I will soon be embarking on my fourth cruise, a Disney Social Media Moms celebration! I’m so excited! We will be enjoying the Disney Cruise onboard the Disney Wonder and documenting our journey with our friends and followers. I’ve made a list of must-have gadgets, that not only a blogger needs, but anybody who wants to fully experience a cruise should bring.
While you could find the Weirdest Gadgets on Amazon, on your hunt for tech-related things, you would also find many substantial ones as well! Whether you’re looking for different ways to record your cruise memories or keep your identity safe, some high-tech gadgets may be just what you need.
You know those pictures from the port which include the whole ship?? A selfie stick will help you accomplish that and be in it as well!!!
There are so many options right now, here is one that we like:
Insignia Bluetooth Selfie Stick
I haven’t bought one for this trip, since I’ve received many on previous press trips. But the one above is a great option and it is on sale right now!!
Water Proof Video Camera
I own a Kodak Pix Pro, but a Go Pro is a great option as well! The GoPro – HERO Session HD Waterproof Action Camera is a great choice and it is on my wish list! You don’t want to be on an Island and not be able to bring your camera with you and miss capturing precious moments with your loved ones, right?
Water Proof Smartphone Case
My son and I have an Otter Box for our iPhones. I have a different case for daily use, just use this one for trips! I love it! It is water-resistant and has a silicone skin and screen protector that offers 3 layers of protection against dirt, scratches, and accidental damage. If you are looking for a waterproof one, the LifeProof is a great option. This can be very useful when you’re out on a holiday near the beach or an island, for example, one on a Vacations in Ecuador or the Galapagos. The possibility of dropping your phone into the water can really be a nightmare in such places, so having water-resistant protection for your phone can be very helpful.
Electronics aren’t the only things you want to keep safe when cruising. Your identity and financial security are also at stake. We went on a cruise to the Bahamas 5 years ago, they had our passports safeguarded, we had no access to them, so when we left the ship for an excursion to visit the Hotel Atlantis, I did not realize we would have to go through customs on our way out. All we had was my husband’s drivers license and cruise bands…..the officer was nice to let us back on the ship, but I never want to go through that again!
The easiest way to keep your documents safe, is to throw your passport and wallet into your cabin, but that doesn’t work when you’re in port or coming and going. Keep your documents safe while visiting a port city by putting them in an RFID wallet, which shields them from anyone trying to scan them illegally. You can do the same for your passport with an RFID passport sleeve. Just make sure to do an online search before purchasing to make sure you’re getting one that really works.
We don’t own one, I’m still debating on getting one, but this one comes with great reviews: RFID Wallet. This item is still on my list for this trip.
One of the greatest options when cruising is the abundance of onboard fun, especially if you are talking about a Disney Cruise! At night, you can choose from live music in a lounge or a show in the theater. On some cruises you can even watch a movie on the sun deck. Sometimes it’s just as nice to stay in with your friends or significant other for the evening, but there’s not always a large selection on the TV. With the ZTE PRO 2 you can project standard definition-quality movies from your smartphone, tablet or laptop onto your cabin wall, and — here you go– it’s movie night. Here is a full review I did on it, check it out, we use it all the time! ZTE PRO 2.
With so many of us toting around many electronics, the one or two outlets most cruise ship cabins provide are not nearly enough. That’s why a power strip is a must-pack item, but cruise lines don’t like passengers bringing large strips with them. Instead, throw a small, two- or three-outlet strip with USB outlets into your bag, and you’re all set. Our favorite is the Belkin mini surge protector with three outlets and two USB chargers.
The best time to write about your cruise is…… while you’re on the ship and everything is fresh. But we understand how frustrating writing a review can be if you’ve only got a touchscreen tablet or smartphone with you. That’s why we recommend bringing a small, wireless keyboard (you can also get it customized from a store similar to Kinetic Labs). You can carry it wherever you go and start jotting down all the lovely scenes and experiences you encounter.
Moreover, these portable keyboards can be fixed and solid (meaning you have to pack around them), or foldable like this one: Mini In The Box Silicone Bluetooth Keyboard However, some people may prefer interacting with the help of a stylus where bigger screens are involved such as laptops. In such cases, you would want your touchscreen experience to be the best. You can look for the best stylus for your touchscreen laptop available in the market that can help you in this matter.
I hope my thoughts will help you make an informed decision when booking your next cruise! Whether you are a blogger or not, I truly believe these gadgets will help you to successfully navigate your cruise experience with ease! We know we will be making magical experiences, we want to make sure we will be capturing every moment!
My son has been asking to go on a cruise since our last one in 2009! We’re truly looking forward to this experience as a family and me, as a Disney Blogger!
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Disney Cruise photo credit: Disney Cruise Line