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Gearing up for a cruise, but not sure what you should bring along? Whether you’re new to going on cruises or you’re a seasoned pro, there are a few things that will make your vacation go smoothly.

To ease the stress of packing your suitcase, here are 10 essential items to pack for your upcoming cruise...

1. Motion Sickness Remedies Just in Case

Just because you’re prone to motion sickness, it doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your dream of going on a cruise. There are a number of remedies you can try and you’ll want to bring at least one along on your trip.

Should motion sickness come up, you’ll be ready to handle it so you can get yourself feeling back to normal in no time. If you’ve never been on a cruise and aren’t sure how your body will take being on the ocean, it’s still smart to have some sort of motion sickness aid. And if you never need it, odds are that someone on the cruise will.

There are a number of options you can bring along. You can speak to your doctor before the trip and get a prescribed medication to help. Ginger candies or natural supplements can also be beneficial. Breathing techniques or finding something to distract yourself while on the ship are good alternative remedies too.

2. Lanyard Necklace to Keep Your ID Safe

Your cruise ship ID is pretty important while you’re on your trip. It acts as your room key and will be required when boarding and leaving the ship upon stopping at various ports. It’s smart to keep it with you, but you don’t want to lose track of it or waste time searching for it in a jam-packed handbag. 

Bring a lanyard necklace with you so you can keep your cruise ship ID safe during your travels. This will prevent you from having to spend money on one once you get onboard.

3. Power Strip for Charging Your Devices

Odds are, there aren’t going to be many electrical outlets inside your cabin on the cruise ship. And you probably have a lot of devices to charge, such as your cell phone, your laptop, those Bluetooth headphones, and maybe even a smartwatch. If you’re sharing a cabin with a friend or family member, you’ll wind up fighting over the limited electrical outlets available to you.

If you’re allowed, bring a power strip on board. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at once. And it’ll hopefully prevent you from winding up with a lot of dead devices while you’re out to sea. Just make sure you unplug the power strip when it’s not in use.

4. Antibacterial Wipes to Keep Away the Germs

No one wants their vacation to be ruined by an unexpected sickness. Nor do they want to come home from a beautiful cruise, only to find out they picked up some sort of bug while away. Instead, it’s better to take extra precaution and sanitize as much as you can while on your trip.

You can pack antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for those moments when you aren’t able to wash your hands with warm soap and water. Since there are so many people on cruises, you’re exposing yourself to a lot of germs. Be sure to wipe down your room — from the tables to the bathroom. 

5. Ear Plugs to Keep Out the Noise

When you’re trying to go to sleep at night, is there anything more frustrating than having noisy neighbors in the cabin next door? Probably not! But there can also be other little annoyances like dripping faucets in the bathroom. Or your room could be located near a busy walkway, a loud nightclub, or even close to the noisy engine.

One of the essential items to pack for your upcoming cruise is ear plugs. They’ll help you drown out the noise and get your beauty sleep so you can properly enjoy your cruise. Bring a few pairs along just in case you lose one and you’ll be thankful you did.

6. Formal Wear for Fancy Dinners

Since cruise ships typically have fancy restaurants for you to grab a bite to eat, you’ll want to come prepared. These restaurants will require formal wear, so you’ll want to make sure you have a few options packed for your trip. This will ensure you’re covered should you get the craving for some fine cuisine while on vacation.

7. Pair of Comfortable Shoes

One of the essential items to pack for your upcoming cruise is a pair of sneakers. They’ll really come in handy if you’re doing a lot of walking on the cruise ship or off. Even if you think you’ll be spending most of your time wearing flip-flops on the beach when you’re docked, sneakers will still come in handy.

Not to mention, there are often an assortment of activities on the cruise ship itself (like rock climbing). You’ll want to have a pair of sneakers for things like this. Your feet will really thank you for it when they aren’t covered in blisters at the end of the day.

8. Wrist Watch if You Lose Cell Service

When you’re out on the high seas, it’s not uncommon for you to lose cell service. And since so many of us rely on our cell phones to tell time, it’s not going to be much help if it’s not working properly. By wearing a wrist watch, you’ll always know what time it is (though you need to make sure you keep it updated if crossing time zones). This way, you don’t have to worry about missing important events or reservations.

9. Flashlight if the Power Goes Out

Not to freak you out and make you think power outages are common on cruises, but it’s better to be prepared, right? If the power were to go out, it’ll be helpful to have a flashlight on hand. While you could use your cell phone, what if it’s dead? Bring a flashlight with fresh batteries just in case of a power outage or other mishap.

10. Walkie Talkies for Staying Connected

There’s no denying that cell phone service can be pretty expensive while you’re at sea. No one wants to come home to an expensive bill from their wireless provider. To prevent this from happening to you, you could bring walkie talkies onto the ship to keep in touch with other members of the group you’re traveling with.

It’s an easy way to stay connected, plus you won’t have to worry about racking up an outrageous cell phone bill. Walkie talkies will also be helpful for parents who want to keep tabs on their kids when they’re out and about on their own.