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#21
Dorset, UK
9,020 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by bee-ess
More than 1 credit card and also a list of credit/debit card issuers phone numbers in case of loss/theft, photocopy or digital copy of passport details and travel insurance details. Not very interesting but very important if you need them.
Add to that your EHIC card in Europe (at least for now!) and take it out with you. If needed on shore you will have to show it at the point of seeking medical assistance otherwise you'll be into private care - or so I believe. I've read that saying your card is on the ship and you can get it shortly doesn't cut it. Never been in that situation but it's made us careful to try to remember to take it off the ship when we go.

Also we take our driving licences as in some countries they say you need some official ID and if passports aren't specifically required, we'd rather take out driving licences than passports. (It's also useful if you're of an age where Senior concessions are available for travel, entry fees etc but some ID is required.)
#22
Yorkshire
493 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
Originally posted by cruiseluvva
Apart from the obvious, two things:
A parasol for lying out on the balcony
I take my self inflatable air bed for the same reason.
#23
Edinburgh
3,599 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Originally posted by kruzseeka
Add to that your EHIC card in Europe (at least for now!) and take it out with you. If needed on shore you will have to show it at the point of seeking medical assistance otherwise you'll be into private care - or so I believe. I've read that saying your card is on the ship and you can get it shortly doesn't cut it. Never been in that situation but it's made us careful to try to remember to take it off the ship when we go.
Never had to use it but EHIC is only valid if you have an address on land and not a cruise ship in transit
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#24
Dorset, UK
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Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by tartanexile81
Never had to use it but EHIC is only valid if you have an address on land and not a cruise ship in transit
Is that so? That's not good is it?
#25
West Yorkshire UK
407 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
I take far too much!!
an umbrella
Large supermarket carrier/ bigger plastic holdall/blue Ikea bag to store dirty clothes & to carry them to laundrette
washing tablets - I take the solid ones not the capsules which may burst
magnets for wall
large towel clips for sun beds
1st aid kit
backpack for beach days
lots of books most of which once read I leave onboard
pegs for bathroom line to dry swimming gear
£2 coins to tip room service when they bring our morning coffee(optional)
box of wine
water bottle
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#26
UK
563 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
I dont go ANYWHERE with out my Kindle

Its nice to while away a few hours with a drink and good book

I always use lazy days and sea days as an excuse to read that book that I`ve been trying to read
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#27
Stoke on Trent, England
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Joined Apr 2008
A litre bottle carrier each ...must have for long excursions mid August ....

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#28
Virginia
323 Posts
Joined May 2009
I keep a list of current medical conditions, medicines and name and number of my Doctor. I have seen people so stressed about an injury/illness that they cannot remember any of this. I keep a current list on me at all times, traveling or not. Just a good thing to have.
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#29
64 Posts
Joined Jun 2018
I also take books to read, maybe 4 for 7 day cruise, in case I don't love one or two of them. If not library books from home, I donate them to the ship library.
#31
2,870 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Originally posted by kruzseeka
Depending on how many devices you have, a 4-way can be useful . We have readers x 2, camera batteries x 2, phones x 2 and tablet all of which need charging up - some more than others and hair tongs etc need an outlet too. Since you are told not to leave anything plugged in when not in your cabin, or even overnight and we like to be out and about as much as possible - on the ship or at Ports of Call the 'windows' for charging narrow down - getting ready in the morning, for our evening meal and for a time settling down for bed. I think we would struggle without the 4-way to keep everything charged up.
You don't need to take a huge 4 way gang with all those plugs and leads..instead just take a 4 or 6 way usb hub. only take up 1 socket and we charge all of our stuff ok. takes up less space less weight..and you don't need all the plugs, just the leads for the items. I got our off of amazon..rav 4 I think. so impressed we use it at home all the time as well.
#32
Durham, UK
271 Posts
Joined Feb 2015
Magnets for the cabin walls.
Jam - we’ve only you cruised Celebrity and their jam is like jelly, yuck.
Bottle opener.
One of those ice bags for sprains, just in case.
Hand cream, the hand sanitiser always makes my hands dry and itchy.



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#33
hampshire england
1,514 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
What I take depends if it's a trip from Southampton or a fly cruise. If it's a fly cruise then yes we take a 4 way thing for charging. I always take cellotape, stugeron tablets for sea sickness, pack clothes on wire hangers - they're not very heavy and it saves so much time unpacking. We put the horrible wooden ones that hook on into our empty cases under the bed and put them back when we leave. I will always take a proper cup and saucer as I hate the thick mugs provided.
However, if we're going from Southampton then I'll take all sorts of extras. After our last long cruise I realised how much I missed some decent salad dressing so I'd take a squeezy bottle of that, plus my favourite marmalade. Last time I took coffee bags as the coffee on board is awful. I also take some squash as you can't get that on board and you can't buy it at many places abroad either.
#34
Virginia
323 Posts
Joined May 2009
Originally posted by annieuk
I also take some squash as you can't get that on board and you can't buy it at many places abroad either.
Just curious....squash? The vegetable?
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#35
Dorset, england
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Joined May 2011
Originally posted by Debbdo
Just curious....squash? The vegetable?
More likely fruit cordial, I suspect. We Brits refer to it a 'squash'
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#36
Virginia
323 Posts
Joined May 2009
Originally posted by Slugsta
More likely fruit cordial, I suspect. We Brits refer to it a 'squash'
Oh! Thanks, that makes a lot more sense!
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#37
476 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by brillo
The wife !
Or a reasonable substitute.
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#38
East Hampshire
26 Posts
Joined May 2011
Good list so far. I have just checked my list to see what we take that hasn't been mentioned yet. I would add: blank cards for thank yous, sun hats, sewing kit, cash for tips, small pair scissors, torch, plasters, air fresheners (free standing to make the cabin & bathroom always smell nice when we go in), diarrhoea medication, roll small plastic bags, clip its, super glue, washing powder tablets with built in softener, rubber gloves (for hand washing).

Hope this helps for packing. Go and enjoy the experience and cruise your own way.
#40
26 Posts
Joined May 2015
The one thing that I always take with me is a hanging shoe organizer. Great for shoes, books, electronic, etc. hang it on the bathroom door and All is good or get a magnetic hook and put it where it works for you.
Enjoy your cruise!!!!


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