If you’ve been travelling on a cruise, you know that you will need to carry your key card with you everywhere. It’s your lifeline and the way you pay for everything while on the ship.
For me, this brings to light an annoying problem. While walking around the boat and not on shore, I have no desire to carry around a purse, and if I put my card in my pocket, it will surely get bent or messed up in some way. So, a lot of people hang their card around their neck on some sort of lanyard.
You can purchase lanyards of all types from Amazon before you go or pick one up in the gift shop on the boat. However, those are less than fancy. 😉
In the past, I have used the Vera Bradley lanyard with a Zip ID Case attached. The zip ID case was really helpful with holding receipts, because at the end of the cruise, your receipts are all in one place which makes it easier to reconcile your bill. However, for our upcoming cruise, we got the drink package, so I won’t likely have a lot of receipts to keep track of.
So, I decided to do something a little different this time and make my own lanyard.
Off to the craft stores!
Of course when I finally got into Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, I couldn’t decide on what kind of lanyard I wanted. The goal was to find a long chain with a connecting pendant. This piece would have to be something that I could easily attach a lobster claw to the bottom of to attach the card holder.
I found two sets that I liked with some caveats. For the green pendant, I was going to have to take it apart and turn it upside down. Then, the large lobster claw clasp was on the bottom to hold the ID card with the lock hanging from the card, as well. For the silver cameo, I had to take off all the chains and dangles from the bottom and attach a lobster claw to that to hold the card. Here’s what I started with:
You can either use a plastic ID card holder at the end (I picked up a pack of 10 at Wal-Mart for less than $2) or have your card punched at guest services and hang it directly from the lobster claw. If you cruise a lot, you might want to invest in a slot punch of your own. It might get a touch annoying to stand in line at guest services every time you cruise just to get your card punched. Just make sure if you punch own your card that you are punching the end of the card that DOES NOT go into the door lock of your stateroom. Look for the little arrows on the card to identify that end. Also, avoid punching the magnetic stripe on the back.
Here are my new lanyards. I’m thinking I like the antique gold and green one better!
Of course after I was done, I came upon this ribbon at Hobby Lobby that I loved. Next project!
What do you use to hold your ID card while cruising? I’m always looking for new ideas!!
Have a great day!