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  • Writer's pictureHannah Neese

7 Cruise Packing Essentials

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Recently, I travelled to the Bahamas on my very first cruise and it was the time OF MY LIFE. You can check out and see what we did on our four day trip on this post. However, a first time cruiser has her rookie mistakes. Throughout the trip, little things kept popping up that I wish I would have remembered to bring. Whether this is a blog post for my future self or to help you guys out, here are some items to ensure you have the best cruise of your life. All from Amazon because life is easier with that two day shipping, man.

1. Your Own Book & Towel

On some cruises there are libraries on the ship. I thought this was the coolest thing, so I didn't bother to pack a book. Why carry around a book, when I could simply pick one from the ship and leave it? Well, the "library" has like 8 books to choose from, so there's that. Cool concept. However, I would have loved to be DEEP into a book I actually wanted to read.

As for the towels, there are towels on the ship for your beach and pool days. However, if you forget to return it at the end of the day, you will get charged $25 PER TOWEL. I didn't forget because $25 is like one million dollars at this stage of my life. However, having my own towel would have been nice.

I'll admit, I am one to trust the place I am staying with shampoo and conditioner. I don't know if I am just too lazy to pack my own, but I never do. I always end up soaking wet in a tiny shower, lathering a 3 in 1 body wash into my hair, filled with regret. Bringing your own from home is the move. Plus, these are TSA approved.

Really close quarters. You'll thank me later.

You will ABSOLUTELY need your room key for anywhere you go, on or off the ship. I have a little case on the back of my phone to keep my cards in, and it definitely came in handy. There are so many options to keep your room key close to you at all times.

I'd recommend purchasing before the cruise, because the lanyards on the cruise are stupid expensive.

Having a portable phone charger was a must on this trip. When you are exploring the boat and islands, being able to plug up your phone on the go is a life-saver. Also, the outlets in the cabin were not in the most convenient location, so being able to plug your phone up and place it on the bedside table was nice. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS OKAY.

Whilst on the topic of electronics, a cruise power bar is a must. There are typically only two outlets in a cabin and there are none in the bathroom. If you are styling your hair, and needing to charge your phone, this is the way to go! Cruise lines are picky on this sort of thing, so a cruise-approved power bar is linked below.

Madee brought these and it was genius. It's such a nice way to keep your items organized. If you plan your outfits by day, you can just pop them each in a cube by day. That way you don't have to dig around your suitcase to find your outfit for the day. Plus, instead of stuffing your dirty clothes back in with your clean, you can simply put it back into the cube it came out of. Again, the little joys.

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