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My sister and I are taking our first cruise ever in February on the Carnival Dream. We're flying into New Orleans, staying overnight, then boarding the Dream for a 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary. When the cruise ends we will be staying on in New Orleans for 6 extra days through Mardis Gras and on until Friday.

I find it a lot of fun to plan and organize, and I've sort of volunteered to take care of almost every detail in terms of what we need in the room so my sister can just show up and order a drink. :p:pSo to research what we'd need I've watched a ton of videos and read a ton of cruise packing lists and suggestions and started pulling it all together.

I indulged in buying a bunch of packing cubes to help me bring order to the chaos and pack things meaningfully. I've shared below how I've organized different cubes. I'm storing a lot of this stuff already packed into the appropriate cubes so when the cruise gets here I can just move the cubes into suitcases, pack up some clothes and personal items, and hit the road.

I also included here some personal packing lists of things I'll want when I leave my cabin to go to the pool, the beach, a shore excursion, etc.

I intend to do laundry once on the ship, hopefully on the 5th day or later.

Would love to hear feedback if anyone thinks I've forgotten something! :)

 

Room Packing Cube

Nightlights

travel alarm clock

magnetic hooks

Magnetic clips

ziplock bags

power strips with USB ports

highlighter pens

pen

Sticky notes

rechargeable fan

Duct tape

Sewing Kit

Glasses repair kit

Poopouri toilet spray

mesh shower tote (to hang our stuff in in the shower and to carry it to the spa)

duct tape

Over the door organizer

dish soap

YETI/Straws

door decoration

 

 

Beach Bag Packing Cube

6 1oz tubes 30 spf sunscreen

lock bag

wet bag

microfiber towel

waterproof phone case

beach towel chair straps

 

 

Luggage/misc. PackingCube

Luggage tags

Sanitizer wipes

Lens cloth

 

 

Laundry Packing Cube

Collapsible hamper

Tide for 3 regular washes

Tide for 3 sink washes

Dryer sheets

Bungee clothes line

Sink stopper

clothespins

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

 

 

Port Packing Cube

Rain poncho

2 waterproof bags on belts

2 collapsible water bottles with carabiners

bug spray with DEET

Reef safe spf 30 sunscreen

Collabsible tote bag

portable toilet paper

 

Snorkel Gear

 

Medical kit

Antibiotic ointment

Antiseptic towelettes

bandaids

bandages

iodine

moleskin

gauze

tape

pepto bismol

tums

scissors

tweezers

thermometer

rehydration salts

Benadryl

decongestant

Tylenol

ibuprofen

motion sickness patches

bonine

ginger candy

 

Important documents folder for carryon

Passport. Put copy in separate bag

Cruise documents

Excursion documents

email confirming steakhouse reservation

email confirming Chef's Table reservation

Plane ticket info

Hotel(s) info

Land transfers, rental car, bus, etc.

Travel insurance

Emergency #s and addresses for post cards

Travel partner's emergency numbers

Insurance card

 

 

Carryon Packing list

Passport

License

Credit cards

Important Documents folder

Phone and charger

Watch

Gum

Snacks

Medication

Pen and small notebook

Camera

Sunglasses

Dollar bills for tipping

Luggage IDs

Lanyard

Rain poncho if weather sketchy

headphones

PJs

Bathing suit and coverup

Outfit for boarding the ship

Lanyard

Camera

Kindle

remote charger(s) for phone

Personal toiletries

makeup

laptop

 

 

Overnight bag – add these items to carryon in NOLA hotel for boardingship

Hat/Visor

Binoculars

Beach packing cube

towel

Toiletry bag

sandals

 

 

Toiletry bag

Shampoo/conditioner/hairspray/hairproduct/elastics

nail clippers

face products

Eyedrops

Flonase

Allegra

deodorant

Perfume

Lotion

bath pouf

Razor

ear plugs

lanyard

jewelry

 

 

Clothes

Dinner outfits for 7 nights

Afternoon outfits/casual outfits for 5 days (One should be an outfit it’s ok to get muddy)

2 nice dresses

2 bathing suits and 2 coverups

underclothes

5 pairs socks

Sneakers, sandals, flipflops (closed toed shoes required for Roatan ATVexcursion)

3 pairs pjs

Small hand bag

Sweater

4 tshirts

 

 

Excursion packing list

Beach bag packing cube (see above)

port packing cube (see above)

Lanyard

IDs, cash, visa (if needed)

