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The Unusual things to pack for your next cruise

By sheena on March 11, 2015
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Family CruiseCruising is so much fun!  It has something for everyone and are a great option for a family vacation; especially a multi-generational trip.  From kids clubs to fine dining there really is something for everyone.

I have been blessed to travel on many cruises and I have these packing tips to offer.  These are tips for the unusual things.  Of course, you’re going to bring clothes, cameras etc.  But there are many other things that are a good idea!

Cabin Space

The cabins are small.  That’s just the way it is.  The cruise lines do a great job of maximizing the space but these few tips will help

  • Shoe bag with clear pockets – hang it on the back of the bathroom door. Here you can store toiletries etc and when you’re looking for something you will be able to find it easily.
  • Soft sided luggage – this is great to use because you can slide it under the beds once you’ve unpacked. Then they can be used for laundry or other things that don’t need to be unpacked the whole time, like snorkel gear.
  • Hangers – you don’t need to bring them, but you can ask your room steward for more. You can get a lot put away in the closets by hanging items up.  There isn’t a lot of drawer space so make use of the closets as much as you can

Bit and Pieces that will help

  • Power strip – cabins have so few outlets. Bring a power strip so that you can keep things charged or power other important devices
  • Battery operated clock – get a small travel clock. For some reason the cabins don’t have clocks.
  • Night light – if you have an inside cabin the rooms get REALLY dark!! A night light in the bathroom is really useful!
  • Lanyard – this is great to use to carry your room key
  • Door Decoration – all the doors down the long hallways look the same. You can get a magnet or tape a sign on your door making it easy to find.  My girls draw pictures that get put up so we can find out way ‘home’.
  • Motion Sickness Bands or medication – You never know. Ships used to give it for free but now they have a fee for it.  That’s fair.  You can buy it for less at home, bring it just in case.  Even if you’ve never been ill before, bring it.  Being sea sick is awful and you will be SO happy that you have a solution with you!
  • Ziploc Bags – Sandwich and Larger size are a good idea. You can use the small ones for so many things!  If you did some beachcombing you can store the shells in them or you can pack some snacks in them.  You can use the larger ones for excursions.   If you are off the ship and you will be doing something that involves you getting wet, it’s nice to put your wet swim suit in the bag to keep the rest of your stuff from getting wet.
  • Highlighter – If you like to plan your day you can use it to highlight the things that are listed in the daily newsletter that you don’t want to miss.
  • Old hotel room key – many cruise ships now require you to put your room key in a slot to power the lights and AC when you are in your room. If you put an old key in the slot it will keep your room cool if you are going to be gone for a while.
  • Duck tape – there are always reasons for this.
  • Sticky notes or dry erase marker – use the sticky notes to leave messages to each other or use the marker to write them on the mirror.
  • Clips – such as clothes pins. It can be windy on deck and they can help pin your towel to your chair.  You can also pin them to the bottom of the shower curtain to keep it from blowing around.  That’s so annoying.
  • Day pack – it’s nice to have a small bag that you can use to carry your small items around in. Towel, book, camera etc.
  • Binoculars – you will pass some interesting things, see them closer! Flying fish, dolphins, island, other ships to name a few.

What do you make sure to bring with you when you go on a cruise?  If you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them!  Send me an email with your suggestions or add them to the comments!  sheena@jetsetfamilies.com.

With love,


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