The Definitive Cruise Guide to Packing Electrical Items


Booking a cruise definitely calls for its fair share of research and organisation. The months leading up to the getaway are full of excitement and anticipation. But there’s one stage that isn’t so idyllic… Packing!

Finding the balance between under and over packing can be a headache to say the least. Modern travellers are weighed down with a host of electrical accessories, and choosing what to pack and what to leave behind can often get stress levels soaring.

So to help you out, we’ve put together the definitive guide to what electrical items you should pack on your cruise holiday, and what should stay at home…


Whether you’re thinking of packing a full size household iron or a mini travel version, irons are definitely something to leave at home. They’re a major fire hazard, and because of this it’s more than likely they’ll be confiscated before they even make it to your cabin. Instead, try packing wrinkle free, travel friendly clothes. Or if you’ve got your heart set on an immaculate outfit for the Captain’s Gala, ships always offer a laundry service.


Hair straighteners

These come with the seal of approval from cruise lines, so you can banish frizzy, windswept hair at your leisure.


While most cabins are equipped with hairdryers, many beauty buffs prefer to pack their own models. Basically, it depends on how light or heavy you want to pack, and if you’re happy to use a hair dryer that’s not your own.



Depending on your cruise ship, power plugs may not match with your electrical items. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have a universal travel adapter on-hand. On that note, extension cords and power boards are out.


There’s no excuse for five o’clock shadows, because shavers are approved electrical items that can make their way into any cruise cabin. Sorry gents!

Handheld accessories

From Kindles and iPods to tablets and smartphones, there’s no limit to the number of handheld electrical items you can bring on-board. Just remember, if you’re packing light it could be a good idea to think about whether any items could perform more than one function. For example, leave the heavy MacBook at home and use a tablet to serve as a PC, music device, book and web browsing tool.

Ready to go

Now you know what electrical items to stash in your suitcase, why not chat to one of our Cruise1st customer service agents about booking your dream getaway? Alternatively, you can give our friendly sales team a call on 0808 2746 777.


About Author

Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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