There's so many great travel products out there, so how do you know which ones are truly the best?
It seems like every year there's more gadgets, devices, and useful tools you can bring on a cruise, from carry-on bags, to chargers, to appliances. Suffice to say, there's a lot to choose from.
I polled the Royal Caribbean Blog readers in our wonderful message board community to get a sense of which of these products they cannot go on a cruise without.
Please note that I linked to each item on Amazon which contains an affiliate link. This affiliate link costs you absolutely nothing extra, but I make a small commission if you purchase it.
If you’re looking to boost your travel arsenal before heading off on your first cruise of 2023, consider one of these reader favorites.
Anker 6 Port USB Charging Station
$24.99 at Amazon
Did you know that Royal Caribbean will confiscate surge protectors or power strips?
If your family is anything like mine, you'll have plenty of electronics that need to be charged during your cruise and a USB hub is critical.
A USB hub will take up one electrical outlet in your cabin, while providing six new USB outlets you can use to keep everything charging at once.
Royal Caribbean Luggage Tag Holders
$11.99 at Amazon
When you print your Royal Caribbean luggage tags, you'll need to attach them to your luggage. Since they are made out of paper, it's easy for them to rip or get accidently torn off.
Plastic sleeves will ensure it is far less likely for your luggage tags to get ripped off, and they're re-useable for many cruises to come.
Wyze Luxury Night Lights
$22 at Amazon
If you've ever tried to get out of bed at night in your Royal Caribbean cruise cabin once all the lights are out, you know how dark the room can get (especially if you're an inside cabin).
Battery operated night nights mean you can easily get around the room without keeping a light on that makes it more difficult to fall asleep (or have to turn one on that blinds you).
Plus, these are motion-activated. So the light is off unless you need it.
GREATMAG Magnetic Hooks
$11.99 at Amazon
One of the best tips for your cabin is to buy magnetic hooks to use for adding additional storage in your room.
Your cabin walls are metallic, which means you place magnetic hooks just about anywhere.
Storage space on Royal Caribbean ships is notoriously low, and magnetic hooks provide convenient ways to hang clothes and accessories.
$12.53 at Amazon
We're keeping it real: everyone goes to the bathroom eventually and if you're sharing a cabin with just about anyone, you'll want to cover up the evidence.
Whether family or friends they are cruising with, our readers pack a bottle of Poo-Pouri to ensure their cabin bathroom is inviting for all.
$24.99 at Amazon
I had never even heard of this item, but a few readers really recommend packing something like Liquid IV to stay hydrated onboard.
The product is a daily electrolyte drink mix that promises to keep you hydrated faster than water alone, and has a better taste than plain water.
Hyc00 Travel Duffel Bag
$22.99 at Amazon
Our readers really like taking a carry-on bag with them that they can re-use at any point during the cruise.
A "catch all" or "carry on" bag allows them to keep travel documents and essentials with them on embarkation day, and it can double as a carry-on bag for their flight to the cruise.
$10.84 at Amazon
Between the magnetic hooks and ziploc bags, these two items would win the most popular travel product our readers loved.
Ziploc bags have so many uses on a cruise. It can keep clothes dry, protect your phone, serve as a travel mechanism for snacks, store wet clothes, and so much more.
Pinzon Premium Packing Cubes
$26.99 at Amazon
I had to include packing cubes on this list, even if I don't personally use them.
Our readers love the idea of packing cubes because it helps make the packing, unpacking, and re-packing during a cruise simpler.
Apple AirTag 4-Pack
$99 at Amazon
Ever since I tried AirTags out on a cruise, I can see why our readers love these things.
Our readers loved adding these small devices to their checked baggage to keep track of where their belongings were during the boarding process. It was even more helpful when flying to their cruise.