14 Cruise Accessories for Ridiculously Hardcore Cruisers

Power Cruiser Necessities

There are varying levels of cruise fans out there on this big, beautiful, water-covered planet (71% covered in fact – wikipedia’d the ship out of that).  From first time cruisers to this woman who has over 200 sailings under her belt after retiring on a cruise ship – we love you all. But, the cruise accessories below will likely appeal more so to the latter type of ship mate.

When approaching the terminal before shipping off, you can typically tell who knows their ship. The first timers leave all of their cruise necessities in their checked bags. They’ll fumble with passports, boarding passes, and luggage tags. They stop and take pictures with every prop along the way.  We were all there at one point – don’t worry, it’s cute.

The experienced cruiser shows up with their luggage tags and boarding docs affixed to their bag and person (see cruise necessities below). They have a carry-on with the required gear to b-line it to the lido deck. They stiff-arm the guy soliciting photo ops, and they’re poolside before some of us are even through security.

A while ago, we posted 26 Cruise Packing Tips and Hacks that has since gone viral. We’ve seen insane amounts of traffic and thousands of pinterest pins. That article prompted a bunch of our experienced ship mates to share products and cruise necessities that they won’t leave shore without.  That’s where most of these ideas originated.

Below are some of the tell-tale accessories that the cruiser before you is legit. Of course, any and all ship mates can get value from these cruise products, but we expect it’s the veterans that will be most excited when seeing these below… unless they already own them all.

waterproof-smartphone-case

#1 – Waterproof Smartphone Cover

No only is this great to have poolside, but also comes in particularly useful when leaving the ship. Stop wrapping your device up in a t-shirt when at the beach or snorkel adventure. Stick it in this waterproof cover and avoid a smartphone tragedy. With this cruise necessity, you can also take sweet underwater pics. Get side-by-side with a big fat sea-turtle and enjoy an underwater selfie.

waterproof smartphone case

 


 

travel-mug #2 – Coffee Mug

We mentioned this cruise necessity in our 26 Cruise Packing Hacks & Tips and readers LOVED this idea. Cruise pros know how tough it is to get your caffeine fix while at sea. The cruise lines really make you work for it with those 6oz thimbles they call coffee mugs. Good luck trying to bring one of those things back to your room. By the time you’re up/down the stairs you have 3rd degree burns and 2oz of joe left. With this travel mug, you can fill up once and go about your day.

travel coffee mug

 


 

cruise accessories

#3 – Windproof Towel Holders

It gets really windy up on the top decks of a cruise ship. The serious cruisers know this and use this little hack as a way to outsmart mother nature. Clip your towel on your deck chair and you’ll be sure it’ll be there when you get back from the Lido Bar. It doubles as a great way to stake your claim and secure your precious poolside real estate. Otherwise, the hardworking cruise staff could mistake your seat and towel as abandoned and send it off to the laundry. That $25 deposit could have easily been saved with this handy cruise accessory.

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over the door hanging organizer

#4 – Room Organizer & Space Saver

Another great hack used by the cruise gurus… the hanging cruise door organizer serves as the perfect tool to keep your sea-home nice and tidy. It’s ideal for shoes, bathroom products, your new travel mug (see above), and all that other stuff that typically finds its way to the cabin floor.

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cruise-cabin-door-whiteboard

#5 – Dry Erase Board

It’s tough to find people while at sea – the whiteboard makes it easier and more fun to track down your ship mates. There’s always the option of voicemails on your cabin line, but you can’t draw pictures via phone. It’s also fun to occasionally get a random message from another cruiser… and even MORE fun is a note from a secret admirer.

cruise cabin door whiteboard

 


 

cruise-cabin-wall-magnets

#6 – Magnet Hooks

Did you know that the walls separating you from your ship mate next door are made of metal? Probably not – but, hardcore cruisers do. And, they take advantage of it using these magnet hooks. Slap a few of these puppies on your wall and you just created a bathing suit hanger, lanyard holder (see below), or hat rack. Combine these hooks with the hanging organizer above and you’ve just created a mind blowing, Martha Stewart-like contraption. I think she actually invented that combo while behind bars.

cruise cabin wall magnets

 


 

cruise-Id-holder

#7 – Sail Away Card Holder

If you’ve sailed before, you’ve seen this cruise necessity… the Sail Card ID lanyard. At first, you may have thought, “holy ship that’s nerdy.” But, after the third time you’ve lost your card, you begin to reconsider. No more digging through pockets – you’ll never forget where your ID is while hanging around your neck. As soon as you get back to your cabin, you can take it off and hang it on your metal hook (see above). And as an added bonus for our cruise pros, you can show off your platinum status to everyone in the room. Make way… VIP coming through!

