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February 04, 2019 Words: Bill Bradley and Noah Davis

Gadgets On the Go | The Best Gadgets for a Cruise

Here are the most important gadgets and travel accoutrements to bring on a cruise. We’ll take care of everything else.

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Cruising is supposed to be relaxing. Come aboard, and we’ll take care of everything. No, seriously: we will take care of everything. We’ve got all the plush and luxurious amenities you could imagine, from gourmet dining and rooftop sunbathing to world-class spas and top-shelf spirits. But you can’t show up empty handed. You’re going to want your own stuff, whether that’s moisturizer to soothe your skin after a refreshing day in the sun or a battery pack to charge your smartphone when you’re venturing around the port. Here are a handful of things to pack in your suitcase.

Travel Charger

Your smartphone is your No. 1 travel companion these days. It’s a map, to-do list, and camera. The last thing you want is for it to die while you’re gallivanting around a port city. Even if you charge it up the night before, sometimes phone batteries have ideas of their own. Which is why you’ll want to pack a power source. And the Travelcard Charger is your best bet. It’s feather light and the size of a credit card. You can throw it in your pocket or backpack and never worry about your phone dying while you’re running around your port of call.

Portable USB Charger Plug It In

Pack a USB charger. We know: it sounds super nerdy. But a USB charger will make your life easier, whether you’re charging your laptop, camera battery, or smartphone. The Belkin Boost Charge 2 is ideal for cruising. You can charge two USBs at once, which means no one in your suites will be looking for an outlet or an extra charger for their phone at night.

Bluetooth Speakers

It’s always nice to relax to some tunes in your suites. Or, if you don’t like to unplug from the world on vacation, listen to the news over coffee in the morning. Which is why you want to bring along a bluetooth speaker to make your suites feel like home. The UE Boom 3 is small enough to fit in a suitcase but still packs a punch.

Underwater Camera

Remember your vacation at sea with photos in it. Pack a waterproof phone case so you can take your smartphone in the pool or ocean and get shots of you and your travel companions splashing around. Catalyst cases are waterproof up to 10 meters—and unless you’re Jacques Cousteau, that will give you plenty of depth.

A Selfie Stick

We know what you’re thinking: A selfie stick, seriously? Yes, seriously. It may seem touristy, but guess what? You’re a tourist. And that’s ok! Why not enjoy yourself and make sure the whole family can get in the shot with the perfect vista in the background. Anker’s Extendable Selfie Stick breaks down for easy transport and extends to get the toughest of selfies.

a travel card gadget case for phone and accessory chargers
A silver portable belkin USB
A black small selfie stick with wrist band