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#1
Beautiful British Columbia, Canada
302 Posts
Joined May 2006
Leaving on March 19 to Mexico. Would like to get ideas as to what to pack for a must have list! Already have disinfecting wipes and my coffee mix! Any other ideas!
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#2
Lake Mary, Florida
700 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
Lanyard with zippered pouch attached for room key, and power strip! (Teenage girl in cabin). Small binoculars for whale watching from our balcony at Cabo.
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#3
North Carolina
339 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
I found a place out here on cc that let me generate my own packing list. I will post it in case it will help you or other readers:

Important Documents and Necessities
Calling card
Cash
Contact info for credit card companies
Credit and ATM cards
Cruise documents
Day pack
Driver's license and photocopy
E-tickets
Money belt/pouch
Passport, visa(s) and photocopies

Personal Items and Hygiene
Body lotion
perfume
Conditioner
Contact lenses and solution
Cosmetics
Cotton swabs
Curling iron/hair straightener
Deodorant
Eye drops
Face wash
Feminine hygiene products
Floss
Glasses
Hairbrush or comb
Hair care products
Hand sanitizer
Lip balm
Moist towelettes
Mouthwash
Nail clippers
Razors and shaving cream
Shampoo
Tissues/paper towels
Toiletry bag
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Towel/wash cloth


Clothing and Accessories
Beach cover-up
Comfortable walking shoes
Dress(es)
Dress shoes
Jewelry
Pajamas/sleepwear
Pants/trousers
Raincoat
Sandals
Scarf
Shirts
Shorts
Socks
Sweaters
Swimsuit
Sneakers
T-shirts
Underwear
Watch
Water shoes

Medications and Health
Allergy pills/benadryl
Anti-itch cream
Bandages
Contraceptives
First-aid kit
Motion sickness remedies
Nausea and diarrhea remedies
Pain relievers
Prescriptions
Vitamins
Gadgets
Camera and charger
Cell phone and charger
Extra memory cards or film
MP3 player
Spare batteries
Travel alarm clock
Underwater camera
flashlight

On the Plane
Books or magazines
Eye mask
Inflatable pillow
Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
Travel blanket
TSA-approved luggage locks

Beach, Camping and Outdoors
Beach bag
Binoculars
Insect repellent
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Water bottle

Family
Baby powder
Food/snacks
Sun hat
Wipes

Miscellaneous
Double-sided/duct tape
Highlighters
Journal
Pen(s)
Plastic bags
Sewing kit
Snacks

Your Own Items
skin so soft
Ipod
extra bag
nail buffer
fancy purse
zip lock bags
band aids
excursion purse
animal food for excursions
travel info for families
Air freshner
Alarm clock
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#4
northern UT
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there are a ton of threads at CC on this...some cruisers pack all that was listed and some pack very little of what is listed and BOTH do just fine!!

YOU have to find what WORKS best for YOU and the type of traveler you are......if you take ALL that on the list you better have an extra bag!!
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#5
Central Florida
5,244 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by ricew001
I found a place out here on cc that let me generate my own packing list. I will post it in case it will help you or other readers:

Important Documents and Necessities
Calling card
Cash
Contact info for credit card companies
Credit and ATM cards
Cruise documents
Day pack
Driver's license and photocopy
E-tickets
Money belt/pouch
Passport, visa(s) and photocopies

Personal Items and Hygiene
Body lotion
perfume
Conditioner
Contact lenses and solution
Cosmetics
Cotton swabs
Curling iron/hair straightener
Deodorant
Eye drops
Face wash
Feminine hygiene products
Floss
Glasses
Hairbrush or comb
Hair care products
Hand sanitizer
Lip balm
Moist towelettes
Mouthwash
Nail clippers
Razors and shaving cream
Shampoo
Tissues/paper towels
Toiletry bag
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Towel/wash cloth


Clothing and Accessories
Beach cover-up
Comfortable walking shoes
Dress(es)
Dress shoes
Jewelry
Pajamas/sleepwear
Pants/trousers
Raincoat
Sandals
Scarf
Shirts
Shorts
Socks
Sweaters
Swimsuit
Sneakers
T-shirts
Underwear
Watch
Water shoes

