In the past, I’ve written about certain items to pack, gadgets to buy for your cruise, clothing and more. Most of those were for conveniences and comforts. This one will save you money! Purchase and pack an inner tube (deflated, of course!).
If your cruise includes ports of call with a beach, and you plan to visit the beach, water sports rental supplies can run you big bucks…especially if you are traveling as a large family. An inner tube or an inflatable raft can run between $10-$25…just for a few hours. This adds up if you are traveling with several people and you do not want to share. Before your cruise, stop at a local store and buy an adequate amount of inner tubes or rafts for the family. They pack flat, they are inexpensive, and they are yours for the entire cruise…as well as for future trips! We purchased four inner tubes before our May Bermuda cruise; the total cost…$16. It beats beach rental fees and, they are cheap enough that if you decide not to return home with them, it isn’t the end of the world.