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PASSPORT! and other important travel documents, such as your vaccination card and Covid test. I keep mine in a clear vinyl sleeve that I purchased on Amazon….
Keep these items in your carryon…you will need them to check in at the pier. I find a travel wallet to be very useful.
And don’t forget a mask to wear in the cruise terminal and while onshore. Some ports are still requiring them. My favorite is from Tally-Ho Design https://www.facebook.com/TallyHoDesign/. You can find them on Facebook. Super comfortable, deliver quickly and they will custom design a special mask just for you. Also a favorite of Capt Kate…they made her sparkly captain’s mask.
Luggage tag holders. Protect your luggage with reusable holders. Nothing worse than having your luggage go missing!
Small backpack or tote for shore excursions or for heading to the pool. Tally-Ho Design makes the one I love to use while onboard! They will also be happy to make you a custom bag if you have a design you prefer!
This backpack would also be great for onshore excursions.
Packing cubes – keep your clothing organized and protected while traveling. Also makes unpacking in your cabin super easy and fast.
Highliter – mark the activities on the daily planner you want to do onboard. However, with the new ship’s apps that are being developed, you may find that easier to use instead of the paper ones. It is also helpful to highlight important information on other papers that are left on your bed each evening.
I find these very useful to organize papers in the cabin…nothing worse than losing something!
Ziplock bags – good for dirty laundry, wet suits, keeping phones sand and water free
Hat – protect your head and face from the sun. I have a few I like to wear.
And this one:
Sunscreen – cheaper than buying on the ship! It’s important to use sunscreen that also protects our reefs and oceans.
Most cruise ship cabins do not have a magnifying mirror, which I find very helpful when doing hair and makeup. This is the one I have been using. There are 3 different magnifying levels available to purchase…5X, 10X or 15X. I use 10X.
Sunglasses – glare off the water can be very strong
Chargers for phones, computers, notepads, etc.
Charging device with extra plugs (not a power strip, most ships do not allow these any longer). Be sure to choose one that is not surge protected….ships do not allow them.
Towel clips – keep your towel on the chair, either on the ship or at the beach. Pick some that are fun and unusual….that way you can easily find your chair after enjoying the pool or beach https://amzn.to/3IUG2BZ
Also useful is an anti-theft bag for beach chairs, such as AquaVault. I bought mine on Amazon.
Over the door hanger – helps to organize smaller items in the cabin
Pain killers (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.) and a few bandaids…easier than going to the ship’s doctor and less likely to have a false positive Covid test too!
Bottle bags for packing liquor – protect your belongings when traveling home
And of course…..CLOTHES! Bathing suits are a must, especially if you are planning a beach day. No need to bring beach towels….the ship will provide them for you. Comfortable clothes to wear around the ship during the day. For evenings, dressy outfits for “formal” nights….evening gowns and tuxedos are not mandatory, but some people will still wear them. Wear what makes you happy, as long as you follow the ships requirements. Most do not allow shorts or gym clothes in the dining room for dinner. The ships can be chilly in the evenings, so a light sweater is a good idea.
I hope this helps make packing a little easier. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions! Remember….visit amazon.com/shop/travelswithmickey to find the products shown above….along with other cruising and travel essentials!