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5 minutes ago, CA_Cruzing said:

Time to up your game. Life is short. Take more vacations. Choose better friends. 


However, I hope they don’t add “balcony” to the description. That’d be a huge game changer for Balcony Club members. 

Dang all you balcony people.  Inside rooms suck compared to them I hear 😆 

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5 minutes ago, Mommawo said:

😂 um didn’t even see that until you posted. I must be in the wrong circle of friends.  

And clearly I’ve been doing yard work all wrong!

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1 minute ago, NauticalNeophyte said:

And clearly I’ve been doing yard work all wrong!

Me too!!!!

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Here goes... I have done 67 cruises, with another 8 booked for this year.   My list never changes,  except depending upon the particular cruise i may not need certain things ( ie waterproof camera in Europe,  would take my large Nikon)





Puff ball





Face Cream Day

Face Cream Night

Root lift

Heat protector

Hair spray



Hair ties

Make up


Oil hair


Root cover

Static guard

Face wipes






Mini safe

Suntan lotion 60  Oil 15

Small Fan

Reading glasses (2)

Purse elegant night

Purse around ship

Beach bag and or


Deodorizer for room

Downey wrinkle releaser

Outlet with usb

European Outlet 

Go Pro

Camera charger and extra battery 


Surface and mouse

Surface charger

Fit bit charger

Phone charger




Magnetic Hooks walls

Nail clippers/scissors set


Luggage tags



Jewelry Holder





Masks for breathing

Cloth Hamper

Rain capes

AA battery

Extendable hangers

Tide stick

Wine opener

Toner mini bottle

Dye ( depending how long im going)

Brush for dye

Gloves dye

Pins dye

One use Laundry Detergent

Pack Bounce with clothes then use if needed


Small travel shampoo etc so dont have to unpack toiletries  in hotel

Small brush for purse

Wine bag

Small sewing kit

Water shoes

GPS if staying extra days ( Galveston example)

Camera large if special trip

Labels for cabin crawl and poker run sheets if organizing

Inflatable noodle

Earplugs depending on who with

Just a drop

Body spray

Cleaner and Toner

Pads for above

Nail polish and remover

Eye drops

Make up brushes 

Bubba Cup



Priority pass


Amex for lounge entry




Papers and docs

Passport holder


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I take a pop up hamper to keep dirty clothes separate from clean ones.


A collapsible 'bin' (like the square ones you put in the cubical shelves) is nice to sit on the counter for random stuff & folds completely flat to put in your luggage.


We usually travel in 2 cabins - our teenage/college kids in the other. I make a daily schedule and tape it to our mirrors. For example: It will say Tuesday - Grand Turk - Ready to go ashore at 9:00 - take your spending money, water camera,  & specific things needed for an excursion. Dinner: Elegant night.  They go to bed & get up at different times than we do. They can refer to the schedule and know when they're suppose to be ready , what to bring, etc.


Flat tote bag of some sort (Vera Bradley, beach bag, etc) and put it in the bottom of the main suitcase & pack on top of it. It's great if I need extra packing space to bring home souveniers. They usually count as a personal item when carrying on a plane.

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These are all great suggestions, and I thank you all for your help! I added some before we headed out. 


We just got off the Triumph, and the rooms have all been redone. We had an interior. The bathroom counter was much larger, with shelves on the sides. Lots of storage there. But the redesign of the closet and desk space left us with no drawers or shelves. There is a (VERY) small fridge where drawers used to be, and only hanging space in the closets. 


One thing I will add to my list is a door decoration! There were many cute ones, and they helped us find our room!


Happy Cruising, all!

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An all usb power cube. Six outlets, no more sharing the a/c adapters.

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On 2/13/2019 at 10:53 AM, bbtbear said:

I'm with you there. With soap, too. Very sensitive skin. 🙂

Same here. Bring my own shampoo, conditioner, and soap. It seems the slightest change in my usual products cause me to break out in a rash. 😬

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On 2/13/2019 at 9:47 AM, NauticalNeophyte said:

I have learned to bring these washcloths on my next cruise.  A hot Caribbean day, sunscreen and deet are not a good mix.  With these you can wipe the stickiness off during your excursions, clean hands, faces, tables, etc.  Pair it with a travel stick of deodorant and you’re good to go for hours. 


Also packing cubes made life much simpler.  No need to unpack underwear or pajamas, just slide them in the drawers.  And they took up less space in my suitcase.  I also have the travel toiletry bag by the same compay. I liked that it could hang in the bathroom.  A hanging jewelry organizer was also nice for all the small items.  


A lightweight throw is nice to have on windy sea days.  







Are these similar to baby wipes?


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I second the packing cubes! We started using them after the military moved us overseas and we knew we'd be living out of hotels for a few weeks-they are a game changer!! Especially for me packing three kids, so much easier to put the cubes in the drawers when we get to our room than try to arrange everyone's clothes!

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9 hours ago, DANCING GRANDMOMMY said:

Are these similar to baby wipes?


Yes. They’re made for adult incontinence, so they’re about twice the size of a baby wipe, and don’t leave a sticky residue.  They smell clean but not babyish. 

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