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Old May 14th, 2009, 11:26 AM
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Post Ultimate Packing List for the Newbies....

I was asked to share a list, so here is my list.

Besides the list and talking about my list below, I have also attached a file that you can print and save to help you.

It is never too early to start gathering things up. I have started with a few things and just add to it as time goes by. Besides the obvious clothing items here are a few things I just can’t leave home without.

First, we have a clear over the door shoe organizer. I say clear because you would want to be able to see inside each of the pockets. This we would hang on the back of the bathroom door and place all of your little items in it to keep your counters free of clutter. This idea was passed down to me from another fellow cruiser so I don’t take the credit for it but I certainly think it is a great idea. I got mine online from Finger Hut.

http://www.fingerhut.com/ProductGroup.aspx?offergroupxid=92929&cmCategoryID =search

One of the first things we do when we get in the cabin is wipe down all the door knobs, handles, phone and remote control with those Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. If you think about it, but the time you get in your cabin, another couple or family has been living in it for a week and has touched everything. The cabin has been cleaned but who knows if they wipe every little thing down. This is for my own piece of mind. So I would add that to your shopping list. I carry my Clorox Wipes in my purse because once I get to the cabin I do it right away as the luggage won't appear for a couple of hours.

Other things I bring:

Ø Zip-lock bags – different sizes for many different things
Ø Hangers – I think you can ask your room attendant for extra but I always bring mine own. The room attendant may not get the hangers to you fast enough because they are generally still delivering things to the cabins, introducing themself and then they have to go to the life boat drill.
Ø Clothes Pins
Ø Power Strip – not many outlets in the room.
Ø Extension Cord - I will run an extension cord if I need to.
Ø Alarm Clock – Some people just use their cell phones.
Ø Night Light – Cabin is dark, if you don’t use your cell phone for light then bring one.
Ø Bathroom Spray –
Ø Landyards – these are those things you wear around your neck and attach your Sea Pass card to it. Front desk will hole punch your card or bring your own hole puncher.
Ø Bar Soap – I like to bring my own instead of using the small bars they give.
Ø Portable Ipod Speakers- so you can enjoy your downloaded Caribbean music as you sail.
Ø Motion Sickness Medicine – if you think you need it, some you need a written RX.
Ø Prescriptions and Medicine – the over the counter, Tums, Imodium, Pepto Bismol, aspirin
Ø Sudafed, tooth ache gel, band-aids, mole skin, aloe vera lotion for sunburns

Ø Cell Phone charger – you will need to charge up before we get home!
Ø Extra Camera Memory Card - Last thing you want to do is run out of memory!!!

Ø Extra camera batteries or rechargeable batteries and charger.
Ø Small roll of duct tape – many uses. One is we tape our luggage tags on our cases of water, soda or whatever else we bring that we buy at the store before we go to port. Duct tape has many uses.
Ø Small spray bottle.. use this up by the pool to spray myself when it is hot
Ø Walkie Talkies- we always bring them, keep the volume low.. Traveling with large groups on a large ship we sometimes need to find someone. Or if you need to find your kids. Please note this can be disturbing to other travelers so we really keep the volume very low!
Ø Binoculars –
Ø Rum Runners –
Ø Hand sanitizers – small kind to put in pocket purse or clip on landyards
Ø Sports Bottles – We use these at the pool and around the ship for “special drinks”
Ø Snack Items We have cocktail parties in our cabins with our friends so we munch on snack or salty items. We buy these at the store before we go to the port.
o Ritz Crackers
o Cheese in Can
o Nuts
o Cookies
o Candy
o Plastic Glasses as the ones in the cabin are too small.
o Powdered Crystal Light – for our bottled water

Ø Small Rolling Ice Chest – We bring this to keep our drinks really cold in our room. The room attendant will fill it with ice daily for us. Got mine on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/52-Can-Collapsible-Rolling-Cooler-Orange-Grey-W-Tags_W0QQitemZ140292469301QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item140292469301&_trksid=p3286. c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39 %3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Ø Suitcase Scale – We bring one of those luggage weight scales to we can make sure we are within our weight limits as we fly.

v We bring lots of one dollar bills for tipping.
v We tie bright colored ribbon on our suitcases to help us identify them.
v Bungee Cord - Brought a bungee cord to secure a door that we wanted to keep open from banging. We once had all of our cabins next to each other and had the doors to the balconies opened up all the way. Our door kept banging.. so this helped it to stop.

