch to drown in the pool.
18. Waterproof shoes that let you be ready for both land and sea.
19. Wine! Most cruises will let you bring a bottle of wine along with you. For Royal Caribbean, you can bring on two bottles of wine per state room.
20. Snacks. There’s plenty to eat on a cruise, but when I get snacky in the middle of the night, I don’t want to wander around the ship for a midnight snack. Most cruises will allow you to bring on a limited amount of your own snacks to keep in your cabin.
What are your packing essentials for a cruise? Let me know in the comments below!
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