Medications and Health
Allergy pills/benadryl
Anti-itch cream
Bandages
Contraceptives
First-aid kit
Motion sickness remedies
Nausea and diarrhea remedies
Pain relievers
Prescriptions
Vitamins
Gadgets
Camera and charger
Cell phone and charger
Extra memory cards or film
MP3 player
Spare batteries
Travel alarm clock
Underwater camera
flashlight

On the Plane
Books or magazines
Eye mask
Inflatable pillow
Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
Travel blanket
TSA-approved luggage locks

Beach, Camping and Outdoors
Beach bag
Binoculars
Insect repellent
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Water bottle

Family
Baby powder
Food/snacks
Sun hat
Wipes

Miscellaneous
Double-sided/duct tape
Highlighters
Journal
Pen(s)
Plastic bags
Sewing kit
Snacks

Your Own Items
skin so soft
Ipod
extra bag
nail buffer
fancy purse
zip lock bags
band aids
excursion purse
animal food for excursions
travel info for families
Air freshner
Alarm clock

WOW what a list. I don't think I have packed, any trip half the stuff on this list.
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#6
NJ
576 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
over the door shoe holder for bathroom door to put all bathroom items into ... not much room on the little bathroom counter
#7
Ohio
16 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by luv2cruz62
Leaving on March 19 to Mexico. Would like to get ideas as to what to pack for a must have list! Already have disinfecting wipes and my coffee mix! Any other ideas!
Swiss army knife--just don't put it in your carry on for your flight.

Assorted sizes of the zip lock plastic bags. Always take extras.

Bubble wrap if you plan to buy booze.
#8
CT/NY
5,634 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Just make sure and have some extra underwear and have fun don't go crazy worrying about all that list stuff
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#9
east TN "smokey mountains"
2,616 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by ricew001
I found a place out here on cc that let me generate my own packing list. I will post it in case it will help you or other readers:

Important Documents and Necessities
Calling card
Cash
Contact info for credit card companies
Credit and ATM cards
Cruise documents
Day pack
Driver's license and photocopy
E-tickets
Money belt/pouch
Passport, visa(s) and photocopies

Personal Items and Hygiene
Body lotion
perfume
Conditioner
Contact lenses and solution
Cosmetics
Cotton swabs
Curling iron/hair straightener
Deodorant
Eye drops
Face wash
Feminine hygiene products
Floss
Glasses
Hairbrush or comb
Hair care products
Hand sanitizer
Lip balm
Moist towelettes
Mouthwash
Nail clippers
Razors and shaving cream
Shampoo
Tissues/paper towels
Toiletry bag
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Towel/wash cloth


Clothing and Accessories
Beach cover-up
Comfortable walking shoes
Dress(es)
Dress shoes
Jewelry
Pajamas/sleepwear
Pants/trousers
Raincoat
Sandals
Scarf
Shirts
Shorts
Socks
Sweaters
Swimsuit
Sneakers
T-shirts
Underwear
Watch
Water shoes

Medications and Health
Allergy pills/benadryl
Anti-itch cream
Bandages
Contraceptives
First-aid kit
Motion sickness remedies
Nausea and diarrhea remedies
Pain relievers
Prescriptions
Vitamins
Gadgets
Camera and charger
Cell phone and charger
Extra memory cards or film
MP3 player
Spare batteries
Travel alarm clock
Underwater camera
flashlight

On the Plane
Books or magazines
Eye mask
Inflatable pillow
Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
Travel blanket
TSA-approved luggage locks

Beach, Camping and Outdoors
Beach bag
Binoculars
Insect repellent
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Water bottle

Family
Baby powder
Food/snacks
Sun hat
Wipes

Miscellaneous
Double-sided/duct tape
Highlighters
Journal
Pen(s)
Plastic bags
Sewing kit
Snacks

Your Own Items
skin so soft
Ipod
extra bag
nail buffer
fancy purse
zip lock bags
band aids
excursion purse
animal food for excursions
travel info for families
Air freshner
Alarm clock

