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If you’re cruising in the near future, you may be creating a list of Amazon cruise essentials to bring on your cruise. These cruise accessories and travel gadgets can be really useful for space-saving and more!

Cruising is the type of travel experience, where you want to be prepared with everything you need in advance. I kind of think of it like camping, although way more luxurious.

Over the years, I’ve found some items that have helped with packing for a cruise as well as to organize my cabin space.

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Here are some of Amazon’s most popular cruise travel essentials and accessories that pro cruisers swear by!

This post was updated to include some additional cruise essentials to sanitize your stateroom, and make your cruise more comfortable.

Must-have Cruise Essentials to Bring on a Cruise

1.Cruise Approved Power Bar

It’s pretty crazy, but most cruise ship cabins have only 2 electric plugs. If you’re bringing electronic items like phones, pads, speakers, go-pros and anything else, you’ll really want more plugs.

Very important – Cruise lines won’t allow you to bring a regular surge-protected power bar from home (they will confiscate). It’s very important to have a non-surge protected one that is “cruise approved”.

Recommended: Cruise Power Strip with USB Outlets – Non Surge Protection & Ship Approved (verify price here)

2. Over the Door Hanging Organizer 

Cruisers are masters at using small cruise cabin space efficiently. An over the door organizer is very practical to store items you and your family will use often.

Want a tip? Pack it at home and place it in your suitcase, ready to hang. It will save so much time on your embarkation day.

Recommended: This OVER THE DOOR ORGANIZER is a favorite due to it’s mesh pockets rather than plastic.

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3. Cruise line luggage tag holders

Plastic reusable luggage tags are a lot easier to travel with than the paper ones the cruise lines give you, and for a very reasonable price, you can reuse them time after time.

In the past, when using the paper ones, I’d spend 45 minutes on the morning of the cruise stapling and then taping everyone’s luggage tags. When I finally bought a set of 8 luggage tag holders, I really wondered why I’d waited so long!

Recommended: Cruise Luggage Tags 12 Pack Both Sizes (Wide and Narrow)

4. Packing cubes

This is very popular with those are keep super organized. I’ve been told they make unpacking so much quicker and the clothes are less wrinkled.

Guess what? I finally used them and they were amazing and I can highly recommend!

Recommended: 5 star rated Packing Cubes

Read more: The Pros and Cons of Packing Cubes for Cruise Vacations

5. Luggage Set with Spinner Wheels

Who remembers the old days when we actually carried our luggage (and it was so hard!!)?

If you don’t have luggage with 4 spinner wheels, do yourself a favor and invest in these now. I can’t believe the difference it makes from only having 2 wheels.

You’ll be addicted to cruising before you know it and these will get tons of use (however they are an incredible value, so do check the link for current pricing)

Recommended: 3 Piece Luggage Set Suitcase – Spinner Softshell lightweight – Verify Current Price HERE

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6. Lanyard and Keycard holder

If you want to stay hands free or keep organized, putting your cruise key card in a plastic water-proof lanyard is a good thing to do.

Recommended: Cruise Lanyard and Cruise Card Holder (waterproof)

7. Refillable (and collapsible) water bottles

I love these space-saving roll-able and collapsible water bottles. While obviously convenient on the cruise ship, more than that I love how they don’t take room in my luggage or beach bag when not being used.

Recommended: Collapsible 20 ounce water bottles

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8. Thermal coffee mugs

If you’re a coffee lover, you know why you need a quality thermal travel mug. These are fabulous for keeping cold drinks cold as well.

Recommended: Thermal Coffee Mug

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9. Towel Clips

It’s very hard for me to hold in my enthusiasm for pool and beach towel clips. The ship is so breezy and towels would never stay put for me. It used to drive me crazy as I would try to read or relax.

This is honestly an item I’m so happy we bought for our last cruise! We bought some boca clips with different styles (flamingo, margaritas, flip flops) and they’re adorable!

Recommended: Flamingo BocaClips Beach Towel Holder (check link for variety of clips)

Another option for towel clips if you’re not feeling the flamingos are these simple but cute pool towel clips.


