When it comes to summer vacation, one could never turn down the opportunity to sail the seas on a cruise ship (Sunshine, anyone?). From pool-side lounging and Mai Tais, to formal nights and dancing, there's so much fun to be had! But just like any other vacation, you have to plan accordingly and travel prepared. From the obvious items (like swimwear) to the less-though-of items (a power strip?), don't board the ship without the essentials. Whether you are cruising through the Caribbean Islands, or sailing through the Mediterranean Sea, we've gathered the essential items you need to make your summer cruise vacation comfortably fun. All aboard!
Enjoy the scenery poolside and look your absolute best with flattering swimwear! Miraclesuit Camilla Strapless Ruffle Swimsuit, $119, available at Travel Smith.
Capture every moment of your voyage with a water-friendly camera. Canon PowerShot D20 Waterproof Digital Camera, $279, available at Amazon.
Before you have some fun under the sun, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen! Banana Boat Ultra Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 50, $10, available at Drugstore.com.
If you're headed towards warm and tropical areas, you'll want to stay bug- and bite-free with a good insect repellent. Sawyer Premium ULTRA 30 Insect Repellent Lotion - 30 Percent DEET, $10, available at REI.
From boarding to day excursions, you're going to need your ID and other important documents kept securely. Sea To Summit Travelling Light Neck Wallet, $17, available at Campmor.
A roomy tote bag is ideal for carrying some essentials on the days you reach port and get off the ship to explore the local attractions and pick up souvenirs. Billabong Women's The Bright Side Beach Tote, $46, available at Sport Chalet.
This may seem like an odd thing to bring on vacation, but when you realize your cabin only has one or two outlets to charge all of your personal devices (cameras, phones, digital tablets, etc.), you'll be glad you did. Belkin Clamp-On 6-Outlet Surge Protector, $7, available at Walmart.