Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What to Bring When Going Ashore

Spending a day in port is always fun, whether you’re heading to the beach, going to do some shopping, or taking an excursion.  Whenever I leave the ship for the day, regardless of where I’m heading, I always take along what I consider my “essentials”.

Photo ID:  Every cruiser knows that their Sea Pass card should always be carried whether you’re on or off the ship. This is required to get you both off and back on the ship. Well it’s just as important to carry a photo ID when you get off the ship.  Cruise line personnel will tell you when a passport will be required on return to the ship.  If it’s not necessary then it’s your choice to bring it or leave it locked up in your cabin (I bring mine). If you don’t bring it then be sure to carry a photo ID.

Money:  We get so used to charging things to our cabin that sometimes it’s easy to forget that you need cash when you go ashore.  Carry small money for cab fare, tips, water bottles etc. I also carry one credit card for emergencies.

Port Agent Telephone Number: The port agent’s name and contact information will be listed in the daily newsletter. This is your connection to the ship if you encounter any difficulty getting back to port or any situation that may cause you to miss the ship’s scheduled departure time.

Portable Battery Charger: Nobody goes anywhere these days without a cell phone, so I don’t feel the need to list it here. My phone is my communication device, navigation tool, camera, currency converter, translator, and clock… just to mention a few of its functions. It’s because it works so hard that I always carry a portable battery charger with me!

Water Bottle: Frankly, these days I go nowhere without one! But it’s especially important to stay hydrated when in port, and there may not always be somewhere to buy a bottle.

First Aid Kit: I have a small plastic case that holds band aids, hand sanitizer, tissues, Tylenol, and Pepto Bismol.

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