Recommended: 16 Pack Beach Towel Clips Chair Clips (very good value)

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10. Binoculars

If you’re cruising to Alaska, bringing a set of binoculars is a must! Whether on the cruise ship or on a whale watching tour, you’ll regret not having this favorite cruise packing item.

However, we’ve cruised in the Caribbean and have actually seen whales and even dolphins a couple of times from afar. Of course flyish fish are more common – but there’s a lot you can see and appreciate sitting at a quiet spot on deck with your binoculars.

Recommended: Travel Folding Binoculars (amazon)

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Read more:

 Top 5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs to Go on a Cruise to Alaska

5 Practical Alaska Whale Watching Tips You Need to Know

11. Poo-Pourri (air freshesher/bathroom spray)

This one is well loved and not talked about that often. However, it’s definitely one of the most popular Amazon cruise products being ordered.

Recommended: Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray Bottle (verify Amazon price HERE)

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Cruise Tech Essentials

12.Portable phone charger

While a cruise power bar is important to have, a portable charger is super practical.

We used this one on our last cruise to charge two phones at a time! It was awesome and long lasting!

Recommended: INIU Portable Charger – compatible with most phones (but do verify)

13. Waterproof phone case

These are so great to keep your phone dry, and keep the sand out when you’re at the beach. I love these as they are compatible with 2020 cell phones, including the newest Iphones.

  Recommended: Universal Waterproof Case (check for compatibility)

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14.Magnetic clips and hooks

Did you know that cruise cabin walls are metal? The great thing about this is that you can use magnets on the walls and ceilings to organize your stuff. It’s a common cruise cabin hack, to bring extra hooks to hang hats, backpacks ect.

We used these (photo below) for our last cruise cabin and they were great!

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Recommended: Heavy Duty Magnetic Hooks

Tip: Organize your papers or event invitations with tiny but strong magnetic clips right on your cabin wall.

15. Cabin alarm clock

If you like to know the time during the night or don’t want to rely on your cell phone, consider a simple travel battery operated clock. A lot of cruisers swear this is one of their favorite cruise accessories.

Recommended: Digital Travel Alarm Clock (battery powered with a light)

16. Hanging Toiletry Bag

These hanging toiletry bags are so practical to keep you organized in a tight cruise cabin bathroom, so it makes sense that this is quickly becoming one of the popular items to bring on a cruise. The reviews are amazing!

Recommended: Hanging cosmetic/toiletry bags available in different colors

17. Cabin Nightlight

This portable nightlight gets great reviews by cruisers and is one of the best-selling Amazon cruise accessories.

If you’re in an inside cabin especially, it will be pitch black. So having a touch of light for when someone has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night will be appreciated!

Recommended: Cruise Cabin nightlight (best-seller)

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18. Small Fan

If you’re someone who finds that small spaces can get hot and stuffy, consider bringing a small fan along. I like this one as it’s battery operated, but rechargeable (yay!) – plus it’s quiet.

Recommended: Portable Travel Mini Fan

19. Laundry Bag

When you need to put dirty clothes away, a Mesh Laundry Bag is helpful. Just fill it up and throw the laundry bag into your suitcase.

Recommended: Mesh Laundry Bag with Drawstring Closure

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20. Cruise First-aid kit

Having a travel first aid kit is one of the most important things you can pack for your cruise. Whether you use this one below, or put together your own, do make sure you bring the medications and general first-aid items with you on your cruise.

Recommended: Cruisepaks Cruise Essentials First Aid Travel Kit – 150 Pieces

For more cruise first-aid travel information, I recommended reading: 31 Cruise First Aid Kit Essentials You Need to Have

Cruise Essentials for Shore Excursions

21. Nautical Beach Bag

I love a good beach bag, and since we’re cruising, it only makes sense that these are so popular!

I actually use my beach bag as a sort of cruise carry on bag, so it’s really practical. This one shown below actually fits the large cruise ship towels as well as extra flip flops, cover ups and other items you might need on shore excursions.

We brought it on our last cruise and I can attest to the fact that it’s a great size bag and super cute too!