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cruise-kindle

#8 – Kindle

There’s nothing better than sitting poolside with a cold drink and a great book. If you’re a voracious reader, then the Kindle is an absolute cruise necessity. Books are heavy and take up valuable luggage space. With a Kindle, you can bring the entire Harry Potter series with ease and comfort.

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cruise-luggage-tag-case

#9 – Luggage Tags

A couple weeks before you set sail, the cruise line will send your luggage tags or give you access to print them online. If you’re a cruise pro, you’ll then slide those right into your luggage tag holders.  If you’re like me, however, you’ll accidentally rip them and end up duck taping the remaining pieces to the side of your bag. Don’t be like me.

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cruise-power-strip-charger

#10 – Power & Charging Station

We humans love our gadgets… Kindles, iPhones, laptops, hairdryers, shavers, curling irons, etc. Hardcore cruisers know that outlets are tough to come by in your temporary ocean abode. With this little, lightweight power strip & device charger, you’ll have everything humming at once. Some cruise lines don’t allow these so make sure to check with yours before bringing this cruise necessity.

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solar-device-charger

#11 – Solar Device Charger

Rather than sitting in your cabin waiting for your phone to charge on your Power Strip, you can head to the top deck and let mother nature do the juicing. Both you and your device can sit there taking in the sun, while getting energy in addition to a beautiful bronzed hue. This works well for smartphones, portable speakers, eReaders, cameras, gaming devices, and other accessories.

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clear book weight

#12 – Transparent Book Cover

This is one of my favorite cruise necessities. If you’ve ever suffered from “flappy page syndrome,” you’ll appreciate this weighted, transparent book cover. Turn the page, plop this on top, and read along, sans wind-deterrent. As an added bonus, you can accidentally drop a big glob of salsa or once-frozen-yogurt on top without worry. Just lick or brush away and you’re back to reading (and eating) in no time.

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#13 – Portable Beach Lounger

If a beach chair and a towel mated, this portable beach lounger would be the glorious offspring. It has the comfort of a lawn chair, with the added convenience of a beach towel. It folds up nicely for easy carrying and even has an extra pocket for magazines or leftover pizza.

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#14 – Selfie Stick

Half joking… half serious with this cruise necessity.  Too many selfies can get obnoxious, quickly – but, for those must-have shots, why not really nail them? Rather than asking the nearest gentleman to put down his greasy Guy’s Burger to take a shot of you and your loved one, consider the Selfie Stick. I mean… check out how good this couple above looks with a selfie stick!

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cruise binoculars*BONUS – Cruise Binoculars

We got this great idea from our amazing users in the comments section below. Binoculars come in particularly handy when cruising along shore (like an Alaska Cruise), when spotting ocean creatures, or checking out the blonde on the next cruise ship over. You may also need the extra long-viewing-power on one of the mega ships, like the Oasis or the Allure of the Seas. Prop yourself up on the top deck and use binoculars to either spot, or continue hiding from friends and family as they roam the decks below. This particular set of Bushnell Binoculars are very affordable and have amazing reviews on Amazon.

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portable beach lock box*BONUS 2 – Portable Lock Box

The portable lock box serves multiple purposes on your cruise.  You can be a pool-chair-hog while securing your iPhone, cruise card, casino winnings and more. The cruise staff won’t be able to move it because it’ll be safely locked to your chair! You can also take it down to the beach while at port and swim worry free. Your stuff will be safely secured by your lounge chair. A burglar would have to drag the whole chair off the beach to get your stuff!

