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Blister plasters

 

Mini flameless candles (put a couple in the bathroom on a night and there is no need to put the light on)

Favorite bar of chocolate (I'm not a dessert lover but do love some chocolate)

Definitely books, there isn't any choice on the ship, either in the library or the shop. When I have read them I give them to the cabin steward, they have some bookshelves which the staff can pick from.

Magnifying glass to fix the small screws in glasses and small screwdrivers for same purpose.

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I've never found it useful to take the 'cruise essentials' that people talk about (check the New Cruisers forum!) such as highlighters, duct tape, over the wall shoe holder, extension cable, washing line, magnets etc. I took them on our first cruise then never used them.

 

However, if you plan on sunbathing then I find beach towel clips useful- you can get them around £1 for 4 on ebay. Cruise ships are windy!

 

But, when sharing a cabin- especially an interior with no window or balcony door to open- my number 1 essential is a bottle of VIPOO ;)

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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.

 

Thanks for that - definitely useful for phones, tablets etc but we have some items which aren't USB - both our cameras have battery chargers with 3 pin plugs also my hair tongs and with only one socket I think we would struggle without a 4 way.

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Thanks for that - definitely useful for phones, tablets etc but we have some items which aren't USB - both our cameras have battery chargers with 3 pin plugs also my hair tongs and with only one socket I think we would struggle without a 4 way.

They are also a good idea if the usb socket is at the bottom of the plug. The sockets are too close to the table top.

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I take a travel clock. Also a small torch to get me to the bathroom middle of the night when the cabin is pitch black.

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- My Kindle (loaded with tons of stuff)

- Nail clippers. I hate it when my nails get above a certain length (being a bloke).

- Quality sliced cheese - since they took it off the room service breakfast menu.

 

I was also going to make a joke about taking a spare pair of underpants on cruises in excess of 7 days, in case something happend to my main pair. But I thought it might seem a tad tasteless and decided against it. This is P & O after all :D

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A lot of suggestions that I hadn't thought of.

 

Sun tan lotion is a must.

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This thread reminds me of our younger days when the only holiday we could afford was under canvas. The one thing essential for a camping holiday then was always the matches - can have as much cooking equipment, tins and other food to cook with you, but no good at all without the matches, which were very easily forgotten!!

 

Anyone else have a similar holiday history :)

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Ear plugs in case your cabin has noise (machinery or other passengers) or vibration.

Flip flops or slippers for your cabin; I asked for some and got some but they are not a given sadly

First aid kit - I tripped, fell and cut my elbow aboard the Britannia. On the phone to the medical staff they told me to go to the shop and I was left to fend for myself. Treated very poorly. So antiseptic wipes and plasters as a minimum.

Sun cream - everything in the shop is so expensive.

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Ear plugs in case your cabin has noise (machinery or other passengers) or vibration.

Flip flops or slippers for your cabin; I asked for some and got some but they are not a given sadly

First aid kit - I tripped, fell and cut my elbow aboard the Britannia. On the phone to the medical staff they told me to go to the shop and I was left to fend for myself. Treated very poorly. So antiseptic wipes and plasters as a minimum.

Sun cream - everything in the shop is so expensive.

I never leave the house without wipes and plasters, never mind a cruise! A hangover from when kids were little.

Medical Centre did you a huge service by directing you to the onboard shop. You would have had little change from £100 if they had treated you.

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This won’t apply to you Kat, but a common one for men is cufflinks!!! Lots of formal shirts, no cufflinks..... Just enjoy it though, whatever you forget you will manage without

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Love these replies!!!

 

Cuff links are on my list for hubby.

 

Kat

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Put them in a pocket of his DJ. Keep them there. Never have to worry about forgetting them again

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Love these replies!!!

 

Cuff links are on my list for hubby.

 

Kat

I keep a pair in my travel jewellery case because my husband is incapable of remembering them and I have been known to forget to remind him that he will need some. :D:D

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Flip flops or slippers for your cabin; I asked for some and got some but they are not a given sadly

First aid kit - I tripped, fell and cut my elbow aboard the Britannia. On the phone to the medical staff they told me to go to the shop and I was left to fend for myself. Treated very poorly. So antiseptic wipes and plasters as a minimum.

Sun cream - everything in the shop is so expensive.

 

P&O slippers are given to people who are Mediterranean level and above in the Peninsula Club as one of the perks.

 

Regards first aid, I agree with Fanged Rose it would normally cost a lot of money for the medical team to deal with you. However, if you had tripped and fallen onboard, to my mind that leaves them with a certain liability and I would be making sure it was noted as an accident at the very least and would not expect to pay for medical treatment if they could have been held responsible for the injury.

 

I got a piece of glass in my toe from a P&O dance floor a few years back and needed the doctor to remove it. I was told that I would have to pay for the medical treatment, but could write to P&O head office when I returned home. After my insistence the "accident" was well documented though (I think at the medical centre to make sure proof of the injury was logged). I also put strong written objections into reception that I had been made to pay (£50) for the doctors attention in the first instance (via our on board account) for something caused by their ineffectual cleaning. After I got home I was able to recover the cost of the medical treatment from head office. I assume I may also have been eligible for compensation, but I did not bother to pursue that as I was fine after the small piece of glass was removed. Of course an injury can also have other effects later (infection etc.) so always worth making sure an injury is noted in case you want to claim at a later date.

