Thanks to U by Kotex® Pads for sponsoring today’s discussion.
The days until my next cruise are passing by so friggin fast! Whenever I travel I make a packing checklist but packing for a cruise is a little different. While you do get some time off the ship, most of your time is spent on board. You don’t want to forget anything, yet you don’t want to over pack because the staterooms aren’t huge. Here are the cruise essentials I came up with for my upcoming 3 day cruise other than the obvious toothbrush, deodorant, etc.
- U by Kotex pads just in case Aunt Flow decides to join the vacation! I prefer U by Kotex CleanWear Pads with 3D Capture Core that locks away moisture to help stop leaks. The packaging is fun and can fit inside a little carry pouch, nice and discreet.
- Prescriptions and over the counter medicines. I typically bring pain reliever and allergy pills with me everywhere! Cruise ships have some things but it’s a good idea to have a kit ready in your stateroom.
- First aid items such as band-aids. Even a thermometer, I fell ill with strep throat and big time fever on my last cruise!
- A few lip colors are good so you can mix different shades. Plus some blush, mascara, concealer & makeup brushes.
- An eyeshadow palette can be used for shadow, liner, brows and even blush if needed. Variety and multi-purpose baby!
- I like getting shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion from Lush. The solid bars can be cut to fit in nifty containers.
- I put everything in my Hold Me Bag because it all fits perfectly and then neatly tucks into any travel bag.
- Comfy clothes. You can look awesome but it’s a cruise not fashion week! Bring a few pair of shorts, tanks and tees you feel comfortable in.
- Dresses. Some (maybe all) cruise ships have dress code at dining. Think semi-formal, a sundress or a blouse with slacks. Think of it like this: a wedding gown is too much, jean shorts and a tee shirt are not enough.
- Flips flops and/or water shoes for the pool area, beaches and walking around the decks.
- A sweater since it can be very windy and chilly on the decks at night!
- Bathing suits! People forget swimwear even though it seems big on the cruise essentials list. I bring at least 2 swim suits with me.
- There are still some cruises you can take with just a birth certificate but be safe, get a passport.
- Use a prepaid debit card for shopping. It’s the easiest way to make sure you don’t splurge and go over your budget.
- Bring a portable music player. They’re great to have in your stateroom. On my last cruise late at night we’d all hang out in our room playing games. Music would’ve been nice! I’m taking my portable Bluetooth speaker this time!