So you’re packing for your upcoming cruise vacation in the Caribbean. You’ve made your packing list and checked it twice, but you are still worried you may have forgotten something essential. Aside from toiletries, clothing, and footwear, this is my top 5 list of additional accessories that you should be sure to pack for any Caribbean cruise. Also, check out our blog post on the 6 commonly overlooked household items that will come in handy during your next cruise.

1. Sunglasses- in Princess fashion, I am currently sporting Michael Kors aviators but any pair of good glasses will do. Other designer options include: Coach , Ray-Ban , Maui Jim , or Tory Burch . Proper eye protection is essential during those sunny days at sea and can also make you feel a bit more glamourous!

2. Towel clips– Ever get tired of your towel blowing in the wind while you are trying to catch some rays on the pool deck? Well worry no more, these handy clips will keep your towel in place and come in a variety of fashionable styles.

3. A compact, quality camera- like most cruisers, we want to capture all the experiences of our cruise vacation without having to carry around cumbersome photography equipment. So, we have recently purchased the Sony DSC-RX100 for our upcoming cruise vacation which is a major upgrade from our previous Sony Cybershot DSC-T90. We are not camera experts by any means but this seemed like the best combination of size and quality. Be sure to get an extra memory card to store all those vacations photos.

4. Water shoes- The hubby and I have chosen Columbia’s Drainmaker. These are an alternative to the traditional water shoe with a more sneaker-like look still providing all the features needed in a water shoe. They are lightweight, airy, easy to pack, and have a rubber sole for traction in slippery situations. They are designed for maximum drainage and quick dry capabilities. They are available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes and a variety of colors to match all your favorite outfits. They can be used for a variety of water-related excursions including kayaking, boating, or climbing Dunn’s River Falls.

5. Backpack or Tote bag– a lightweight bag of some sort is essential when going ashore at ports of call. You will want to consider a bag that can fit beach towels and all your needed accessories. You might want to consider a waterproof compartment to store valuables and/or a change of clothing if participating in any water-related excursions. Having multiple pockets is a must as well so you can easily access wallet, bottles of water, ipad, camera, and any other items you might want readily available—digging through the main compartment of your bag to find that desired item is never fun!

So re-open that suitcase one last time to make sure you have packed these essential items and get ready to make many Eat, Sleep, Cruise memories during your upcoming vacation!

Want more packing tips from the Princess? Be sure to check out our other posts…

6 Commonly Over-looked Household Items That Will Come in Handy During Your Next Cruise

The 6 Necessary Items You Need to Bring Ashore at your Next Caribbean Port of Call

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