Most of us have that one treasured item we just can’t live without — even when we’re headed away on holiday. We make sure our “can’t live without” item finds its way into the bag, even if something more essential has to be left behind.
We here at Cruise Critic have a theory, based on our collective years of experience. The theory is this: The compulsion to pack the “can’t live without” item crosses all boundaries of personality type, race, gender and creed.
Maybe you’re sentimental and chuck out the shoes in favor of your favorite childhood plush toy? Or you’re superstitious and won’t board a plane, train or boat without your trusty good luck charm?
Even the more practical travelers among us — we who make our lists and organize our hermetically sealed suitcases alphabetically, cross-referenced against a color-coded spreadsheet — are not immune. We remember the passport and the tickets. We have twice the number of socks and underwear we could ever need and clothing for any occasion and eventuality. And we have it, too. The “cant’ live without” item.
Associate Editor Ashley Kosciolek brings at least three garbage bags – “one for dirty laundry and a couple extras in case it rains (can use ‘em as ponchos or to keep wet/dirty clothes and shoes separate from everything else).” Destinations Editor Chris Gray Faust brings ziploc bags, for receipts, snacks and other small souvenirs.
And Features Editor Erica Silverstein doesn’t get on a plane without her husband’s lucky Christmas Moose, even when she’s traveling alone: “I’m not a great flyer so I need something to clutch when it gets bumpy. If Adam’s around, I clutch him. If he’s not, I have a soft, cuddly moose.”
Some of the wise and crafty cruisers on our forum swear by duct tape, which can be used for everything from lint removal to sandal repair.
But what we want to know is: What is it that you always pack when you when you go on a cruise? Tell us in the comments below.