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Old October 9th, 2007, 04:54 PM
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Default Best way to carry room cards, $, etc. on water excursions

Sorry if this had been posted somewhere, but i couldn't figure out a good way to search on it.

I'm traveling solo on my first cruise in November. I plan to snorkel a few times and do the horseback ride/swim. Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep things like money, ID, room cards from getting wet? Other than the obvious ziplock bag, but then you have the problem of how to attach it to you since womens' bathing suits don't have pockets.

Also, for things like snorkeling or the ride/swim, are there typically lockers to store your things in? I'm thinking of just snorkeling on my own at Half Moon Cay by the kids area.

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Old October 9th, 2007, 10:50 PM
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They have plastic waterproof "safes" that hang on cords...they can hold all you mentioned. Check out the gift shop when you board, or a sports shop in your area.
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Also, be sure to just bring enough $ for the day, leave the rest on the ship in your safe there. Some beach will have lockers, but you can't count on those being everywhere you swim/snorkel. Those waterproof containers work well.
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Here is what they look like, you can buy them onboard:

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Thanks for the info. I probably could have figured it out, but yesterday was one of those days where nothing worked right, so I thought it would be easier to ask.

I've been snorkeling before, but it's been 10 years and for the most part was right off my hotel beach in Cozumel - so I probably just hid stuff in my clothes on the beach.

Good to know those waterproof containers work well, I have sen them before but never tried them.

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OT but just want to say you will love the Horseback riding excursion. I did it a HMC a couple of years ago and had a blast.
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You can also get the waterproof case on a lanyard at any sporting goods store. I got mine for $4 here, which is probably cheaper than what they sell it for on the ship.
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It's probably too late since it's November already, but I could come along and watch your stuff as you snorkel, ride horses, etc. I'd just plop on the beach and work on my tan - that is fading fast since my cruise last month - while you do your thing.

Of course you'd have to pay my way since I'm broke from cruising last month. It would be a lot cheaper though for you to buy the waterproof thing. Oh well, I tried.
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What do you do with your camera? I'd hate to lose all my pictures as well as my camera. I bought a small backpack style purse to carry some cruise "essentials", as opposed to my usual bag 'o crap that I carry everything but the kitchen sink in, but I've been concerned about what to do with our valuables during our excursions.

I'm normally such a trusting soul that I don't tend to be as watchful as I should be, but I've heard lots of nightmare stories about people having things stolen in foreign countries. Definitely don't want to end up with those kinds of problems.

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Hi Adrian,
Just bring along what you'll need for the day, enough cash, etc. The smaller bag is better as well. Depending on the excursion, there are places to store your stuff, some beaches have lockers.
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What do you do with your camera? I'd hate to lose all my pictures as well as my camera. I bought a small backpack style purse to carry some cruise "essentials", as opposed to my usual bag 'o crap that I carry everything but the kitchen sink in, but I've been concerned about what to do with our valuables during our excursions.

I'm normally such a trusting soul that I don't tend to be as watchful as I should be, but I've heard lots of nightmare stories about people having things stolen in foreign countries. Definitely don't want to end up with those kinds of problems.

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Adrian, We also take along a waterproof disposible camera for excursions that way if it gets lost or ruined, we haven't lost our digital.

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What do you do with your camera? I'd hate to lose all my pictures as well as my camera. I bought a small backpack style purse to carry some cruise "essentials", as opposed to my usual bag 'o crap that I carry everything but the kitchen sink in, but I've been concerned about what to do with our valuables during our excursions.

I'm normally such a trusting soul that I don't tend to be as watchful as I should be, but I've heard lots of nightmare stories about people having things stolen in foreign countries. Definitely don't want to end up with those kinds of problems.

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Bring a seperate disposable carmera for the beach etc. Not only won't you have to worry about it being stolen you also won't have to worry abount sand sallt water etc getting in your stuff.
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Joe has some good advice, I don’t know how many times ive been at the beach and have seen people leave there expensive looking digital cameras on the group in plain sight when their off snorkeling. Not only could your camera get stolen you would loose your precious photos that can’t be replaced, disposable is the best way to go on beach days unless someone wants to baby sit the stuff. I buy disposable underwater cameras for beach days that way when I am in the water the camera goes with me.
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I bought a bunch of these at a strip mall's cell phone store.
Cost is 6 bucks and I no longer have to buy more phones for the crew.




Big enough for a camera and a wallet.
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I'm answering my own post since I went on my cruise. I went to a local dive shop, and got a "fanny pack" type bag, made by Trident, I think.

Its basically has 3 ziplock type seals, and then the top folds over and stays put with velcro. It wasn't very big but did hold all I needed. If I coudln't easily get on and off the ship, it did hold my slim digital camera, my room card, a very small purse for credit cards/ID. Don't need much more than that as far as valuables. This was I could swim/snorkel and take it all with me - no problems whatsoever.

If you dive, look for something sturdier - this bag was only rated at 30 feet, but it only cost about $10. I liked it because it held more than the small plastic boxes that you wear around your neck.
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Thanks so much for all the great ideas! We leave on our cruise tomorrow, so hopefully we'll have a chance to get out and get some of this stuff!

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I love wrist wallets - I just bought 8 more on ebay to give to a group that is going on a cruise in September. They come in all kinds of styles. Yes your stuff will get wet (with some of them) but wet money spends. Some are made of neoprene that slip over your wrist or ankle - while others are velcro. I paid $3.99 each and no shipping.
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I found the best thing right in my own house. I had gone to a Convention a few years ago and I had the tag holder they had issued to us. It was nylon with velcro closure and a clear pocket on the front. It was just the right size for our S&S card, our fountain card, my driver's license, some money, and a credit card. Had an adjustable strap to either wear around my neck or across my chest. I just wore it under my bathing suit on all our excursions. The money got a little wet, but everything else was fine.

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Really very good ideas - Thanks.
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