Must have Monday!

Every Monday I’ll post what I think are “must have’s” when I travel.  These are the things I wouldn’t leave home without.  Maybe you’ll find something on my list that you’ve never thought to bring and think it’s a good idea or maybe you’ll have something on your list that we never thought of.

July 2, 2018 –  You’ll think this is a little bit odd – but with technology today many cruise lines and even some newer resorts you insert a card into a slot when you enter your room to keep the air conditioning on.  Once you remove the card the air turns off and when you return to your room it can be hot and stuffy.  I always take an expired card with me (usually not a bank or credit card because I do not want to use anything with my name or account number on it) but an expired or completely empty gift card. Keeping it in the slot keeps the air on when your out of the room. The intention is that you would use your room key, but any card with the strip on it works.

June 25, 2018 – This is something that everyone will tell you to make sure you take on a cruise with you –  but I’ve found that even at resorts, there never seem to be enough outlets with all the goodies we bring along that need to be charged.  Of course, your phone is top of that list, but my camera has rechargeable batteries, my laptop (which being a travel agent I can not leave at home, cause you never know).  So, just with two of us, that’s at least 5 things that need to be plugged in and charged up.  I hate to crawl under the furniture to find an outlet, so I always take a power strip with me. It just makes life a little bit easier!

June 18, 2018 – Large zip lock bags and supermarket bags – I always throw a few of each in my suitcase and never enough of them.  They take up no room and they always come handy.  Packing to go home, our wet bathing suits and sandy water shoes go in them, to keep everything in my suitcase from getting wet and sandy.  I always seem to have picked up some pretty shells from the beach.  Maybe a bottle of  local spirits or wine you purchased while traveling. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll use them for, but they will come in handy no matter where you travel.

June 4, 2018 –  a small notebook – for me, this one of the things on the top of my list for a variety of reasons –  I guess the first being I can’t remember a damn thing!!! Must be my age, but for whatever the reason – trips kind of mesh together – when was I there, what did I do, what did I like, what didn’t I like.  I started doing this long before I became a travel agent.

When you cruise as much as we do, you tend to re-visit some of the ports – if I’ve hit on something either really good or really bad and either want to do it again or never want to do it again – I write it down!  I would never have remembered where the home of the Pina Colada was if I never wrote it down.  Sure, I have pictures of me in front of the sign (actually have a few taken from different visits).  And I have pictures of some of my guests taken in front of the same sign when I recommend the place to them.


Have you ever taken a photo and then for the life of you can’t remember when or where it was.  This little book has saved me from that.  I don’t buy a new book every time I travel – I just put the first date and the last date on the cover and refer back to it when I need to.

I don’t just use for big trips – I take it with me on the weekend get-aways and road trips as well.


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