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easybreath snorkel and mask*BONUS 3 – Easybreath Snorkel & Mask

If you’re like me, a normal snorkel has always been more of a big straw than an underwater breathing device. I may as well be using one of those old McDonalds straws when I get out there in the beautiful Caribbean waters. It took 2016 years, but there’s finally an amazing solution. The Easybreath Snorkel and Mask allows you to breath normally while out there racing sea-turtles or finding Nemo. On your next cruise, you can now enjoy the refreshing saltwater without ingesting half of it! For our snorkeling fans out there, this is an absolute cruise necessity!

easybreath snorkel and mask

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119 thoughts on “14 Cruise Accessories for Ridiculously Hardcore Cruisers

  1. Who needs all that shit, its just another way for Amazon to make money. I have cruised several times and never needed luggage tag holders, just attach your tag to your bag and seal it with clear packing tape, it will work better then a tag holder since their is no seams for water to get through and a wind screen for my book, come on now just learn how to fold the pages. Towel clamps to keep the staff from taking my towel away? just go to the dollar store and buy chip clips for $1.00, they come in all different shapes and stiles and works just as good and cost a hell of a lot less. And what about that door holder for all your personal needs !! what a joke that is, THEY DO HAVE COUNTER TOPS IN THE BATHROOMS. So why do you need to hang your shoes in them etc…. My handicap cabin (oceanview) has so much counter space I could cut up a whole chicken and still have room left over. I have seen the interior cabins and for 2 ppl, if you don’t bring your entire bathroom from home their is plenty of room, so the hell with Amazon. Extra hangers are a MUST if your planning to dress up every night. I found that those ppl who wear those sail away card holders are very snooty like their shit don’t stink, so I don’t recommend them or the cabin door white board, this will draw attention to ppl who are looking to steal from you since you are basically telling them, (I’M NOT HOME HELP YOURSELF) whatever happened to just leaving a note INSIDE your cabin. As for everything else it is just common sense so don’t wait until the last month to start packing because you will forget something as basic as your toothbrush or your contact solution. Happy cruising everyone.

    • Businesses are out to make money and that what our economy is supposed to be about. YOU don’t have to buy this stuff but others will. You are probably the guy who complains when the buffet line has no soup spoons because you can’t enjoy soup with a teaspoon.

    • Well…I have been way more than “a few times” and discovered I already have all but the wind protector (but I use a Kindle instead) and a portable lounger. Lighten up dude. You will get some more cruises under your belt and maybe chill a little with experience!

    • Nobody said you had to buy any of this stuff from Amazon. You can get a lot of this stuff anywhere. But a lot of it is a good idea. I’m getting the Belkin Surge protector from Walmart.com because the store doesn’t actually have it. I’ve looked at 3. I’m taking my tablet to listen to music so there’s another good idea. And we can’t leave a note inside out cabin because the other people on the ship with us are not staying in the same room. Most people on cruise ships don’t bother other people’s cabins & a steward is usually around most of the time so this this is a pretty decent list.

      Sorry you are so miserable you have to bash someone else’s list that they find useful. Happy cruising & hope you don’t need any extra plug ins on your next cruise.

      • Alicia, I read on Carnival website that you cannot bring anything with a surge protector. Only extension cord without surge protector.

        • I have a personal Power Wheelchair, a BiPap breathing machine, and a Nebulizer. I have always been allowed power strips with surge suppressors and extention cord for my appliances. So they do make exceptions, at least for Medical devices. Over the years, we have cruised Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and next is Princess B2B in December fot 4th time.

          Also, I would like to add that I always have a yellow highlighter to use to make sure that we don’t miss an activity that starts at a certain time.

    • Wow! Tell us how you really feel Rick! No need to be so rude, it’s just suggestions, nobody said you must have these items before you are allowed to board!

    • Wow! You are a complete jerk. If these ideas are not for you then just move on. However, I appreciate the writer of this article taking the time to offer these tips, because I am a first time cruiser. In addition, I found some very useful tips in this article, I love to shop on Amazon, and I’m not a total cheap skate as you clearly are. Oh, and you can put the dry erase board on the inside of the cabin door. Duh!

    • I enjoy your internet demeanor and simple English, however my only complaint is the description on #11. It seems to refer to the Sun as a planet, which is incorrect.

    • Hope you have never forgotten your toothbrush. You need it to clean out that nasty mouth. Relax, some people may need extra space. or enjoy having some nice things around them. who are you to judge? hope your not on my next cruise.

    • NEVER FOLD THE PAGES! you monster, poor books. I do agree with half the stuff you don’t need however when you are in an interior room and 3 people the over the door organizer is helpful for things like sunscreen, and odds and ends. Also if you are in an interior room a power strip is a must have.

