My Electronics

I believe in taking my electronics with me. Some for very good reasons.

  • Smart phone – I use mine as an alarm clock, for music (remember to bring some head or ear phones), as a white noise maker, a regular clock (make sure you know how to change the time on it), and general keep me busy toy. But remember, if you don’t want roaming charges, turn your cell phone to airplane mode so it won’t go looking for phone calls nor emails. If you don’t know how to do that, figure it out before you go. If in doubt, check with your carrier on how best to avoid overseas charges. And don’t forget to bring your charger for your cell phone. You can probably find wi-fi in most places you go. MOST places – Antarctica not so much. Check on that before leaving if it matters to you. Also remember wi-fi at Starbucks in other countries may cost you a drink or purchase.
  • Tablet – I bring my iPad for reading. I have found that bringing this type of item beats bringing lots of books. Where I do like good old fashioned books, I also know that on a long trip they take up too much room in my luggage. And when you are overseas, having read all the books you brought, finding books in English can be expensive.
  • If you want to take a camera I strongly suggest getting a small digital camera. I have known people who take large SLR/DSLR’s on trips, complete with tripods, lenses and all their gadgets. You stand out as a tourist when you carry too much camera gear. Also when you put all that gear into a camera bag you make yourself a target that screams “I’m a rich tourist with lots of expensive gear” (NOT a good idea). But regardless you need to remember to bring all those accessories you need for the camera – batteries, spare media cards, chargers, selfie light (handy for lighting flowers too), etc.
  • I frequently take a laptop on my cruises. Be aware that internet access on a cruise ship gets expensive. Nowadays most cruise lines offer some sort of internet access. Check what their website says and be prepared to be “surprised” when you get there. Things may or may not work the way you expect. This isn’t your home internet. Where ship internet access is much better than it used to be, its not guaranteed to work all the time. And using the ship wi-fi can get expensive.

If you really need to bring a laptop and get internet service, you can always take your laptop on shore and find an internet cafe. Many ports will have international phones and internet cafes close to where the ships dock. If in doubt, just ask the crew, they usually know where these can be found in most ports.

With all these electronics you are carrying with you, you need to be aware of how you expect to charge them all. Bringing some sort of power cord is very helpful. Most cabins don’t have a lot of places to plug appliances in. You may find one in the cabin and one in the bathroom. A power cord helps. When DH and I cruise together, he always brings a power cord and an extension cord, just in case. Note I said a power cord, not a surge protector cord. Do not bring a surge protector, for some reason cruise ships don’t want you to use a surge protector.

Remember to bring your chargers. Since my iPhone and iPad use the same charger I only need to bring one.

When you bring a camera remember spare media cards, spare batteries and the battery charger. This page has more detailed information.