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One thing I wished I packed were HIGHLIGHTERS! Yes, I kept reading packing lists and people specifically say, "bring highlighters to highlight things you want to do in the FunTimes". Well, I forgot my highlighter and every night we anxiously awaited the Fun Times for the next day and it was difficult to remember the next day what we wanted to do without having to reread the entire Fun Times! Now, if I had my highlighter I could just skim the pages fast and find what we wanted to do!
I bring one yellow and one blue and only pay attention to the items that are green that both of us want to do.
Also I bring suction cup hooks to put up in the shower so that swim suits and whatnot have an extra place to hang and dry overnight.
Ok cruisers, tell me something you wish you had packed on your last cruise...you know the thing that you didn't realize you needed till you got on board, but will take with you next trip....and on the opposite, tell me what you packed that you wish you had left at home, and just didn't need????
Only ever forgot two things. My fix a dive kit when we broke a fin strap and a flashlight, to look at my watch in the dark cabin without disturbing the wife.
I keep a spreadsheet with a column for each person in my family and also one for general stuff. When I travel, I always bring plenty of Ziploc bags for snacks and to pack all of my bottles of lotion, shampoo, etc. Thankfully, I also packed the bottles of hot sauce that I bought in Jamaica on our last trip because even with clothes packed around them, the TSA managed to break one.
Oh, and ever since my ex-husband was stranded on the Splendor, we've started bringing a flashlight.
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Let me hurry and answer you because you are ready to go!! Have a great time. I would say the thing I use the most and will take extra of this time is ziplock bags I use them for everything take a box you will be glad you brought them . I like the gallon size. Also don't forget a light weight jacket it gets cold at night.
I bring zip lock bags too, as I have always found them to be very handy while traveling.
I wish would have taken somethings as comfortable as jammies but appropriate enough to wear at night walking around the ship. I also wish I would have brought another sweater, I only had one along with a few shawls.
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I forgot conditioner for my hair once. I doesn't seem like a big deal but the ship's water had a weird effect on my hair and brushing it to blow dry it with no conditioner was torture. I'll never make that mistake again!
Well, I just returned from my second cruise..first one being 32 years ago! I read and read the boards and this is what I found did and did not work for me: I brought a watch but no clock and the stateroom was pitch black (as stated before) could not see the watch in the dark so next time a flashlight or a travel clock. Also, I brought the suction cup holder to put stuff in in the shower...did not stick...threw it away! Brought both febreeze and downy wrinkle release and used both. Wish I had packed more warmer clothes as it was chilly and more work-out clothes as they were comfortable (as you can guess used the febreeze on the two I did bring!). Though I had extra clean clothes at the end I would not change the amount I packed. Definitely used the power strip with only one plug. Other than the clock, I think we did really well seeing as I had gotten great advice from these boards-in fact everytime I read something interesting I passed it along to our group. One funny thing -we tease my oldest daughter that she has the "Mary Poppins bag" as a purse, but as we stood in an excruciating long and hot line in the sun waiting for the hop and stop bus in Jamaica, she popped out a mini umbrella and was the most popular young lady!
I'm another one of those folks that keep track with a detailed list, but it took a LOT of "forgetting things" before we finally figured this out.
Most of the typical things have already been mentioned - but I always pack a collapsable mesh hamper to store dirty clothes in. It takes no room at all in your luggage, but it's a god send! I also take a tiny wallet on a long strap that I wear around my neck - in leiu of a purse. It's just big enough to carry my card key, a couple $20s for the casino and chap stick. Who wants to cart a purse around all the time? Also...I always bring a couple large travel mugs. We enjoy a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon - and the cups from the Lido are pretty tiny.
Once on a trip to Alaska, my DH realized he forgot to bring any black dress socks. All he had were white ones to wear with tennies and nothing to wear to dinner. At every port our mission was to find dress socks. We finally paid $12.00 for a pair on the ship and we rinsed them out every day.
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On a recent trip (not a cruise) I left my flat iron behind. I used it that morning and needed to cool it down quickly so I could pack it at the last minute, so I stuck it in the fridge. Yep, forgot allllll about it.
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After getting the flu on a cruise and finding that none of the flu medicine on the ship would work for me (acetaminophen doesn't work for me), I now bring my own cold/flu daytime/nighttime medicine. Along with that are the other "just in case" meds like gas x, pepto, etc. for stomach things.
DH had an issue with his earbuds for his ipod on one cruise, and I thought that getting him a replacement would be easy. Only one set of earphones available onboard, and they were not easy to deal with (they were retractable and didn't work well). I thought getting some in Cozumel would be easy as well--no, I couldn't find any at all. So now we make sure to pack an extra pair of cheap earphones.
I have a flashlight that I bought at Target that I don't cruise without. I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Man, do I hate turning on that bright light and then leaving the bathroom and stumble around in the darkness! This flashlight has a lantern feature that has an amber light. It sits upright on the sink and the light is nice and dim. Then I can use the flashlight feature to get myself into bed without tripping over anything.
I forgot nail polish and had a chip on my toe the first day on the ship. They do not sell nail polish on the spirit. Couldn't find any until our second port of call.
Just brings memories of going to DC on a high school trip..great program for kids..and one of my room mates polish had broken and leaked on all her clothes..tripple bag it OP!!
If I just do a carrey on with the little bag which I plan to try next time..oooh.maybe just clear is way I will go....hmmmm.
A foldable bag that can go to the beach..carrey stuff around ship. An evening wrap of some sort..I want to look nice on dress nights and I want to wear dressy stuff to the show and around..bought a 10 dollar lovely grreen scarf..called a Pashima in Formalities for said purpose last time...the most comfortable dressy shoes, sandals and walking shoes possible ... utilitarian trumps beauty (a little) for sure footing on a ship...slippers for cabin and hotel rooms, spare pairs of panty hose and comfy socks for tennis shoes..and a tiny evening bag..too fun to be dressy, mine is a black mesh Whiting Davis one..really a purse organizer, but useable as a mini clutch bag for 2 tissues, lipstick, collapsable brush and cabin card and any cash I may carrey before or after cruise at meals. 2 weekly Rx organizers...one for vitamins and Rx's for the week, one for the remedies you may need and a few days extra Rx's if there is a problem. A stupid ugly around my neck ticket ID and Passport holder..only used for boarding planes and ship because I am always too excited etc. and then I do not drop it carreying and rolling my stuff to the plane...
Last edited by sjn911; February 29th, 2012 at 06:19 PM.
I'll second that "cold/flu" medicine. I always take Benadryl in case I have sinus issues (which I rarely do). Well, the one time I didn't bring it was the only time I needed it. The gift shop had some (a triple the normal price). And of course Aloe, cause I never plan on getting burned but of course I did on the last trip because I couldn't stay out of the beautiful waters of St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Also along with the sunburn-I needed chap stick/aloe for lips which was surprisingly hard to find in port!