One thing we have found whenever we take a Carnival cruise is that we always seem to forget at least one thing we wished we had put in the bag. This is our list of 11 things to consider packing for your cruise vacation. Your cruise won’t be ruined if you don’t have these things but it will certainly be a bit easier with them.


Laundry Pen

It is a given that at some point during our cruise vacation we are going to drip, dribble or downright drop something on our brand new clothes. A laundry pen is perfect for these occasions. You can quickly attack the spot and hopefully prevent any staining. If you are worried about staining the cruise ship will have laundry services available. You’ll be able to have your clothes cleaned and pressed during the cruise.


Adhesive note sheets

We like using these note sheets to leave messages for our cabin steward. You can place them on the mirror and let your cabin steward know if you need something for the room. They also work well for keeping in touch with family members during the cruise.


Refillable water bottle/coffee mug

Depending on where you are cruising it can be super hot or cold. Having a refillable coffee mug lets you enjoy your favorite hot beverage. A reusable water bottle will help you stay cool and hydrated during your cruise.



Have a couple of highlighters handy so you can highlight the activities in the Fun Times that you’d like to participate in.


Mesh Bag

Some stores do not provide shopping bags for your purchases. Having a mesh bag lets you carry all of your purchases without having to juggle them. Mesh bags also work well for wet towels and beach items.



A magnet gives you the chance to leave notes on the door for your family and friends. You can also put up the fun times schedule so it is easily accessible.


Key Card Holder

A hanging key card holder is a good thing to have if you don’t want to worry about carrying your cruise card in your pocket.

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