Holy crap .. why the heck do you need 1/2 that stuff... you are going on Vacation not moving somewhere.. food for animals..really??Geez.. Ill take just enought clothes for a week at sea.. some drinks.. meds.. watch.. couple pair of shoes and prolly some kind of sandle.. swim suit.. bath soap razor.. thats just about it.. less bags less hassle.. max 2 cases plus small carryon..
#10
Beautiful British Columbia, Canada
302 Posts
Joined May 2006
That is quite the list! It has on it absolutely everything you might need on a trip! Lots of great ideas that I wouldn't have thought of! Thanks!! I will narrow it down to personal choices and go with that! Thanks again !!!
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#11
172 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
I carry one bagpack for all my clothes and other stuff for 7, 14 or longer day cruise, cash, and credit card. That is it. Now I am really cheap and a minimilist, but if I aint going to drag a bunch of stuff around, if I need it I will buy it.
#12
Florida
3,780 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
Small travel clock and a nightlight for the bathroom..
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#13
Upstate New York
752 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
The power strip is a must have! Most cabins have only one outlet plus this way you plug everything into one stop and less chance of forgetting them when it is time to leave! Have done that before!

SD cards are much cheaper now so I have one for each day and place them in a dated ziplock bag, when taking pictures of ports and the ocean and beaches it is real hard to remember when you get home what beach was what!

You really only need the basics for Mexico, anything you forgot you will be able to find in any port. Having traveled to Mexico a dozen times I have learned to tone done the packing, everywhere you go will be very causual and relaxed and hot!

Your prescription meds, contacts or an extra set of glasses, simple comfortable clothes and sunscreen!

If your a drinker you might want a bottle opener, we bought a bucket of beer to take back to our balcony only to find out when we got there that we couldn't open the Corona's and had to wait for the room stewdard to arrive with one that he could not leave with us!

We bought our own at our first port of call!!

Have a great time in Mexico!
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#14
7,583 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
OP.. my standard tips for packing are:

Pack a small flashlight in case the ship loses power, take over-the-counter meds with you and just take them in the bubble pack, leave the box at home, and cross pack if you are traveling with someone. The cross packing is wonderful if one of your pieces of luggage gets lost at least you will both have clothes to wear. Also cross pack your personal items...ie razors, etc. Finally it is a nice touch to pack a few thank you cards. I usually try to remember to pack some to use when giving extra tips to crew members. I just write a note saying "Thanks for helping make our vacation so special".
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#16
New Jersey
2,857 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Small tap light for the bathroom. Those middle of the night trips are an "eye opener" with the bright light from the bathroom. I always put on the tap light during the night. On Epic with the transluscent glass door to the toilet area, a tap light is nice because it doesn't illuminate the whole cabin when you need lighting in the middle of the night.
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#17
Central Ohio
3,094 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
I take one carry-on with stuff I could absolutely not get along without and a couple of changes of clothes. That way if our baggage got lost I wouldn't be totally helpless. One time I thought about just trying to not unpack and just use the carry-on stuff but I've never actually carried through on that.

I reviewed my personal packing list and saw nothing that wasn't all that exciting. I do agree about a flashlight. I even take one of those when just going to a hotel. OTC medicines are one of my must haves, especially for diarrhoea. You always seem to need them when the gift shop is closed.
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#18
Rotterdam Holland
35 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
I'm flabbergasted, this thread can't be serious, people discussing what to take with them on a cruise! What's next: does the crew sleep on board or not, and if so do we have to take with us lullaby songtexts?
#19
Beautiful British Columbia, Canada
302 Posts
Joined May 2006
some people have had some great ideas...such as A high lighter to help plan for the next day on the ship, with so many options to choose from.....would hate to miss something that I would really want to see or do! Come on! don't burst our bubble for the excitment of a cruise!
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#20
172 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Originally posted by kaaskop
I'm flabbergasted, this thread can't be serious, people discussing what to take with them on a cruise! What's next: does the crew sleep on board or not, and if so do we have to take with us lullaby songtexts?
The majority of the crew do sleep on board, they have their own quarters, please do not get this confused with crew having cabins with paying customers, that is simpily not true.