    • Lanyards are a necessity for kids. As far as bathroom space your accessible cabin bathroom.has much more space than other cabins especially the inside categories

  2. I bought the Cruise Tags based on the ship of RC tags. I did take another idea of using your business card in your regular luggage tags but changed it a bit. I bought the Avery Business Cards that you can print on your own computer. I created a business card that showed my first and last name i a very large font. Then, I added a QR Code with the rest of my information so it was not readily available for someone to copy down.

  3. I think there is a happy medium here. Ownership of all these gadgets does not make one a hard core cruiser… it points more to being an Amazon shopping addict (kidding). Using all this stuff means having to pack it. That is a downside so think about whether or not you want to schlep it all with you. One point regarding the white board on your cabin door… it let’s everyone walking by know that you are not in your cabin. Kind of like posting all your vacation pics on FB while you are away; it announces that you are not at home. Think about that. My husband and I use post it notes inside the cabin to keep current on where we are heading.

    • Yes, a good color variety of Post It notes is a Must!

      Not a bad idea to take antibacterial wipes for things that others touch…..like your door handle, TV remote, and bathroom everything.

      Maids and stewards go from one room to the next. I would bet my LIFE that they do not use Purell between opening and closing all the doors…

      If anyone knows differently, please tell me so I don’t have to do this!

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  5. I own and keep packed most of the list above, in addition to binoculars. You’d be surprised how handy they are. But, to each their own I guess. I like to make my trip easy and stress free.

  6. Well if I have an e-reader, I don’t really need a transparent book cover, then, now do I?

    But I don’t really understand how Rick Miskovits feels — lol.

  7. Not only were these GREAT tips ( my Amazon cart is always up and ready!) but the comments were quite entertaining!! I’m getting ready to take a cruise (first) in two weeks so thanks for the great tips ShipMateMike! Ryan, go have a glass of wine, or TWO! 😉

  8. I brought the magnetic hooks on my last cruise, but found that there was nothing that they would stick to. Unless you are on a very old ship, nothing is metal.

      • I have another must have/bring -at least for me. Since drawer space or closet shelf space (depending on your ship, of course) is often at a premium, I bring one of those collapsible fabric closet shelf things (usually sold with sweaters in mind) that affix to the rod. You can put an amazing amount of folded clothes in them and stay organized. And, they pack flat.
        Also, I always take one of the zipper top plaid plastic bags from the dollar store to act as my onboard hamper for my dirty clothes. They pack flat and are practically weightless!

        • One thing we thought of regarding drawer space and clothing: a collapsible laundry basket with a liner would’ve come in handy. I’m picturing something that we could bring aboard empty and collapsed, but zip out and take off as an extra carryon on our way out. And not to be indelicate, but we wished we had BROUGHT NEW underthings that we could switch out and discard as days went by and we had to choose between STORING or PAYING TO LAUNDER certain articles of clothing that are cheaper to replace than launder at cruise prices.

          • That zipper top idea would work, but I’m picturing something with a small footprint that would stand up.

          • We store our empty suitcases under the bed and use them for dirty laundry. You can wash out undergarments, roll them in a towel to soak up excess water, then hang in the bathroom or over a chair to air dry. The blow dryer works quickly to dry underwear too if needed!

  9. Great tips! Thanks!

    Have you tried downloading audiobooks to your phone/iPod? So nice to listen to a book in the sun… Easier on the eyes and neck. Download your books at home before you leave for the cruise if you don’t plan to purchase Internet .

    Insulated cups for cold beverages… The Carnival ones are about $10 on the ship.

  10. Great list and thanks for the Amazon links (nice touch)! Other suggestions and a necessity for me is a small personal fan (like a desk fan). Many have a USB connector which would work nicely with the multi-outlet charger. Most everyone I travel with is always freezing, so the air is never cold enough for me, so I have a fan that can blow in my direction while I sleep. I also bring the XX Large ZipLoc bag for the dirty clothes. It’s especially nice because you can squeeze the air out and seal it like a Space Bag and keep the dirty separate from the clean during your travel home. If you plan to buy gifts or souvenirs, you may want to pack a foldable travel duffle as extra items might not fit in your suitcase. I too pack extra hangers as there are never enough! I bring gallon sized Ziploc baggies which can come in handy for a number of things. If I have any snacks in the room, I store them in the baggies as well so the food is not left sitting out. I know this last item sounds ridiculous, but to each his own…..right? LOL….On Royal Caribbean, if you get a drink or soda package they give you a nice cup, but I don’t like sipping out of the hole in it (I know I may be a little weird), so my last trip I packed some long straws that made my drinking so much nicer. Actually, I was repeatedly asked where I got the long straws 🙂

