Calkacky Posted September 5, 2013 #1 Share Posted September 5, 2013 I took my first cruise on the Triumph (Carnival) in June of this. From the moment we booked, I started researching everything I could possibly learn about cruises from the boards here at Cruise Critic. The people here are awesome and I learned so much! By nature, I'm a very organized person and that carried over to this cruise. I wanted to make sure I had everything that I might could possibly need and if you research these boards enough, you will find all kinds of things people recommend in addition to things like clothes, shoes and toiletries. I call those things "the extras". Not knowing whether or not I might possibly need all these various things, I pretty much packed them all. I ended up with my extra large suitcase, a larger size rolling duffel, a large carry on and my purse. Because of gifts I bought on board and in the ports, I ended up buying another smaller carry on sized bag to tote that stuff in. It was quite the haul of stuff and very cumbersome! What I learned: most of the "extras" you see on those lists really isn't very necessary or necessary at all.....at least for me. The other thing I learned: I don't need to take the amount of clothes I did. I took 3/4 of the clothes and shoes I brought, home and unworn. Obviously, everyone has to make their own decision on what to take, but if you've never cruised, talk to people here and find out why they recommend a certain item. Then, make your decision if you feel that item is really necessary for you. I have another cruise scheduled for this December. I just cleaned put my cruise bin where I store all those "extras" and this time I'm taking probably 1/10 of what I did in June. I'm also not taking so many clothes and shoes and will make sure my toiletries are all travel sized, if available. Someone posted to pack, then unpack half the clothes you planned to take and double the money you planned to take. Money wise, I did great. All the other stuff, not so great. I plan to change that for my December cruise! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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