With many cruises behind us. The one thing every room has in common is that they all have been smaller than the typical hotel or resort room that we stay in. Which can leave us feeling cramped. These are some tips that we have used to make the best out of all the space available to us. Making us feel a lot more comfortable and more organized.
Clear Pre-Existing Clutter
Cruise ship rooms often have many items on the counter in our room that most of us really won’t use. We take all of those items and placed them on the high closet shelf: Pamphlet, magazines or the ice bucket, there is really no need for something that you wont be using to be taking up valuable counter space.
Once your luggage arrives at your cabin, you should unpack fully. You will be much more comfortable if you are not continually pulling suitcases out to look for things.
We use Packing Cubes when we travel. We Love them!! They are so convenient when packing. And…on the other end when unpacking it’s really nice too. You can just pull them right out of the suitcase and drop them in the drawers. Everything is organized and in place in mere minutes. Once your bags are empty, place them under the bed or in the closet.
Increase Your Storage Space With Hanging Shelves
A set of sturdy closet shelves for the closet can be very handy. I even use them at home. Think of the kind that you often see for sweaters. These come in many variety. The best one’s are the kind that have some kind of a stiff or supported bottom to each shelf, and the entire unit folds up easily into a single square for easy packing.
A sturdy closet shelves provides additional storage space for clothes or almost any other item you choose. If you have one with four to six shelves, this provides storage equivalent to a small dresser. This will free up other valuable drawer, shelf and counter space throughout your cabin. You can use them to store just about anything – clothes, shoes, swim gear, etc.
Make the Most Of Closet Hangers
In most cruise ship rooms, storage space will be at a premium, particularly if you are trying to accommodate the belongings of more than one person. Your stateroom will have some combination of closets, drawers, and shelves. There will be hangers provided in the closet, and you should utilize them. Drawer space is often at premium, so you should plan to hang as many clothes as possible. If you find that you need additional hangers, you can request them from your stateroom attendant.
Pack Handy Laundry Bags
Bring along a couple of medium to large laundry bags. Place them at the bottom of your closet to collect dirty laundry throughout your trip. This will help keep your closet organized and your cabin tidy. With two you can organize your laundry as you go and streamline your return packing. Note, that while cruise ship rooms usually have a bag to send in clothes to the ship’s laundry for washing or dry cleaning, these are almost always paper and not reusable.
Over the Door Shoe Organizer
An over the door shoe organizer for the back of the bathroom door is a must. This may be the single item that you will most often see included in recommended packing lists and checklists for cruises. the average person t
Check with the cruise line you are traveling on, some have stopped allowing these because of scratching the doors.
The bathrooms in most cruise ship rooms are tiny — as in you are lucky when you can fit two people in at the same time. The storage space and counter space in the bathroom itself is very limited. If you are a couple traveling alone, you can probably work it all out, but this will make life so much easier.
Use Multi-plug Outlets
Most cruise ship rooms have an extremely limited number of electric outlets. Often, you will only find 1 or 2 outlets. You should bring something to make use of what is available. With a variety of tablets, phones, and other devices the average person travels with you will need a little help charging them all, so pack a multi-plug outlet. One that does not have a surge protector. Cruise ships do not allow surge protectors. It helps to grab one that has slots for 2 or 3 USB connections in addition to traditional plug outlets. Remember this is your vacation. Maybe leave all the devices at home.
Gary & Michelle
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