Tips for Planning and Organizing Your First Cruise

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Guest blog by Kacey Mya, the blogger behind The Drifter Collective

You’ve seen others encounter new places and experiences on exciting cruises, and now it’s your turn to journey on a cruise ship. Vacationing directly on the water, stopping at captivating ports and relaxing in the sun are all in store.

But as a first-timer, you need the best strategy for organizing the trip and planning your itinerary. Before you make definitive plans, you’re looking for the best approach to get your cruise in order. Here are eight tips for arranging your first cruise.

1. Set a Budget

Unless you opt for an all-inclusive cruise, budgetyou’ll have to set aside money for each day. According to Cruise Market Watch, each passenger spends approximately $212.80 per day of their trip. Depending on the cruise line you choose, reserve at least $200 to $300 per day to cover drinks, restaurants, shopping and on-shore activities.

Keep track of how much you’re spending, because the available amenities and resources are easy to indulge in. Also, the different levels of cabins can change your cost. Allow yourself room to splurge while maintaining a reasonable budget.

2. Consider Who’s Going

Figure out who you’ll be traveling with on your cruise. Are you going with family? Are your friends getting together for a special occasion? If you’re going with a group, your planning involves other people and preferences. So, take them into account and meet with them to discuss the destination and timeline.

On the other hand, traveling solo can simplify and improve your planning. You can prioritize your desires and give yourself the opportunity to embrace exploration on your own. Whatever your reason for taking a trip by yourself, you can freely manage your time the way you want.

3. Determine the Length of Your Trip

On your first voyage, settling on a set time away from home can be tricky. You don’t know how entertained you’ll be after a few days or what to expect on your excursions. But the beauty of a cruise is that a variety of options abound. For your first trip, a weekend or weeklong cruise can give you a taste of the experience.

4. Choose a Destination

Because the ocean provides plenty of access to stunning locations, you have several destination options to weigh. As you contemplate which destination is best for you, research the port stops to find which coastlines offer activities you like. You can visit islands in the Caribbean for a tropical ambiance or head toward Alaska for a mountain setting.

5. Pick the Right Season

Weather and the time of year for your getaway are significant factors in booking a cruise. Fair seasons bring more travelers, especially in tropical places, but the offseason can offer better deals. With more free time for families in the summer and winter, you can often avoid the crowds by choosing a spring or fall cruise.

6. Schedule Enjoyable Activities and Excursions

During a cruise, your ship will stop at ports along its route for a few hours or overnight so you can explore new areas. These locations offer a chance to wander through markets, see local attractions or try thrilling activities. You can take tours with your ship or independently adventure based on your interests.

There are entertainment opportunities on board, too. You can participate in spa treatments, hang out by the pool, see a performance or join casino activities.

7. Pack for All Occasions

While you’re on a cruise, you’ll participate in everything from sunbathing and exploring ports to fancy dinners. Pack comfortable clothes for excursions and elegant options for dining. Many cruise lines have specific dress codes for certain areas, so familiarize yourself with the recommended wardrobe around the ship.

8. Select a Cabin

Each cabin has unique advantages that set them apart. You can stay in a windowless cabin to save money, or you can enjoy a breathtaking view with a balcony cabin. Porthole or window cabins can be a happy medium. Expansive suites are an extravagant rooming selection for those who want convenience and luxury.

Embark on Your First Cruise

As you organize your first cruise, you can consider what will make your ideal trip. Plan with your budget, preferences, destination, companions and the weather in mind. Start booking a relaxing cruise vacation today.

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Get a Pedicure in Time for Flip Flop Season!

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Are you ready for flip-flop season? Professional mani pedis can cost you an arm and a leg – no pun intended! Give yourself a spa-like treatment from the comfort of your own home. Organize-It has everything you need to keep all of your supplies stored and organized.

Manicure Station

Manicure Station

Manicure Station

You don’t have to leave your home to get all the benefits of a professional nail salon. This manicure station is designed to not only store all of your nail care accessories – but it also has a “handy” hand rest so you can keep your hand stable while you brush on the desired nail polish. *Accessories shown not included.

A built-in quick-drying tunnel features an LED/UV light to dry gel polish and a fan to dry acrylic polish. A switch allows you to select the desired feature, and it turns on automatically when your fingers enter the tunnel. The light allows you to quickly apply multiple layers of nail polish in a short amount of time.

