7 Items You Don’t Actually Need on a Cruise

Part of the reason people enjoy taking a cruise in the first place is because cruises offer an all-inclusive option that streamlines the vacation process. That said, packing for a cruise can still be challenging. Par down your packing list by leaving the following out of your suitcase.

Expensive Jewelry

Although all cruise lines have in-room safes for whatever treasures you might find while out and about, leave your expensive stuff at home. Regardless of where you go in the world, it’s always advisable to leave your nicest stuff at home where it can’t easily get lost or stolen. If you want to look your best at the Captain’s Dinner, bring some nice looking costume jewelry or find some while out during the day.


It can be tempting to bring a bunch of booze for those lazy days or night on the ship. However, Cruise Critic notes that it will more than likely be confiscated when you embark. Most major cruise lines don’t allow liquor or spirits, although usually a few bottles of wine is okay. Always check first.


Planning to do some reading on vacation? Leave the books at home. Not only do they weigh a ton and take up valuable space, but most major cruise lines have libraries on board. That often comes as a surprise, but they are usually well-stocked with quality selections.

Hair Dryer

Most people assume there will be a hair dryer in the room, regardless of the accommodation, but bring a hair dryer just in case. When taking a cruise, this is one less thing you need to add to your bag. What’s more is hair dryers on cruise ships are usually just as good (if not better) than what you use at home.


If you have small children it can be tempting to bring a stroller with you, at least for the days you disembark to explores dry land. Keep in mind, however, you can rent strollers on most cruise ships.

Underwater Camera

You may be tempted to run out and buy a new underwater camera to capture your cruise adventures, but many ships have this equipment for rent. Save the money for your excursions instead.


Resist the temptation to pack an iron. According to USA Today, most major cruise lines ban the use of irons in the rooms anyway. You can pack wrinkle release spray or pay a few dollars to have your clothes steamed at the ship’s laundry.

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