Are you about to go on a cruise? If so, then you want to be sure that you have everything you need for your vacation.
The truth is, there are a number of items that cruise passengers completely forget to pack. While forgetting these items surely will not ruin your vacation, you'll be happy you remembered them.
Yes, you can likely purchase all of these things on board the cruise ship. However, that will also mean paying higher prices. It's much cheaper and easier just to bring these things from home.
Forgotten Item # 1: Sunblock – Most cruises leave the US during the fall and winter months. This time of year, it's cool and cloudy around much of the country. Because of that, most people completely forget about how strong the sun can be in warm locations like Mexico or the Caribbean, even during the winter.
Remember, these places are much closer to the equator, meaning the sun shines on you more directly than it does are more northerly latitudes.
Forgotten Item # 2: Poncho – In the tropics, thunderstorms can occur at any moment. It can be completely clear in the morning and then have torrential downpours in the afternoon. If this happens on the ship, then it's no problem – you can simply stay inside.
However, if you are out on a shore excursion, you will be happy you remembered to bring some sort of poncho or rain slicker.
Forgotten Item # 3: Jacket – People go on a cruise to get away from the cold weather. But even in the tropics, it can get cool at night. Consider that Cozumel, Mexico sees lows in the lower 60s during the winter. That's not frigid, but if you add in a strong seabreeze, you'll be wishing you remembered a light jacket.
Item # 4: Dress Shoes – Now, you do not have to bring a pair of wingtips with you on your cruise, but most cruises do have formal nights or at least a dress code for the main dining room. And while most people remember to bring a nice change of clothes for these nights, they often forget to bring the shoes that go with it! Trust us, you do not want to show up to dinner wearing a pair of flip-flops with your dress slacks.
The good news? Even if you forget every one of these things, you're still likely to have a great time on your cruise!