They say that the cabins have hair dryers and robes in (some) them. AND get some water (aqua) shoes for going on shore, you will want them in the water. I think this is about all I have unless I forgot something. And I know that if you pack your clothes in dry cleaner bags that they will not wrinkle. Tips for packing: http://www.fodors.com/news/story_1449.html

Besides the copies of the passports I also call our credit card companies and give them the dates we will be traveling so they will not lock down our account thinking the card was stolen. If they tried to call us, we would not be home to answer the phone!! Sooooooo call your credit card companies and let them know.

Here is my packing list you can print....
Click here for Cruise Packing List.pdf

Here is my review...
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=985034

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Don't go on your cruise without hearing from the CRUISE DIVA... I find all my best stuff here!!!

On the web you search for "cruisediva dot com".
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Janet - WOW - what a great list! And thanks for the pdf file. I've already saved it in my cruise folder. I'll be traveling next Feb to the Mex Riv with 13 other ladies. I haven't been on a cruise in a long time and several of our group are first timers. I think you've thought of everything!

One question I have is about the size of that cooler you bring. We're cruising Carnival and their info says they allow a cooler 12 x 12 x 12 which doesn't seem that large. Do you know if they're pretty loose about the size? Wouldn't want to buy a cooler and then have to leave it behind.

Thanks so much for your post!!
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Default Ice Chest Info..

Peggy:


We just came back from a RCCL cruise and we were able to check our ice chest in with our luggage. However, a month prior my daughter went on her honeymoon cruise on Carnival and she also read about the restrictions on the size of the ice chest. She was nervous about that so I got her a rolling ice chest that they could fold and put inside their larger suitcase.

I got it on ebay and looks exactly like this...

http://shop.ebay.com/items/__rolling...286.m104.l1200

So she said it worked fine for her and her room attendant would take it each day, fill it up with ice and bring it back to their room.
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Ooh, one more thing! I've noticed a lot of CC folks mentioning taking along a pack of Post-It notes for leaving messages for friends, cabin steward, etc. That seemed like a really great idea to me!
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Ooh, one more thing! I've noticed a lot of CC folks mentioning taking along a pack of Post-It notes for leaving messages for friends, cabin steward, etc. That seemed like a really great idea to me!
Yes post it notes are great for leaving notes to your room attendant as well as others. I would really recommend that several of you get walkie-talkies to use since there are so many of you. We had 13 people on our cruise and it even helped us find each other when we were off the ship.
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We were on NCL Dawn in March - and our ice bucket was filled twice daily. We had plenty of hangers as well. Because we had to pay per bag on American, we tried not to take too many things with us. The clothes pins came in very handy - I used them when we dried clothing on the balcony and to keep our towels from flipping over on the lounges at the pool. I know that some people bring their own soft drinks, but I would never consider packing them in a suitcase. Wiping things down with Chlorox wipes is a great idea.
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Put a tag on them...

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Holy camolie ... you carry a TON of stuff that I would never consider hauling! Of course, it's absolutely your choice, but I am only saying this because newbies need to know that most of this stuff is optional and not required!

For example, iPod speakers ... we've been next to people with speakers & it's annoying, plus many ships have all music channels now on the televisions. Never needed duct tape or a shoe organizer or a spray bottle. I do carry a couple of power bars, but there is lots of food around the ship. Same with water - it's purified more than the stuff I have at home.
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Holy camolie ... you carry a TON of stuff that I would never consider hauling! Of course, it's absolutely your choice, but I am only saying this because newbies need to know that most of this stuff is optional and not required!

For example, iPod speakers ... we've been next to people with speakers & it's annoying, plus many ships have all music channels now on the televisions. Never needed duct tape or a shoe organizer or a spray bottle. I do carry a couple of power bars, but there is lots of food around the ship. Same with water - it's purified more than the stuff I have at home.
I think the newbies are smart enough to know that everything is not a requirement. LOL When I need something I have it. I am perfectly fine with taking everything I list.

