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On the countdown to my first ever cruise and I know I seen a post somewhere her whilst doing my research but a question to all you season cruisers.....what would you not leave without? Started my list but want to make sure that I don't miss something :D

 

Kat

 

41 days to go!!!

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Hi

 

On the countdown to my first ever cruise and I know I seen a post somewhere her whilst doing my research but a question to all you season cruisers.....what would you not leave without? Started my list but want to make sure that I don't miss something :D

 

Kat

 

41 days to go!!!

 

Mrs Gut

My Camera

Pen

Notebook.

 

But none of those might apply to you and most lists don’t apply to me.

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Hi

 

On the countdown to my first ever cruise and I know I seen a post somewhere her whilst doing my research but a question to all you season cruisers.....what would you not leave without? Started my list but want to make sure that I don't miss something :D

 

Kat

 

41 days to go!!!

 

Plenty of cash USD, € and credit card

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The new on board shops do not really have a stock of basics anymore, what they do have is very expensive, so try not to forget toothpaste, tissues, (especially tissues) for the dreaded cabin cough. Other than that you can get by, magnets are a good idea to attach tickets and horizon to cabin wall.

 

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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.

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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.

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Patience and a sense of humour.

 

This.

 

In addition - passport, credit card, essential medications and small stock of 'just in case' medication. Other than that, we can usually manage, even if we did forget something 'vital'.

 

I remember how excited I was as we counted down to our first ever cruise :) I still love cruising but nothing is ever quite like the first one. Happy cruising!

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Fridge magnet or two.

 

Great for fixing the horizon paper and tickets to the cabin wall.

We also take a highlighter for marking the activities we are interested in.

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A different outfit for every day

Only one outfit per day? I always need 1 for each day and 1 for each evening and a couple more so that I have choice even on the last night. OH claims that this is OTT, but what does he know.

 

Don't forget shoes to go with the clothes 😀😀

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Something for sea sickness just in case. You probably won’t use it as most modern ships are extremely stable but it’s comforting to have it.

 

Travel sickness tablets or if you prefer natural stem ginger is also useful. Drinking ginger beer at the first sign of feeling wheezy is also recommended.

 

Have a lovely cruise and when you get back tell us if you are hooked like the rest of us on here.

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Only one outfit per day? I always need 1 for each day and 1 for each evening and a couple more so that I have choice even on the last night. OH claims that this is OTT, but what does he know.

 

Don't forget shoes to go with the clothes 😀😀

 

Definitely take an outfit for daytime and evening. Love getting dressed up at night. Usually buy something when I'm away too. Like having something a bit different

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Apart from the obvious, two things:

Orange cordial

A parasol for lying out on the balcony

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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.)

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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.:cool:

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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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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?

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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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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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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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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.

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Hawaiian shirt, shorts and party hat for formal nights.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Just curious....squash? The vegetable?

 

More likely fruit cordial, I suspect. We Brits refer to it a 'squash' :)

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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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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.

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Love love love all the tips so far. Many I did not think about.

 

Thanks

 

Kat

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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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