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What to Pack for a Cruise

Travel agent and cruise expert Lael Hazan’s must list.

By Nancy Joy Cook March 28, 2018 Published in the April 2018 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Sarasota-based travel agent Lael Hazan, who has been cruising for more than 20 years, says it’s always good to pack light since cruise cabins are notoriously cramped and closet space is at a premium. Here’s Hazan’s list of must-bring items.

Favorite wine. “Most cruise lines will allow you to bring one bottle per adult; paying the corkage fee of $15 to $18 is worth it if you want to drink good wine and don’t want to pay the exorbitant cruise ship prices,” she says. 

Lanyard to hold your keycard (guest services can punch a hole in the keycard for you)

Power strip cord for your devices

Magnetic hooks (the walls are metal) for lanyards, daily schedules, and wet swimsuits

Night light for the bathroom 

Large plastic bags for dirty laundry

Light foldable bag for the goodies you purchase on shore excursions

Alarm clock 

Wire hangers from the dry cleaner (you can leave them behind and there are never enough)

Dry bag for phones and cash

Global Entry Card so you'll never have to wait to board or disembark

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