I am so excited to be celebrating 25 years of marital….well at this moment it seems like bliss even though there are many moments when I want to bop him on the head! A wonderful surprise happened our way and I am now busy programming how to pack all of my goodies for an exotic luxury cruise from Bali to Singapore!
And while I am considering all the dress requirements, travelling needs and outfits that mix and match . . . not to mention all the airline rules and regulations about the minimum number of bags and how much they can weigh … I am taking a mental inventory of all the things I have yet to add to my wardrobe! – and time is short, we leave on the 15 of Jan!!!!
My first concern is to have a way to tote all my things with me on the many events and activities that will happen on the cruise, so here are my choices:
I just know that I will be wanting to participate in all the excursions – and that means carrying around a mix of documents, wallets, cameras, sunglasses, sun screen and then on the way back to the ship I will be collecting all kinds of souvenirs for my children, friends and colleagues at work. The Gherardini Moonsilk Small Duffel Bag with adjustable shoulder strap is my number one choice for tours and excursions. It’s big with many organizing pockets. Just count them: one internal zip pocket, 5 internal organizing pockets and 2 external pockets with pull cord closures. It has an adjustable cross body strap and a shoulder strap, so it will be easy to carry around. AND Its made from the signature Gherardini Moonsilk – and though they do not proclaim it as water proof, it will definitely deflect a grand part of the rain . . . while being extremely light!
Next on my list is a bag to carry around with me while on board floating from the casino where I will win a few dollars before dinner, the formal seating at the dining room, then to after dinner show in the on board theater then tripping the light fantastic with my romantic hubby to sighing over the selection at the midnight buffet. So I will be looking for something compact to hold my room key, my lipstick, a few dollars for the slot machine and of course … my camera! I thought this Cosci bag in a metallic leather weave would be convenient – showing silver and gold it will go well with warm colors as well as cool colors and the metallic touch makes it more suitable for the evenings. The long strap allows me to keep my hands free for dancing, clapping and eating. BUT I also like the classic black … choices choices choices…
The last thing I am looking for is a bag that I can carry around on board during the day to hold my keys, sun glasses, sunscreen, light reading and maybe a shirt to cover me from too much sun. I was immediately leaning towards Taiuti Leather Hand Bag in a bucket style which come in great colors like yellow, beige and blue. It has the bare minimum of two organizing pockets for the little stuff and an easy shoulder strap. I thought this bag would move well with me from poolside to the lunch lounge to a quick trip off into town for some port side shopping. Not too big – but then not too small.
My requirements were: lightweight – size is important but absolutely something that is not going to get heavier with every step I take. Weather proof, though the weather should be warm – it can also be quite humid with sudden rain burst – so I want something that will not get wet and soggy. Colorful – hey I am on vacation, so lets add some color!! besides when it is bright then I will have a harder time losing it! And with these three handbag choices, I think I am covered!