It’s our first trip of the year! We sailed on the Carnival sunshine for a four day cruise to the Bahamas out of the port of Charleston. Follow along with me as I pack for our trip!
At this point, I’ve packed (and filmed myself packing) for a lot of cruises. I would consider myself a pretty efficient packer. However, this past cruise we took down the Pacific Coast had me scratching my head. As you probably know by now if you […]
It’s that time again! We are headed out for a four day cruise to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Sun! I’m super excited just to get away and do nothing! We’ll also be celebrating my birthday! Yay! So today, I wanted to share a sort of “how to pack for a cruise” and show you what I’m taking on this trip.
We are flying down to Orlando on American Airlines, but we are flying back on Spirit. This means I had to pre-pack in my head to determine how many bags to pay for when I booked my Spirit flight. When we went to Disney World last year, my husband and I saved money by paying to just check one large bag instead of each of us bringing a carry on suitcase (paying for a checked bag was $30 versus a carry on suitcase for $35 each). The reason I mention this is you’ll see this in the video and probably wonder why I’m trying to pack both of us in one suitcase.
Since this is a short cruise and the name of the game is relaxation, I’m not taking a whole bunch of clothes. It also helps that we are going on Norwegian who has a pretty relaxed “come as you are” policy for the dining rooms (unless you’re going somewhere super fancy like Le Bistro or Cagney’s). The focus on this “pack with me” is simple — a few shorts, a crop jean, a bunch of t-shirts and a bathing suit for our beach day. I’m toying with the idea of bringing an outfit for my birthday dinner, but I’m still iffy on it. You’ll see in the video below what I decided to bring!
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Click on over to my YouTube channel to see me pack my bags in my “How to Pack for a Cruise” video!
Coming up soon, we are flying down to Orlando for a cruise out of Port Canaveral on the Norwegian Sun for my birthday. To save a little money, we picked up a “hacker fare” from Kayak and are flying down on American and back Spirit. […]
It’s been a couple of years since I discussed my top cruise essentials here on the blog. So recently, I decided it was about time to revisit the topic and update it for 2019. If you’d rather watch the video, check it out on my YouTube channel!
1. Lanyard with ID Card Holder
Lanyards are a polarizing subject between cruisers. You either swear by them or hate them. I am usually the one walking around the ship with one around my neck for the convenience factor. However, I recently have been carrying around a tiny crossbody bag so it can also hold my camera. What are you gonna do? It’s the life of a vlogger. I love my Vera Bradley ID coin purse with lanyard because it holds receipts along with my cruise card. But, I couldn’t pass up this adorable lanyard at the Dollar Tree! I can’t eat most donuts, but I can still appreciate their cuteness.
2. Cruise Luggage Tag Protectors
I know the cruise lines expect you to print out your luggage tags and just staple them on, but have you been to a port during check in? Porters are grabbing bags, throwing them on the luggage trolleys…. There’s no telling what happens to it once it leaves your sight! Then, you have to hope that it doesn’t get torn off before your cabin steward finds it and delivers it to your room? No, thank you. I’d much rather invest $5 into some of these luggage tag protectors just for a little peace of mind!
3. Power Strip and USB Plug Charger
In most cruise ship cabins, there are two… maybe three plugs. I am loving that the newer ships are putting in USB plugs next to the bed, but I haven’t been on a ship that offers that yet. Hopefully on the NCL Bliss in the fall. Until then, I take this power strip with me on every trip (every trip – even when I’m just visiting family). If I’m going to be charging more than just phones and maybe my watch, I will take this USB plug charger which can charge up to six more things. Assuming most things I’m charging are charged by USB (I do use the two plugs to charge my camera), I can then charge up to nine things at the same time without having to worry about security confiscating my equipment!
4. Foldable Backpack or Tote
I always pack a foldable tote, backpack or duffle. You can use it as a beach bag, excursion bag, or if you need extra room on the way home to bring back more souvenirs. I like ones that fold super flat so they don’t take up as much room in my suitcase. Or, if you are getting one to use as a day bag to take on excursions, I like to have a backpack.
