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I was reading a message board that listed things to take, and now I can't find it. There were some good ideas: Zip lock bags, duct tape, hi-lighter pens (to hi-light activities on the ship in the newsletter), collapsible water bottles, hand sanitizer, lavender oil, room fresheners, insulated cup holders...Anything else?

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I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but this site has packing lists. Just look at the menu on the left.

 

My personal addition to that list is Benedryl gel, especially if you snorkel. I've had to doctor passengers on more than one cruise with my trusty Benedryl. Some people take a night light or small flashlight, but I don't. Others with balconies sometimes take bungee cords to hold the doors open. Instead of collapsible water bottles (haven't seen that) and insulated cup holders, you could take insulated cups. I read about other people taking blenders, and we're putting one in our bag on the next cruise, so we can make our own smoothies in our cabin. We like a small, collapsible cooler to take drinks into port to ensure we have drinks we like.

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I take the post-ems notes to stick on the mirror to communicate with the room steward when I don't see him or with others in the cabin or on the outside to leave messages for others we are with.

I also use them to label the drawers and shelves with names,etc

 

I take 2 over the door clear hanging shoe bags. One for shoes on the outside of the bathroom door, one for the inside of the bathroom for misc. stuff due to limited counter & closet space.

 

Extension cord, power strip, hair dryer if you want good power, back pack, disposable & waterproof cameras, first aide kit, medicines, bonine, sunscreen and aloe vera gel, lotion, hanging cosmetic/shaving kits. I take a full size but plastic blender that is light weight and inexpensive.

 

I take some sort of inexpensive door decoration to make recognizing our door easier and use a putty to attach it.

 

The cruisediva on her site has lists, also.

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I have a small travel kit with assorted toiletries and keep a night light in it. That is handy at a hotel or on a cruise as it can be left on in the bathroom (like we do at home) and if you get up in the middle of the night you don't need to turn on the bright light. I left one once but it only cost me a couple of dollars.

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Bungee cords! Can be used to keep your balcony door open, and are really handy to hold your towel down on deck when it's windy! Also Downy Wrinkle Release, a small travel steamer, lots of plastic clothes hangers (they never give you enough, and sometimes you can't take them off the closet pole!) Also some clothes pins, handy to hang up your bathing suits or whatever if you have a clothes line in your shower. Post it notes, great to leave your room steward requests when you are leaving the room and he or she will be in to clean your room while you are gone.

I'm sure there is more but it's early and I'm not awake! Will post more as I think of them (if no one else does first!)

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I read that it is useful to identify luggage, fix luggage, tape the shower curtain to the floor so it doesn't stick to your butt when you shower, and to hem pants. I think it also makes a good lint remover if you wrap it around your hand sticky side out, and rub over the linted area.

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I love to take door dec. Remember all doors are metal on the ship, so I use magnet printer paper. Yes most places sells it.. You can custom design on your computer what you want.. In May I did a big sign that had my cruise critic names on it.. date and ship... Then I did a bunch of small cutie ones.. Like a cup of coffee, bottle of whine, waiter, Hamburger, french frys, Malt shake, all on one 8x10 and cut them out.. so they can be placed on differant areas of the door. Everyone who came by my cabin LOVED THEM.. and the last day a few of them came up missing.. That was ok with me..

You can even make special ones that read,, DO NOT ENTER ... or LATE SLEEPER TODAY.. We had about 15 people on my last cruise who used my idea ...

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Who knew the many uses for duct tape! Thanks for sharing, I'll be sure to pick up a roll before my cruise!

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A shower cap so you don't have to wash and dry your hair after a quick shower, and some antihistamines in case you have an allergic reaction to something. Also, don't forget the Tums or Rolaids in case you try a new food which doesn't agree with you!

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I like the idea about the suction hooks.:o I think they would really come in handy for hanging wet suits to dry in cabin.

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I love the idea of the magnetic paper! Never knew such a thing existed!

I'll be hitting Office Depot soon!

Tammy

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We also include a small air freshner for the bathroom...one that can be opened or closed as needed. Extension cords are a must and a power strip is a great idea.

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We brought our own hand sanitizer; one for the room and smaller size for purse. Bring a different colored highlighter for each member of your room; then you can highlight what activities you want to participate in, and others know where you are by checking your dailies!