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  12. We just finished our first cruise. There were three of us per cabin and the extra hooks and wall hangers would’ve come in handy. We were smart and thought about the binocs and luggage tags ahead of time. I think the whiteboard is a great idea: we were a large group with different cabins and were always dropping by each others’ cabins trying to find each other. I’m thinking of the portable lockbox and the beach lounger as gifts for Father’s Day…they would be handy for summer outings even if we don’t go on a cruise. Thanks for the great ideas! BTW we also bought the lanyard first thing. It’s the least snooty thing ever…but the bracelets were available and handier so we abandoned the lanyard fairly quickly.

  13. Guess I am missing the boat on this one “BONUS 2 – Portable Lock Box” can’t this just be cut off the chair?

    • Kim – the handle / locking mechanism is metal. It would take bolt-cutters to get it off. Hopefully someone will call the authorities as soon as they see someone with bolt cutters walking down the beach 🙂

  14. Encouraging people to use things to save lounge chairs will most likely anger die-hard cruisers. Cruise lines may not always be good about enforcing the policy, but chair saving is actually not allowed on most cruise lines, not to mention it’s just plain rude.

    • I really saw that ShipMateMike was providing an idea to prevent your towels from blowing off when you hop off of your lounger to take a quick dip in the pool to cool off or when you walk across the deck to grab a soda or other beverage. Those decks are windy and if your towel is not secure, it will likely blow right into the pool or on top of the guy sleeping 4 chairs down.

      A suggestion that I’d like to make is to bring 4 large safety pins and some ribbon. Before the trip, cut the Ribbon so each is about 2 ft long. When you pick up a towel for your lounger, fold each ribbon in half and at the half way point, safety pin one of these to each of the 4 corners of the towel. This allows you to tie your towel to a lounge chair so it does not blow off. (again, not to “safe seats”, but to keep your towel secure).

      Prevents your towel from continually blowing over your legs from the bottom end or slipping down behind you when you are propped up scanning the scenery or reading via your preferred method.

      When you are done with the towel, simply unpin your ribbons, pin them together and toss the towel in the used towel bins on deck.

    • But, it makes sense that you’d want to save your chair while swimming… Isn’t that allowed? I wouldn’t try to save one to go have lunch and come back but just while I’m swimming… yes.

  15. Here’s a few security tips:
    Though I don’t have much to add about gadgets, I do have some advice. On land, having witnessed the theft of an old man’s backpack (with his passport) by brazen thieves on a moped, resulting injuries as he was dragged down the street with many people around. And my wife’s wallet stolen from her bag when she took her camera out, I recommend the following:
    1) A money belt. They can be a pain in the a**, but it’s hard to steal money and passport from them.
    2) Record all credit card/debit phone numbers to a report theft as soon as possible if you are a victim. Keep these in your room.
    3) A copy of your passport and all tickets is a must, not a nice to have!
    4) Women should avoid purses but if you must have one, keep them closed as much as possible if you have valuables in them. Avoid opening them in public places. Get your cameral out of your purse before you arrive at you destination on land. Consider a fanny pack.
    5) Inform your credit card companies of your travels so they can monitor and allow you to use them without them getting suspicious of far from home spending habits.
    6) A way to translate, either as a smartphone feature or a simple translation book can be handy in countries that do not speak English.
    7) Put your name, address phone number on your camera and mobile. phone. It is easy to leave without them onboard ship going to various places. 8) Lock your mobile/smart phone with a password or number.
    9) Utilize your cabin’s safe for valuables you leave in your cabin.

    In Europe, gangs of “professional” pickpockets roam the touristy areas looking for prey, especially in summer and in crowded places. They can be kids as well.

