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Although this has been done before (see New Cruisers), with the constantly reducing luggage allowances when on a fly/cruise, (Thomson 23k to 20k), it is even more important not to pack stuff which is not going to be used well. The 'stay' hotel also needs to be taken into consideration too if you are doing both.

What do you insist on taking and what will you leave at home?:rolleyes:

Serious and lighthearted suggestions welcomed.

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Right, I'll start it off. I'm leaving my umbrella behind, even though it is tiny and lightweight.

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I thought to save wieght I would leave my wife behind as most of my case is made up of her "just in case clothes"

This idea was soon knock out of my head, but the bruising is now going away slowly.

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Who would take a 'powerstrip' and air freshener as suggested on another thread?:confused:

 

I don't do it myself but a powerstrip is for charging phones, cameras, tablet pc's, Kindles, mp3 players and all the rest of the gadgets we can't live without. As for me, my phone should last all week with just my tablet and maybe the camera needing charging.:)

 

Jan

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Although this has been done before (see New Cruisers), with the constantly reducing luggage allowances when on a fly/cruise, (Thomson 23k to 20k), it is even more important not to pack stuff which is not going to be used well. The 'stay' hotel also needs to be taken into consideration too if you are doing both.

What do you insist on taking and what will you leave at home?:rolleyes:

Serious and lighthearted suggestions welcomed.

 

I'm more interested in what books to take, so I'll cut down by taking paperbacks instead of hardbacks

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Although this has been done before (see New Cruisers), with the constantly reducing luggage allowances when on a fly/cruise, (Thomson 23k to 20k), it is even more important not to pack stuff which is not going to be used well. The 'stay' hotel also needs to be taken into consideration too if you are doing both.

What do you insist on taking and what will you leave at home?:rolleyes:

Serious and lighthearted suggestions welcomed.

 

What does "used well" mean? During the daytime who wears much?, other than bathers? and, if you go topless, thats even less for a woman;)

 

We'll do 4 shore excursions where we need clothes,otherwise we'll be in sunbathing gear,little weight there. That leaves evening wear, as far as I'm concerned I'll wear the same stuff 2nd week as first week,I think my wife feels the same.If we didn't "have to" go to the Captains dinner I needn't take shoes, thats uneccessary weight as far as I'm concerned + a suit for goodness sake:eek:

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What does "used well" mean? During the daytime who wears much?, other than bathers? and, if you go topless, thats even less for a woman;)

 

We'll do 4 shore excursions where we need clothes,otherwise we'll be in sunbathing gear,little weight there. That leaves evening wear, as far as I'm concerned I'll wear the same stuff 2nd week as first week,I think my wife feels the same.If we didn't "have to" go to the Captains dinner I needn't take shoes, thats uneccessary weight as far as I'm concerned + a suit for goodness sake:eek:

 

Ooops! Typo... Should be "well used" (I think). I had had a busy day!!

 

Yeah, I have a lightweight cocktail dress for formal night but does hubby need to take black tie suit, shirt, shoes and dickie bow for one night. Less room in his case for my stuff and he would look really out of place at Thomas Bay Hotel on 2nd week. Would probably get arrested or asked to sing Rat Pack!:D

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Ditch the books and get a kindle! much lighter and a fraction of space used, so able to take more shoes:D

We also buy toiletries and booze at airport, naturally like steve, booze is for medicinal purposes only:rolleyes:

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Didn't think I would, but have just bought a Kindle for use on holidays. There is nothing like the feel and smell of a new book, but I had to agree with hubbie and taking 6-8 books on holiday did add unnecessary weight to my case, however I will still enjoy reading the real thing at home.

 

With regard to deciding what clothes to take, I find colour co ordinating helps. For 2 week holidays I usually take everything in shades of black, white , red and grey, many things can then be changed around for different looks. I also have an idea what to look out for when buying new items for holidays. Although I always say I have enough and don't need to buy anything, temptation always makes me give in, and I end up with yet more clothes, I am so weak.

 

I think successful packing is usually a matter of experience, once you have had a few holidays where half of your case returns home unworn, you learn for the next time, I never take "maybe's" anymore just "definates", you know what you are going to wear and what you really aren't too fussy on, so don't waste space on the "maybes".

 

But I think the most important thing is trying everything on before you decide to take it, particularly with holiday clothes which may only see the light of day once a year. It is so easy to forget that an item which still looks good on the hanger, and you remember how much you paid for it, didn't really suit you or didn't fit properly. It also reminds you to repair hems, tighten buttons etc.

 

However I think this may be a female thing, being organised, as my husband refuses to bother, but he does bring more unworn items back than I do, although he won't admit it !!

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Ditch the books and get a kindle! much lighter and a fraction of space used, so able to take more shoes:D

We also buy toiletries and booze at airport, naturally like steve, booze is for medicinal purposes only:rolleyes:

 

Unfortunately you can't get all books on Kindle

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Most ships have a library of sorts so you could take your chances think its only open about an hour a day though. My case on the last cruise was only 18kgs spent the week expecting to find out what i had left behind but didnt !!

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Who would take a 'powerstrip' and air freshener as suggested on another thread?:confused:

The powerstrip is one of our most essential items! How do you manage without one? So many things need charging these days.

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As to the chargers, we have a plug in charger effort thing, thats if I can find it now we have moved, ummmm. So its normally a fight over who gets to charge up what over night. :D

 

So what would I leave out of my case, shoes, I am only taking three pairs, there was talk in the house of going on a cruise from Southampton yipee I said I can take loads of cases and shoes ummm shoes.

