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What to Pack for a Cruise – Beyond the Obvious

By Roey Pimentel

When deciding what to pack for a cruise, think beyond the obvious (like shoes!)

A cruise vacation has some unique packing considerations. Three often overlooked items can help you make the most out of your cruise experience.

Whether you are going to spend many days at sea, or most of the trip in port, the first item you should never cruise without is a set of clothes pin hangers. Most staterooms have a retractable clothes line in the shower/tub area. When you consider the many water activities both on board and onshore, you will probably have a lot of wet bathing suits.

This is especially so for parents traveling with children. It is not uncommon to take a swim then go back to your cabin to change for lunch, and then later that afternoon go back out to enjoy more water sports.

Space is limited in staterooms and having clothes pin hangers keeps your room neat (and dryer!) They are also handy to hang up any delicates you may choose to hand wash during your stay.

The plastic clothes pin style that has a hook on top much like a clothes hanger works better for travel. The hook allows for easy positioning on the ship-supplied clothesline. Another benefit to the plastic style over the wood type is that the plastic variety comes in various colors. Assign each family member a different color.

Did you know your cell phone may not work out at sea? And if your phone and plan do work, the additional charges can be quite expensive. Often folks embark on a cruise assuming they can keep in touch with other family members on board with their cell phones. The theory is great; it allows each person to go off and enjoy different areas of the ship and still keep in touch via voice or texting. However, when they find out that idea doesn’t work they are left without a plan. Don’t be that family!

Pack a set of walkie-talkies to communicate throughout the cruise ship.

Teenagers will appreciate the freedom of breaking off from the group and Parents will have piece of mind that they can still keep in touch.

There are so many fun activities on-board geared towards different age groups. Walkie-talkies give passengers the freedom to choose different activities and still keep in touch throughout the day.

The third item that answers the question, “What to pack on a cruise,” is the least obvious item.

Can you guess? It involves the scheduled activities on-board. The item is colored highlighter markers.

Each cruise line produces a daily activity newsletter. These flyers or booklets are usually delivered to your cabin each evening for the following day.

Everything a passenger needs to know regarding important information as well as activities and entertainment is contained here. This is where the highlighter(s) come in handy.

Read through the newsletter and decide which activities and shows you want to attend. Different activities are often scheduled at the same time. Use the highlighter to mark which things you want to do so you don’t miss out. Take it a step further and assign a different color highlighter for each member of your party.

There are many items you can choose when deciding what to pack for a cruise, but I highly recommend you include these three not-so-obvious helpful items.

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Have you ever gotten to your destination and realized you forgot a simple yet necessary item? Replacing a forgotten item can waste hours of your precious vacation time – don’t let that happen to you!

How To Pack For a Cruise


By Roey Pimentel – Find out how to maximize your vacation time and vacation budget to create a great fun beach family vacation at

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