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14. Bring a day pack for excursions. I just grab any kind of a thin, flat bag that will lie flat in my suitcase. Its just right for a water bottle, towel, sunscreen, a few snacks, etc. to bring on an excursion and if you buy too many souvenirs, it’s perfect for an extra carry-on.
15. A pack of cards, or a handful of dice don’t take up much room and are helpful to pass the time for both kids and adults.
16. Those pill reminder containers aren’t just handy for medications, they are also great for earrings and other small items. I’ve heard of using a straw to keep your necklaces from getting tangled. Just unhook it and slide it through the center of the straw and rehook it, slice the side of the straw if it’s too long.
On the next page, I have a great bonus tip to teach your kids to pack their own suitcases.
17. Sunscreen of course, but also some aloe cream for when you forget to wear the sunscreen. The sun down near the equator is MUCH hotter than many people are used to. I even sunburned my tushie while snorkling. I guess that particular area doesn’t see the sun very often!
18. Even if you are headed to the equator – packing a light jacket, or even a heavy jacket is a MUST, plus an umbrella. Especially when you are out at sea, it can get surprisingly windy and chilly.
19. At least two bathing suits – they don’t dry well hanging in your cabin. If you leave them out on a balcony, you may get to see Flipper carting it out to sea after it blows away.
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