When I say there are a lot of packing lists online to help you plan for your cruise, I am not exaggerating. Many of them are good, and the really good ones are clever. You already know to pack sunscreen, travel documents and charging cords, so in this post, I am whittling my list down to 5 items I would NEVER cruise without. Ever. *This post contains affiliate links.*
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- Honorable Mention: Waterproof Mascara
- Number 5: Hair clips, ties, bows and pins
- Number 4: Polarized Sunglasses
- Number 3: Portable Battery Charger
- If your smartphone is your camera, please pack a portable battery charger, or you risk missing out on those picture perfect moments especially at the end of the day, when you are stressing because your battery power is at dangerously low levels.Number 2: Crocs Sandals
- Number 1: Anti-Chaffing Stick or Cream
Honorable Mention: Waterproof Mascara
Mascara is my favorite item of makeup. I love it. Even if my skin is having a blotchy day, I know my eyelashes never let me down, so I play them up. Big time. On any vacation where weather and water intersect, I turn to my trusted waterproof mascara. Sweat, saltwater and rain are no match. My hair may be in a messy bun, but my eyes look fabulous.
You are on vacation. You don’t want to spend lots of time on your hair or your daughter’s hair, but you will all be in lots of photos, so you want to look good. Hair accessories are a vacation saver! Clip your hair up for a formal look, or to keep it out of the waves. Pin it back to keep the breeze on deck from whipping your lovely locks in your eyes (ouch). Your corneas will thank you.
Number 4: Polarized Sunglasses
Once the most expensive sunglasses on the rack, you can now grab a cute pair of polarized sunglasses for under $30. Why polarized, you ask?
Sun + Water = GlareOn the pool deck, while gazing at the waves as we sail or watching little ones at the beach, the sun can be brutal on your eyes. Polarized lenses reduce glare which makes it easier to see kids while they swim, and if you are enjoying a Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, you can see every detail of the rays swimming at your feet..
Number 3: Portable Battery Charger
I know I talked about chargers in the opening paragraph, but portable chargers a bit different in that you charge them and take them with you. And they are no longer an option. You are going to be busy during your cruise. You are going to forget to charge something. You just are. And that meet & greet with Jack Sparrow isn’t going to wait for your camera battery to charge.
If your smartphone is your camera, please pack a portable battery charger, or you risk missing out on those picture perfect moments especially at the end of the day, when you are stressing because your battery power is at dangerously low levels.Number 2: Crocs Sandals
I can see some eyes rolling. Crocs have come a long way since the original clogs were released over a decade ago. As a sports mom, I could never live without them. As an avid theme park traveler and cruiser, why would I want to wear anything else?
The soles are squishy and supportive for walking distances. I have wide feet, and within a few hours, the material molds and shapes to my foot. But the best reason is that I can wear a pair of sandals like the Sanrah Medallion (pictured above) by the pool or on Castaway Cay, then give them a quick rinse, and they are ready for dinner at Palo. One pair of sandals, multiple uses.
Number 1: Anti-Chaffing Stick or Cream
This one is personal, but we’re all friends here. If long walks on the beach sound romantic in your dreams, but in reality, they leave you a bit chaffed, anti-chafing cream is your friend. When your jeans get wet on your favorite water rapid ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then you chafe as you walk through the park, you will wish you had a dab of anti-chaffing cream. It’s good for your heels or other blister-prone areas of your feet.While I have what I call “mom curves” my daughter has been known to chafe since she was a thin-as-a-rail preschooler, too. Chaffing knows no size, only sensitive skin. I like to wear cotton skirts, especially when I travel. They are cute, comfy and take very little space to pack, but skirts leave my legs vulnerable to chaffing.
Walking long distances + moisture (from sea, pool or sweat) = chaffing.
I prefer the stick. You apply it just like solid deodorant. It’s quick and mess-free. Apply it on any skin surface where chaffing is likely to occur, and you are set. Like sunscreen, you will need to reapply a couple of times a day, but you will be so glad you did.
The gel is nice too… totally a personal preference thing.
So, there you have the top 5 items I never leave home without — and that is for any vacation really. This list would work well for travel to the Disney Parks or to the National Parks.
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