So you’ve spend hours packing for your upcoming cruise. You have made sure to pack everything and the suitcases are all weighing in under 50lbs- GREAT! But, have you thought of everything? Here are 6 common household items that will come in handy during your next cruise. Don’t worry, they won’t take up much room or add too much additional weight to your luggage.

1. Highlighter– this will definitely be useful when reading through your cruise ship’s dailies. You will want to highlight any important information and all the activities and entertainment that interest you so you don’t miss out!

2. Laundry bag (or a trash bag can serve the same purpose)- We find bringing a laundry bag is essential. It can be easily hung in the closet to discard of dirty clothes making packing at the end of your cruise a breeze.

3. Power strip/surge protector– in cruise ship staterooms outlets are very limited and not always in the best location so having access to extra outlets is a must to allow for charging of phones, cameras, tablets, laptops, scooters, and more. We like the Belkin power curve mobile surge protector.

4. Ziploc bags– these can come in handy for easily waterproofing items for your beach break or for transporting wet bathing suits in your beach bag. We also use Ziploc bags to pack our toiletries to avoid any potential leakage. With only limited packing room, you wouldn’t want shampoo to leak on that new sundress you bought for this cruise, would you?

5. Wrinkle release– since you are NOT allowed to bring an iron or steamer of any sort on board a cruise ship, wrinkles are inevitable. You may try all sorts of clever packing tricks, but we find wrinkle release the best option. Our trick: spray the clothes with wrinkle release following the bottle’s directions then place in the bathroom while showering for additional steaming of the garments and an effective de-wrinkling. Of course, if formal attire is your concern, you can always pay to have the cruise line press your garments so you can look even more fabulous in those photos!

6. Small bills– lots of small bills will come in handy for tipping. Even though gratuities are automatically added to your stateroom account, you will want to tip drivers, tour guides, and anyone else who has provided you with exceptional service. You might also opt to use cash while ashore at ports of call to purchase souvenirs. While most vendors now accept credit cards, be careful as some credit card companies will charge international fees.

All right, so you have to open that suitcase one more time to throw in these last minute items, but aren’t you glad you thought of them?

Do you pack any other common household items for your cruise vacations that weren’t listed above? We’d love to hear from you, so leave your comments below.

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