Important cruise accessories people often forget to pack

Important Cruise Accessories People Forget to Pack

When preparing for your cruise vacation, there are important cruise accessories people often forget to pack.  Packing for a cruise can be a little different than a hotel or condo stay. 

Cruise staterooms are a lot smaller than hotels and condos (unless of course you are staying in one of the top cruise suites) and you don’t have the luxury of a close by convenience store or big box store.

Cruise ships do have small shops onboard, but the selection is limited, and it is usually pricey.

With a little extra preparation and planning you can pack everything you need to have an amazing time.  Here is a helpful list of cruise accessories that people often forget to pack.

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27 Cruise Accessories People Often Forget to Pack

Cruise Luggage Tag Holders

Carnival Luggage Tag Holders by Cruise On [4 Pack] Fits All Carnival Cruise Line Ships & Tags for Cruises in 2023, 2024 & 2025

Cruise Lanyard

Cruise Lanyards, 3 Pack Waterproof Cruise Lanyard with Detachable Buckle & ID Badge Holder for Cruises Ships Key Cards, Cruise Essentials & Must Have Accessories (Light Blue + Dark Blue + Red)

Your cruise key card is your boarding pass, room key, and method to charge items to your onboard account such as drinks etc. 

Extra Outlets

Most cruise ship staterooms don’t have enough power outlets.  While you can definitely make do with what is there, packing a cruise outlet adapter to add extra plug ins is something to consider.

Be careful though – not any power strip or power bar will do.  It MUST have NON SURGE PROTECTION. 

Cruise approved power bar is a cruise essential

Extension cords are NOT allowed on cruise ships.  Power strips with surge protection are NOT allowed on cruise ships.


Many people are in the habit of not packing shampoo or conditioner for their vacation as hotels almost always provide this.  With cruises this isn’t always the case.

Not all cruise lines provide hair conditioner (such as Carnival).  I have yet to be on a cruise ship where shampoo isn’t provided but you will want to bring conditioner.

Solid Conditioner Bar, Made With Natural & Organic Ingredients, All Hair Types including frizzy hair, Sulfate-Free, Cruelty-Free & Vegan 2.3 Ounce Bar. (Rosemary & Peppermint)


People often think to pack a hoodie or a comfy sweatshirt, however on a cruise you will want to pack a nicer cardigan or sweater that you can wear in the evenings over your dressier clothes to dinner or the theatre.  The air conditioning can feel chilly and you don’t want to throw an old hoodie over your cute black dress. 

A black cardigan is a great choice as it will go with anything and can be worn multiple evenings if needed. It is a must-have cruise item.

GRACE KARIN Cropped Bolero Shrug Jacket Sweater Short Black Size XL CL2000-1

Cruise planner and journal - printable pdf. For every step of the cruise proccess from planning your cruise, to preparing for your vaction to remembering it. Packing lists and to do lists

Important cruise accessories people often forget

Aloe Vera or After Sun

When the cruise ship is moving, there is a nice light breeze.  This can make the amount of sun you are getting a little deceiving.  The sun’s rays can be more intense than it feels.

Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Vera Lotion - Vegan After Sun Care with Cocoa Butter to Soothe and Hydrate Sunburn- 8 oz

Be sure to pack aloe vera or After Sun to help with those sun burns.

Night Light

A night light is a cruise accessory that is a good idea if you are in an interior stateroom (no window) and especially if you are cruising with kids.  

An interior stateroom has no outside light coming in and is therefore very dark.  This can make for great sleeping conditions, however you may want to pack a night light for those late night washroom trips.  Especially with kids.

Energizer Tap Light, Battery Operated, Soft White, Push On/Off Wireless, Portable and Convenient, Perfect for Under Cabinets, Closet, Attic, Nightstand,Nursery, Bathroom, Hallway, 36521, 1 Pack

Magnetic Hooks

Magnetic hooks are cruise accessories that aren’t necessary, but they are helpful to keep your cruise room organized. 

LOVIMAG Black Magnetic Hooks Heavy Duty, 110Lbs Strong Neodymium Magnet Hooks with Epoxy Coating for Home, Kitchen, Workplace, Office etc-4 Pack

Beach Towel Clips

When the ship is moving there is a slight breeze.  Cute beach towel clips help keep your towel in place and stop it from flipping onto your face.  Another added benefit to beach towel clips is that it makes it easy to recognize your lounge chair after a dip in the pool or a trip to the bar.  When everyone has the exact same towel, towel clips make a easy identifier.

We bring these on every cruise and put them in our shore excursion bag for beach days.

