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So we sail very shortly! :)

 

I think I know what to pack, but is there anything that anyone can suggest that I may not have thought about! (Particularly any useful tricks or cheats) For example, shall I take extra coat hangers - there will be three of us sharing a cabin.

 

 

I know many of you have been on many cruises and must have picked up some useful packing knowledge.

 

 

In addition, is there any restrictions to taking a hairdryer on board. I have very thick hair and usually any hairdryer supplied is useless.

 

 

Thanks.

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I always take my trousers and skirts on their hangers (2 clips, one at either end). I also take strappy / lightweight dresses and tops on their hangers. The P&O ones are clunky wooden or wire and IMO not suitable for what us girls wear. You can take all the hooks for the wooden hangers off the rail too and store them in your luggage under the bed. You'll understand that when you see it!

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Hi definitely extra coat hangers/clip pant hangers....in fact I take all of my own coat hangers....just don't like the clunky wooden ones provided. Also a couple of small diffusers....one in the room & one in the bathroom....

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If you are sailing round trip from Southampton you can take as many suitcases as you like. Three or more each and the nesting types are best as you can store the empty ones more easily.

 

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I always take an extension of plugs...there never seem to be enough

 

 

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I agree, always take everything on hangers, then dispose of the clunky wooden ones in one of our suitcases and put under the bed, then return them to the wardrobe at the end of the cruise. It saves so much time transferring clothes to the wardrobe than having to put hangers on them. We always take an extension lead, partly so we can charge more than one thing at a time but also because on occasions the plug for our phone charger is quite large and if the socket is over a desk/worktop the larger plug won't fit in.

I always take my own hairdryer as although there's one provided in the cabin I have thick hair and I need a more powerful dryer.

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I stuff small items like socks, belts, little bags with DH's cufflinks, ties, etc. into little bags and then inside shoes that have been previously wiped out with an antiseptic wipe. Take large clips to peg beach towels to recliners and fridge magnets to hold Horizon newsletter, excursion tickets and other bits of paper on the cabin walls and free up dressing table space.

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Magnets.

 

The cabin walls are metal. You can use them to hold leaflets, tickets, random notes etc. on the walls so they are easy to find, and not in a cluttered heap on your table.

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Yes

Heavy duty magnetic hooks are even better - hold your bags and outdoor clothes or sun hats or whatever and help prevent clutter.

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I take a torch which has a magnet on the back so stays on the wall , very handy for inside cabins if lights go out , air freshener for toilet and room , bed side clock that glows at night so I always know the time , high lighters for marking your daily newsletter , you can always ask your cabin steward for more hangers which will be normal ones and not the big wooden ones , I put my husband's bow ties in side his shoes

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I have a tiny sewing kit, and also a repair kit for glasses with little screws- probably out of Christmas crackers!- and have used both on board. In fact, the screw came out of someone's glasses and was lost on autumn's cruise, and the poor man was so dejected... until I opened my magic pouch! :)

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Hi definitely extra coat hangers/clip pant hangers....in fact I take all of my own coat hangers....just don't like the clunky wooden ones provided. Also a couple of small diffusers....one in the room & one in the bathroom....

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CASCADING-HANGER-several-together-wardrobe/dp/B0055HFEXQ

If you take extra hangers I find these hooks can be helpful. Some ships like Azura have plenty of hanging space but other ships have quite narrow, limited hanging space especially if you are going on a longer trip. These cascading hooks make it less of a squeeze trying to get clothes to hang properly. I use them at home too.

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As for Hair-Dryers, Yes, they are prohibited to bring on board, along with any electrical and household appliances.
No they are not. Perfectly fine to take your own hairdryer aboard.

 

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Pack of Anti bacterial wipes - especially for the places that don’t get cleaned well between guests eg. TV remote, door handles, telephone.

Insurance details - just in case.

Passports.

At least 2 phone chargers and extension plug lead.

Patience, sense of humour and tolerance - you never know when these will be needed.

Have a great cruise

 

 

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As for Hair-Dryers, Yes, they are prohibited to bring on board, along with any electrical and household appliances.

