Even most first-time cruiser have a pretty good grasp on the essentials that will be needed. But it is only after several cruises that you have the full picture of all of the added necessities for a successful and relaxing vacation onboard a ship with thousands of other people. Adding these few small items will not only make your trip more enjoyable but it will make you appear to be the seasoned pro who others come to for advice and information.
Your Cup Runneth Over
Most people are used to a nice mug of coffee in the morning, and a tiny little cup is not going to hold the caffeine needed to attack a vacation day. So pack your favorite travel coffee cup and save yourself numerous trips back for refills. This will not only save you time but also the chances of wearing your morning coffee as cruise ships are known for crowds. But snap on the lid and you are ready for the trek up the steps and through the crowded deck without stains, burns or wasted coffee.
What’s That Smell?
Everyone has checked into a hotel only to discover that the room smells, well, a bit odd to put it politely. It could be just a stuffy smell or the last guest might have run short on time and chosen to bathe in perfume rather than taking a shower, but the result is still a pungent odor. In a hotel, you ask to change rooms and all is corrected but that is not an option on a cruise ship. The solution is to pack a few dryer sheets. Place one in the bathroom or on the nightstand to provide a familiar and pleasant aroma in your not so fresh smelling cabin. This is also a great way to make sure your clothes don’t pick up a musty smell from the dresser drawers.
There Will Be A Test
Well, it’s not really a test, just forms to fill out but they can test your patience. So be sure to have a pen easily accessible when you travel as well as copies of items such as your passport and drivers license. Using copies to fill out the forms has two benefits. First, you can make enlarged copies so they are easier to read. Second, you will never need to worry about dropping or misplacing the actual documents while you are standing in line waiting to board or disembark.
While none of these items are the difference between life and death, they will make your cruise more pleasant. And after all, isn’t that what vacation is all about?