What should a new cruiser pack?
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not use them even once. They took up valuable carry-on space.
My friend and her family are going on their first cruise. She keeps asking about special things to pack for her and the kids, but I can't think of anything outside of a normal beach vacation. Am I forgetting someting?Probably a no-brainer, but sunblock is important. Also, a lot of people take two bathing suits per person. That way, while you're waiting for a wet one to dry, you've got a dry one to wear. If you're comfortable using the "Search" bar on here, you'll find lots of ideas and suggestions on what to bring and what NOT to bring on your cruise. The most common thing, especially for first-timers, is over-packing. First, lay out everything that you think you'd like to take, then start eliminating things that you really don't need. Simplify outfits by mixing and matching. No one will notice if you wear the same shirt or shorts (or pants) more than once.
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The only time mine have used their handheld games is at the airport or on the plane(other than DS16 who's iPod is never out of his pocket. He did enjoy taking pictures with it in Europe, though!). Depending on how far they have to travel, those might not be worth the space to bring.
My friend and her family are going on their first cruise. She keeps asking about special things to pack for her and the kids, but I can't think of anything outside of a normal beach vacation. Am I forgetting someting?if your friend is sailing with multiple people in her cabin- i suggest an over the door shoe holder.
how old are the kids--- and what type of cabin did they book?
I also suggest leaving the kids electronics at home
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Nope...you really don't need anything on a cruise that you wouldn't need on a beach vacation....Ginger candies? Those little patches that people put behind their ear? One of those adaptors that turn one plug to 3? Night light if they booked an inside cabin unless they love pitch black? No packing of beach towels.
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Tips I picked up - over the door shoe organizer, refrigerator magnets or magnetic clips to leave messages, post-its, a highlighter for your daily newsletter, lots of small denomination currency, a power strip/surge protector, alarm watch or clock (cabins don't have them), gum (ships typically don't sell it for obvious reasons), OTC meds and basic first aid items (expensive on board), extra memory cards for your camera, ziplocs/plastic bags, all in one laundry detergent sheets or tabs if your ship has facilities, Crystal Light or other flavoring if you plan to drink non-bottled water on board.
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Take whatever medications, diapers, shampoo, sunscreen, etc. that you know you will need. It's available on the ship, but it's expensive.
Forget all the excess stuff like shoe holders unless there are many people crammed into a cabin. We've never used highlighters, clips for curtains, walkie talkies (they don't work anyways), bubba kegs or any of that other stuff. They'll have what you need for eating, drinking, sleeping, washing on the ship.
If anyone tends to get seasick, talk to the doctor before bringing along over the counter meds for children. Adults can use bonine (meclazine) or ginger. I wear a patch, but I know I get seasick ...
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