Packing up for a cruise can be stressful. After all, you can’t run to the store and pick up a forgotten item when you’re hundreds of miles offshore. Although most ships have a few shops on board, prices are generally high, and the selection is limited. We found that the least stressed cruisers are the experts who have planned ahead and packed accordingly with an eye towards practicality. We’ll let you figure out how many shirts and pairs of shoes to bring, but read on for our handy cruise pack.
Beach towel clip
Nobody likes a beach pig, so we’re not suggesting you use these adorable clips for beach towels flamingos novelty to reserve a sun deck near the pool when in fact, you’re not using the chair. However, these clips are incredibly useful for keeping beach towels and T-shirts from blowing away in the sea breeze. Just clip the flamingo and towel to the back of the lounger, and voila! Your towel won’t explode.
A Turkish beach towels
Sure, your cruise ship probably has a free beach and pool towels to borrow, but no screaming “I just got off a cruise ship” more than bringing the same towel to port everyone has. A linen beach towel is much more chic and can double as a beach blanket. It also serves as a stylish wrap if the weather turns cold. What we really love is that the material dries quickly and is much more sand resistant than your typical towel, so you won’t be carrying a small mountain of sand into your cabin.
Waterproof case for mobile phone
Stop worrying about sand and water damaging your mobile at the beach or pool. A waterproof case is guaranteed to keep your phone safe and dry and turns your device into a waterproof camera since you can take pictures through clear plastic. It is also ideal as a safety precaution. Swim, sail, and walk on the sand with the case (and your valuables) hanging around your neck. We tested it on the beaches of Bermuda and Cuba and are happy to announce that our mobile was unharmed.
Please pack your formal wear for leisurely dinners and family photos, but don’t forget the power of a novelty t-shirt when shuffling around the pool and casino deck. Just the right beat on your chest can provide an opening to break the ice and make a new friend. Some memorable shirts we saw on a recent cruise included “Sleep, Eat Cruise, Repeat.” and “Cruise ship calories don’t matter.”
A bag for wet clothes
Keep your wet swimwear away from your clean and dry clothes with this stylish and functional wetsuit pack bag. The interior is lined with polyurethane to contain moisture, and the exterior is waterproof. Plus, it looks a lot cuter than a plastic bag.