Hairdriers may be prohibited on some lines but are NOT prohibited on P&O, Cunard, Princess or Celebrity, I have done over 40 cruises on these lines and have never been stopped. I usually carry it in my hand luggage because we usually stay overnight in Southampton but when we used to do fly cruises it went in our checked luggage.

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Pack your toiletries in a plastic lunch box. Then if anything breaks open when they are chucking your suitcase around the spillage is contained. (I learnt this from a flight years ago when they really go hurl your luggage around).

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No they are not. Perfectly fine to take your own hairdryer aboard.

 

Aren't they? I've seen an article that they are fine to bring on board as long as it has a proper caution.

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Someone told us to take our 'thin' clothes, our middle of the cruise cloths and our 'fat clothes' for the end. Sounds daft, but there is nothing like a slack fitting dress / trousers and some elastic to make you feel more 'comfortable' by the end of a cruise ;)

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Someone told us to take our 'thin' clothes, our middle of the cruise cloths and our 'fat clothes' for the end. Sounds daft, but there is nothing like a slack fitting dress / trousers and some elastic to make you feel more 'comfortable' by the end of a cruise ;)

 

We have week 1 and week 2 clothes!

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Aren't they? I've seen an article that they are fine to bring on board as long as it has a proper caution.
What is a "proper caution" ?

 

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LAUNDRY-BAG-POP-UP-MESH-WASHING-FOLDABLE-LAUNDRY-BASKET-BAG-BIN-HAMPER-STORAGE/171247366617?hash=item27df2371d9:m:mtswRX5NwbloYMW2jf413-Q

 

I always pop 2 or 3 of these in suitcase. They sit under the wardrobe space on Azura and Ventura. I tend to use one for beach bags. Sarongs and swimming costumes /swim shorts Sun hats etc. never enough drawer space I have one for dirty laundry and if using laundrette works well. Always comments of isn’t that a good idea.

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Blimey, what a fuss - LOL. I pack everything in my suitcase and a carry bag for bits. I usually lose a couple of pounds on the cruise. I met someone who reckons they put on a stone? I simply cannot believe that. You would have to stuff yourself like mad to gain that kind of weight in 18 days.

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Blimey, what a fuss - LOL. I pack everything in my suitcase and a carry bag for bits. I usually lose a couple of pounds on the cruise. I met someone who reckons they put on a stone? I simply cannot believe that. You would have to stuff yourself like mad to gain that kind of weight in 18 days.

 

We were watching that TV programme done on a Princess ship (I think it is called The Cruise) the other week and they noted that passengers put a 1lb a day on on a cruise !!!!! Imagine those long 46 day ones ... you'd need more than 2 cases and to pack more than 2 dress sizes ;):eek::o

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Blimey, what a fuss - LOL. I pack everything in my suitcase and a carry bag for bits. I usually lose a couple of pounds on the cruise. I met someone who reckons they put on a stone? I simply cannot believe that. You would have to stuff yourself like mad to gain that kind of weight in 18 days.

 

 

 

I put around 1lb a day on. It’s easily done with premium coffees, desserts, cocktails etc. I don’t think I stuff myself, but I do eat and drink more than I do at home.

 

 

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It's the sea air that makes the clothes shrink.

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It's the sea air that makes the clothes shrink.

 

.... and us put on weight if we breath too much in. :D

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.... And us put on weight if we breath too much in. :d

:d:d

Tho that does fly in the face of most doctors advice to keep breathing.

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Blimey, what a fuss - LOL. I pack everything in my suitcase and a carry bag for bits. I usually lose a couple of pounds on the cruise. I met someone who reckons they put on a stone? I simply cannot believe that. You would have to stuff yourself like mad to gain that kind of weight in 18 days.

I lost a half stone on a world cruise, in spite of having a 3 course meal every evening. At home I never eat desserts so I agree how do people put so much weight on when they are on a cruise?

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It's the sea air that makes the clothes shrink.

 

I just told my personal trainer what you said and he threw me out of the gym :o .

I don’t care I still believe you...:D:D

The Captain of The Rowboat,

Tony

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I lost a half stone on a world cruise, in spite of having a 3 course meal every evening. At home I never eat desserts so I agree how do people put so much weight on when they are on a cruise?

