1. Your Travel Documentation
The number one thing everyone will need in order to cruise is their boarding passes, travel documentation, and proper form of identification.
Whether you take prescription or over the counter medication, make sure you pack it for your cruise. Taking your medicine, as prescribed, is still something you should do away on vacation just like you would back on land.
3. Your Insurance and Healthcare Information
I always recommend bringing your insurance and healthcare information with you. This could help you in the event of an emergency. While many places may not accept your healthcare, you could provide a doctor's contact information to a hospital you may be visiting in a port of call. Some insurance and healthcare companies also have help hotlines that you may be able to take advantage of if you have an emergency while you are on vacation.
You should bring money with you. I recommend bringing some cash for use in ports of call, but a credit card to link with your onboard expense account. While you cannot directly use your credit card onboard, you can link it to your onboard expense account.
Don't forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and/or floss. You can often buy these items during your cruise vacation for an expense price. If your cruise line does not sell these items onboard you can look for them during your time in a port of call.
I recommend packing sunscreen that will protect you from as much UV radiation as possible. Getting a sunburn is often not fun and can ruin a vacation. Make sure you pack sunscreen, use as recommended, and reapply as needed!
7. Digital Alarm Clocks
Many cruise ship staterooms do not have clocks, which means you should consider bringing your own if this is the case for the ship you are planning on sailing.
8. Lint Brush
A lint brush can help you remove lint from your clothing that is darker colored. While having some lint on your clothes may not be the end of the world, removing it with a lint brush can improve your appearance.
Bringing a flashlight will allow you to navigate your stateroom after dark without turning on the overhead light. You could also use a flashlight in the event of a power loss onboard due to an engine problem.
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