Cruising Essentials

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Steph and I share a big love for cruising, and I hope you enjoy reading about her cruise essentials. I agree with everything below and you can't go wrong with cruising... all your meals are included, you get to dress up and go to dinner and a show every night, and you're either relaxing at sea or waking up at a new island every day. The below will help first time cruisers and even some of us more experienced cruisers. 

And don't forget to hop on over and check out her blog, if you like what you see here, you'll love it over there.. lots of great recipes and travel tips :)


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Hello all! I'm Steph from Life According to Steph, and I appreciate the opportunity to fill in for Kate while she's on vacation. Since she's on a cruise and I love cruises, I'm going to share my Cruise Essentials with you today. 

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1 - I hate clutter at home, I don't want it on vacation! Cruise rooms don't have a ton of counter space, so buy a hanging shoe organizer and bring it with you to store toiletries, batteries, chargers, etc.

2 - No one wants to deal with wet bathing suits. Most bathrooms have retractable clotheslines. You can fit more on them if you use clothespins.

3 - I know, I know, no drying clothes on the balconies. That being said, if you bring a clamp, nothing will fly away. Good for shirts or cover ups that get wet.

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4 - A fierce manicure. There will be a lot of photos.

5 - Comfortable shoes. Boats are big, so even if you're sashaying around in flip flops, make sure they're comfortable. My favorites are Sanuk Yoga Mat flip flops.

6 - A stylish yet comfortable to carry beach bag. Some excursions can mean a lot of walking. It's not fun to lug a bag that's not easy to carry.

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7 - A room with a balcony is a must for me. I'm claustrophobic and I need to be able to get outside without having to go up steps and down hallways. 

8 - Your on-board schedule. You don't want to miss out on bingo, baby. 

9 - Good reading material. A must on any vacation. 

10 - A camera to capture the gorgeousness that is the sun setting over the open sea. Your iphone isn't going to do it justice. 

Are you a cruiser? What are your cruise essentials? 

Bon voyage! 

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  1. One thing I am soooo bad at, is getting a manicure before vacation. I ALWAYS forget… lol.

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

  2. Melanie, I always chip them anyway so I end up bringing the polish with me!

  3. I love this! Such good tips! I never leave for a vacation without a good book.


  4. Great tips!! A good mani & pedi before vacation is a must!