Things to Buy Before your Cruise! Are you a First time cruiser? Save major cash by buying these cruise essentials before you board the ship.
Taking a cruise is a magical experience for everyone! Whether you’re embarking on a 3-day cruise or a 3-week cruise, it’s a major bummer when you have to spend the extra $$ on something you could’ve easily bought beforehand.
Don’t make the mistake of paying a premium price on board the ship. Save some major cash and a few headaches by buying these things before your next cruise!
Things To Buy Before Your Cruise!
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This is a MUST for cruises. A small waterproof pouch is essential for cruisin’ because you can safely carry money, passports, or tickets without having to worry about them getting wet.
Grab one for each member of the family so they can put any small seashells they want to bring back home too!
fOLDABLE Beach Buckets
If you have kids I can’t stress this enough when I tell you to buy the buckets BEFORE you leave for your vacation!
The sand buckets at your port loactions are insanely expensive! It’s also such a pain to lug around large and bulky plastic buckets when you’ve already got a million other things to carry around with you.
That’s why these collapsible buckets are my favorite. They fold down easily and aren’t a hassle to transport back and forth.
If you want your little ones to be entertained at a resonable price, grab your collapsible sand buckets here!
Great for washing your swimsuits in the sink or shower and hanging them to dry for the next day.
These detergent packets are awesome because they’re TSA-friendly and can be used in a sink or bathtub!
If you’re going on a cruise longer than 3 or 4 days, you may want to snag some.
Buy ’em before you board, because goggles WILL be marked up on the boat.
Seasick Bracelet and Medicine
Personally, motion sickness bracelets / medicine were things I didn’t think I would need. However, I did end up wearing the motion sickness bracelet when the water got choppy– especially at night.
Some people prefer the actual seasickness medicine tablets while the wristbands work for others. I recommend purchasing both since you never know which one will work for you.
The sun is ruthless, even on vacation. Protect your skin and your wallet by getting a good quality sunscreen to avoid painful sunburns.
I like this one for kids because there are no chemical actives, it’s fragrance-free, and is water resistant.
Walking barefoot on the ship deck? Yuck.
I highly recommend a pair of shoes that can be worn in the water and while walking around the deck.
Not only do they serve as multi-purpose shoes, but they are also space-saving and a great way to protect your feet from bacteria and germs that are spread throughout the ship.
Definitely my #1 tip if your kids will be going in and out of the pool and walking around the deck.
Update: These are one of my bestsellers! People love them for cruise vacations!
Let’s face it. You’ll be out enjoying the sun or participating in activities throughout the majority of your trip.
That being said, finding an outlet to charge your phone outside of your room will be tricky. Get a portable charger or two.
They’re super small and will hardly take up any space in your beach bag. You will be glad you did!
Oh boy. We’ve all been face to face with a nasty sunburn at some point.
Don’t add to your pain by getting trapped into buying the marked-up aloe sold in the gift shops onboard.
Instead, get a travel bottle of aloe to soothe your burn. My favorite calming aloe for kids is this one on Amazon!
Protect your face from the sun. Hats got your back– err, face. 🙂
Good for storing any little treasures you find on your vacation.
Collapsible Water Bottles
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that these collapsible water bottles are the BEST for traveling.
They conveniently collapse when not in use so you can save valuable space.
Waterproof phone case
This is arguably one of the most important items on the list! If you want to take fun underwater pictures or simply just want to protect your phone from the splashes, a waterproof phone case is a must.
Mesh Beach Bag
Finally, make sure you’ve got a sturdy beach bag to tote everything around.
You’ll be so thankful you have a good quality mesh bag when going to and from port locations and sand is following you everywhere.
Related: 16 Tips for First Time Disney Cruisers
That’s it! If you’re going on a cruise, make sure to pack these important things. Tell me in the comments what other things you absolutely can’t be without on a cruise!
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