As you’re reading this I am disembarking from the Disney Wish! Cruising has been a favorite way to vacation of mine for basically my entire life. It’s definitely a goal of mine to go on more cruises over the next few years – perhaps to Europe, Alaska, etc. But I have definitely learned some things on my time aboard these ships. Today I wanted to share my five essentials for cruising.
Cruising often means beach/pool time! Sometimes it can be scary leaving your phone on the beach chair – especially if you’re in another country – so this allows you to bring it in the water with you! Plus, a bonus: use it to take photos in the water without worrying about getting your device wet.
An essential when getting on a ship is what I call sea bands! Do yourself a favor and buy them on Amazon before you go. Even if you don’t get motion sickness normally, at some point or another you will feel that ship rocking and you’ll want a set! On board, you’ll probably pay $20 or so for one pair, but online you can get this set of 10 for $10. It’s just a wristband that hits a pressure point – so don’t end up paying $20!
This is an essential very few people realize they should pack with them – a water bottle! This allows you to easily take drinks around the ship with you – including to your room in the evening. If you’re cruising with Disney, all soft drinks and such are included! And trust me, it’s easier to fill this up rather than take tons of small cups back to your room in the evening.
Thanks to crappy neighbors of our past (gotta love renting), I am now accustomed to sleeping with pink noise. At home we run it on our Alexa and typically when traveling we run it from a cell phone. However, on a ship, WiFi is expensive and we choose to unplug, so this is a way to still get the background noise we need! It totally slipped our mind last cruise and it was rough – so I am excited to have this now to use on cruises and for travel in general. Also, it should be noted if you take it on a ship they may call you down to inspect it!
Another item not many people consider is a lanyard/ID holder! On a cruise ship, your room key typically acts not only as your room key but as your ID and your credit card! Therefore you need it at all times and wearing it around your neck helps ensure you won’t forget/lose it. Sometimes cruise lines will give these out as gifts when you get on board, but it can be nice to have your own since theirs can rub on your neck when you wear them too long.