      • just found this site.. and we do cruise… more at our empty nest age… my DH (dear husband) takes so many shoes… to dress in.. and mine are in a heap…we live in a small town.. no dressing up required….but the shoe bag…or whatever.. I have one inside every closet… will go out ASAP.. and pack… never thought of taking…thank you…

    • I was just informed and bought these… The as seen on TV stores carried GoGo belts for $10. They are small stretchy belts fits under clothes and fits a lot of things in them. phones passports ids cameras etc.. I love them. They are not bulky like the fanny packs.

    • My mother had her camera stolen from her zipped purse while in line for the Vatican. It had pictures from my sister’s wedding in Florence on it. That’s how skilled the pick pocket thieves can be!

      • This happened to someone I knew while riding the bus in Rome. The pickpockets are quick and they unzipped her purse and took her wallet. She did have the wallet in an outside pocket of her purse. Not a good idea. My strategy to avoid theft of the good things: Put them all in the bottom of your bag (crossbody makes it harder to steal with leather straps), then put all the stuff like portable umbrellas, etc on top, zip it shit and hold your purse by placing your hand on the zipper. It may not completely prevent someone grabbing my bag, but it is not going to be an easy steal. And yes, pickpockets are very skilled.

  16. An even better way to keep up with larger groups is walkie talkies so you wont need to incur exta cost on cell phones when in roaming areas and get the ones that go far enough to use if some stay on the ship and some get off at ports.

  17. We carry a Dollartree pop out box to keep cameras, lanyards, earrings etc corralled in – it had been our greatest (cheapest) purchase. You might also want a small flashlight, post-its for steward messages on mirror, Dollarstore ponchos (2 for a buck), and sewing kit – in case anyone still knows how.

  18. We have cruised a fair bit on different cruise lines and find the available hanging space is usually much more spacious than the drawer space.

    We save the light weight hangars from the cleaners and hang as much as possible. Putting the cleaner bags over several hangars and fan folding into the suitcase helps keep wrinkles out. As soon as we arrive we just hang up all the hangars and we found the clothes don’t crease as badly if hung. Also make for a really quick unpacking and escape to the pool deck.

    When we come home and the clothes are dirty we discard the hangars, roll the dirty clothing. This gives us extra space and frees up some extra weight in our luggage for the souvenir shopping we have done.

    We also save the plastic zippered bags/cases that items like pillowcases and sheets are sold in and recycle them as packing ‘cubes’. It makes it easy to store socks (bras) and underwear in one, swim wear and beach stuff in another so all you do is grab and go. Quick for unpacking, as well just stuff them in the drawers or on the shelves and go. Also helpful when you need to put a lot of items in those small bedside drawers.

    I always take a couple of zip lock bags for the camera or iPad in case we get caught in a brief sun shower/downpour at the beach or in town, helps to keep the sand out as well. Also helps contain all the small items that float around the bottom of the beach bag.

    Oh yes, I almost forgot, we sometimes go for longer cruises or back-to-back trips and in order to pack less, I pack some laundry soap ‘pods’ and some dryer sheets as well because it is sometimes hard to find non-scented varieties in the laundry room dispensers on board (I am allergic to some perfumes). These items fit nicely into a small plastic storage container with a lid so they don’t get crushed and leak. You meet some great people in the laundry rooms onboard.

    Happy traveling!

  19. Yay love all the info on here. Guess I will be looking out for these things. I thought I was doing good with the pop up hamper! Lol

  20. Take a photo of the ship’s daily news / activities paper on your cell phone then if you forget to take it with you whilst you’re out and about you have it on your phone to refer to!

    • Love this tip. I was spending time putting my interests in my calendar so my mates could take the paper. That’s fine until you change your mind/miss it while napping/just too relaxed (lazy) to go to the other end of the ship for the planned activity. This idea is SO much better. Thank you!

  21. On the Disney cruise we went on, we used old Disney gift cards with magnets glued to them (kept on the wall by the door) as the card for the lights. That way, we wouldn’t forget our room key as we left. We’d just take the “light card” out and leave it on the wall as we left. We also took.clothes pins to hang bathing suits to dry on the little clothes line in the shower.

  22. Wow, I thought we were pretty experienced and we’ll organized but there are some great tips here. Thanks, we will definitely be trying some.

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  24. Great tips and now a question. My granddaughter wants to decorate the door, where do I get the things people decorate their door with?

