Cruises are a popular vacation option, and you might be considering going on one. However, it might be overwhelming if you have never been on a cruise before, especially since they can last a long time. Here are some things that you will want to bring with you on your first cruise that may not be obvious at first glance.
Device Necessity Kit
No matter what cruise you choose, you will most likely bring your device with you. Since that is the case, you will also need everything that your device requires for long-term travel. You can throw together a device necessity kit by taking a waterproof, durable case and throwing all necessary chargers and dry pouches in there. Dry pouches are pouches that hang around your neck and keep anything dry that is not meant to be submerged in water. This is also helpful for cash, cards and passports.
Safes are not available on every cruise or in every cabin, so if possible, it is recommended that you bring one of your own. Theft is unfortunately quite common on cruises, so bringing your own safe ensures the safety of your passports and valuables when you are out of your cabin. For extra safety, get a safe in a unique color that stands out and label your safe with your name, number and cabin number. Lastly, take pictures of the outside of the safe as well as the inside with all of your valuables. This way, if someone manages to steal your entire safe you have proof and you will have less hassle with recovering your belongings.
A Pair of Good Binoculars
Binoculars are indispensable when you are on land and at sea. There are so many things to see, but if it is too far off to view with the naked eye, you might miss out on witnessing something magical. Bringing a quality pair of binoculars ensures that you get the most out of your cruise experience. If you are thinking about Alaska cruises from Seattle you will want the binoculars. The Northern Lights are an iconic part of those cruises and you will want to see them in as much detail as you can.
Aloe Vera Gel
Sunburns are rampant on cruises. It does not matter how much sunscreen you bring. Depending on several factors from forgetting said sunscreen to extended exposure in the cruise pool, you are likely to get sunburn despite being fully prepared with preventive measures. Aloe vera gel is a godsend and will soothe your sunburn almost instantly. Since you will be on the open water for the majority of the time, you will not have access to a typical pharmacy. Have plenty of sunscreens packed, yes, but also have that aloe vera gel packed with it.
Motion Sickness Prevention
Since this is your first time going on a cruise, you may or may not know whether you are seasick. To enjoy your cruise and make the most of your experience, bring something that will help with that seasickness. One of the cheapest and most effective options is Dramamine, but there are plenty of options depending on your needs.
Cold Hard Cash
While you are probably used to swiping or inserting your card to make purchases on a day-to-day basis, you will not be able to do that on a cruise. Cash is essential if you want to purchase anything on the cruise ship itself or if you make port somewhere that does not accept cards. Do yourself a favor by bringing enough cash for the entire trip so you can buy souvenirs instead of scrambling around trying to find an ATM.
Cruises are amazing, and taking one for the first time is an experience that is unlike anything else. Being properly prepared will ensure that you have the best first cruise possible and minimize any issues that you otherwise might have.