Recommended: Nautical Beach Bag (with zipper)

22. Waterproof Drybag

I’ve only learned about this bag recently, however it seems to be what everyone needs, especially if we’re doing a morning beach or snorkeling excursion. Who wants to carry wet bathing suits? Toss them in the dry bag and it’s perfect!

Even more so if you’re heading on a boat ride and really don’t want some things to get wet – this is waterproof so very practical.

Recommended: Waterproof Dry Bag

23.Portable lock box

This is great for placing your id, phones, cash and other valuables and keeping them secure while on an excursion.

Recommended: Portable lock box for beach and pool

24. Water shoes

Water shoes will be useful if you’re going to a rocky beach or doing an active excursion like climbing Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica.

Recommended: Mesh Slip On Water Shoes

25. Snorkel and Mask

If you’re going to be snorkeling more than once, it really pays to buy your own snorkel gear. These are two Amazon cruise items that are both recommended, but really depend on your preferences.

Check out the Amazon review for this full face mask style snorkel set (to see why people are loving it).


Recommended: Snorkel Set with Snorkel full face MASK and swim fins

This snorkel set is more traditional, but also very popular with cruisers.

Recommended: Snorkel Set – Panoramic Wide View

Travel Disinfectants and Sanitizers (for safe and healthy cruising)

26. Disinfecting Wipes for Travel

It’s a good idea to bring disinfecting wipes for your travels – in the airplane or even for the car ride if you’re driving to the cruise ship. Once on the ship, you may find having these useful as well.

We’ve occasionally used some at the washrooms if we need to stop on the way and prefer to wipe the door handle and so on.

Recommended: Clorox disinfecting wipes (check reviews on Amazon)

27. Individual hand sanitizer wipes

Keep these on hand for shore excursions or when you won’t be able to wash your hands with soap and water. We like to keep some already packed in our shore excursion bag.

Either the little bottles or the travel size purell wipes packages will do the job.

I like the wipes for convenience, especially since a pack can be kept in your carry on bag for the plane or car, then for the cabin and so on.

  Recommended: Purell Hand Sanitizer wipes (see Amazon link for price and package options)

28. Sono Medical Grade Disinfectant Wipes (kills Norovirus)

If you have concerns about contracting Norovirus while on a cruise (stomach upset), consider buying Sono Medical Grade Disinfectant Wipes.

These medical grade wipes kill more bacteria than any other product available. This is best used as a good cabin wipe down when you first enter your stateroom and on occasions when you think it’s needed.

Recommended: Sono Medical Grade Wipes (a cruiser’s favorite on Amazon)

Cruise Accessories (you perhaps didn’t consider)

29. Stainless Steele straws

In an attempt to use less plastic, many cruise lines have eliminated plastic straws on board. This means that either the drinks are served “strawless”, or you may get a paper straw.

If you think a soggy paper straw will bother you, consider bringing along a set of your own reusable straws.


Recommended: Stainless Steele Reusable straws (this one has over 3000 5* reviews – Amazon)

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These are the some of the most popular and best-selling cruise essentials that cruisers buy for their cruise. I hope this has been helpful as you plan and prepare for your cruise.

While you may not need all the items, consider which cruise gadgets and accessories would make things most convenient while you’re cruising.

Need more cruise packing tips?

Here are 3 of the most useful cruise packing posts so you’ll be sure to have all the essential things you need for your cruise.

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Note: Keep in mind that you cannot bring your own power bar from home, as it must be a cruise approved, non-surge protected power bar.

I recommend one with 2 USB outlets – click HERE to verify price on Amazon.

Are you a new or seasoned cruiser? What items do you most recommend people bring on a cruise? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!

Ilana xoxo

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  1. May 1, 2019 / 2:02 am

    Great call with the snorkel and mask! It’s something I wish we had thought to bring while in Bermuda.

    • May 1, 2019 / 2:49 pm

      Hi Rich,

      Glad you liked the tip. I know so many people love to have their own snorkeling equipment.

      I’ll actually add your tip to my Bermuda and Horseshoe Bay post, so thanks for pointing that out!

      Enjoy your next cruise!


