Easily Forgotten/Oddball Items to Pack

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#1
Long Island NY
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I'm not going on my next cruise until February, but I have already been working on my packing list. What are all the odd items you have packed that others think you are crazy but have really come in handy? What are the simple items that you know you should have packed and could have smacked yourself for forgetting?
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#4
Chicago, IL
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Originally posted by Khsh08
I'm not going on my next cruise until February, but I have already been working on my packing list. What are all the odd items you have packed that others think you are crazy but have really come in handy? What are the simple items that you know you should have packed and could have smacked yourself for forgetting?

It's never to early to start working on a packing list! An item I brought last time, for the first time....liquid hand soap in a dispenser for the bathroom...no more fighting with that nasty, slimy bar soap they provide! 😀


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#5
Dallas, Texas
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I always take cork screw/bottle opener everyplace I go, we recently also do the hand soap, I also bring extra batteries and small flash light and extra reading glasses/sun glasses.
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#7
South Carolina
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If you wear glasses, an extra pair of your prescription glasses are good to have along.

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#8
Miami, Florida
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I always take some command hooks to put on the walls for a hanger , hats, totes, easy to take down when you leave the ship. Magnets to hold invitations, announcements etc , and large clips to hold down towels on balcony . Those 3 things take up no space in a suitcase.
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#9
Florida
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Joined Apr 2013
ziploc bags. never know when you will have something you need to store or put in a bag... Take a gallon size and put several more gallon size and some quart size it in.
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#10
Texas
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Joined Dec 2011
Eye Glasses repair kit/spare pair. My lense never pops out unless I'm on vacation. Kit is very small and easy to pack.

First aid kit with variety of meds.

Small sewing kit with safety pins.

Cloth shopping bag (usually with local team on it) for pool/excursion bag
#11
Chicagoland
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Originally posted by clarea
Yes! I bought one of these last year (thanks to clarea!) and it's been a great thing to have.
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#13
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  • Air spray
  • Tylenol
  • Binoculars
  • Small bills (1/5/10). -- Straw market merchants and others will tell you they don't have change! Also good for tipping, etc.
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A tiny easy to pack umbrella.
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South Carolina
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Keep in mind if pack EVERYTHING we're suggesting, you won't have room for your clothes!

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#16
Long Island NY
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Joined Mar 2015
Thanks for all the suggestions. Some of course I had already had on my list like a power strip and zip loc baggies. As far as the glasses- I'm actually going to wear contacts which I don't relaly like but are dailys and can be rid of them whenver I want to use my glasses as a back up.

Keep the ideas coming!
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#17
Ontario, Canada
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Joined Apr 2011
Liquid hand soap for bathroom. A couple of flameless tea lights to use as night lights. Magnets for cabin walls to hang compasses, etc., and a small whiteboard and dry erase marker for the cabin door so others in our party can leave messages.
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#18
North Texas area
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Joined Sep 2006
New item we found at Walmart: foaming hand soap you mix with water. It is sort of a concentrate that you mix with water to make about 6 oz. of hand soap. We have been bringing hand soap for years and this lighter to pack.

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#19
TELFORD, PA
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A room freshner like you would hang in your car. I keep it on the door inside the bathroom.
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#20
Harrisburg area
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Originally posted by Royal2464
A bottle opener is impossible to find on most ships, so I take one.
If you buy the bag o' beer, it has an opener on it. On our last cruise, our cabin attendant gave us an "extra" cooler bag, and we found it had an opener attached.

We try to remember to bring small, compact binoculars. It's fun seeing what we can see when leaving port or passing other ships, etc.
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