It seems as if there is nowhere to hide from bed bugs. Not even a vacation can rid us of these insects, as they have reached us even at sea on cruises!
Despite their presence, there are ways to avoid bed bug encounters.
Tips for before your cruise:
-Check for past bed bug reports on your cruise line at Cruise-bruise.com.
-Ask your cruise line if they encase their bedding with bed bug proof encasement’s.
-Ask the cruise line if they have had any bed bug cases before.
-Pack a flashlight so you can inspect for the presence of bed bugs.
-Know what bed bugs and bed bug bites look like.
-Pack an anti-bedbug laundry bag and bring washable clothes in case you must launder them while on board.
Bedbug precautions while on the cruise:
-Inspect your cabin thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before unpacking. Look behind head boards, in seams and drawers.
-If your room does have or has had bed bugs, request to be placed in a new stateroom as far away from the original as possible. DO NOT bring your luggage into a room that has bed bugs!
-Bed bugs usually start in a hotel, get into someone’s luggage and then come into the cruise ship with the passenger. For ultimate protection, purchase anti-bed bug luggage liners, and check your luggage before getting back on your ship.
-If you suspect bed bugs on board you ship, immediately notify the purser’s office, and arrange to see the doctor on board for documentation purposes.