  2. Sandy R.
    July 11, 2019 / 3:14 am

    I live in Toronto, Canada. I have almost all the items listed above. The one thing I don’t have and was interested in … was the collapsible water bottles. I checked your Amazon site. Well … on the US Amazon site, a set of these 2 collapsible water bottles are $15.97. Are you ready for this? On the Canadian Amazon site … the exact same set of 2 collapsible water bottles by the same manufacturer are $46.54 … see below. I copied & pasted it here. The difference in price is obscene.

    Collapsible Silicone Water Bottles – Sports Camping Canteen 20 Oz. – Easy to Clean and Store
    4.2 out of 5 stars 966

    • July 12, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      Hey Sandy,

      Wow, that’s crazy! I wonder if it has to do with where that company is and where it’s shipped from. That’s obviously not worth it at all.

      Perhaps the product is available through another distributor? If I see it I’ll let you know.

      Thanks for taking the time to let me know.


  3. Cindy
    October 23, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Great tips. We just returned from our first cruise to Alaska. We used most of these with exception of …. We didn’t bother with the night light. We just left the bathroom light on with the door cracked open. Also our cruise line had a safe in the room. You use your own four digit code and whatever code you lock it with, opens it. So change the code whenever you want. Just remember what you used last. Didn’t use the beachy stuff but will in the future. Thanks.

    • October 24, 2019 / 1:43 am

      Hi Cindy,

      Thanks so much for your comment. It sounds like you had a great first cruise!

      Excellent tip about leaving a light on in the washroom. Simple but does the trick 🙂

      Good point too about the safe – I should put this in my first time cruiser tips.

      When’s your next cruise? LOL


      • Kesha
        February 6, 2020 / 3:27 am

        I actually like the bring your own safe idea. Workers can easily reset your code.

        • February 6, 2020 / 9:36 pm

          Hi Kesha,

          I hadn’t considered that, but it’s a good point if that’s a concern.

          Thanks for your comment,


  4. February 8, 2020 / 1:14 am

    We used the magnet hooks, towel clips and outlet. So glad we did. Next cruise I am adding the collapsible bottle and the folding clothes hangers (bought them before cruise and forgot to pack them 😥). These are all great suggestions. Thank you!

    • February 12, 2020 / 4:07 am

      Hi Lynn,

      Glad to hear that those items worked out so well for you! I probably should try the folding clothes hangers on my own next cruise, lol!


  5. February 26, 2020 / 3:58 am

    We cruised to Panama last year and that is in a rain forest. We forgot our rain gear in cabin. We got soaked on our shore excursion. Got back changes hung them to dry. Next day it smelled really bad in our cabin. Next port we got a couple of car air fresheners tree things. They saved the rest of the trip. Water proof case. Went down the water slides on ship. Got great video of inside the slides. Also, we bought a power adapter to fit in European electrical plug. It has four USB ports. Gives us more plug in for our electronics.

    • March 6, 2020 / 11:21 am

      Thanks Russell for the great tips. Great point about having rain gear too! I’ll have to add a few items to this list soon I think. I appreciate the useful suggestions!


  6. Robin Frazier
    August 29, 2020 / 12:46 am

    Instead of plastic towel clips (which are bulky and can be difficult to use), try Towel Bands. I got mine from Cruise On

    • September 10, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      That’s awesome Robin. I actually have some and will give them a try as well next cruise. I like the practicality.

      Thanks for sharing!


  7. Bo Baillie
    December 10, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    We love cruising and thanks to your list it has made it more enjoyable. I would like to add to bring a small bottle of Listerine Blue mouthwash. In case you have to rent or borrow snorkel gear, you can rinse it with the mouthwash to kill any bacteria that might be left behind. It’s not always washed well by the vendors. Also, combined with wipes, the mouthwash completely eliminates the sting of little jellyfish or other small “biters” that often cannot be seen in the water or on a hike. It has helped us more than once.

    • December 11, 2020 / 1:32 pm

      What a great idea Bo! It’s quite smart to be prepared for jellyfish, which I hadn’t ever considered. I’ll include this tip in my first aid kit list.

      Thanks for sharing!


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