Updated: Dec 8, 2021
Now your cruise date is coming up!! I know it's exciting! Now your faced with what to pack and what not to pack. Stressed!!! I have compiled a list of items that through the years of cruising I have felt its important and useful.
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Item #1 - First Aid Kit
No one wants to think about getting sick or hurt on a cruise, but few vacations end without someone getting a cut or having a little indigestion. Buying Band-Aids or Pepto onboard isn't cheap, and all the over-the-counter meds you have at home might not be readily available on a cruise ship or in a foreign port. We recommend packing a small first-aid kit stocked with items like Band-Aids, alcohol swabs, antibiotic ointment, cold pills, cough drops, painkillers, seasickness remedies and meds for heartburn and upset stomachs.
Item #2 - Disinfecting Wipes
It’s a good idea to bring disinfecting wipes for your travels – in the airplane or even for the car ride if you’re driving to the cruise ship. Once on the ship, you may find having these healthy cruise essentials useful as well. We’ve occasionally used some at the washrooms if we need to stop on the way and prefer to wipe the door handle and so on.
Safety comes first when cruising!
Item #3 - Hand Sanitizer
There’s no glossing over the recent health issues that have hit the world and the cruise industry. While cruise lines go to major lengths to keep people healthy on their trip, it’s a good idea to take matters into your own hands.
Keep these on hand for shore excursions or when you won’t be able to wash your hands with soap and water. We like to keep some already packed in our shore excursion bag. Either the little bottles or the travel size Purell wipes packages will do the job.
There are hand sanitizer dispensers all over ships, but it’s smart to bring your own so that you don’t have to hunt. Use it regularly throughout the cruise.
The good news is that it’s not expensive. Just be sure to get smaller containers that can fit easily in a pocket or a purse.