O2COOL Bocaclips - Beach Towel Clips for Beach Chairs, Patio and Pool Accessories - (Flip Flop) 2 Count

Waterproof Phone Case

A waterproof pouch for smart phones allows you to keep your phone with you while you are playing in and around the water. This gives you added peace of mind. It also allows you to get underwater pictures.

JOTO Waterproof Pouch Cellphone Dry Bag Case for iPhone 11 Pro Max Xs Max XR X 8 7 6S Plus SE, Galaxy S20 Ultra S20+ S10 Plus S10e S9 Plus S8/Note 10+ 9, Pixel 4 XL up to 6.9" -Black

Running shoes/Sneakers

If your first thought is “no way, I’m cruising in flip flops”, you might want to think again.  Closed toed shoes are necessary for several on board and shore excursion activities. 

Things like rock climbing walls, laser tag, ropes courses and zip lining all need closed toed shoes.  And yes, these are activities are available on some cruise ships. 

Wrinkle Release Spray

Downy Wrinkle Releaser, Travel Size Light Fresh Scent 3 fl oz (90 ml)

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Passport and Cruise Documents in Carry On

Packing your passport and cruise documents might seem like a no brainer but the reason I added it here is that sometimes people forget to pack this in their carry on rather than their suitcase.  Where it tends to happen is when people fly to their departure port, momentarily think they are done with their documents and pack them in their luggage.   

When you arrive at the cruise terminal a porter will take your luggage from you, and you won’t see it again until later that afternoon outside your cruise stateroom door.

Travel Insurance

Whether you have purchased travel medical insurance, trip cancellation insurance, trip interruption insurance or a package that incudes it all you will want to carry this policy with you.

Insurance is never a fun thing and often people forget to pack the travel insurance policy they bought months earlier.  Be sure to pack this as you will need the policy number and phone number in the unfortunate case you need to make a claim.

I keep my travel insurance policy with my other cruise documents in my cruise carry on.

Prescription Medications

Don’t forget to pack your prescription medications.  Always keep these with you in your carry on and be sure to pack your medications in their original containers. 

Whenever you are travelling be sure to bring more day’s worth of medication that you need.  You never know when your trip can be unexpectedly extended (ex. weather).

Reading Glasses

For those of us who don’t wear glasses regularly but need them to read menu’s etc. it is easy to forget to pack reading glasses. 


Band-Aids should always be packed for any sort of travel for cuts and scrapes, however pack a few extra for blisters.  If on your cruise your dress shoes or new sandals are giving you a blister, put a band-aid on the irritated skin to help protect against further rubbing. 

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Over the Counter Medications

Most people remember to pack Tylenol and/or Advil however they can forget about the other issues that can arise.  Be sure to pack something in case you get a sore throat, heartburn, or upset stomach. 

If you are travelling with children, be sure to have children’s versions of each of those medications.

Ziploc Bags

Ziploc bags have so many uses, take up hardly any space and should be part of any travel packing list.  Pack a few different sizes, a couple medium sized zipper bags along with a few large sized Ziploc bags.

If you order a sandwich from room service and only eat half, throw the other half in a Ziploc and put it in the fridge for later.  Instead of throwing a wet swimsuit in your bag, put it in a Ziploc.  Worried about a liquid leaking, put it in a Ziploc.   These are just a few of the ways we have used plastic zipper bags when cruising.

Water bottle

If you like ice water, make sure the mouth of your water bottles are wide enough to fit ice cubes in.

Hydro Flask 21 oz Standard Mouth Flex Cap Alpine

Antiseptic spray or cream

An antiseptic spray or cream is another important item that should be on all your travel packing lists and part of your cruise first aid kit. 

Sea Bands

Sea-Band Sea-Band Acupressure Wrist Bands, 3 Pairs

Swimsuit Coverup

A swimsuit cover up is so much more comfortable than putting shorts and a t-shirt on over your bathing suit to go grab lunch or a drink.

Cysincos Womens Swimsuit Cover Up Hollow Out Swimwear Beach Bathing Suit Bikini Coverups Black

Poo Pourri spray

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, Fresh Sea Salt, 2 Fl Oz - Sea Salt, Bergamot and Eucalyptus

Travel mug

YETI Rambler 20 oz Tumbler, Stainless Steel, Vacuum Insulated with MagSlider Lid, Copper

Smaller bills for tipping

The reason you will want several smaller bills is for tipping the porters at the cruise terminal who handle your luggage, room service, bus drivers, shore excursion staff, etc.

Portable Charger

Portable Charger Power Bank 26800mah,Ultra-High Capacity Safer External Cell Phone Battery Pack,2 USB Output High Speed Charging Power bank Compatible with iPhone 15/14/13/12/11 Samsung Android LG etc

These are some of my favorite cruise accessories. How many of these important cruise accessories were you missing from your packing list? 

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