Top 10 Handy Things to Bring on a Cruise

Top 10 Handy Things to Bring on a Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

Here are my top 10 handy things to bring on a cruise that make life a little easier when on a cruise vacation.

As a cruise expert who spends months onboard a cruise ship, I have found there are some really handy little things that make life so much easier on board if you are on a seven-day cruise to a 100-day cruise.

You can buy some things on board, but some things you can’t and I recommend you bring these ten items.

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Top 10 Handy Things to Bring on a Cruise

1. Mesh Laundry Bags 

Mesh Laundry Bags – If you use the washing machines onboard use these handy little mesh bags to put your delicates inside to protect them and also, no one can see anything fancy inside!

close up of clean laundry

2. Laundry Bag

Laundry Bag – It is much easier to store your dirty laundry in a nice bag than if you need to wash some laundry onboard it looks much nicer carrying this bag than a plastic bag from the souvenir shop! Also, when going home just put this bag straight in your suitcase.

a person holding a basket

3. Reusable Storage Bags

Reusable Storage Bags – These are such a handy thing to have while travelling to keep all your valuable items clean and away from water damage. It is also good for keeping food in while travelling all day.

foods stored on zip lock bags

4. Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes – I cannot live without these! They make packing so much easier and create a lot more space in your luggage. Also, use them in draws or in the closet in your cabin to keep yourself organised.

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5. Portable Phone Charger

Portable Battery Charger – We use our phones for everything a camera, for the internet, to play games, as a phone, texting and to use the millions of apps we have. The battery always runs out quicker than we expect, so these handy portable phone chargers charge your phone on the go without needing to find somewhere to plug in your charger.

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6. Magnetic Hooks

Magnetic Hooks – The walls in your cabin are magnetic, so make use of this by bringing magnetic hooks, to hang up jewellery, your lanyard with your cabin key, hang coat hangers-on, handbags, scarves, hats, etc. Also, stick any paper to the wall. 

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7. Beach Towel Pegs

Beach Towel Clips for the Sunbed –  Do you get annoyed when your towel moves or the wind keeps blowing it? These beach towel clips are great for keeping your towel right where you want in on your sun lounger.

sea flight sunny beach

8. Travel Coffee Mug/Water Bottle

Insulated Stainless Steel Flask – Keep your water cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks, hot for 12 hours with these insulated water bottles, so handy for by the pool, in the gym, on tour or at the beach.

stainless steel vacuum flask on table

9. Wrinkle Release Spray

Travel Wrinkle Remover – The last thing you want to do on vacation is ironing! As soon as you unpack hang up your clothes and spray wrinkle remover on them and the wrinkles should fall out.

a person holding a clothes hanger with orange shirt

10. Stain Spot Remover Pen

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pen  – These are a lifesaver when you spill red wine, coffee, tomato sauce, and chocolate ice cream down your top. Get the stain out before it becomes permanent.

hands toasting wine glasses with red wine

Make sure you pack these handy items for your next cruise. Also, see more fantastic cruise accessories on my Amazon storefront page. Click here to see more.

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Do you have a handy item you always bring on a cruise? If so, please share and comment below, I would love to hear your tips.

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Love Lucy x

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  1. November 21, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    These are some awesome tips which I will definitely share with my friends who often go on a cruise. Excellent and very practical post, Lucy.

  2. Maram
    November 25, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Cool article! I’ve never been on a cruise but I would find this handy if I was going on one!

  3. November 25, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I think the packing cubes are the best invention ever! Not only for the cruises! I’m just like you, I discovered them because they were a present and now… I can’t live without them!

  4. November 25, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    These are all great tips! We love cruises, and would agree that all of these would come in really handy!

  5. November 26, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! Never would have though to bring beach towel clips! And of course, the protective cases for valuables are a must!

  6. November 27, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    These are great items for most kinds of travel! I love those beach towel pegs! I could use some of those right now while backpacking for sure!

    • November 27, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      For sure, all these items can be used on any vacation. The beach towel pegs are very handy!

  7. November 27, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    The beach towel clips and the magnetic clips are great ideas! I never would have thought of those but I can imagine how useful they would be 🙂

  8. Nisha
    November 28, 2017 / 2:08 am

    These are some great tips. I normally carry many of the things listed. I think what I liked most was the magnetic hooks to stick on to the steel walls. It is cool to be use the walls to store our stuff 🙂

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you! The magnetic hooks are really handy from sticking things on the wall to hanging things up.

  9. November 28, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    These are all great suggestions and tips! Beach towel pegs are so handy at the beach or pool, or even in the room to truly close those pesky curtains for full darkness.

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      That is a great idea, about using the beach towel pegs to close the curtains!

  10. November 28, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Nice list! For sure I would say a portable power bank for your phone and a stain spot remover pen. In fact I carry those two things with me almost everywhere I go! They are always in my luggage when I travel and my laptop bag when I am working!

    Wrinkle release spray is pretty handy too! You always have to dress up for dinner on cruises and by the time I arrive at the start of the cruise my dress shirts have typically been crammed in my suitcase for a few hours so getting the wrinkles out is no small chore!

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you very much! I am the same, my portable power bank goes in my handbag every day! Wrinkle release spray is very handy on the first day after unpacking!

  11. mags
    November 29, 2017 / 6:50 am

    This is a great list. Travel mugs and portable chargers are an absolute must! I’m always surprised by how quickly I blow through battery on a ship even when I don’t have wifi

    • November 29, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you! The portable phone charger was the best invention!

  12. June 9, 2018 / 6:28 am

    wooow I can’t imagine this product is real “STAIN SPOT REMOVER PEN” good list

    • October 6, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      I use them a lot! Such a great item especially when cruising.

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