Gary Bembridge author of “The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook” provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit 60SecondCruiseTips.com and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio.
Non-clothes items to pack
Most people focus on what clothes they need to take on their cruise. If a fancy one with dress codes there is lottos angst about the right mix of gowns, suits and more casual clothes. If a mixture of weather then layering dominates the packing. But you should spend as much time thinking about non-clothing items to bring. Here are some things I recommend
Here are a few helpful items to take:
- Electrical plug adaptors. Cruise ships usually mostly have American two-pin plug sockets, using 110-120 volts and so bring adaptors as needed if from other countries.
- Extension cord. Many cabins have limited number of plugs and so an extension cord enables charging and use of multiple items at one time.
- Chargers for your electrical items like mobile phone, laptop and tablet.
- Earplugs and eyeshades are often useful.
- Personalised First aid kit. Bring remedies for you usually use for ailments such as seasickness, headaches and diarrhoea, along with a pack of plasters.
- Guide books and maps if you are planning to self-tour in some ports.
- Entertainment (e.g. iPod, Tablet, eBook reader, or books).
- Small backpack to use when on excursions, to carry your camera, identification, water, and something warm, if needed.
- Magnets. Many cruisers use these to pin daily programs and other materials on the walls, which are all metal.