Camera

snacks and beverages

Change of clothes

Swimsuit

Swimsuit cover

Hair clip/hat

Flipflops/water shoes

Small medical kit (bandaids Neosporin eyedrops)

Sunglasses

small notebook/pen

Chapstick

Dollar bills

watch

cell phone

headphones

 

Beach bag on sea days packing list

 

Beach bag packing cube (see above)

Swimsuit cover

lanyard

Camera

Water bottle

Small notebook/pen

Highlighter

Watch

cell phone

chapstick

Sunglasses

Hat

Lotion

Kindle

Earplugs

headphones

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My sister and I are taking our first cruise ever in February on the Carnival Dream. We're flying into New Orleans, staying overnight, then boarding the Dream for a 7-day Western Caribbean itinerary. When the cruise ends we will be staying on in New Orleans for 6 extra days through Mardis Gras and on until Friday.

I find it a lot of fun to plan and organize, and I've sort of volunteered to take care of almost every detail in terms of what we need in the room so my sister can just show up and order a drink. :p:pSo to research what we'd need I've watched a ton of videos and read a ton of cruise packing lists and suggestions and started pulling it all together.

I indulged in buying a bunch of packing cubes to help me bring order to the chaos and pack things meaningfully. I've shared below how I've organized different cubes. I'm storing a lot of this stuff already packed into the appropriate cubes so when the cruise gets here I can just move the cubes into suitcases, pack up some clothes and personal items, and hit the road.

I also included here some personal packing lists of things I'll want when I leave my cabin to go to the pool, the beach, a shore excursion, etc.

I intend to do laundry once on the ship, hopefully on the 5th day or later.

Would love to hear feedback if anyone thinks I've forgotten something! :)

 

Room Packing Cube

Nightlights

travel alarm clock

magnetic hooks

Magnetic clips

ziplock bags

power strips with USB ports

highlighter pens

pen

Sticky notes

rechargeable fan

Duct tape

Sewing Kit

Glasses repair kit

Poopouri toilet spray

mesh shower tote (to hang our stuff in in the shower and to carry it to the spa)

duct tape

Over the door organizer

dish soap

YETI/Straws

door decoration

 

 

Beach Bag Packing Cube

6 1oz tubes 30 spf sunscreen

lock bag

wet bag

microfiber towel

waterproof phone case

beach towel chair straps

 

 

Luggage/misc. PackingCube

Luggage tags

Sanitizer wipes

Lens cloth

 

 

Laundry Packing Cube

Collapsible hamper

Tide for 3 regular washes

Tide for 3 sink washes

Dryer sheets

Bungee clothes line

Sink stopper

clothespins

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

 

 

Port Packing Cube

Rain poncho

2 waterproof bags on belts

2 collapsible water bottles with carabiners

bug spray with DEET

Reef safe spf 30 sunscreen

Collabsible tote bag

portable toilet paper

 

Snorkel Gear

 

Medical kit

Antibiotic ointment

Antiseptic towelettes

bandaids

bandages

iodine

moleskin

gauze

tape

pepto bismol

tums

scissors

tweezers

thermometer

rehydration salts

Benadryl

decongestant

Tylenol

ibuprofen

motion sickness patches

bonine

ginger candy

 

Important documents folder for carryon

Passport. Put copy in separate bag

Cruise documents

Excursion documents

email confirming steakhouse reservation

email confirming Chef's Table reservation

Plane ticket info

Hotel(s) info

Land transfers, rental car, bus, etc.

Travel insurance

Emergency #s and addresses for post cards

Travel partner's emergency numbers

Insurance card

 

 

Carryon Packing list

Passport

License

Credit cards

Important Documents folder

Phone and charger

Watch

Gum

Snacks

Medication

Pen and small notebook

Camera

Sunglasses

Dollar bills for tipping

Luggage IDs

Lanyard

Rain poncho if weather sketchy

headphones

PJs

Bathing suit and coverup

Outfit for boarding the ship

Lanyard

Camera

Kindle

remote charger(s) for phone

Personal toiletries

makeup

laptop

 

 

Overnight bag – add these items to carryon in NOLA hotel for boardingship

Hat/Visor

Binoculars

Beach packing cube

towel

Toiletry bag

sandals

 

 

Toiletry bag

Shampoo/conditioner/hairspray/hairproduct/elastics

nail clippers

face products

Eyedrops

Flonase

Allegra

deodorant

Perfume

Lotion

bath pouf

Razor

ear plugs

lanyard

jewelry

 

