5 Things to REMEMBER to Pack for Vacation

Planning a Vacation? Worried you might forget something? READ and LEARN my list of things to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Hey FANS, as I have another trip planned soon, I thought I would post on a few items I (we) have forgotten and wish we didn’t. Has this happened to you? Worried you might forget something important? How about something that will COST you even more while on vacation? Or an item you can’t even purchase on location, thus putting a damper on the trip. My list of items to NOT FORGET to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Sunscreen:

So if you are off to a sunny location, sunscreen is a common packing item. Some even keep it in their toiletry kits so no matter what, its packed (little TIP). BUT if you forget this item, you might be in shock to see the price of sunscreen at your destination (upwards of $20+). Not to mention, the brands. If you wear a certain brand, have allergies or sensitivities…you might not find your brand at the quick n’ go stand. PACK now and don’t be sorry later.

Sunglasses

Another no-brainer – or is it?? I find sunglasses are a common item to forget. I keep mine in my car, if I am headed to the airport when its dark out (Hello, 6 am), then I am not wearing them. As I hop out of the car super fast to catch the airport shuttle…guess where my glasses are left?? (eek). I now keep a pair in my travel bag (at all times). You might find cheap glasses on vacation to purchase, but even those are $$ and I personally prefer my special sunglasses that I searched high and low for.

GUM:

If you are a gum chewer, PACK THIS NOW. There is NO Gum on Disney property, they 100% don’t sell it. But please, trash is properly as this is why Disney doesn’t sell this sticky, found on the bottom of guests shoes, item. Same with mints/candies…pack your favorite brands as Disney might only sell more bulk candy items.

Bathing Suit:

OK – so I never forgot a suit, but I did manage to pack one that was the wrong size. My sons suit was in our bathing suit bag, so I didn’t even think about it. Got on our cruise and it was 2 sizes too small. So while stuck at sea and having lots of beach time ahead…I had to purchase a suit on board. $50 later we had a NEW suit that was too big and didn’t exactly save me any money either. Next time – try them on before you pack.

Super Cute Disney Cruise Line Bathing Suit, but costly.
Underwear/Shorts:

Ok – so now you are wondering…who forgets to pack the single most important item over medicine – undies. Well it happens and sorry to say, hard to replace on property. Kids undies maybe (find some cute Minnie or Cars undies) but Adult undies – good luck. Grab an Uber and hop to Walmart. Shorts – now this happened to us, the husband wore pants on the plane and forgot to pack shorts for Spring Break, 85+ degree temps. So as frustrated as I was, I had to jump into action because a hot, cranky husband on vacation is NOT a pretty site. Thank goodness for Disney Springs, but it cost us $$$ for brand name shorts on vacation.

So – do you have a list? What have you forgotten? We now joke about the shorts issue, we keep sunscreen and gum in the suitcase at all times and I purchased an extra pair of sunglasses that I keep in my travel bag.

I would love to share more packing tips with you and book you a fabulous Disney Vacation. Contact me when ready and Mahalo for Reading – Nina

BOARDING a Disney Cruise? Don’t Miss Out.

Looking to Book a Disney Cruise?  Don’t want to miss a single thing?  Learn what to do on Port Arrival Day.

Hey FANS, a short one for you today.  I just posted my latest YOUTUBE video on this subject and thought I would expand a little.  To see the VIDEO…WATCH this.

So we booked you a Disney Cruise, your packed, your at the terminal waiting to be called – see this post on what I am talking about (A Disney Cruise Line HOW TO – The Port Canaveral Experience) and then WHAT?

What should you do FIRST?  NEXT?  Where do you GO?  Such good questions and lets see if I can help.

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After Boarding…Find a Pool Chair and JUMP IN!

You should RELAX, EXPLORE, EAT and DRINK (if that’s your wish).  You should POOL, PLAY and SPLASH!!  But seriously…all of those things.  Make a list and do what’s most important.  TO me – its FOOD, how fast can I get some Disney Eats in my Belly.

For others – its finding the BEST pool spot, grabbing a chair, a drink and catching some sweet rays.  Others its…find the nearest bartender for a drink (Party time is HERE).

