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Downy Wrinkle Releaser. This stuff is a must have! Especially since I can’t have my favorite item ever, “My Little Steamer” with me. Due to the fire hazard, steamers and irons are not allowed on cruise ships. Just spray and tug and the wrinkles go away. This is a definite pack on a cruise.
Poo-Pourri. Okay let’s be honest here. If you have ever been on a cruise the bathroom is not the largest. And well you want your roommate to love you …. Yes, it’s worth bringing along, enough said.
An old hotel room key. This one I learned on my last cruise. Just like the rest of the world the cruise lines are very environmentally friendly. When you go back into your room to turn on the lights, and the air conditioning you must put your room key into a slot that is usually behind the door. If you like the room cooled down, you will need to have an old room key in the slot while you are gone.
Nightlight. I commented in a previous article that I ALWAYS travel with a nightlight, and this is especially true when cruising. It doesn’t matter if it’s a balcony or inside cabin, I like a nightlight in the bathroom.
Electrical Power Strip. In today’s day and age where we all live and die by the smartphone, plus charging digital camera batteries for when we are in port and want to take pictures, it’s a good idea to have a power strip in the room. They never seem to have enough outlets. Plus, ladies, we have our hair dryers, straighteners it’s nice to have somewhere to plug all of that in.
Magnetic Door Sign. I have to admit that when I heard people doing this I thought that they were nuts. Or that they were doing this for their kids on a Disney Cruise. Confession time here, I’m a midship cabin kind of gal, and let me tell you I can easily get lost. This past cruise Mark and I were on a family floor. Now, we were lost the first couple of days and when you are going along the ship with all these doors looking the same it can become a bit overwhelming, then on the second day we realized something, three doors down the family had a Spongebob Magnetic Door Sign. We knew we were almost back to our cabin every time! We no longer laughed at people who did that. Everyday we knew were Bobby was because he left a note on it with dry erase marker. Ingineous!!! Thank you Sponge Bob for being a beacon of light!
A lanyard with a clear vinyl pocket for your seacard. When on the ship your sea card is your room key and your lifeline. You can do your purchasing on the ship, get your drinks, upgrade your meals if you want all with that card. Basically you need it wherever you go. When I first started cruising, many years ago I tried taking it along in a little purse. Yeah, try taking that all around. Even when I was first married Mark would give me his key - yeah that plan didn’t work. Everyone says get a lanyard, so I did on the ship. Guess what, everyone get’s one on the ship, and if for some reason you take it off they all look the same. Yeah that doesn’t work for me either. Plus I like some bling, and I like to be different from everyone else. I just went on Ebay and purchased one with a vinyl pocket for a few dollars that is more me, and off I go. Plus I’m hands free! Mark prefers a retractable badge holder, pull reel. I’m thinking of trying that one of these times.
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.