    • You can only decorate your room using those Command Strips. They are able to be pulled off the walls/doors following the instructions and shouldn’t damage anything if used correctly. They sell them at walmart in the houseware dept I believe (near the paint dept).

  25. Many people talk about some of these things in the facebook group I am in. Your additional plug cannot have a surge protector (fire hazard). Many said you can get them at walmart w/out the surge protector. They dont allow the cabin door hanger thing anymore as it damages the door. Many say just put a towel on the door before you hang it or wrap the hanging things with something that’s soft and will prevent damage. The luggage tag thing is cool and many past cruisers have recommended them, however I wonder how the cruise line feels about them. The reason they are put on your handle is that the would be easy to see. The tags hang down, so they will have to pick up the tag to see whats on it. The towel clips are not to hold your seat or others seats. Is good to keep it from blowing away if you leave for the bathroom or to go get a drink, but to hold your spot or others no. Many passengers are complaining that too many people hog chairs all day and others dont have a place to be.That snorkeling thing is cool and many that have it love it, however its expensive. Happy Cruising everyone!

  26. Wow lots of ideas! I have been on at least 20 cruises never needed clips and have washed some clothing an put on balcony to dry. I do take one dollar ills to tip. I take a first aid kit with lots of medicine. Disinfect wipes give me piece of mind cus I wipe everything done in room incuding pillows. I take some non alcohol drink bottles an fill with alcohol. I use the miniature bottles to spike my free drinks or soda pop drinks. Laundry detergent is a must if cruise is longer than seven days. Power strip is very helpful if u need hair dryer an irons. Best thing for ladies is pillow proof spray helps hair look good the second day or dry shampoo is a good idea. I also like slippers or flip flops to walk around room the cruise line will provide a robe if requested. I take a silk robe lite an space saver. To re address meds take enough for every one in party for if u need to purchase meds can be three to four times hire including bug spray or sunscreen.

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  28. I really want the book cover! We actually use TWO shoe organizers, one for each side of the bathroom door. Sometimes the hooks don’t work well, so I tie them together with flat shoelaces, which allows the door to close better. Perfect for toiletries and hair accessories inside, and flip flops, sunscreen, phones, chargers, etc. in the outside. Lanyards, white boards, and multi-plug outlets are a must when you are cruising with kids and teens! We also love the towel holders (we use plastic clothes pins with magnets, bought at Micheals), as they work perfectly for “hanging” (attaching?) swimsuits to the chairs on our balcony. The AC in the cabin takes forever to dry swimsuits, but the heat/sun/wind on the balcony dries them much faster! Also great for hanging the daily schedules to the door.

  29. Here’s one thing I wouldn’t travel without – a braided clothes line (such as the one from Rick Steves). It’s fabulous when you suddenly find that your cruise ship has no self-laundry facilities. No clothes pins needed. I have had it for 10-15 years and it’s good as new. We take it everywhere we travel – cruising or not. Hang your swimsuit or laundry. I do like the idea of taking some command hooks to simplify indoor hanging if the weather is bad or you have no balcony. That I hadn’t thought of before.

  30. Another good hack is to place a few clothespins at the bottom of those light weight shower curtains so that they do not sway into you or suck in from the temp of the water and stick to you. Works great. At the end, simply throw away. I also have the clip magnets from the Dollar Tree that we just clip our swimsuits to in the room. They dry MUCH faster out there than in the bathroom and if you put them in the large picture window while you are out it is even better. Over the door organizer is a MUST and this time I have 5 of us in one room….with 3 kids I am thinking 2 of them is a plus! Each will have two flat folding boxes from the Dollar Tree as well and a pop up hamper each that FINALLY they will carry in their own suitcases. Suitcases go under the bed for things purchased. Post its are a MUST as are a few pens. My clips for towels are from the Dollar Tree as well. I also pick up some little plastic containers with lids that I put smaller amounts of things like hair gel, ponytails, kids jewelry, etc. My medicine is kept in a smaller sized kit i got from the hardware department that is meant to corral screws, fuses, etc. I just put it in each compartment (or more if Advil!) and label with a sharpie on top of the case. Works great and travels well and fairly flat! I DO have a small makeup bag changes to “beach bag” that has a few things that we might need on land if something happened. A few bandaids, wet wipes, etc. I just throw it in my bag and most times do not touch it. Just better safe than sorry!

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