Posted March 21st, 2013, 07:58 AM
Although I live in California now, I am a hoosier by birth (born in Indianapolis). My partner and I are going on our first cruise in just three days! any tips?
Hey Phil, I am a native of Indy as well. Without details of which ship and where you guys are going, I will only address things to pack.
First of all, pack a power strip. There generally is only one power outlet in your cabin. If you are taking camera, mp3 or 4 player, cell phones, etc, you will soon be tussling over the outlet. Some folks also take an extension cord, but I've never found a need for one.
I would also pack a nightlight. If you or your partner are prone to getting up in the night for a quick potty break, there are no good ways to find your way to the bathroom without turning on overhead lights.
I usually pack a few gallon sized ziploc bags. These are good for packing wet clothes or swimsuits. They're also good for putting sandy things such as water shoes or tote bags. Another good use for them is to put moisturizer or sunscreen in them inside your packed suitcase.
I would also pack an extra backpack or tote bag. An extra bag is good for taking things to the beach or if your steamer trunks exceeds weight limit on the way home from souvenirs and such, the backpack will help with reducing the weight in your checked bags.
Perhaps a pad of post it notes and a couple of ball point pens as well.
These are a few things I always pack. Hope your first cruise brings you some new and happy memories!