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How does one determine the theme nights?Royal Caribbean often has a Caribbean Night at dinner (where most people wear tropical shirts). They also have a 70s party one night on a 7-day cruise and passengers who choose to can dress in retro clothing for dinner, as well as the party.
And, cross pack, if you're flying....put some of each person's clothing in each bag, so should one go astray, everyone will still have something!This is the best suggestion. Having arrived on vacation in Hawaii a number oy years ago and to find my bag went to limbo, I thoroughly endorse this strategy.
1. Know what you can live without and what is essential. I love wearing a different outfit for dinner every night, so I bring them. It's my vacation and I'm going to do things that make me happy! It's great some people can do a 7 day cruise with clothes packed in a rolling carry on, it's just not for me.BBM
2. Bring a medication first aid kit: Tylenol, Advil, anti-nausea meds, anti histamine, bandaids and antibiotic ointment. Bring bandaids and ointment with you when going to shore, along with hand sanitizer. If your 6 year old falls and scrapes a knee in Mexico, you'll be prepared!
3. We travel as a family by air to port, so I bring a carry on packed with the bare minimum we need to enjoy our cruise. This usually involves 2 changes of clothes, pants for the kids and bathing suits for everyone. If our luggage gets lost, we can still enjoy our trip. It's never happened, but I feel better knowing we will have a good time regardless of what happens to our luggage.
4. Bring laundry detergent, I love the little packs of Tide made just for traveling. I also love my stain stick, so if the kids spill blueberries on their good shirt at dinnerhat here is some hope of getting it clean.
5. When buying beauty products, save the samples for your trip. They easily last through a 7-10 day trip, don't cost anything and are already packaged in labeled containers. But whatever you do, don't put nail polish remover in a plastic make-up container. Last trip I got the bright idea of soaking cotton balls in nail polish remover so I could change my finger nail polish mid-cruise. When I opened the container, the acetone had almost eaten through the plastic