 

Clothes

Dinner outfits for 7 nights

Afternoon outfits/casual outfits for 5 days (One should be an outfit it’s ok to get muddy)

2 nice dresses

2 bathing suits and 2 coverups

underclothes

5 pairs socks

Sneakers, sandals, flipflops (closed toed shoes required for Roatan ATVexcursion)

3 pairs pjs

Small hand bag

Sweater

4 tshirts

 

 

Excursion packing list

Beach bag packing cube (see above)

port packing cube (see above)

Lanyard

IDs, cash, visa (if needed)

Camera

snacks and beverages

Change of clothes

Swimsuit

Swimsuit cover

Hair clip/hat

Flipflops/water shoes

Small medical kit (bandaids Neosporin eyedrops)

Sunglasses

small notebook/pen

Chapstick

Dollar bills

watch

cell phone

headphones

 

Beach bag on sea days packing list

 

Beach bag packing cube (see above)

Swimsuit cover

lanyard

Camera

Water bottle

Small notebook/pen

Highlighter

Watch

cell phone

chapstick

Sunglasses

Hat

Lotion

Kindle

Earplugs

headphones

 

 

Lots of useless stuff on that list except essentials (beyond personal choice of clothing/toiletries) :

IDs

Smart Phone

Meds

Required docs

Personal electronics

 

 

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That's hilarious. It must be a joke to post a long packing list. We are all different and have different ideas on what to pack.

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Will the port even allow you to park a U-Haul there? Holy cow!!!

I hope this isn't serious.

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Yes, I am serious. Geez. You all make me wish I could remove my post but I don't know how.

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Wow, that's quite a list.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Under "beach packing cube" you have 6 1 oz tubes sunscreen. That doesn't seem like enough sunscreen.

Not sure why you need a sink stopper.

What are "rehydration salts"?

Motion sickness patches and bonine and ginger candy?

I like to be prepared, but, portable toilet paper?

Pack what you want, but that's too much for me.

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For what it's worth, I wanted my sister to feel like she had everything she needs, no matter what. She and I lost both our dad and our stepdad this spring. When they both had cancer and were very sick, she and I started planning this cruise so we would have something to look forward to together. So, yeah, I've put a lot of thought into it. And maybe I've gone overboard. It has been an escape and a labor of love. If you don't like the list, be helpful and suggest what you wouldn't take on it. Don't just be mean.

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HAHA! You are taking an ATW right? 180 Days? Otherwise, pick one or two items from each list that you cannot do without, and leave the rest in the storage bin at home. For a three week cruise (we take 21 Days), I take 1/4 of what you have listed. 1 suitcase is plenty, with a small carryon with personal items. I know some are overpackers, but this is a bit excessive. Toilet paper?! You going on a safari, because you may need a couple of those items for that....otherwise, nope.

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Wow, that's quite a list.

Just a couple of thoughts.

Under "beach packing cube" you have 6 1 oz tubes sunscreen. That doesn't seem like enough sunscreen.

Not sure why you need a sink stopper.

What are "rehydration salts"?

Motion sickness patches and bonine and ginger candy?

I like to be prepared, but, portable toilet paper?

Pack what you want, but that's too much for me.

 

That's just the amount of little sunscreen I have. I'll have a larger tube as well. The sink stopper came in a laundry kit. The variations of motion sickness cures are because I have no idea if we'll get seasick and, if we do, what remedy will actually help. The toilet paper is just this little roll, like an inch around, that's from my camping gear. Just saw it recommended somewhere and since it weighs nothing and takes up hardly any space, I threw it in. But maybe it's overkill lol! Thanks for the feedback.

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HAHA! You are taking an ATW right? 180 Days? Otherwise, pick one or two items from each list that you cannot do without, and leave the rest in the storage bin at home. For a three week cruise (we take 21 Days), I take 1/4 of what you have listed. 1 suitcase is plenty, with a small carryon with personal items. I know some are overpackers, but this is a bit excessive. Toilet paper?! You going on a safari, because you may need a couple of those items for that....otherwise, nope.

 

lol thanks for your insight.