Nail Polish Organizers

Acrylic Nail Polish Rack

Acrylic Nail Polish Rack

Most of us have collected a large number of nail polishes over time. Keep them neatly stored, organized, and within view with the nail polish rack (pictured on the right).

This nail polish storage rack is designed to hold up to 40 nail polish bottles, and multi-level rows keep bottles visible and easily accessible. You can easily store the acrylic organizer inside a bathroom drawer.

Still have more nail polish? The Nail Polish Organizer Case can hold a total of 64 bottles of nail polish PLUS nail care accessories. Individual compartments keep bottles protected while stored, and the carrying case allows you to transport your nail polish as needed.

Cotton Rounds, Cotton Balls, and Cotton Swab Holders

York Apothecary Jar

York Apothecary Jar

Cotton rounds, cotton balls, and cotton swabs are a necessity for nail polish and makeup removal. Keep your accessories neatly stored and beautifully displayed on the bathroom counter or bathroom shelves with apothecary jars. Specialty jars are available, allowing you to effectively store cotton rounds, cotton balls, and cotton swabs.

Organize-It carries a wide selection of vanity and sink accessories so you can keep other cosmetic supplies effectively and stylishly stored in the bathroom. Keeping your cosmetic supplies within view on the bathroom counter ensures your accessories are easy to find.

Bonus: Flip Flop Organizer

Flip Flop Organizer

Flip Flop Organizer

Now that you are ready for flip-flop season, it’s time to get your flip-flops in order! Whether you are digging your flip flops out of storage or hitting the mall to find some new ones, make sure all of your attractive flip-flops are effectively stored in the closet with the flip-flop organizer.

This flip-flop hanger is designed to hold nine pairs of footwear. Two specialty hooks are included so you can hang the organizer from the bedroom door or on the closet rod, and it can even be installed to the wall as desired. Each flip flop holder is adjustable up and down the cord.

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How to Get Started on Spring Cleaning

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

The most important step to cleaning your home is simply getting started. Create a reasonable to-do list, methodically go down the list, and set reasonable goals. Even if you only get one item done on your to-do list a day, you are still making progress – don’t give up! Download our free spring cleaning checklist to keep you on track while cleaning every room of the house.

1. Set Reasonable Goals

Remember when movie montages were popular? A character would decide to go back to school, get in shape, or otherwise achieve a long-term goal in a 30 second clip? If only cleaning the house was that easy! Long-term goals are achievable and realistic when you break them down into smaller, more manageable goals that can fit into your everyday life. Set aside 10 to 30 minutes a day, accomplish one “to-do” item a day, or even block off an entire weekend; whatever it takes to fit this goal into your busy schedule.

2. Gather your Cleaning Products

There is nothing more frustrating than motivating yourself to get something done and then finding out you don’t have the correct tool or supplies. Make sure you have everything you need to get the job done ahead of time so you don’t have to stop and run to the store. Organize-It carries a wide selection of household cleaning products and cleaning supplies, so you can order everything ahead of time.

Below is a list of common items you may need while cleaning.

  • All purpose cleanerbroom-dustpan
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Scrub brush
  • Paper towels
  • Rags or cleaning clothes
  • Duster
  • Mop
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Vacuum cleaner

3. Phone a Friend

Remember those old game shows where you could “phone a friend” to help you out? Don’t hesitate to ask! Especially when tackling harder projects around the home. Call a friend and offer them a free meal in exchange for a couple hours of help. You can always return the favor when they get started on their spring cleaning. Can’t get a friend to help? Call on your spouse or children for help. You may hear more complaining, but they have to live here too so they might as well pitch in!

4. Organize, Organize, Organize

Are you plastic-binsalways searching for items you haven’t seen in months/years, but you swear are in the closet somewhere? Like thousands of Americans, your closet clutter may seem overwhelming. But all is not lost. Bring organization to every room of the house by storing like-items together. As our mothers used to say, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Add baskets, boxes, and other storage containers to your house so you can effectively store everything from hair bands to Christmas decorations. Use labels to make it easy to find certain items without resorting to opening every box in the basement or garage.

5. Donate / Sell Unused or Unwanted Items

Does your home seem cluttered or bursting at the seams? Do you simply have too much stuff? That may be true, in which case you should consider selling or donating used items. With Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, and other social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to get rid of unused items while making some money at the same time. Stop keeping unused pieces of furniture, clothing, or other items simply because you’ve had it for years. A good rule of thumb is: if you haven’t used it in two years and it has no sentimental value, out it goes.

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