So many options, which to chose.  Again…make that list and decide.  Board with your swimsuit ON, board ready to grab a bite and chill.  SO many food options, Buffet, restaurant with Menu, pool grab & go eats.  You really can do it all.  You can POOL, EAT and Drink at the same time!  Head up to Deck 9/10 (depending on the ship) and go forth and conquer.  Generally speaking the Pool and Buffet are on the same deck…so follow the crowd and ENJOY!

PLEASE watch the VIDEO, Subscribe to my Channel and FOLLOW along.  I have LOTS to share and between Blogging and Vlogging…I am gonna try to share it all.

Mahalo for READING and JOINING – Nina

Nassau TOUR and REVIEW

Thinking about Porting in Nassau.  What to do, what to see and where to go with Disney Cruise Line

Ok – so today we are gonna talk about Nassau (which is in the Bahamas).  This is a very common or popular ports of call for ALL Cruise Lines to dock at.  YES, I said DOCK – no tender here 🙂  I have personally been to Nassau a few times as well as other Cruise Port locations (I am a vast wealth of knowledge, lol).  At first, our plan was to skip Nassau and stay aboard the ship (doing awesome ADULT-ONLY fun), but we decided what the heck, lets explore for an hour or so…so we did.

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The Disney Dream!

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IMPORTANT: Getting off the Ship

When you first get off the ship (WITH YOUR ID/PASSPORT and DCL CARD) you enter a “holding area” for lack of a better word.  Its a gated area, contained at the port…but its FILLED with local vendors calling out your name – “pretty lady, pretty lady – you need hair braids?”  They have drinks, snacks, Bahamas Merch (tees, bags, trinkets, etc) and the Hair Braiding ladies (PS – you can also get your Hair Braided on the Ship).  Walk fast or shop – totally your call.  And YES, you can barter here.

The Nassau Experience:

Then you can step outside of the gate and enter Nassau – this is where you can catch a cab/taxi or enter the city marketplace area.  SAFETY TIP – I wouldn’t venture too far into Nassau – either BOOK a Port Excursion with Disney, take a Cab to a beach or walk 1-2 blocks…that’s it.  On a Previous trip, I booked a DAY at the local Sandals Resort (another story).  Immediately entering this area, a friend got into a conversation with a local regarding “knock off” bags.  AS many people might say, “no thanks” – she was very interested.  So we found ourselves following this local lady into a few shops.  Shops that were dark, closed and could have easily been a human trafficking den…but it was early and they just hadn’t opened yet (but still, never keep your guard down).

Bags, upon bags, upon bags galore EVERYWHERE.  Knocks-offs from all brands and celebs.  Purses, wallets, hats, shoes, sunglasses, etc.  If this is your thing – I got their card 😉  ALSO it turns out this lady…she is like a shopper for the various shops (I think earning commission from the store fronts for bring you into store and purchasing).  She was very nice, friendly and a smooth talker…hard to say no (so again be firm if not interested).  After we left (yes people did purchase) we found others doing the same thing (other “shopper” ladies with signs showing pictures of purses).

Visiting the Local Marketplace:

AS other members of our group left to do other things, we stayed course and walked our few blocks, shopping in the market place before heading back to the ship…as we had pre-purchased the SPA day (the Rainforest Room).  Lots of shops, many were US brand locations too like Starbucks, Subway, Hard Rock, etc.  But we were interested in souvenirs for the kids we left at home.  See pictures BELOW:

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After we scored a few deals, we left…heading back to the ship – but NOT before we got our passports stamped.  Yep – FREE souvenir…get your passport stamped at Nassau!

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Proof you have been to the Bahamas!

**NOTE – Nassau is one of those ports that many have been too SO MANY times that they might decide to stay on-board the ship.  I was curious to see HOW many people actually were left of on the ship.  More on this subject later, but I was pleasantly surprised at the “openness” of the pool/spa areas – perhaps more people explored Nassau as we did.

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Remember…not only do I travel Disney for FUN and Enjoyment and LOVE, but its also my job.  So if thinking of a Disney Cruise – contact me for a quote.  I LOVE sharing all of my experience and tips/tricks of traveling.

Mahalo for reading and PLEASE FOLLOW my Blog – Nina