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Room Packing Cube

power strips with USB ports

rechargeable fan

mesh shower tote (to hang our stuff in in the shower and to carry it to the spa)

YETI/Straws

door decoration

 

 

Beach Bag Packing Cube

6 1oz tubes 30 spf sunscreen

lock bag

waterproof phone case

 

 

 

Luggage/misc. PackingCube

Luggage tags

Sanitizer wipes

Lens cloth

 

 

Laundry Packing Cube

Tide for 3 regular washes

Dryer sheets

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

 

 

Port Packing Cube

Rain poncho

bug spray with DEET

Reef safe spf 30 sunscreen

 

 

Snorkel Gear

 

Medical kit

Antibiotic ointment

Antiseptic towelettes

bandaids

bandages

iodine

moleskin

gauze

tape

pepto bismol

tums

scissors

tweezers

thermometer

rehydration salts

Benadryl

decongestant

Tylenol

ibuprofen

motion sickness patches

bonine

ginger candy

 

Important documents folder for carryon

Passport. Put copy in separate bag

Cruise documents

Excursion documents

email confirming steakhouse reservation (I'd do this electronically)

email confirming Chef's Table reservation (I'd do this electronically)

Plane ticket info (I'd do this electronically)

Hotel(s) info (I'd do this electronically)

Land transfers, rental car, bus, etc. (I'd do this electronically)

Travel insurance (I'd do this electronically)

Emergency #s and addresses for post cards (I'd do this electronically)

Travel partner's emergency numbers (I'd do this electronically)

Insurance card (I'd do this electronically)

 

 

Carryon Packing list

Passport

License

Credit cards

Important Documents folder

Phone and charger

Watch

Gum

Snacks

Medication

Camera

Sunglasses

Dollar bills for tipping

Luggage IDs

Lanyard

headphones

Bathing suit and coverup

Kindle

laptop

 

 

Overnight bag – add these items to carryon in NOLA hotel for boardingship

Hat/Visor

Binoculars

Beach packing cube

Toiletry bag

sandals

 

 

Toiletry bag

Shampoo/conditioner/hairspray/hairproduct/elastics

nail clippers

face products

Eyedrops

Flonase

Allegra

deodorant

Perfume

Lotion

bath pouf

Razor

ear plugs

lanyard

jewelry

 

 

Clothes

Dinner outfits for 7 nights

Afternoon outfits/casual outfits for 5 days (One should be an outfit it’s ok to get muddy)

2 nice dresses

2 bathing suits and 2 coverups

underclothes

5 pairs socks

Sneakers, sandals, flipflops (closed toed shoes required for Roatan ATVexcursion)

3 pairs pjs

Small hand bag

4 tshirts

 

 

Excursion packing list

Beach bag packing cube (see above)

port packing cube (see above)

Lanyard

IDs, cash, visa (if needed)

Camera

Change of clothes

Swimsuit

Swimsuit cover

Hair clip/hat

Flipflops/water shoes

Small medical kit (bandaids Neosporin eyedrops)

Sunglasses

Chapstick

Dollar bills

watch

cell phone

 

 

Beach bag on sea days packing list

 

Beach bag packing cube (see above)

Swimsuit cover

lanyard

Camera

Water bottle

cell phone

chapstick

Sunglasses

Hat

Lotion

Kindle

headphones

 

You have a lot of duplicates but here's where I would start, and even this is quite a bit. I'd almost cut this list in half as well.

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You have a lot of duplicates but here's where I would start, and even this is quite a bit. I'd almost cut this list in half as well.

The duplicates are because I was thinking about packing day bags that would have some overlap in terms of what was in them. Thanks for the feedback.

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Room Packing Cube

power strips with USB ports

door decoration

 

 

Beach Bag Packing Cube

6 1oz tubes 30 spf sunscreen

 

 

Luggage/misc. PackingCube

Luggage tags

Sanitizer wipes

Lens cloth

 

 

Laundry Packing Cube

Tide for 3 regular washes

 

 

 

Port Packing Cube

Rain poncho

Reef safe spf 30 sunscreen

 

 

Snorkel Gear

 

Medical kit

bandaids

tweezers

Tylenol

ibuprofen

bonine

 

 

Important documents folder for carryon

Passport. Put copy in separate bag

Cruise documents

Excursion documents

email confirming steakhouse reservation

email confirming Chef's Table reservation

Plane ticket info

Hotel(s) info

Land transfers, rental car, bus, etc.

