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9 Things You Probably Didn't Think to Pack for Your Cruise

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Over the years, I've been on several cruises, and each has been a learning experience. Since cruising is the exception for my travels rather than the rule, I find myself struggling with the packing aspect every time.



I've slowly come to terms with my cruise packing abilities, and I've even come away from this last cruise with a few things that most people (including myself!) don't ever think about packing for a cruise.


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Walkie talkies

I saw so many families using these on our last cruise, and I loved the idea. No one wants to rack up super expensive roaming charges on their cell phones, so bring a few walkie talkies along instead. You can still keep up with the kids, your other family members, or friends, and your cell phone bill next month will thank you.

 

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An insulated tumbler

While there are cruise staff members to attend to all of your drink needs, the cups that said drinks come in are not insulated at all. At least on the cruises I've experienced, the cups are either plain glass or those plastic ones you find in school cafeterias. Both will reduce that $12 piƱa colada to a soupy, lukewarm mess if you don't gulp it down in 5 minutes.

I bought Landon and I some cheap insulated mason jar-style mugs before our last cruise, and we used those things constantly. We'd get extra lemonade or ice water to take with us by the pool, and our drinks actually stayed cold. They were well worth the $6 investment.

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Drink flavorings

Before we go any further, let's get one thing straight. I'm cheap. Super cheap. Especially when it comes to paying extra for soft drinks and the like. I'll drink water for a week in order to save enough money to go on a shore excursion instead.

Therefore, it probably comes as no surprise that I never buy the drink package. This varies by company, but most cruises will give anyone tea, coffee, and water, as well as some sort of flavored water. While some of the flavored waters are decent, I quickly tire of most of them, as they're often watered down. The easy solution to this is to bring your own Crystal Light (or similar) packets and/or those water drops that come in a million flavors. That way, you can make the lemonade as strong or weak as you'd like.

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Lightweight blanket/ throw

If you're considering a Caribbean cruise, this might seem to be a strange choice. No matter where you're sailing, the boats can be chilly. They love to pump the A/C no matter the temperature outside, and I would've happily taken a light blanket while sleeping at night or while watching a movie in the movie theatre.

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Sweater

In combination with the aforementioned throw, a sweater would've been an awesome addition to my cruise wardrobe. It's frowned upon to bring a blanket with you into the main dining room (as it really clashes with everyone's formal wear), but a sweater or cardigan would've done wonders for me. I don't care if I'm in the middle of the Bahamas--I get cold when the A/C is blasting!

Every time I book a cruise, I tell myself to pack a sweater. But can  you guess how many times one has actually made it onto the boat with me?

Zero.

Learn from my mistakes, people!

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Small DVD player + DVDs

The television selection on all of the cruises on which I've sailed has been severely lacking. On the last cruise, Landon and I caught portions of Lethal Weapon 3, an episode of Friends in Spanish, and LOL (a movie starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore that was so bad we didn't even last until the next commercial break). While there's plenty to do on a cruise, sometimes you just want a few minutes of downtime in your room between activities or before dinner.

There were several times that I would've happily welcomed a movie of my own choice; if my daughter had been with us, it would have been awesome to quickly cue up Frozen or Toy Story instead of watching whatever was on the tv.


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Snacks

You're probably thinking, "This woman is crazy. I'm going on a cruise for all of the free food. Why in the world would I want to take more food with me?"

There is a lot of food on a cruise. You could pretty much eat morning, noon, and night if you really put your mind to it. (If you take that path, as I did on my honeymoon cruise 5 years ago, you will come back stunned at the scale. You've been warned.)

However, you'll sometimes find yourself wanting something other than the snacks that are available to you. I love pizza, finger sandwiches, and brownies, but I would've loved some chips or Skittles on the cruise. You might be able to find these in the ship store, but be prepared to pay about double what you would on shore for a Snickers.


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An Extra Pair of Cheap Sunglasses

There's a time to be stylish and wear the heck out of your Ray-Bans. You'll definitely find that time on the cruise: hanging out by the pool, going on a historic walk at the ports, or leisurely strolling through a town.

However, there will be times when you're on the cruise, and you'll want to look over the railing to the water below. You'll watch those beautiful, expensive glasses fall ten stories into the depths of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, doomed to only be worn by the most fashion-forward of sea life.

Avoid that heartbreak by packing a pair or two of cheap-o peep-o sunglasses, and save the snazzy, fancy ones for activities where your head isn't hanging over the ocean.

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Camping hammock

Here's something for you in the completely-unnecessary-but-still-useful category. When Landon and I were in Labadee, Haiti, we saw a family that had brought along their own Eno hammocks. Landon, who is in love with his Eno hammock, immediately regretted not bringing his--even though it was the last thing we would've considered packing before seeing these people.

Still, I have to say that watching them set up their lightweight hammocks between sets of palm trees did have me a little jealous, as no one else in the compound had seating that was cool, comfortable, and came with a great view.

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Which of these would you want to take on your cruise? If you've been on a cruise, what did you forget to pack?

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