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The sea air is calling you. Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go but do you have everything you need? I used to over pack due to fear of not having everything I might want and need on a trip. Now I tend to go the opposite extreme with ultra light packing. Most of the time I do perfectly well, but cruises have special requirements different from hotels and hostels.
Space is a premium and it is ideal to take something to that will maximize that space and keep you organized. All of the bathroom toiletries, make-up, hair accessories take up a tremendous amount of space. It can be a hassle to search through bags looking for just what you need. Enter the hanging shoe organizer. But you can’t purchase just any one. It has to be approved by the cruise lines which means it must be fire retardant like the one pictured here.
Another staple in our tech savvy world is a power strip with USB ports to allow all of our devices to charge. For most of us this is essential as we use our cell phones for photos. We need or at least want our tablets or e-reader, camera charger, c-pap machine and the list goes on. Then multiple by the number of people per stateroom and the need for plugs is always greater than the number available. Since there are so many travel power strips and cubes out there you would think you could use any one of them but not so. The cruise industry has very strong fire safety standards, for good reason. Your power strip must be approved by the cruise lines. The one below is a good example.
Now that you are ready to head out the door with all of your electronics charged and ready to go, you might want to think about protecting those electronics. Invest in a simple waterproof case for your cell phone. You might end up at a table for breakfast with a klutz like myself who will accidentally knock over their coffee and flood the table. Pool time, beach time even cocktail hour are full of those moments when in a second your phone is suddenly in the water, dripped on or spilled on or kicked into the pool. A simple waterproof case can save you hundreds of dollars and lot of tears. You might want to try one like the one below. I have used this one and it works. A bonus is that it comes in multiple color choices and you can personalize it to suite you.
You will need a tote of some type to carry your towels, purchases, tablets, guide books and such. This is the ideal size and very lightweight and folds down to a small pouch when not in use. What I love about this one is that it has two zippers. One is a zippered pocket on the outside. This is perfect for phone, wallet, sunglasses. The main part of the bag also has a top zipper. While we don’t like to think about it you must be safety savvy when traveling. It is much more difficult for a pickpocket to steal your wallet from a zipped bag than an open bag. I lived overseas for many years and saw many tourists who made it easy for the thieves by keeping their purse or bags unzipped, cell phones in outside pockets with no closures. This tote is just what you need.
Water socks! You need water socks. These are so much easier to walk on the beach in than flip flops or sandals. You can wear them in the water and protect your feet from the sharp shells and coral. These have sturdy flexible rubber soles and reinforced toes. It protects them from the very hot decks and sand. They will protect your feet a little better than open toes shoes while on the ship. Even if you only take them for outdoor shore usage you will not be sorry. Once your home you can use them for beaches, lakes, water crossings when hiking. They come in multiple colors and patterns one for every style and taste. These are very reasonably priced and worth the investment.