Travel insurance

Emergency #s and addresses for post cards

Travel partner's emergency numbers

Insurance card

 

ALL of this except my boarding pass and Passport would be digital

Carryon Packing list

Passport

License

Credit cards

Important Documents folder

Phone and charger

Watch

Gum

Snacks

Medication

Camera

Sunglasses

Dollar bills for tipping

Luggage IDs

Outfit for boarding the ship (I would already have this on)

 

Overnight bag – add these items to carryon in NOLA hotel for boardingship

 

Toiletry bag

deodorant

Lotion

Razor

 

Clothes

Dinner outfits for half the nights

Afternoon outfits/casual outfits for 5 days (One should be an outfit it’s ok to get muddy)

 

2 bathing suits

underclothes

2 pairs socks

Sneakers, sandals(closed toed shoes required for Roatan ATVexcursion)

1 pairs pjs

 

 

 

Excursion packing list

IDs, cash, visa (if needed)

Camera

Swimsuit (I would wear this off the ship)

 

 

Beach bag on sea days packing list

Camera

Sunglasses

 

 

Using your list, this is what I would personally pack off of it...

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Hmmm… Looks a LOT like my wife's packing list on our first cruise in 2007 (well, in this lady's defense, she doesn't have the SIX matching evening outfits w/shoes, like my wife did !:eek: I did notice a couple of items that were duplicated, but she may have done that on purpose? I've never seen these items called a 'packing cube' soooo I'm wondering how many suitcases we're talking about here ?

 

Mac

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Hmmm… Looks a LOT like my wife's packing list on our first cruise in 2007 (well, in this lady's defense, she doesn't have the SIX matching evening outfits w/shoes, like my wife did !:eek: I did notice a couple of items that were duplicated, but she may have done that on purpose? I've never seen these items called a 'packing cube' soooo I'm wondering how many suitcases we're talking about here ?

 

Mac

It all fits in a medium size suitcase and 2 carry-on bags. But they're heavy. Not over the airline weight limit. But heavy.

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It all fits in a medium size suitcase and 2 carry-on bags. But they're heavy. Not over the airline weight limit. But heavy.

 

Well, that doesn't sound too bad, You can always find a porter if you need one at either end of the cruise. ENJOY your cruise !! We've done two on the Dream ! The first was out of Port Canaveral and then out of NOLA, where you'll sail down the Mississippi River (she's my wife's favorite CCL ship !) And she's a BEAUTIFUL Lady !

 

Mac

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Stay home. By the time you finish unpacking it will be time to repack and disembark.

 

Too funny-especially for these two carry on only oldies.

 

Where is the mini socket wrench set on that list? Get back to the drawing board and finish the list-complete this time.

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Post #15 finally got half the info I was looking for - Would it all fit within airline weight limits in one suitcase and one carryon per person? Secondly, is this list just for one person, or two? Remember, you have to haul this stuff around and it gets heavy...

 

We use a mixture of packing cubes and other containers for segregating items in the suitcases; you have a good idea there to start; you may change your mind over several trips as to how useful they are to you.

 

It appears to us many items you will not use, even on a cruise of several weeks. (Many of those items we have never taken on a cruise) However, my DW packs our suitcases until both reach the limit - 48 pounds! (We reserve 2 pounds for potential errors in scales.) I suggest you obtain a small digital scale for weighing luggage on the return trip; somehow when repacking, everything always weighs more:(.

 

If you plan on buying souvenirs and other things on the trip, you may need to leave a few more pounds available in the suitcases.

 

A couple final suggestions: 1) if you are using two suitcases, be sure to "cross pack" - half your stuff and half your sister's stuff in each suitcase. That way if one suitcase gets lost, you both have some things! 2) be sure to have one complete set of clothing in your carryon, just in case both suitcases go 'elsewhere.' 3) take a copy of your list with you, and as you use something, mark it on the list; when you get home, look over the list to identify what you did not use; then for the next trip you can evaluate again the need for those items not used.

 

Finally, we hope you have a fantastic time on your first cruise!

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I hope you enjoy your cruise.

 

You can definitely refine your lists! Way too much stuff - especially pharmacy, toilet paper, duct tape - you just will never use much of what you have listed.

 

Flying is going to be tight. One bag, one carryon and perhaps a purse/tote depending on the airline. Don't forget you may want to bring home souvenirs.

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TBH, when you get to the medical kit my list is rather similar and long (I don't pack for the room/laundry and my sun cream and deet etc are in my medical supplies). I think if a lot of us took time to write all our cruise packing down it would be quite long and various cruise channels and blogs and so forth also have a lengthy list.