We like our own music that we record prior to the cruise in our cabins. We play our music during our cocktail parties and we had an incident on the last cruise were the hem came out of my girlfriends skirt.... duct tape was needed, prior to that another person's handle broke on their luggage and we were able to help.

So thank you, to each his own... We like bringing our own water because we bring flavored packets.

You sound like lots of fun.. Hmmm... why am I justifying..

Sorry you did not like the list...makes me wonder why you bothered going into this thread. Again.. LOL...
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Great list!

Another idea...we packed balloons to blow up and tape to our door. It was SO much easier to find our rooms when walking down really long hallways.

Here are a couple of my lists if you want to read them:
Packing Light For A Seven Day Cruise
15 Strange Items to Pack For a Cruise
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Great list!

Another idea...we packed balloons to blow up and tape to our door. It was SO much easier to find our rooms when walking down really long hallways.

Here are a couple of my lists if you want to read them:
Packing Light For A Seven Day Cruise
15 Strange Items to Pack For a Cruise
Oh I loved your lists too. I can generally always get something from a list. Your one list reminded me that this last cruise we did take a pop up hamper. It folded way down into what looked like a large CD holder.. Round... and when I took the clip off of it.. POOF it turned into a standing laundry hamper. I got it at Target .... last minute which is why it isn't on the list. I should add!! We generally just put our dirties in the suitcase but the suitcases fit under the bed all inside each other and the pop up hamper was so handy sitting in the corner of the closet.

But the over the door shoe holder.. that was the absolute bomb diggity... even my husband was able to find things on his own.. that's a plus right there!!!
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thank you for posting your thoughts and your lists!

i added a few thanks to you! the post-its and the pop up hamper!

nice nice nice idea.
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I was asked to share a list, so here is my list.





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Thanks for your list. I added some humor and I am a category freak...here is mine....hope it helps someone.

Can't get my attachment to load....anyway, here it is in text, sorry to take up all the space.


IMPORTANT DOCS TO PUT IN FOLDER FOR CARRY ON
• PASSPORT, PUT COPY IN FOLDER
• CRUISE DOCS
• EXCURSION DOCS
• AIRLINE
• HOTEL
• LAND TRANSFERS, RENTAL CAR, BUS, ETC
• TRAVEL INSURANCE
• EMERGENCY #’S AND ADDRESSES FOR POST CARDS
• TRAVELLING COMPANIONS’ EMERGENCY #’S ALSO
• MEDICAL CARDS AND MEDICAL FSA CARD COPIES

CARRY ON PACKING LIST
• PASSPORT
• LICENSE
• CREDIT CARDS INCLUDING FSA VISA
• DOCUMENT FOLDER
• IPOD & CHARGER
• WATCH (A MUST HAVE!!! YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS AND TYPICALLY WANT TO DO A CRUISE ACTIVITY)
• GOODIES AND GUMMIES
• HAND SANITIZER
• LOTION
• CHAPSTIK
• PEN & SMALL NOTEBOOK (GOOD FOR YOUR CRUISE DAYS TOO, WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE YOU CAN GET THEIR EMAIL TO KEEP IN TOUCH. ALSO, WRITE IN THIS NOTEBOOK THE EMERGENCY TELES FOR TRAVEL AGENT, CRUISELINE, AND EXCURSION FOLKS AND YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACTS)
• CAMERA
• CELL PHONE
• PLASTIC BAGGIES
• SUNGLASSES
• WATERBOTTLE, FILLED W/GOODIES, NO LIQUIDS
• DOLLAR BILLS FOR TIPPING
• SMALL ROLL OF DUCT TAPE??
• LUGGAGE ID’S
• EYEDROPS
• BREATH SPRAY (YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR AIRLINE SEAT MATE WILL BE….SMILE, AH! FRESH BREATH)