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The pin number to your husband's credit card ;-)

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The pin number to your husband's credit card ;-)

 

Oh my! That's a new one! LOL

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The pin number to your husband's credit card ;-)

Love it. I already know his debit card pin. 😇😇

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Love it. I already know his debit card pin. 😇😇

 

If I am honest I have NO idea what my pin is for our credit card --- hubby does as it is a joint one!

He handles all of the money side of things as we'd be broke if he didn't !

 

I suppose I don't need the pin number, I just give him the:loudcry: 'big wide eyed' looks like the cat from Shrek and hey presto (if you excuse the term), he uses the pin number ...

 

Re the look -- if you don't know what it is, practise ladies ---- :D

 

 

;-)

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If I am honest I have NO idea what my pin is for our credit card --- hubby does as it is a joint one!

He handles all of the money side of things as we'd be broke if he didn't !

 

I suppose I don't need the pin number, I just give him the:loudcry: 'big wide eyed' looks like the cat from Shrek and hey presto (if you excuse the term), he uses the pin number ...

 

Re the look -- if you don't know what it is, practise ladies ---- :D

 

 

;-)

All of our accounts are joint but it was useful to have his pin ( and card ) when I wanted more cash than the daily limit on the cards. Not necessary now since the limit was updated to some ridiculous amount.

 

Will start practising the look when we go shopping later. ;)

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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!!!

mini flashlight ,Tylenol,pens,paper,camera (yes ,people still use them)

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Lots of talk about medication, BE WARNED, some seemingly everyday medications could result in YOU being arrested when taking them ashore if they're banned in the host Country....

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Nappy sacks! We always put our dirty underwear into one each day and tie the bag up. It just seems a bit nicer than having them in with everything else. They are really useful for all sorts of other things too.

 

Baby wipes. Handy for keeping in your bag for a quick freshen up, to clean dirty hands, great for getting stains off your clothes, even cleaning dusty shoes.

 

Seem crazy ideas but they are actually really useful.

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Kindle, with at least 6 new books downloaded. Multi USB hub to charge devices. Barrier cream to protect my hands from the evil gel as I am allergic to it. Generally I avoid using it and just wash hands frequently, but now and again one of the staff catches me and sprays before I can run away!

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I have lots of things that are useful for us, although others might not think so! Here is my list:-

Antibacterial wipes for the aeroplane- tray, armrest and tv control/screen as I worry someone might have had travel sickness on the plane before me.

A can of the Dettol spray for the cabin, I use it on the a/c vent and the cabin surfaces. It also stays in the bathroom and gets rid of unwanted smells.

Large sunbed clips for beach towels.

Toothbrush covers with suction cups that attach our toothbrushes to the mirror and are out of the way.

A hanging organiser with multiple pockets which I hang in the wardrobe, it’s ideal for sunglasses, tweezers, lip balm, hairbrush etc.

A magnetic backed digital clock which goes on the wall - mobile phones don’t update at sea and we don’t always wear a watch.

The battery operated tea lights for the bathroom at night as well a small torch to keep by the bed.

A tin of our favourite coffee as we aren’t fond of the sachets in the cabin.

Basic first aid kit, indigestion tablets, pain killers, antihistamines and bug spray if going to the tropics.

Wall magnets, useful for putting paperwork on the wall.

We take a map of the area we are cruising in and put it on the wall so we can plot our course.

Binoculars - great for looking at passing islands or other ships when in port.

Strong magnetic hooks which go on the wall and I hang costume jewellery on as well as hats.

Lanyards for cruise card - tried not using them but soon got fed up looking for my cruise card every time I wanted to open the cabin door or get a drink. They also get hung on a wall hook.

A lightweight beach bag or backpack as handy for taking towels, books and sun cream when on the ship or going ashore.

Laminated copies of our passport page as useful to carry and means we can leave our passports in the safe (unless we are told we have to take passports with us as some places do)

We also store the ships phone number in our phones and take a photograph of the port agent details when we go ashore.

Reading glasses (and a spare pair)

Peanuts - we enjoy a drink on the balcony and a few peanuts are nice.

I have just ordered some reusable stainless steel drinking straws as I don’t want to use the plastic ones, not tried it before but will see if it works out.

Charging cables for phone and iPad - have never needed the four way gang extension but there are only the two of us in the cabin.

Ziplock bags for putting phone in on the beach. Also useful for bottles that might leak and wet swimwear.

Some sweets as P&O don’t seem to provide them anymore.

Some cheap fridge magnets which go on the outside of the cabin door - easy to spot your cabin when walking back as they all look alike.

A few cans of soft drinks and tonic water.

Local currency as the exchange rate is poor on the ship - also small denominations as useful for tipping.

Wet wipes for when out and about and unable to wash hands.

 

Non of this is essential but works for us, most stuff I get from EBay or the £1 stores. Our next cruise is to the Caribbean and I am getting a cooling towel but have no idea if it works but will give it a go.

 

My husband thinks I am mad but admits it does make things easier - although the maps are all down to him but he is a sailor so enjoys plotting our course. We always joke how the Captain has done a good job.

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That really is an excellent and comprehensive list, FluffyFiFi - you haven't worked in the public sector have you?

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Brilliant list Fluffyfifi, very similar to mine except for the toothbrush suction containers, very useful, where would I get those from?

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