And as it turns out, we're not big cruisers. (Nothing against them, it's just not our thing.)
While we didn't come away from the experience with a love of cruising, we did acquire one thing that would forever change the way we travel: the over-the-door shoe holder .
Prior to the cruise I consulted with an experienced cruiser who recommended this as a way to keep the cabin organized. As it turns out, there aren't many suitable surfaces for storing things on a cruise ship. This is especially true in the bathroom. She suggested that we use the over-the-door shoe holder as a way to keep track of toiletries, room keys, cell phones (& chargers), and pretty much anything else you can think of.
The next year, as we packed for a trip to Hawaii, it occurred to me that the over-the-door shoe holder needn't be reserved for cruises alone, so I threw it in our bag. (It folds up flat and packs like a dream.) It has come with us on every trip since.
Here it is on a recent trip to a Mexican resort. The bathroom there had plenty of uncluttered surface space and this little beauty guaranteed that stayed that way.
When my sister-in-law saw our hotel set-up on a recent family trip, she wanted to know why I hadn't shared it with her sooner. It was at that point that I decided to share it with all of you.
And as long as I'm sharing, here's a happy little accident that I'm so glad I made: While perusing the travel toiletries at Target (how's that for alliteration?) I picked up a package of these:
To be honest, I thought I was buying wipes. (The type you'd use if you spilled something on your clothes.) Imagine my surprise when I reached for one and discovered that what I had actually purchased was a three-pack of "sink packets". These are individual portions of detergent that one can use to wash clothes in a hotel sink. If I hadn't brought them along I'm pretty sure I would have spent a small fortune sending clothes out to be laundered. These will definitely join the shoe holder on my list of traveling must-haves.
So what about you? Do you have any travel tips that you'd like to share?