OVERNIGHT BAG FOR HOTEL SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUMMAGE THRU YOUR ENTIRE LUGGAGE TO FIND THE OUTFITS BEFORE THE CRUISE
• PJS
• FLIPPIES
• BATHING SUIT & COVER UP
• OUTFIT FOR PRE-CRUISE DAYS
• OUTFIT FOR BOARDING THE SHIP
• HAT/VISOR/SUNGLASSES
• DISPOSABLE CAMERA FOR POOL @ HOTEL
• BINOCULARS
• CURLING IRON AND SMALL HAND TOWEL--WRAP IF HOT WHEN PACKING
• PERSONAL TOILETRIES
• PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE (PACK IT FOR WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE PIER)


IN-CABIN ROOM CHECK LIST
• WALKIE TALKIES & CHARGER
• POWER STRIP
• EXTENSION CORD
• NITE LITE
• CELL CHARGER AND CAMERA CHARGER
• OUST FOR BATHROOM FRESHNESS (TOOT TOOT)
• CLOTHESPINS FOR BATHING SUITS TO DRIP DRY
• ZIPLOC BAGS (USE FOR CRUISE DAILY SHEETS TO PROTECT FOR SCRAPBOOKING, LEFT OVERS, LOTIONS)
• HIGHLITER FOR CRUISE SHEETS DAILY ACTIVITIES (A MUST!!)
• SMALL ZIPLOC OF DETERGENT (SINK WASHABLES) & FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS
• DOLLAR BILLS FOR TIPPING ROOM SERVICE
• SANITY (DOESN’T COME FOR FREE WHEN YOU SEE HOW SMALL THE BATHROOM IS)



TOILETRY BAG FOR ROOM
• HAIR---SHAMP/COND/HAIRSPRAY/GEL/CLIPS
• NAILS—POLISH/REMOVER/FILE/CLIPPERS
• FACE—MAKEUP/WASH/LOTION/LIPS
• FEET—POLISH/LOTION
• TUMMY—IMMODIUM/DRAMAMINE
• NOSE—FLONASE/SALINE SPRAY
• EYES—EYEDROPS (A MUST!!)
• CUTS/SCRAPES—NEO/BANDAIDS
• ALLERGIES—CLARITON D
• SKIN—LOTION/SUNSCREEN
• BODY—WASH/CLOTHS
• PITS—DEODORANT/PERFUME
• BUMM—TUMS/GAS-X
• RAZORS & GEL
• FEMININE PRODS & PRIVATE TOILETRIES

ONBOARD THE SHIP CLOTHES PACKING LIST
• DINNER OUTFITS FOR 5 NIGHTS
• AFTERNOON OUTFITS/CASUAL OUTFITS FOR 4 DAYS
• 2 FORMAL OUTFITS W/UNDERS
• 2 BATHING SUITS AND 2 COVER UPS AND RASH GUARD SHIRT
• UNDERS AND BRAS
• 3 PRS SOCKS (2 PR FORMAL SOCKS FOR BOYS)
• SNEAKS, SANDALS, FLIPPIES
• PJS, 3 PC MIX/MATCH ONE SET
• SMALL HAND BAG TO TAKE TO/FROM DINNER EACH NIGHT
• JEWELRY—MINIMAL AMOUNT

EXCURSION PACKING LIST
• BEACH BAG
• ID’S AND CASH AND VISA
• SNORKEL EQUIPMENT
• CAMERA, UNDERWATER AND REGULAR
• SNACKS AND BEVERAGES
• TOWELS
• FACECLOTH AND BAGGIES (FOR SAND AND HANDS)
• WATERPROOF BAG (SO YOU CAN TAKE YOUR $$ AND IDS SNORKELING W/YOU AND NOT WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE STEALING YOUR STUFF)
• CHANGE OF UNDERS
• BATHING SUIT/COVERUP/RASHGUARD
• HAIR CLIP
• FLIPPIES/SANDALS
• SUNSCREEN
• SMALL MEDICAL KIT (BANDAIDS AND NEOSPORIN AND EYEDROPS)
• HAT/VISOR/SUNGLASSES
• SMALL NOTEBOOK/PEN (FOR CAB INFO AND TIPS/MAPS, DIRECTIONS)

