Packing List Hacks You Always Forget To Take

Packing can be an unpleasant experience, we all know that – but by including these miscellaneous, often over-looked items to your packing list, might make your life a whole lot easier the next time you’re at sea. We can help you out with finding your next sailing – just take a look at our best deals from all the top cruise companies.

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Face care
£3.80 – buybuybaby.com

Banana Boat sun care
£6.31 – amazon.com

Body cleanser
£1.45 – target.com

Manicure and pedicure kit
£5.83 – amazon.com

Earplugs –

We know you want to stay out all night partying on your holiday, but when you do manage to fit in some sleep in between it needs to be restful. Ear plugs are a must especially if your partner is a snorer or have noisy neighbours in the next cabin.

Hand Sanitiser –

The majority of ships do provide Purell dispensers around the ship for guests to use, however it can’t hurt have your own handy supply *pardon the pun*. Especially if you aren’t keen on the strong scent of standard hand sanitisers, this Soap & Glory one will have you reaching for pocket germ-buster more often.

Wet Wipes –

Where would we be without Wet Wipes? They are great for cleaning up spills and sticky patches, as well as wiping down door handles and hard surfaces in your cabin – the perfect item to help prevent getting an upset stomach on-board.

Pedicure & Manicure Kit –

A broken nail or hang nail can put your polished appearance at risk whilst cruising. Instead of running to the salon which may be a costly experience, make sure a pedicure & manicure kit is at the top of your packing list. It will save the day in so many situations with all its little tools.

Sunscreen & Aftersun –

Of course an essential on everybody’s packing list, but it is definitely something you don’t want to forget. We recommend packing a water resistant sunscreen if you like dipping in and out of the pool – don’t forget the Aloe Vera gel to sooth your skin after soaking up the sun on the Lido deck.

Chewing Gum –

Apparently it is not sold onboard the majority of cruise ships, so you’ll need to bring your own to make sure your mouth stays minty fresh.

Cabin Essentials

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BlueAvocado reusable lunch bag
£13 – jcpenney.com

OXO kitchen gadgets tool
£7.37 – target.com

Caldrea home fragrance
£6.99 – gracioushome.com

Itsa Girl Thing lanyard jewelry
£3.17 – nordstrom.com

Camelbak eddy .75L Water Bottle
£9.54 – bagking.com

Waterbottles –

It will help you save money onboard, keep you hydrated and it’s kinder to the environment.

Resealable food bags –

Excellent for keeping your snacks from the buffet fresh, or your favourite tid-bits you brought aboard.

Post-it Notes –

Any easy way to keep your family and friends updated on your whereabouts – Just leave a Post-it note on the mirror of where you are heading or even leave as reminders of excursions and reservations.

A Pack of Pens –

You’ll definitely need a pen at some point on your cruise and pens are like hair grips, they always seem to disappear. Play it safe and take a whole pack as then your more likely to hold onto at least one.

Clips –

A fantastic multi-use item, you can seal up your snacks, clip up your swimwear up to dry and even clip your paperwork together in a tidy bundle.

Air Freshener –

Your cabin can get a little stuffy during your cruise, especially if you have an inside stateroom. So it’s best to pack an air fresher to keep your cabin smelling sweet and fresh.

Lanyard –

If you don’t want to carry a bag when you’re sauntering round the ship, you can conveniently store your cabin key in one of these. Plus your less likely to put your cabin key down as leave to somewhere it you’re wearing it round your neck.

Gadgets

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E-reader/ Kindle –

Any cruise is a great time to get some holiday reading done, but you don’t want to end up bring a whole bookshelf of novels along. You can sit back and relax on your sun lounger with all your favourite reads on your compact Kindle.

Extension leads –

Although cabins these days do provide numerous power outlets and some now even have USB sockets, it doesn’t hurt to bring your own extension lead equipped with a travel adapter. It’s great for when all your gadgets run out of battery at once.

Alarm Clock/Docking Station –

Why bring two things when you can combine them in one gizmo. Most cabins don’t have clocks in them so it’s easy to lose track of time, and you don’t want to end up sleeping through the breakfast buffet. Docking stations provide a bonus feature of been able to play your favourite tunes as well as keeping you running on time.

Headphones –

A travel essential but can easily be forgotten at home. Avoid the sinking feeling when you are rummaging through your suitcase looking for your headphones, then remembering that you left them on the kitchen worktop – there goes your silent disco.

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