UPDATED 2019 – 12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise

Updated for 2019! Packing with the Princess: 12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise. Don't leave home without them.

Top 12 Household Items to Pack for a Cruise

You’ve spent hours packing for your upcoming vacation. You have made a list and checked it twice. GREAT! But, have you thought of everything? During our 10+ years of cruising, we have learned that there are some common household items that will come in handy during a cruise. So, be sure to check our list of the 12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise, and don’t leave home without them.

12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise

1. Highlighters. 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. Shoe Organizer. Storage space is limited in cruise ship cabins that is why an over the door shoe organizer can be very useful. Not necessarily for shoes, but these handy storage units work great for all your toiletries.

12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise

3. 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.

4. Travel Surge Protector. Power outlets are very limited in cruise ship cabins, so having access to extra outlets is a must to allow for charging of phones, cameras, tablets, laptops, scooters, and more. We like this versatile, and compact, cruise ship approved power strip, complete with three outlets and USB slots to charge all your devices.

5. 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 during travel.

6. Magnetic Hooks. Since closet space is at a premium on a cruise, having extra spaces to hang items are a must. These heavy duty magnetic hooks can be used to hang jackets, beach bags, hats, jewelry, and more. Be sure to purchase hooks that are strong enough to support the weight of your items.

12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise

7. 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 is 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. Of course, if formal attire is your concern, you can always pay to have the cruise line press your garments.

8.  Air Freshener. With cramped quarters on a cruise ship, some Febreze or a hanging air freshener for the bathroom is always a good idea. Trust us, your cabin mates will appreciate it.

9. Night Light. Since you will be sleeping in an unfamiliar environment, having some light to guide the way at night is a good idea. The last thing you want to do is trip and fall while attempting to get to the bathroom during the night. This re-chargeable, wireless light is the perfect option for a cruise.

12 Household Items You Need to Pack for a Cruise

10. Hand Sanitizer. Yes, you can never have enough hand sanitizer on a cruise. Pack a few small bottles to keep in your cruise cabin and to throw in your day bag when going ashore. Your immune system will thank you later. Other first aid items like band-aids and tylenol should make your packing list as well, just in case.

11. Wine Opener. Most cruise lines allow you to bring 2 bottles of wine onboard the ship. Many cruise lines also charge corkage fees even if they are your own bottles. So, we recommend bringing your own bottle opener to use in your stateroom. That way you can pour your own glass of wine before heading out for the evening and avoid the extra fees.

12 Household Items to Pack for a Cruise

12. Small Bills– This will come in handy for tipping. Even though gratuities are automatically added to your stateroom account while on the cruise, 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.

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 of these common household items for your cruise vacations? What are your essential packing tips? Drop us an anchor below to share which items you can’t cruise without.


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Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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  1. Pegs! I always take a handful of clothes pegs to hang swimming stuff up with in the bathroom.

    I pack my clothes in plastic bags or large cleaner plastic bags. It really helps with the wrinkles.

      Thanks Cherie for the suggestion. Yes, using plastic bags is a great idea for helping keep your clothes look crispy and wrinkle-free. Appreciate you reading and the comment. Happy Cruising.

    Hi, I’m leaving on a 7 day cruise in two days. Do you use the bags you release air with a vacuum?

      Hi Olga, we hope this gets to you in time. We personally do not use the vacuum seal bags when packing. Although, we do know several people who love to use them. Have a great cruise!

    Always pack a pop-up hamper! Inexpensive, lightweight, fits perfectly in the closet.

    Also keep all recipes together in a clear poly envelope. Makes filling out custom forms a breeze.

    Post-it notes to leave messages in the room or on the door for family members or friends when texting doesn’t work!

      Dollar store umbrella raincoats leave them on the ship

        Thanks for the tip!

    I always make sure to pack a few dryer sheets in a ziploc bag – they keep suitcases, closets, dirty laundry bags and shoes smelling fresh!

    WE always take a small flashlight on cruises. Comes in very handy in the middle of the night if you need to get up to use restroom

    Air freshener? Laundry bag? Just ope the balcony door regularly, wash regularly and throw dirty linen straight into the suitcase. And ENJOY your cruise!

    Leaving balcony door open is not recommended. Creates a wind tunnel. Also, is a drain on the ship’s air handling system (a/c or heat).

    I use my phone flashlight

    Great list! Thanks for sharing! We are heading on our first cruise for our honeymoon next week! Our RC info says power strips are not allowed… however, do you know if they will they accept the one you listed here?

    If you plan on going to the beach, take a travel size container of baby powder. Sprinkle on your sandy feet and the sand will brush right off. I also take a little case to put my ship card in. I found one at the dollar store with a zipper, so I can also have other things handy – like cough drops, “chapstick” type items, small tissue packs or a couple folded small.

    I use packing cubes with dryer sheets (keeps odors down in dirty laundry) to keep my clothes separate and then I can use them for dirty clothes. It makes washing a breeze. I also pack extra medications in case of emergency, making sure to keep medications and jewelry etc. always stay in your possession.
    I also bring a 24 oz. Contigo cold beverage cup. (I only have coffee with breakfast.) I fill it with iced tea or water and take it with me on excursions or off the ship.