Do you know that Zip Lock bags are my favorite thing to take on a cruise.
My mother actually got me started on Zip Locks years ago, but I never believed their true value, until I took my first cruise last summer. I bag just about everything.
This is a list of the things I use them for
Make up- no more spills in the suitcase
Meds- I take something of every thing, so if My family gets sick, I can have things to treat them with.
Shoes that have been worn, so if they have a little dirt on the bottom, it doesn't mix with my clothes.
Caper- Capers fit in the large Zip Lock without being folded. They stay as fresh as the first time you saw it. If you are the type to carry them around with you on the ship, you can read them through the bag, and not have to take them out.
Docs- I pack all our docs in a bag. You can of course see through it, so at the counter in the port, as I am being asked for certain things, I know exactly where everything is. Once in our stateroom, or ID's and stuff still remain together in the bag, which we put in the safe most of the time.
Room service- In the mornings we order room service to wake us up. Even if we only order coffee, I always order Danish or bread w/ butter, and that goes into the bag. Not a lot, but enough for someone to snack on before dinner, or just a snack.
Pictures- As we pick up our photo's, I put them in the bag for safe keeping. They stay dry and clean.
Smokers in the room- You must never flush cigs down the toilet, and it is a complete no no to throw them off the ship, so once they are cool, we store in the bag, and when the steward comes to clean, he has a way of disposing of the stuff, without problems.
These are just a few of the uses of the "Bags" You probably have more to add.
Hope this helps make your cruise more relaxed, and better organized.
P.S. Wait until you see my list of uses for duct tape
And don't forget the zip lock bag for your wet swimsuits after the pre cruise night in a hotel!! I pack all my toiletries in zip lock bags as well as our medications. Can you imagine if your shampoo or sun tan lotion decided to leak all over your cruise clothes??? I also pack some laundry detergent in a zip lock bag just in case I need to wash a few things (not that I do mind you, but just in case!!)
Thanks Luanne for reminding us of the great value of these little gems!!
Instead of looking here and there and everywhere for those reciepts for your charges, keep a small zip-lock bag --- everyday, just put your reciepts in the bag. Then if you need to check on something, you have them all together.
Now, Luanne, once your disease progresses you get into all kinds of zip locks. I have tiny ones 2 x 3 inches and 3 x 5 that have white blocks on them for writing with pen or pencil. These are perfect for:
pills - much more space efficient than bottles
bobby pins, baretts, rubber bands, etc.
little sewing kit
cotton balls, q-tips, etc
Then you can (of course) put the little bags in a bigger bag !
And then, indespensible for cold weather cruises are space bags!
They're great for squishing down your sweaters or sweatshirts.
Yep, there's just no end to the use for zip lock bags. I always put a large one in my back pack to keep glasses or things you really want to keep the sand out of (like your undies, maybe). I was really glad to have it on one excursion when the girl next to me was looking a little greener, and greener, and . . . well, I knew what was coming so I dug out my bag and she promptly deposited her breakfast in it. The back window on the bus didn't open so I'm reeeallly glad I had a receptical for her. Then I had to pour my water on my bandana and wipe her down. Jeez, being prepared is a lotta' work sometimes!
Put you bottle of booze (plastic bottle) in the big ones.
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We put all aerosols in zip lock bags (they can't go in the carry on). We also put a plastic bag over everything in a suitcase. If it is raining at an airport many times luggage gets wet. This protects the contents and also keeps things somewhat wrinkle free. Our last trip I bought the ugliest ribbon I could find (lime green with blue polkadots) to identify our black suitcases on the turnstyle. It worked perfectly, UGLY!
On one of our cruises, we met a couple. He had had knee surgery not long before he went on his cruise. His knee was swelling so I gave him one of my large ziplock bags for him to put ice in to use on his knee. (Just another use for ziplock bags.) I agree with Luanne. I take various sizes with me on every cruise. It is amazing how many uses you can find for them.
I also took ziplocs. I swear I want to send the inventor a little thank you card. I took it to the beach and stuffed my swimsuit in it so I wouldn't have a wet bag to carry around.
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Not just on a cruise, but almost ALL my clothes go into the 2 gallon size ziplocks when I travel. With the air squished out, they work just as well as those expensive bags that you suck the air out with a vaccum cleaner (I've used both).
I also take a few extras. When I get off at a port I will most likely have a piece of fruit and maybe a bagel or something stored in my purse for a snack.
Pens and markers that might leak in your luggage.
And just general organization of small items.
I learned a long time ago that they are ESSENTIAL for camping. When it rains, my packed clothes don't get wet. Crawling into your tent during a storm and having dry clothes to put on is wonderful, and in the winter, lifesaving.
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