WHILE WALKING OUT OF YOUR ROOM IN THE A.M. TAKE THESE IN A BEACH BAG TO MINIIZE TRIPS BACK TO THE ROOM
• ID’S
• CAMERA REGULAR AND UNDERWATER FOR POOL/HOT TUB USE
• WATER BOTTLE
• SMALL MEDICAL PACK (EYEDROPS, BANDAIDS, NEOSP)
• SMALL NOTEBOOK/PEN
• HIGHLIGHTER FOR DAILY ACTIVITIES
• WATCH (A MUST!!)
• CHAPSTIK
• SUNGLASSES/HAT
• SUNSCREEN
• LOTION FORWHEN YOU GET OUT OF THE POOL—DRY SKIN
• BOOK/MAGAZINE/EARPLUGS
• IPOD
• SMILE (YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW MANY FOLKS FORGET THEIRS WHEN HEADING OUT TO THE POOL OR BUFFET)


EVENING PURSE/SACK TO TAKE TO DINNER AND SUCH
• ID’S
• REGULAR CAMERA
• SMALL NOTEBOOK/PEN
• LIPSTICK


LIST OF ITEMS THAT I NEED TO BORROW FROM FRIENDS/FAMILY:







LIST OF ITEMS THAT I NEED TO BUY BEFORE THE TRIP:








LIST OF ITEMS THAT I NEED TO FIND AROUND THE HOUSE STILL BECAUSE I AM SO UNORGANIZED AND I CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE THE HECK I PUT THE DANG THINGS!
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Great list!

Another idea...we packed balloons to blow up and tape to our door. It was SO much easier to find our rooms when walking down really long hallways.

Here are a couple of my lists if you want to read them:
Packing Light For A Seven Day Cruise
15 Strange Items to Pack For a Cruise

LMAO!

I checked out your separate link with a packing list. Love the "Pack clothes that are loose fitting. After 7 days of eating everything you want, your waist tends to expand a tad. Don't be alarmed! This is a normal phenomena!".

SO TRUE!!!!

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With the airline restrictions and cost for 1st piece of luggage, we've greatly reduced our list and found that RCCL is particularly good about lots of storage space in a small area. While we may not look like we are heading to the Academy Awards on Formal Night, we will be appropriately dressed in a chic, short cocktail dress. While I may look like I'm in the same outfit, I assure you it is a different outfit in the same color scheme to allow me to stretch the wardrobe. While the ice bucket is small, I can't bring myself to plan on a rolling cooler. I did cave one year and I purchased a syrofoam (redneck) cooler that was about $2.50 one year.
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With the airline restrictions and cost for 1st piece of luggage, we've greatly reduced our list and found that RCCL is particularly good about lots of storage space in a small area. While we may not look like we are heading to the Academy Awards on Formal Night, we will be appropriately dressed in a chic, short cocktail dress. While I may look like I'm in the same outfit, I assure you it is a different outfit in the same color scheme to allow me to stretch the wardrobe. While the ice bucket is small, I can't bring myself to plan on a rolling cooler. I did cave one year and I purchased a syrofoam (redneck) cooler that was about $2.50 one year.
My ice chest has rolling wheels and I actually take it on the plane with me as my carryon and pack all kinds of things in it. So it works for us.

We also fly SWA most of the time, they don't have a fee for luggage and I know they don't go into Atlanta so you do have that luggage fee to pay... I hate it..
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I am booked on the Freedom of the Seas in August 2009. I have never been on a cruise but I have been reading quite a bit and found this forum. I love the list you prepared but have a question. Are you really allowed to bring a case of water and sodas onboard? I know liquor is a no-no but would love to find a way. I am a penny pincher so whever I can save some $ would great. A couple friends of ours had a $1000 bar tab at the end of their 7 day cruise, I cant even imagine that and it has me scared to death. I don't drink a whole lot but if drinks are that expensive onboard I will have to go without.
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Thanks for your list. I added some humor and I am a category freak...here is mine....hope it helps someone.