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Couldn't live without my kindle, I carry it everywhere just in case I'm waiting for a short time & power strip again for charging camera, mobile etc. kindle battery lasts forever so can't imagine I'll need to charge that in the 2 week cruise.

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I take my kindle everywhere I also have a case that has a light on it that won't wake up hubby while I read at night.

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The powerstrip is one of our most essential items! How do you manage without one? So many things need charging these days.

I don't think we could have used a power strip on the Spirit last year. The sockets are right down on the desktop so a plug with the cable coming out of the bottom wouldn't have fitted. Luckily our mobile phone chargers have the cables coming out of the back of I had taken the Power Monkey and was able to charge that with the continental plug.

 

This year I'm going to take one of the adaptors with a socket on top then we can plug everything into that.

 

As for clothing we take ordinary summer clothes and nothing formal whatsoever. We are used to a 20kg limit as we come from the Channel Islands and that's been our limit for a long time on flights to the UK. But I don't think we're ever over about 17-18kg

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this will be my first cruise and we are doing a week in sharm after and i know i will pack things that wont get worn i've done that for the past 10 years or so:p you would of thought i'd learned my lesson by now lol. things that are always top of my list make up(always in hand luggage) hair straighteners and countless shoes and bags lol think i've got 6 pairs of flip flops and sandals this time and got it down to 4 pairs of heels lol my son always travels light though:D, and if i can some extra shoes might sneak in his case:p. But i do wear stuff twice i used to take 2 weeks of night time clothes so i am improving on my packing skills:D

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I always pack a plug in night light. Very useful for my other half when he needs the bathroom in the middle of the night, Saves waking me up by switching on a light or bumping into everything on his way to the bathroom.

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I always pack a plug in night light. Very useful for my other half when he needs the bathroom in the middle of the night, Saves waking me up by switching on a light or bumping into everything on his way to the bathroom.
We always take a small torch each.

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I always pack a plug in night light. Very useful for my other half when he needs the bathroom in the middle of the night, Saves waking me up by switching on a light or bumping into everything on his way to the bathroom.

 

We just leave the light on in the bathroom and you can see it through the door when you wake up.

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I always pack a plug in night light. Very useful for my other half when he needs the bathroom in the middle of the night, Saves waking me up by switching on a light or bumping into everything on his way to the bathroom.

We leave the bathroom light on and the bathroom door ajar, so he can see where he is going. What is it with men? I hardly ever have to use the loo in the night:rolleyes:

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We leave the bathroom light on and the bathroom door ajar, so he can see where he is going. What is it with men? I hardly ever have to use the loo in the night:rolleyes:

 

We just leave the light on in the bathroom and you can see it through the door when you wake up.

 

Great mind think alike:D:D:D

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Who would take a 'powerstrip' and air freshener as suggested on another thread?:confused:

 

Air freshener - YES - for the loo!!

 

Power strip - NO - only thing we have to charge is the phone and we don't use it much on holiday - only a few texts to children - and our kettle - oops not supposed to say that:D:D

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We leave the bathroom light on and the bathroom door ajar, so he can see where he is going. What is it with men? I hardly ever have to use the loo in the night:rolleyes:

 

 

About 8 pints of lager :D

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We've got one of those little solar panel LED torches that are like a key ring fob and are just the job for visits to the bathroom and weigh nothing. We found ours in a well known pound shop.:):)

 

Jan

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If you take "proper" books to read you can donate them to the library on the ship or in the hotel so that gives you room to bring back a few presents:)

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Lots of brilliant suggestions. Will write them down later. A lightweight power strip is on my shopping list...mine at home are too heavy. Need one for cameras, phone, kindle, iPad, hairdryer, straighteners. Won't bother with the travel iron and kettle but will probably pack them for the hotel. See......no room now in cases for hubby's shoes:rolleyes:

Actually, the cameras, phone, kindle and iPad go in my hand luggage. By the time I have finished shopping at the airport I struggle to walk along those long corridors to get to the departure lounge:D

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We leave the bathroom light on and the bathroom door ajar, so he can see where he is going. What is it with men? I hardly ever have to use the loo in the night:rolleyes:

 

I sleep in the bathroom so as not to disturb Mrs Jim The Scot :D

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I hope everyone does not pack this and leaves this nasty virus behind at home.

 

Just spent the last 5 days looking after my 7 year old grandson who has projectile vomitted on 3 occasions each time after going to bed feeling well:( In between he has been quite lively, wanting to play cricket, football, go for bike rides ( grandad's job) or cheat at boardgames! He has also kidnapped my iPad!!

 

Just pleased that it has been warm and sunny to get all that bedding washed and dried outside.:

 

No-one else in the family has caught it but lots of children in school have.

 

It must be awful to have Norovirus on board ship. The vomitting happens with so little warning and it is bound to spoil people's well earned holidays. I feel sorry for whoever has to clean up:eek:

 

Has anyone experienced Norovirus on a cruise? Apart from the usual hygiene precautions is there anything specific to cruise ships that one can do to avoid catching it as it is airborne I believe?

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Kindels ? Candles are much better :rolleyes:

 

do not use on board :D

 

 

Stevie

 

An absolute classic. My 7 year old grandson was laughing so much. A brilliant play on words.

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If you take "proper" books to read you can donate them to the library on the ship or in the hotel so that gives you room to bring back a few presents:)

 

Yes, I have always done this. Or use them to reserve your sun bed!! Cannot leave a kindle lying about.

 

Seriously though, on my last beach holiday, saw lots of people using kindles inside waterproof zip-up bags. Keeps the sand off and suntan lotion. Must get one as I kept falling asleep while reading and finding the kindle lying in the sand!

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