6 Unnecessary Things You Should NOT Pack On A Cruise

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How to pack for a cruise

Creating a packing list is a great way to stay organized, and it’s always important to know what you should NOT pack on a cruise.

Packing for a cruise can get a little confusing. There’s tons of information out there that can lead you to believe you need everything that will fit in your suitcase, but you really don’t. As cruise ships get more high-tech, and stateroom designs get better and better, you’ll probably find you need less stuff to keep you comfy on the high seas. So, here’s our list of 6 things you can leave behind

#1- Leave your blow dryer at home.

Unless you have very long hair, or a particular affinity for your blow dryer, you’ll probably find the one in your cabin to be sufficient. Most cruise ships these days come with in-room dryers that will do the trick, even if they aren’t perfect. 

Not sure where to find it? On most ships, it’s located in one of the vanity drawers. Rarely will you find it in the bathroom! Cruise ship cabins are funny that way.

#2-  Beach towels.

All of the mass market cruise lines these days offer beach towels that you can use on the ship, and on shore days. Just be sure not to take them home with you at the end of the cruise or leave them behind on shore days, or you’ll be charged.

#3- Ditch the power strip.

This one may surprise you since we’ve mentioned packing it many times in the past. It’s a power strip. Many cruise lines are prohibiting the use of power strips these days, so ditch the strip and go with a usb charging hub instead, like this one.

Of course, if you need an extension cord for a C-pap machine or other necessity, give your cruise line a call to see what they recommend you pack, or what they can provide for you. 

#4- Shoe hangers.

This is something we used to swear by, but we just don’t use them any more. Overdoor shoe hangers were trendy for a while in the cruise world, but now cruisers are reporting to us that sometimes the hangers don’t fit the doors.

Also, some cruise lines have policies against using them but they they sometimes put scratch marks on the door and/or door jam, so use your best judgment on this one. 

#5- Do I need food?

Sure, grabbing some packaged snacks for the flight or drive to your cruise is a GREAT idea, but one of the best things about cruising is that you’ll have lots of food options on your cruise.

Don’t waste your suitcase space on snacks unless there’s something you can’t live without for the duration of your cruise. Some cruise lines and ports actually prohibit certain types of food, like fruits, vegetables and meat, so leave the food at home.

As I mentioned, we’re not suggesting you avoid snacks for your journey TO the cruise ship. In fact, we always pack nuts, jerky, and other protein packed snacks for our kid (and my hangry tendencies), because as we ALL know, airline food is SO pricey!

#6- Don’t Risk It!

The last thing we recommend you should leave at home is your valuables. High value items like jewelry and watches might just add stress to your relaxing cruise vacation. When it comes to things we we recommend others should not pack on a cruise, this is a big one!

Some people like to pop these items in the safe when they aren’t using them, but aside from our wedding rings, we prefer to leave our valuables at home, especially when traveling to unfamiliar places. We have NEVER had an issue with theft on a ship, or in a port, but we simply don’t see a lot of value in hauling valuables while we travel.

So what SHOULD you pack?

We’ve covered some stuff you should not pack on a cruise, but we like to keep it positive here at CruiseTipsTV! Here are a few ideas from our community to get you started. Not sure what you’ll need in your cruise carry on? This list will get you started!

Thanks so much for reading along! We hope you’ve enjoyed this article. Please feel free to direct message us on Instagram or Facebook with your thoughts, and until next time, we’ll see you on the high seas!

Until next time, we’ll see you on the high seas!

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Sheri and her family are California based cruise content creators focused on providing practical tips and advice to new and seasoned cruisers. CruiseTipsTV’s audience enjoys following Sheri and her family as they travel the world by ship creating travel films. Sheri has visited destinations like Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean, and has experienced 33 cruises on 6 cruise lines. She was named one of Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 10 Travel Influencers Changing How We Vacation in 2018 and 2019. Sheri has been quoted in the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, Prevention, and Business Innovator Radio. Her YouTube Channel, CruiseTipsTV has over 87,000 subscribers and 17 million views.