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IMPORTANT DOCS TO PUT IN FOLDER FOR CARRY ON
• PASSPORT, PUT COPY IN FOLDER
• CRUISE DOCS
• EXCURSION DOCS
• AIRLINE
• HOTEL
• LAND TRANSFERS, RENTAL CAR, BUS, ETC
• TRAVEL INSURANCE
• EMERGENCY #’S AND ADDRESSES FOR POST CARDS
• TRAVELLING COMPANIONS’ EMERGENCY #’S ALSO
• MEDICAL CARDS AND MEDICAL FSA CARD COPIES

CARRY ON PACKING LIST
• PASSPORT
• LICENSE
• CREDIT CARDS INCLUDING FSA VISA
• DOCUMENT FOLDER
• IPOD & CHARGER
• WATCH (A MUST HAVE!!! YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS AND TYPICALLY WANT TO DO A CRUISE ACTIVITY)
• GOODIES AND GUMMIES
• HAND SANITIZER
• LOTION
• CHAPSTIK
• PEN & SMALL NOTEBOOK (GOOD FOR YOUR CRUISE DAYS TOO, WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE YOU CAN GET THEIR EMAIL TO KEEP IN TOUCH. ALSO, WRITE IN THIS NOTEBOOK THE EMERGENCY TELES FOR TRAVEL AGENT, CRUISELINE, AND EXCURSION FOLKS AND YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACTS)
• CAMERA
• CELL PHONE
• PLASTIC BAGGIES
• SUNGLASSES
• WATERBOTTLE, FILLED W/GOODIES, NO LIQUIDS
• DOLLAR BILLS FOR TIPPING
• SMALL ROLL OF DUCT TAPE??
• LUGGAGE ID’S
• EYEDROPS
• BREATH SPRAY (YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR AIRLINE SEAT MATE WILL BE….SMILE, AH! FRESH BREATH)


OVERNIGHT BAG FOR HOTEL SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUMMAGE THRU YOUR ENTIRE LUGGAGE TO FIND THE OUTFITS BEFORE THE CRUISE
• PJS
• FLIPPIES
• BATHING SUIT & COVER UP
• OUTFIT FOR PRE-CRUISE DAYS
• OUTFIT FOR BOARDING THE SHIP
• HAT/VISOR/SUNGLASSES
• DISPOSABLE CAMERA FOR POOL @ HOTEL
• BINOCULARS
• CURLING IRON AND SMALL HAND TOWEL--WRAP IF HOT WHEN PACKING
• PERSONAL TOILETRIES
• PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE (PACK IT FOR WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE PIER)


IN-CABIN ROOM CHECK LIST
• WALKIE TALKIES & CHARGER
• POWER STRIP
• EXTENSION CORD
• NITE LITE
• CELL CHARGER AND CAMERA CHARGER
• OUST FOR BATHROOM FRESHNESS (TOOT TOOT)
• CLOTHESPINS FOR BATHING SUITS TO DRIP DRY
• ZIPLOC BAGS (USE FOR CRUISE DAILY SHEETS TO PROTECT FOR SCRAPBOOKING, LEFT OVERS, LOTIONS)
• HIGHLITER FOR CRUISE SHEETS DAILY ACTIVITIES (A MUST!!)
• SMALL ZIPLOC OF DETERGENT (SINK WASHABLES) & FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS
• DOLLAR BILLS FOR TIPPING ROOM SERVICE
• SANITY (DOESN’T COME FOR FREE WHEN YOU SEE HOW SMALL THE BATHROOM IS)



TOILETRY BAG FOR ROOM
• HAIR---SHAMP/COND/HAIRSPRAY/GEL/CLIPS
• NAILS—POLISH/REMOVER/FILE/CLIPPERS
• FACE—MAKEUP/WASH/LOTION/LIPS
• FEET—POLISH/LOTION
• TUMMY—IMMODIUM/DRAMAMINE
• NOSE—FLONASE/SALINE SPRAY
• EYES—EYEDROPS (A MUST!!)
• CUTS/SCRAPES—NEO/BANDAIDS
• ALLERGIES—CLARITON D
• SKIN—LOTION/SUNSCREEN
• BODY—WASH/CLOTHS
• PITS—DEODORANT/PERFUME
• BUMM—TUMS/GAS-X
• RAZORS & GEL
• FEMININE PRODS & PRIVATE TOILETRIES

