All aboard! Your cruise is almost ready for take-off. Don’t be caught without these essential items!

Whether you’re a first time cruise go-er or a repeat cruiser, these essential items are for everybody! Don’t over pack and fill your shoe-box sized room with things you won’t use. Save space and time with our list of must-have cruise essentials. While it is obvious to pack your birth certificate and a swimsuit, our list is here to give you ideas that you may not think of off the top of your head. Keep calm and cruise on!


Sticky Notes + Pens

Post-it Pop-Up Sticky Notes 4 Pack

Place convenient reminders at your work station when you use these Post-It Pop-Up Notes. Available in bright neon colors that remind you of a warm summer day.

$3.97 from Walmart

It’s no secret that cell coverage isn’t the best in the middle of the ocean. Now, most cruise lines offer wifi packages, but those get costly. Our solution? Sticky notes! Most people travel with family, and keeping up with your them is a job of its own (made even harder without cell phones). When you’re in the middle of the ocean and don’t want to pay for expensive internet services, use sticky notes to leave in your cabin! Leave a note saying where you are or when you’ll be back so your family can find you while you’re exploring the cruise ship! This is great for setting meeting places or general coordination during your trip, and it saves you time and money! You can even use these to leave notes for your cabin steward or stewardess if you need anything. Don’t forget the pens!


Lanyard + Card Holder

2 Pc ID Name Badge Card Holder

The ideal choice for ID cards and name badges, are these ID Badge Holders, made of durable, long-lasting vinyl.

$5.48 from Walmart

Whether you’re exploring the cruise ship or participating in an excursion on an island, a lanyard is essential. Not only can these be used to keep your birth certificate or passport handy, but they can also be used to hold your ship’s sailing card. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, most cruise lines provide each passenger with a sailing/cruise card that is linked to your account. You use this to get into your cabin, pay for food, buy souvenirs, and more. Passengers are advised to keep it on themselves at all time, so consider this lanyard to hold it in! Of course, cruise ship stores sell these for a marked-up price, so be smart and buy yours ahead of time to save money.



Motion Sickness Bands

Sea-Band Accupressure Wrist Bands - 2 CT

For effective relief of all forms of travel and motion sickness, the Sea-Band Nausea Relief Acupuncture Wrist Band provide a natural choice without causing drowsiness or other side effects.

$6.69 from Walmart

It is important to consider the potential for motion sickness, particularly if you are a first-time cruiser. On a cruise ship, you typically see fellow passengers with patches on their wrists and behind their ears. What are these, you might ask? Motion sickness patches! These Sea-Band Accupressure Wrist Bands provide effective relief of all forms of travel and motion sickness, and offer a natural choice without causing drowsiness or other side effects. Simply put these bands on and enjoy your cruise! Don’t forget them when you’re on your excursions either.



Aloe Vera Gel

Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel

After a glorious day under the sun, Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel cools and replenishes dry skin and helps prevent peeling.

$4.97 from Walmart

You’re most likely going to be getting a lot of sun on your cruise. It’s important to take care of you skin both before, during and after being in the sun for an extended period of time. You should always apply sunscreen before exposing your skin in the sun, but we’re not perfect, and sometimes we miss a spot, or stay out just a little too long and get sunburnt. No worries. Just make sure you apply aloe vera gel afterward to take the sting out of your sunburn. This Banana Boat Soothing After Sun Gel soothes skin while it softens. After a glorious day under the sun, Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel cools and replenishes dry skin and helps prevent peeling. Your skin will radiate health with this gel. It’s like an aloe leaf in a bottle.





Yeti Tumbler

Yeti Cooler Travel Mug Coffee Cup Vacuum Insulated 30oz

Designed YETI Tumblers to be virtually indestructible and keep your drink as cold (or hot) as science allows.

$17.99 from Walmart

Most of the time when you go on a cruise, the weather is going to be very hot. It’s important to stay hydrated on your long days of exploring. Most cruise lines have beverage stations around the ship so that you can fill up your Yeti cup to stay hydrated. These beverage stations are also useful to get coffee or juice in the morning. Refill your cup at drink stations, and take your Yeti Tumbler with you while you’re on the islands. By doing this, you ensure that the water you’re drinking is safe. This cup keeps your drink hot or cold for hours at a time. Don’t want to spend money on a name brand cup? Walmart has Ozark brand cups that are extremely similar to this one for under $10!



Waterproof Phone Case

While you’re on a cruise, you’re going to be around a lot of water – whether it’s the ocean, a pool, or a hot tub. You’re also going to want to take your phone everywhere to capture photos of the memories you’re making. This Lifeproof Fre Phone Case will ensure your phone is safe from water. It is shockproof and waterproof up to 6.6′ underwater for one hour. The case has a drop height of 6.6′, as well. Its built-in scratch protection safeguards your phone’s screen. No matter what you’re doing, this case is resilient enough to take on the toughest conditions, and it comes in multiple colors to suit your personality. This would also be great to take underwater pictures while you’re on islands with clear blue water! Make memories without having to worry about ruining your phone with this phone case.



Towel Clamps

10 Pack IPOW X-Large Size Towel Clips

Tightly secure your towel, clothes, bed sheets, etc.

$12.91 from Walmart

It’s a given that there will be beach towels available on a cruise. These clamps are great for attaching your towel to a beach chair, or securing your towel or swimsuits on your balcony or shower to dry! These towel clamps keep your towels from slipping down or clothes from blowing away in the ocean breeze. They are a great help, but most people don’t think to pack them!



Snorkel Mask

Cheerwing Anti-Fog Swimming Diving Full Face Mask

Mask Dual Airflow Technology Can Help You to Breathe Naturally as on Land.

$21.98-$24.98 from Walmart

While you’re on a cruise, you’re going to be around beautiful clear blue water. Many people bring or rent snorkel equipment to take a first-hand look at the beautiful nature that surrounds them. Come prepared ahead of time so you don’t have to spend extra money on overpriced equipment. This snorkel mask has dual airflow technology helps you breathe as naturally as possibly by allowing airflow through your nose or mouth. The mask’s exclusive breath ventilation concept helps prevent fogging. The 180 full face design provides a 180 field view to see the underwater world. You can even attach a GoPro camera to it!


These items are must-haves for any cruise go-er. They are things that you may not think about taking, but will be glad you did once your trip is underway! Save time and money with this list of essential items to make your cruise packing easier. Keep calm and cruise on!



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