 

My main advice is do not feel like you need to pack so much for the room and laundry or even do laundry at all. I have a small £1 net bag for laundry items and thats it. My dirty laundry gets thrown in my case under the bed so I do not need a pop up hamper. Also I took a water bottle for my cruises and never used it. Also so not bother with duct tape,pot puorri and wipes etc etc as cruise ship rooms are noted for being cleaner than hotels. Also ships have towels and bar soaps so you will not need those

 

I am also a fan of the cruise document folder with confirmations and tickets etc. Electronic is good but we have all been hit by technical fails. Also kudos for the passport copy...always an essential. I also take a mini pharmacy with me as most Brit medicines come in blister packs so take no room at all.

 

The only things missing I can see is a mini roll of cellotape for our luggage tags and a mini luggage scale so we have no airport surprises.

 

Looks like you are doing fine. Have a good cruise!

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Well, that doesn't sound too bad, You can always find a porter if you need one at either end of the cruise. ENJOY your cruise !! We've done two on the Dream ! The first was out of Port Canaveral and then out of NOLA, where you'll sail down the Mississippi River (she's my wife's favorite CCL ship !) And she's a BEAUTIFUL Lady !

 

Mac

 

Thanks, Mac!

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Stay home. By the time you finish unpacking it will be time to repack and disembark.

 

Too funny-especially for these two carry on only oldies.

 

Where is the mini socket wrench set on that list? Get back to the drawing board and finish the list-complete this time.

 

Glad I amused you. I don't think I will stay home. I think I'll go on my cruise with everything I feel like bringing and I'll have a great time. I hope you have a great time bringing whatever you feel like bringing on your next cruise, too. Cheers.

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Clothes

Dinner outfits for 7 nights - You are not talking 7 different outfits?

Afternoon outfits/casual outfits for 5 days (One should be an outfit it’s ok to get muddy)

2 nice dresses - That is for evening, right? 2 dresses are fine.

2 bathing suits and 2 coverups - very good, but one cover up is enough!

underclothes - very good!

5 pairs socks - Five days of wearing sneakers? Bring only as many socks as you'll wear sneakers.

Sneakers, sandals, flipflops (closed toed shoes required for Roatan ATVexcursion) - one each, bring old sneakers that can become muddy and maybe ruined.

3 pairs pjs - 2 pairs are enough

Small hand bag - ok

Sweater - For the plane and cold areas in the ship?

4 tshirts - Aren't they part of the casual outfits?

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Post #15 finally got half the info I was looking for - Would it all fit within airline weight limits in one suitcase and one carryon per person? Secondly, is this list just for one person, or two? Remember, you have to haul this stuff around and it gets heavy...

 

This is everything for my sister and I except her clothes and toiletries. This is everything for not just the cruise, but a second week in New Orleans through Mardis Gras.

 

We use a mixture of packing cubes and other containers for segregating items in the suitcases; you have a good idea there to start; you may change your mind over several trips as to how useful they are to you.

 

I'm excited about them so far. I had to do a lot of traveling across the country this year and I've found them to be my friends. :)

It appears to us many items you will not use, even on a cruise of several weeks. (Many of those items we have never taken on a cruise) However, my DW packs our suitcases until both reach the limit - 48 pounds! (We reserve 2 pounds for potential errors in scales.) I suggest you obtain a small digital scale for weighing luggage on the return trip; somehow when repacking, everything always weighs more:(.

 

I have a lightweight digital luggage scale. That's how I know they're under the weight limits!

 

If you plan on buying souvenirs and other things on the trip, you may need to leave a few more pounds available in the suitcases.

 

Yeah, I plan to account for that. But I'm flying on Southwest, where 2 checked bags under 50 lbs per person are free. So I could even check an empty suitcase and bring it with me and be fine in terms of weight coming back.

 

A couple final suggestions: 1) if you are using two suitcases, be sure to "cross pack" - half your stuff and half your sister's stuff in each suitcase. That way if one suitcase gets lost, you both have some things! That's a really good suggestion! We're flying into NOLA from 2 different cities, but we could mix our things together that night in our hotel before we board in the morning. 2) be sure to have one complete set of clothing in your carryon, just in case both suitcases go 'elsewhere.' Check! Part of the plan! 3) take a copy of your list with you, and as you use something, mark it on the list; when you get home, look over the list to identify what you did not use; then for the next trip you can evaluate again the need for those items not used. Really sound advice. Thanks!

 

Finally, we hope you have a fantastic time on your first cruise!

Thanks so much! I really appreciate all your thoughtful feedback and kindness! Best wishes!

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