Must Have Items for a Cruise

Planning to head out on a cruise? If yes, then we can assume that you are already aware you have to pack your socks, swimsuit, and flip flops for your next cruise. But there are other items you will need as well.

There may be some things that you haven’t thought packing on a cruise which can be very useful. The reason is that cruising is a bit different from any other vacation – you are in a room on a moving ship for several days, far from the nearest store. That is why cruising requires careful planning ahead of time, and bringing everything you will might need.

Although it is important to pack light, there is nothing wrong with being prepared for anything on your trip. Therefore, we have compiled a list of some useful items to take for your next cruise.

Where to Buy
Aurosports Folding High Powered Binoculars
Columbia Sleeker Jacket
Water Resistant Wristwatch
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion
Waterproof Drybag
Repel Sportsmen Max Insect Repellent Pump Spray
zeroUV Square Rimmed Sunglasses
Outlander Ultra Lightweight Packable Water Resistant Travel Hiking Backpack
Towel Clips
Money Belt


1. Binocularsd

 There is a lot to see when you are out at sea, and our guess is that you wouldn’t want to miss any of those beautiful sights. This Aurosports Folding High Powered Binoculars will let you watch people from afar or simply view other ships on the open sea and importantly see the sights when you come into port. These Occer Compact Binoculars with Low Light Night Vision is another great option.

2. Jacket or a Hoodie

 You may not have sunny and warm weather throughout your entire cruise. When the ship is sailing, the wind onboard can be strong, especially at night. If it rains, the cold can be intense. So it is important to pack a jacket or hoodie just in case. This Columbia Sleeker Jacket or Columbia Men’s Dr. Downpour Jacket is enough to keep you warm while sailing at night or when the weather gets colder. Of course if your heading to Alaska you may need something a bit heavier.

3. Lanyard

 This lanyard is useful when you are out on a cruise, it helps you keep your room/ship’s key or card at easy reach. Since you will need your card/key for everything from opening your room, ordering drinks, playing in the casino, and more you always want to keep it handy. With this lanyard around your neck, you can always reach for your card whenever it is needed – without stress.

4. Water Resistant Wristwatch

 You likely are always checking your phone for the current time. However, when on the ship or port, it is often better to wear a wristwatch and keep your phone in the cabin safe. So a water-resistant and inexpensive watch will be just perfect, and this meets all the requirements.

5. Sunscreen

 You may not realize how powerful the sun can be on the sea until it is too late. That is why you have to prepare yourself and pack a lot of sunscreens. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant and Non-Greasy Sunscreen Lotion or EltaMD UV Sport Sunscreen are really good choices.

6. Waterproof Drybag

There is always a challenge when you head out on the water – what to do with your valuables? We recommend a dry bag so that you don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on your valuables on shore. You can put your items in the bag, seal, roll it up, and even take into the water with you.

7. Insect Repellent

With the fear of various viruses spreading, you definitely need to bring mosquito/insect repellant with you. There are no mosquitoes in the middle of the sea, so you won’t need the insect repellant while the ship is sailing. However, when you are in port, you will need to apply it as often as possible to protect yourself from a mosquito bite. This Sawyer Insect Repellant is another good option.

8. Sunglasses

With the reflection of the sun off the water and the ship, you definitely need to have sunglasses. These zeroUV Square Rimmed Sunglasses are just perfect and inexpensive. It won’t be bad to have an extra pair like the WOODIES Wayfarer Walnut Wood Sunglasses in your luggage just in case you misplace, damage, or forget the other.

9. Backpack

This lightweight backpack lets you carry towels and a change of clothes and other items easily. With this, you don’t really need the bulk of a regular backpack. It is made of a water-resistant material, so you won’t have to worry about it getting wet. It is perfect for port days when you need a lightweight backpack you don’t want to bother about getting wet. Another good option is the Gonex Ultralight Handy Travel Backpack.

10. Towel Clips

We often see people on the ship struggling to lay their towel on their beach chair. Since the ship is always in motion and there is a constant breeze on deck, bringing a few clips can help hold your towel securely to your chair and save you a lot of stress.

11. Money Belt

Although it is called money belt, this stylish belt will not only help you hold your cash, you can also put in your passport, cell phone, and other items. It is very handy and safe from pickpockets – giving you peace of mind especially when in port.

Where to Buy
Refillable Bottle
Ziploc Bags
Slip-Resistant Flip Flops
Mask and Snorkel
Sun Hat
Wrinkle-Release Spray
Waterproof Valuables Case


12. Refillable Bottle

it is always nice to have a refillable bottle with you whether you’re heading into a port of call or hanging around the ship. It means you can always have cool water with you rather than looking for a restaurant to get a drink when you’re thirsty. You will love this INNERNEED Leakproof FDA Silicone Travel Bottles or Travel Bottles Silicone Containers Set.

13. Ziploc Bags

One of the smartest things you can do is bringing resealable Ziploc bags. They are easy to pack and can be very useful in protecting and organizing items on your trip.

14. Slip-Resistant Flip Flops

You will need these flip-flops for walking around on slippery poolside decks. You don’t want sandals with a sole that is rubbed smooth, you need something like this Gone For a Run PR Soles Running Recovery Flip Flops to have some grip to avoid slips.

15. Mask and Snorkel

there is a completely different world under the sea, and you may want to view it. You wouldn’t want to miss the beauty of snorkeling in tropical waters. While you can rent a mask and snorkel, it is better to have yours instead of using something that others have used before. So we recommend the ProDive Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set.

16. Sun Hat

Don’t forget what we said about the sun at sea. The best way to avoid sunburn is to prevent direct contact with the sun. So this sunhat will help protect your face from getting sunburned. You can as well go for the LETHMIK Sun Hat.

Other must-have items for a cruise include Wrinkle-Release Spray, Waterproof Valuables Case and Dramamine.

Don’t forget the popular saying, “by failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” We want nothing but success for you on your cruise. So we have taken the time to provide you with a list of must-have items for a cruise. If there is any of these essential you don’t have, buy them and enjoy your cruise.