ONBOARD THE SHIP CLOTHES PACKING LIST
• DINNER OUTFITS FOR 5 NIGHTS
• AFTERNOON OUTFITS/CASUAL OUTFITS FOR 4 DAYS
• 2 FORMAL OUTFITS W/UNDERS
• 2 BATHING SUITS AND 2 COVER UPS AND RASH GUARD SHIRT
• UNDERS AND BRAS
• 3 PRS SOCKS (2 PR FORMAL SOCKS FOR BOYS)
• SNEAKS, SANDALS, FLIPPIES
• PJS, 3 PC MIX/MATCH ONE SET
• SMALL HAND BAG TO TAKE TO/FROM DINNER EACH NIGHT
• JEWELRY—MINIMAL AMOUNT

EXCURSION PACKING LIST
• BEACH BAG
• ID’S AND CASH AND VISA
• SNORKEL EQUIPMENT
• CAMERA, UNDERWATER AND REGULAR
• SNACKS AND BEVERAGES
• TOWELS
• FACECLOTH AND BAGGIES (FOR SAND AND HANDS)
• WATERPROOF BAG (SO YOU CAN TAKE YOUR $$ AND IDS SNORKELING W/YOU AND NOT WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE STEALING YOUR STUFF)
• CHANGE OF UNDERS
• BATHING SUIT/COVERUP/RASHGUARD
• HAIR CLIP
• FLIPPIES/SANDALS
• SUNSCREEN
• SMALL MEDICAL KIT (BANDAIDS AND NEOSPORIN AND EYEDROPS)
• HAT/VISOR/SUNGLASSES
• SMALL NOTEBOOK/PEN (FOR CAB INFO AND TIPS/MAPS, DIRECTIONS)

WHILE WALKING OUT OF YOUR ROOM IN THE A.M. TAKE THESE IN A BEACH BAG TO MINIIZE TRIPS BACK TO THE ROOM
• ID’S
• CAMERA REGULAR AND UNDERWATER FOR POOL/HOT TUB USE
• WATER BOTTLE
• SMALL MEDICAL PACK (EYEDROPS, BANDAIDS, NEOSP)
• SMALL NOTEBOOK/PEN
• HIGHLIGHTER FOR DAILY ACTIVITIES
• WATCH (A MUST!!)
• CHAPSTIK
• SUNGLASSES/HAT
• SUNSCREEN
• LOTION FORWHEN YOU GET OUT OF THE POOL—DRY SKIN
• BOOK/MAGAZINE/EARPLUGS
• IPOD
• SMILE (YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW MANY FOLKS FORGET THEIRS WHEN HEADING OUT TO THE POOL OR BUFFET)


EVENING PURSE/SACK TO TAKE TO DINNER AND SUCH
• ID’S
• REGULAR CAMERA
• SMALL NOTEBOOK/PEN
• LIPSTICK


LIST OF ITEMS THAT I NEED TO BORROW FROM FRIENDS/FAMILY:







LIST OF ITEMS THAT I NEED TO BUY BEFORE THE TRIP:








LIST OF ITEMS THAT I NEED TO FIND AROUND THE HOUSE STILL BECAUSE I AM SO UNORGANIZED AND I CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE THE HECK I PUT THE DANG THINGS!
I'll need to start packing now or I'll never be ready in time
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I am booked on the Freedom of the Seas in August 2009. I have never been on a cruise but I have been reading quite a bit and found this forum. I love the list you prepared but have a question. Are you really allowed to bring a case of water and sodas onboard? I know liquor is a no-no but would love to find a way. I am a penny pincher so whever I can save some $ would great. A couple friends of ours had a $1000 bar tab at the end of their 7 day cruise, I cant even imagine that and it has me scared to death. I don't drink a whole lot but if drinks are that expensive onboard I will have to go without.
Yes you can bring soda and cases of water. Read my review below here. Let me know if you have any questions.
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