1. Luggage Tag Holders
When you cruise, about 90 days before sailing you will be able to print out important cruise documents (like your set sail pass) and your luggage tags. It is important to print these out and have them ready to go before you arrive at the pier. It makes the check in process so much easier for you and the 3,000+ passengers trying to check in at the same time. The quicker you check in the quicker you can start your vacation. The set sail pass should be kept with you along with other important documents like your passport. The luggage tag is folded and stapled or taped together to be attached to your luggage so the cruise line knows where to deliver your luggage. Since it’s just paper, it has a tendency to rip into shreds – sometimes before it even makes it to your room. To avoid a mishap, buy these luggage tag holders (I ordered a pack of 8 off amazon for $10) and slip the printed luggage tag into the holder. It protects your luggage tag so that is one less thing that you have to worry about!
2. ID Lanyard
Once you check in, you will either be given your sea pass card at the pier or it will be available for you in your room (depends on which cruise line and which port you sail from). Your sea pass is your most prized possession on the cruise. It serves as your room key, your credit card, your ID card, and so much more. Losing your sea pass card literally creates the biggest hassle ever as it is not easily replaceable. To avoid a headache and long waits at guest services, buy yourself an ID Lanyard. You can have your card hole punched at guest services and easily clip the lanyard to it and wear it around your neck. If you get ones that have ID holders, no need for the hole punch. I ordered 4 off amazon for $10 total (2 disney ones, 2 rhinestoned ones) – yes I am truly a kid at hear). If you don’t have a chance to buy one before you get to the pier, they do have them for sale at the pier and on the ship. Beware the cheapest one can run upwards of $15… Do you really need 4 different lanyards? Not at all, but I couldn’t decide on just one and they were so cheap I couldn’t help but get all of them. I usually bring 2-3 with me and switch throughout the duration of the cruise.
3. Waterproof phone pouch
This waterproof phone pouch is the best thing I have ever invested in for a cruise. It’s especially perfect for days at the beach in port. It is 100% waterproof. You can take pictures underwater, text without taking it out of the pouch, and not worry about getting sand in the nooks and crannies of the phone. I ordered one off amazon for $9. A friend of mine loved it so much, I ended up getting one for her. Then my mother (of course) was all over it demanding that I get her one as well. They work great and the best part is not having to worry about accidentally dropping my $600 iPhone in the water at the beach and destroying it.
4. Tote Bag
Tote bags are perfect for embarkment days and days in port. On embarkment day, you hand over all of your heavy luggage to the porters and it’s bye bye luggage for at least a couple of hours. You don’t see them again until they are delivered to your stateroom. If you’re anything like me, the first thing you want to of is hop into the pool or the hot tub with a nice cold drink in your hand. But if you packed your bathing suit into your luggage, you really can’t enjoy the pool right away. Use your tote bag to pack bathing suits, flip flops, sunglasses, and also important things you need on your person at all times such as photo ID/passports and medications. When going into port, you can use it to carry all the things you need for whatever excursions you may have booked for the day. It may seem like one extra piece of luggage to drag along, but trust me you’ll thank me later.
5. Beach towel clips
These accessories are hidden gems. No one ever thinks about this until you go to sit by the pool or on the beach. These towel clips help you clip your towel to just about any lounge chair to help keep it in place. No more having to worry about your towel constantly slipping down when you lay it out on the chair!