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#1
Tennessee
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I've been on cruises before and have finally talked my brother/girlfriend to come w/ us. Can you tell me what is a "don't forget" to bring to make a cruise easier, etc. I can remember some things, but some we talk for granted b/c we've cruised before, I want to make their first cruise great can we make a list or is there a list somewhere/ Thanks
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We just went on our first cruise. Besides the obvious (credit card/cash, passport), take a positive attitude and don't sweat the things you have no control over. Be willing to adjust.

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ps Take more cash and less clothes then you had planned on.
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#4
Texas
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Originally posted by hollon
I've been on cruises before and have finally talked my brother/girlfriend to come w/ us. Can you tell me what is a "don't forget" to bring to make a cruise easier, etc. I can remember some things, but some we talk for granted b/c we've cruised before, I want to make their first cruise great can we make a list or is there a list somewhere/ Thanks
check RCL website."what to pack".
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#7
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Another vote for the positive attitude.
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#8
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$$ bills for tipping room service.
Highlighter pen for marking the Compass.
Chargers for electrical items.
Underwear (seriously.... I forgot mine one vacation.... )
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#9
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Two swimsuits, so you can wear one while the other dries.
Comfortable shoes, leave the 4" heels at home.
One warm jacket, for blustery days on deck.
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#10
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Some magnets. The walls are metal. We used ours to hang our tickets or passes on, just inside the door. Easy to find. Also kept one on the door for putting messages on outside.

We always bring two different colores of highlighters. One for me and one for my husband to mark what we want to do out of the Compass.
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#11
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Our TA one time told us to lay everything out on the bed that you planned to take. Then put 1/2 the clothes back into the closet or dresser and take double the money.

One of those pop up mess hampers is an awesome thing to have for dirty clothes. Helps corral them in your cabin or closet and takes up almost no room when you pack it in it's folded down state.
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#12
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After more than a dozen cruises on Royal, we've ditched bringing most of the items on the lists like bungee cords, over the door hangers, duct tape, etc., but the following always go with us:
(1) Passport (and copy of passport in separate place)
(2) 2 Credit cards (and copies of front and back in separate place). The reason we carry two, is in addition to the one we plan to use, we carry the other one just in case our primary credit card gets lost or stolen. Also call the credit card companies and let them know you where you will be so they don't think the charges are fraudulent.
(3) Cash (with small bills in an envelope for room service and tips to porters, etc).
(4) detailed copy of our itinerary with our cellphone number (last name) and phone number(s) for hotel, ship emergency number in each piece of luggage in case it gets separated from us and they need to locate us.
(5) OTC meds/first aid including cold meds, bandaids, advil/tylenol, pepto, immodium (travel size). Nothing is worse than to need these in the night when the shops are closed and you are sailing to the next port.
(6) We also e-mail ourselves a scanned copy of our passport, cc, DL, hotel, airline and cruise confirmations and emergency numbers, also in case of any of them getting lost or stolen.
(7) Camera
(8) A smile and a little bit of patience.
#13
Klein, Texas
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If you need to be reminded of the obvious stuff(passports, cash, credit card, ect) then there is really no helping you.

All the other gimicky stuff like highliters, bungee cords, door hangers, magnets, ect, you should acquire them as needed.

Don't just run out and get it all at once, just because people tell you too....

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#14
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Originally posted by reallyhooked
check RCL website."what to pack".
Extra eye glasses and small repair kit with tiny screwdriver, screws etc If you can't see to deal with tiny screws(like I am) the people in the jewellery counter will help! I bring a bar of laundry soap(sunlight) and a small bottle of detergent to wash items if I need to.
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A power strip for your cabin. You'll thank me later.
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#16
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Cruise with an open mind, and take eacch day as it comes. The important things have already been pointed out like Pass Ports, Drivers License. We take about $500 cash with us. Binoculars, duct tape is good incase there is a mishap with one of the luggage getting a tear.
Packing: keep the shoes to a minimum, ladies pair of heels to go with multiple outfits, tennies, good walking shoes. I take around 6 pair of evening slacks for 2 week cruises and mix/match the blouses. Same for daytime plus shorts.
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#18
Texas
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Joined May 2007
You might not need these but if you need them and you forget your reading glasses you are going to have a very blurry cruise. It happened to me.
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#19
Wichita, Kansas
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Joined Aug 2007
The obvious have mostly been mentioned I would add a spare battery and data card for your camera [and some means to back up your pictures if at all possible]. I also bring a small LED flashlight [some people use the flashlight app on their smart phone - I prefer the dedicated flashlight] They are cheap (I paid $2 for mine), take no room to speak of, and are incredibly handy, not to mention they may be really useful in situations where power is lost [and it can happen].
#20
Harpswell, ME
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Joined Oct 2012
Suntan lotion, as it (and all sundries) are very expensive on board. I bring meclizine just in case, and two bathing suits. I still overpack! Other must for me is my Kindle. Other than that, a sense of fun and wonder.