March 27, 2009, Newsletter Issue #87: (79) What to Take Along for a Day in Port

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Remember that tote bag or backpack you packed? Now is the time to stock it and take it along while exploring a port. Donít forget these daypack essentials:

Your cruise card. You must show your cruise card and crowd by photo ID any time you leave or return to the ship. Your excursion tour ticket. You wonít get far without it! A bottle of water and snack. Err on the side of caution in international ports where water quality is questionable. An umbrella or poncho. Unexpected showers crop up and thereís nothing more uncomfortable than touring in wet clothes. A hat, sunshades and sunscreen. In tropical climates, add insect repellent. Over the counter meds for headache, nausea and indigestion and bacterial hand gel and tissues. (Public restrooms in some countries do not supply toilet tissue!) Your camera and cruise journal. Money and credit cards tucked securely in a hidden pouch or money belt. A local map and guidebook, especially if exploring on your own. The name and telephone number for the cruise line port agent. A cell phone or calling card for a quick call home. Before disembarking in port, confirm sail-away time and allow plenty of time to get back to the ship for sail-away.

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