Best Cruise Gadgets and Accessories Sold on Amazon
If you’re cruising in the near future, you may be creating a list of Amazon cruise essentials to bring on your cruise. Cruise travel gadgets and accessories 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”.
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.
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!
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!
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)
Cruise Travel Accessories
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.
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
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
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!
Another option for towel clips if you’re not feeling the flamingos are these simple but cute pool towel clips.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Cruise Cabin Hacks
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Cruise First-aid Travel Items
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
This snorkel set is more traditional, but also very popular with cruisers.
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.
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.
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.
Watch our YouTube Video to see some of our favorite Amazon Cruise Essentials
Recap: 29 most recommended Amazon Items to Bring on a Cruise
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.
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.
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