5. Towel Clips
These clips are great for keeping your towel attached to your lounge chair on a windy day (or just to keep it from sliding down behind your back). I used to carry these tropical themed towel clips that I picked up at Target, but have recently switched to these utility clips from the Dollar Tree. They work just as well and take up a lot less room in my suitcase. Every little inch of space helps!
We all know that we need to wear sunscreen every day. When we went to Europe, I took sunscreen. When we went to Alaska, I took sunscreen. And when we go to the Caribbean, I definitely take sunscreen. I picked up this pack of reef friendly sunscreen from Costco recently to take on our trip to the Bahamas in a few weeks. We are checking a bag, so the size of the spray isn’t going to be an issue on this trip. But, if we are doing carry on only for another trip, the smaller squeeze tube is only three ounces!
7. Waterproof Camera
A waterproof camera probably isn’t going to be an essential for everyone. However, I appreciate the vlog footage that I can get from this camera even when I’m not at the beach. I did use it in St. Thomas last year in the water and loved it, but I’ve also used it in the rain in Europe and Alaska. It’s great for more than just underwater action!
8. Night Light
Inside cabin. Getting up to go the bathroom at night. Enough said.
Seriously though, sometimes I don’t take this with us, and when I don’t, I regret it. On our next cruise, we are in an inside cabin with an odd layout. You can bet your bottom dollar that I am taking it with us on that trip!
9. Travel Alarm Clock and Waterproof Watch
Even after fifteen cruises, it still boggles my mind that most cruise ships don’t have clocks around. On our last cruise, we had the time on the television and on the phone, and even then, sometimes those times didn’t match. Not very helpful. For a while now, I’ve always at least taken a waterproof watch. A watch that I know how to use and is easy to set the time to the ships time. A watch that no matter if I’m swimming in the Caribbean or standing in the rain in Alaska, I don’t have to worry about it not working. Granted, I don’t always take an alarm clock (sometimes I just use the alarm on my phone), but it does help to have it as a backup plan in the room for those early shore excursions.
10. Air Freshener
This is a must especially if you are trying to cram four or five people in a cabin. I have also found that it helps with that musty odor on some older ships. I picked this particular one up at the Dollar Tree. It’s meant to be a Poo-pourri knock off, but we’ve found it works just as well to help with odors in the air.
BONUS! Disinfecting Wipes
I carry these with me every time I go on a cruise nowadays. A while back, we went on a cruise and experienced a norovirus outbreak. While you can wash your hands repeatedly, you aren’t going to kill the virus on surfaces without a medical grade disinfecting wipe (which these are). I felt so bad for those people who contracted the virus while on that cruise, because they missed out on so much being quarantined to their room. After that, I vowed to be more proactive about keeping the areas we come into contact with as clean as possible!
BONUS! Motion Sickness Medications
This pouch, quite honestly, should probably been number one on the list. It’s not only a cruise essential for me, but an all travel essential. Even if we are only going on a plane or train, I take this pouch with me. I have struggled with motion sickness my whole life, so if there is a motion sickness remedy out there, I have probably tried it. Want to know which remedies I swear by? Check out my post on how to not get motion sickness on a cruise!
BONUS! Cruise Documents Organizer
I make one of these up for every cruise we go on. It’s so handy to have all of our documents organized and easy to access during those stressful times of travel (i.e., airport security, car rental desk, train stations, cruise check-in). Granted, a lot of this information is on my phone, but I always like to have the paper copies as a backup just in case I lose my phone or the battery dies.
What about you? What are you cruise essentials? Is there something you can’t cruise without that I may have missed? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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I literally can not contain my excitement any longer! It’s time to pack for our trip! Actually, when you see this, I will be on my trip! So, if you want to follow along with our adventure, follow me on Instagram!
We are flying to Germany to embark on our cruise on the MSC Preziosa in Hamburg. We will have port stops in Le Havre (Paris), Southampton (London), Zeebrugge (Bruges), and Rotterdam (Amsterdam).
In today’s video, I am packing both myself and my husband for 10 days in Europe in carry on suitcases. You’ll see both what I’m taking for clothing as well as what’s in my carry on!
Thanks for watching! Have a great day!