Essentials // Cruisin’

In exactly one week, Marcelo and I are setting sail for the Caribbean!

We are excited to check out work mode for a little bit.

We love going on cruises {Royal Caribbean is our cruise line of choice}; however, this time will be a little bit different because we have a baby and it’s going to be hard to be away from her. Sure, no phone, no problem was great when we didn’t have a baby. NOW? I am so excited to spend some quality time with my Mr., but leaving behind baby girl is going to be tough. Tell me it’s going to be okay!

Alright, emotional stuff aside. 

I wanted to share my top 10 cruise essentials with y’all. This goes for first time cruisers and experienced cruisers.

  1. Passport and Identification : Okay, this one may seem fairly obvious, but it is actually something that is so common, it’s commonly forgotten. DO NOT FORGET THIS. You can’t cruise without it.
  2. Multiple Bathing Suits : Duh! You can’t go splish-splashing without these. I always pack multiple because sometimes bathing suits don’t fully dry overnight, especially if you don’t have a balcony state room. I bought some cute ones from Cupshe. They’re super cute, super cheap, and suprisingly good quality {for how cheap they are}.
  3. Reusable Tote / Waterproof Tote : This is going to come in handy when you are getting off of the cruise ship and you want to go to the beach at one the private islands or port of calls. It’s great for carrying towels, extra sandals, or extra pair of clothes just in case.
  4. Aloe Vera : You may have the highest SPF known to mankind, but odds are you are going to get burnt at some point. Even if you don’t get burnt, use aloe to re-hydrate your skin {trust me, your skin will thank you}. I guarantee you, you are going to underestimate the amount of time you’ll be spending in the sun. This is especially true for 1st time cruisers. 
  5. Mini Medical Kit : We always make sure to pack one of these, even if we don’t end up needing it. They are a life saver. It’s perfect if you get a small cut or if you need pain meds when you’re away from your room or the ship.
  6. Antibacterial Wipes : These are pretty awesome to have while on vacation in a destination that is not native to you. There are various germs in various regions of the world, so these are great to have while you’re at the different port of calls and your travelling through the different cities/countries.
  7. Bug Spray : This is a big deal! When traveling in the Caribbean especially, the air can have a little more humidity. More humid = more mosquitos. You definitely don’t want to be miserable with itching the rest of your trip. Get the bug spray, and wear the bug spray! 
  8. Formal Wear : While you don’t have to participate in formal night(s), it is fun to dress up in something nicer than a bathing suits for a change. I don’t bring anything too fancy, because I do want to enjoy the night time activities. So, bring something nice, yet comfortable enough to dance and walk around the ship in. 
  9. Vitamins / Airborne / Dramamine : These are fantastic if you want to stay healthy on your cruise. Pack your daily vitamins to stay on your routine. Make sure to pack Airborne {or if you prefer the natural route, echinacea}, because you definitely don’t want the sniffles while you could be out snorkeling or getting a nice tan by the pool. If you get motion sickness, trust me you’ll want this. There are other remedies for motion sickness if you don’t want to take a pill. Again, you don’t want to be sick and cooped up in your room, when you could be having fun on your vacation. 
  10. Rain Jacket : Weather can be unpredictable, so you may want to outsmart weather and pack this item. You can still enjoy nature while being protected from it. 
  11. Bonus – Internet package through your cruise line : This is for all the parents out there. We decided to do the Internet package because we want to be able to keep up with our baby girl. We will be able to email back and forth with my mom so we can stay updated. For this nervous mom, I have no doubt this is a great investment already. 

I’m hoping there was something on this list that surprised you and you will remember to pack on your next cruise.

*Also, if you’re looking to plan a cruise or vacation in the future, contact my hubby, Marcelo. He is a travel agent that specializes in Disney travel, but he can book anything. Click here for his Facebook page. Make sure to like it!*

Bon voyage,

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