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.
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 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.
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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.
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