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Cruise Fashions & Beauty

Deck yourself out for your next cruise! What clothes should you bring, and what should stay at home. Offer up packing tips, and savvy shopping info, too
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Joined Jul 2003
I bought this bag before our last cruise and found it was perfect for me! It had more than plenty space for my Kindle, husband's book, phone, ear buds, Yeti tumbler, sunglasses case and more. Outer zipper, zip top and inner zipper compartment with slots for cups or water bottles on each end. Very light weight and easy to carry on shoulder. Clipped handles and my towel to pool chair using Boca Clips keeping it from getting wet as it dangled from the back of the chair.
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Joined Jan 2008
Great ideas. I don't carry any tote onboard...only my room card. If I need something, I simply go back to my room. I take books on the cruise, but rarely read them, as I end up watching the people around me and enjoying that atmosphere.
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Richmond, CA
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Joined Jul 2008
I love this thread! I am leaving for Alaska in 31 days and not sure what I am taking yet. I sell bags/purses so I have a ton to choose from!

I want to use my phone as my camera and not all of my clothes will have pockets so I am thinking of using a small crossbody I have. I'll use it on the ship and for excursions and sightseeing. I'll probably bring a tote too for going to the pool/lounge chairs!
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Joined Jan 2006
For around the ship, I use a small Vera Bradley zip-up wristlet. I typically carry my room key, lip balm, a couple of tissues, reading glasses, and my phone (camera.) Also, I can fold the daily activities list and carry it.
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Joined May 2007
I use a casual tote bag with pockets as my carryon with a small crossbody purse or wristlet in it along with other carryon stuff. I then use the tote bag in port. I usually pack one of the large lightweight foldable totes (takes up very little space and weight) which can use as a second tote in port if needed and also I use it to transport laundry.
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If I'm going to the pool. I put my "stuff" (towel, book, sunscreen) in a tote bag.

When going off the ship for a tour, I use a small cross-body purse. for just walking around the ship, I keep my key card on a lanyard.
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Joined Dec 2005
I have an approximately 5 by 7 flat crossbody purse that I bought onboard for $10. I use it to carry my iPhone that I use either for the kindle app to read or as a camera. I also carry chapstick, eye drops, Kleenex and my ship’s card.

In port I carry a small purse and add various necessities such as a camera.

We take a backpack for water bottles, snacks, sweatshirts, etc.

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Joined May 2005
CC used to sell fanny packs, I still use mine so my hands are free.
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