Our next cruise is looming on the horizon, Black Friday is tomorrow, and the holidays are just around the corner! So, we thought we would share with you some of the items we’ve purchased over the years specifically for our travels to inspire your own (shopping) adventure. In no particular order:
Waterproof Belts, Safe, & Anti-Theft Purses
Securing our valuables when at the beach always seems to be a problem. We’re big fans of the waterproof belts for items we want to keep close while swimming. It’s just such piece of mind knowing the only things we left on the beach are replaceable! We haven’t had a chance to use the safe we bought yet, but I purchased it specifically due to the handy cable for attaching to something immobile.
Still young in our travels and reading horror stories online of theft while traveling has made me super nervous, especially after getting harassed about renting a scooter in the Caribbean. I wanted a little more security in a purse, which by definition is usually holding things you hold dear. Or at least, don’t want to donate to the criminal underground. I did some research and ultimately settled on these two fashionable and functional theft-deterring purses: a small one and a larger one that is actually my every day purse at home. Some of their key features:
Nothing can guarantee we won’t be robbed or threatened to give up our goods willingly, but these products improve our odds on top of other safety precautions.
Most of our adventures involve the sun, surf, and sand and, since we’re both fair-skinned, having good sun protection is essential! Every once in a while, we naively think ‘nah, we won’t be here long’ and that we don’t need to reapply – and once or twice have even forgotten to put any on altogether! But after a nasty burn left us tender and rouged halfway through our Epic Beach Crawl through the Florida Keys (here’s looking at you, beautiful Bahia Honda), I won’t be risking any more sun-filled vacations and Justin’s sunburned-tourist-attire!
One thing we are a little more conscious of now is thanks to a note about sunscreen on a snorkel excursion we’ll be going on in Mexico soon: must be biodegradable. There has been some research done that suggests a few of the chemicals in common sunscreens are contributing to coral bleaching and destruction as the lotion sloughs off your skin in the water. Not something that has ever crossed our minds before that little, seemingly innocuous note. While there are other environmental factors at play for suffering reefs as well and more research still needs to be done on the subject, it can’t hurt for us to be a little extra cautious when we’re snorkeling these marine sanctuaries.
Picture this: at least two people sharing one little tiny bathroom in one petite cabin whose windows cannot be opened unless you splurged for a balcony. What is it, you ask? Well, just watch one of their hilarious commercials to find out!
Go Pro & Waterproof Housing
We originally bought our Hero 4 for its superb image quality and primary positioning as an adventure camera. We are very cautious about bringing expensive electronics on our trips and being careful to secure those that we do. While we do bring our DSLR on cruises with us, it usually has to stay behind in the safe when we have plans that call for getting in the water. The Go Pro, though? Easier to ‘go incognito’ in that we aren’t carrying around a hefty camera bag. Bonus (and the reason we bought it): we can take it in the ocean with us!
Do you bring any of these items when you cruise? Do you have a favorite biodegradable sunscreen (we’re looking for recommendations)? Have a suggestion for something not on our list? Tell us in the comments!
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Please note: this is not a sponsored post. We paid for, use, and love all of these items! We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.