I take it you don’t bother like most of us in starting the day with a hearty full english breakfast with all the trimmings, then something nice and filling for lunch, then the afternoon tea including cakes and several of those yummy scones with cream. Then the dinner, why just settle with 3 courses. I always have a starter, main, dessert then the cheese board with a generous portion of the Port and Stilton if available. Silly me I nearly forgot the occasional burger and chips or Pizza if you get a bit peckish in between mealtimes.

On a serious note, I am sure some people do consume that amount of food and more per day on a cruise. :eek:

The thing that annoys me is when you see passengers pile their plates high with food from the buffet then leave a good portion on their plates. What a waste of food. :mad:

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I take it you don’t bother like most of us in starting the day with a hearty full english breakfast with all the trimmings, then something nice and filling for lunch, then the afternoon tea including cakes and several of those yummy scones with cream. Then the dinner, why just settle with 3 courses. I always have a starter, main, dessert then the cheese board with a generous portion of the Port and Stilton if available. Silly me I nearly forgot the occasional burger and chips or Pizza if you get a bit peckish in between mealtimes.

On a serious note, I am sure some people do consume that amount of food and more per day on a cruise. :eek:

The thing that annoys me is when you see passengers pile their plates high with food from the buffet then leave a good portion on their plates. What a waste of food. :mad:

 

Yes, there is a lot of food wasted unnecessarily.

 

I’ll tell you how people put on weight and it’s not always due to greed or excess. There are serious medical studies that now prove that some people eating the same as others will retain more of it. They would be the natural survivors in a famine but when there is plenty they are the ones that gain weight easily.

 

But back to the OP question. Vacuum bags are a great way to reduce the volume of clothes in your case.Get the ones you just push or roll to expel the air out of them,

 

They are great for smalls, t shirts etc and for sealing up dirty laundry for travelling home.

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On my first cruise (Canberra ‘86) I too was concerned about putting on weight. There was a weighing machine just before the entrance to one of the lounges. I weighed myself in Southampton and again a few days later. I was appalled to find I had put on 5lbs by the time we were off the coast of Portugal. I decided that a dietary change was urgently required. After ‘a lighter option’ lunch I tried the weighing machine again. 3lbs lighter than Southampton, great! ...oops, now 5lbs heavier again. I realised that I had forgotten my basic physics: as the ship pitches and accelerates upwards, your weight increases; as it accelerates downwards your weight decreases. It was pretty rough outside.

Normal diet was resumed and two weeks later I disembarked at Southampton at about the same weight as I started. Never been on a set of P&O scales since!

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I too don't tend to put weight on during a cruise. Despite being one of those who would survive a famine. I try to stick to my normal meal routine. Avoid afternoon tea, and the speciality restaurants, which make me eat more "to get my money's worth". But I am more active. At home I am a couch potato, but on a cruise I am a FOMO. (For those not "down with the kids" it is Fear Of Missing Out. ) So whilst I am not a gym bunny I am on my feet more than at home, so that seems to take care of any extra calories from the wine at dinner.

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I also put little or no weight on during a cruise. I eat pretty much as I do at home.

Poached egg and toast for breakfast.

Salad or soup for lunch.

A light starter, fish or chicken with vegetables (nothing fried) for my main and a dessert for dinner.

 

I do have a glass of wine with my dinner every night which I do not have at home. As I am not a great drinker I rarely have any other alcohol. I maintain that not drinking a lot of alcohol and a little more exercise helps. My OH usually gains a few pounds and while he doesn't eat excessively he does have a cooked breakfast everyday and a beer while we are around the ship in the evening.

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What is a "proper caution" ?

 

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Such as using the right volts of your adaptor unto its volt of outlets(in the ships) glady they provide 110 and 220 volts power outlets in it. Also, According to rcc website, the things that are exempted to the ban of things that can generate heat are hairy dryers and curling irons. I know that because my wife does bring her own hair dryer because the one that is provided in the ship is really awful, well according to her.

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Over the door multi pocket organisers are great to keep all the bottles of ladies beautification equipment from rolling around whilst crossing the Bay of Biscay ;)

 

If you get one for shoes then you can also fit some in as well, as my wife turns into a centipede when on a cruise!!

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