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OH, extra hangers is an excellent idea; we brought several and I was sooo glad we did! Those clothes pins come in handy for keeping the drapes closed tightly also, if light disturbs you!

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I took a small roll of duct tape (found it at Wal Mart) and really didn't think we would use it. Ended up we did - to tape our liquor boxes before getting off the ship. We also used the power strip, flashlight, over the door shoe hanger, highlighter, extra hangers, roll of quarters (used in laundry room), extra zip lock bags, and insulated coffee cups.

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We like to bring binoculars to get a closer look when pulling in or out of port. The new spray bandaid works great for blisters, or if you have a wound and still want to snorkel in the warm water.

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Oh yeah, make sure if you have a disposable camera, use a sharpie pen and write your cabin # and/or phone #.

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My wife likes to bring one of everything in the house!!

 

I've found that the plastic over the door hooks you can find in wal-mart (very lite, small and easy to pack, come in handy for hanging up things. You hang them over doors, but they also work over valances, pictures etc. to give you a place to hang whatever.

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One thing I am never without when I go on a cruise and that is ALCOHOL WIPES.As soon as I arrive in my cabin,out come these 'little wonders' and I clean the phone,the door handles,the TV remote,the bathroom cabinet door handles...in fact anywhere that can be touched by hands.

 

Just think of all the germs left behind by the previous passengers....they could have had a roaring cough and cold or even worse!! Since I started using these alcohol wipes(which are used in hospital isolation wards)I have stopped catching colds on board.

 

As for duct tape......my large bag was damaged one time at the airport en route to my cruise and I used duct tape to do some repairs before I could use the bag again.Don't know what I would have done without it!!:eek: (don't forget to pack some scissors in your checked luggage,if you are flying!)

 

Whatever you wish to take with you,I am sure you will have a glorious time!!

 

Smooth sailing!

 

Terri;)

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i really loved having the hand gel and the alcohol wipes....clean everything you touch...use the gel ALOT. and guess what...you don't get sick :)

also i always travel with a small flashlight, a map of the area we're going to and a tiny journal to keep notes (or maybe my pda this time). and zip bags..the really large ones are great to keep inspector's paws out of your undies. take a sewing kit...2 needles, a yard or so of threads to match your clothes, cheap scissors, steam-a seam tape (great to 'save those hems') alwrapped around a small piece of cardboard. also i try to have some way of carrying my room "key" safely and not lost in the bottom of my purse somewhere...i've tried several methods...found nothing yet that is elegant and works...ideas???? anyone

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Colored duct tape to mark your luggage. Use it on the handles or side of your bags and it will be easier to spot in the airport/port.

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I have a small coiled extension cord with a double plug end that I take. The wall plug in never seems to be in the right place for what I need for my hair dryer, curling iron, camera battery charger, etc.

 

I agree with the folks who said Post-it notes, they are very handy.

 

Also, I took a plastic badge holder with a neck lanyard to keep our sail and sign cards in. It is very handy to have them around your neck, especially if your outfit doesn't happen to have a pocket! Many, many people asked me "where can I get one of those?" on my last cruise.

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And of course, from the "cruise fashions" board, duct tape can be an emergency strapless bra. (Don't ask me how I know...)

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Depending on the type of person you are and what ship you are on, you may want to bring an alarm clock. Although the ship has wake up calls, the last couple of cruises I've been on didn't have lit alarm clocks. I wake up several times a night wondering what time it is. I always had to find my watch on the bedstand.

 

I also bring preprinted address labels for friends & family to whom I plan to send postcards. And, speaking of pre-printed, I bring personal address cards with address, phone number & email address for new friends I meet on board with whom I'd like to stay in touch.

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Anniecat,

 

I don't know if this will work cuz I haven't tried it yet. BUt for my next cruise I am thinking of sewing a cloth "sleeve" for my "key card" that I can tack or safety pin down at the hem of my shirts or pants. Sometimes on board I don't carry my purse and I usually just need a place to store it until I get back to my room. If anyone else has any ideas Please share!

~van

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Anniecat,

 

I don't know if this will work cuz I haven't tried it yet. BUt for my next cruise I am thinking of sewing a cloth "sleeve" for my "key card" that I can tack or safety pin down at the hem of my shirts or pants. Sometimes on board I don't carry my purse and I usually just need a place to store it until I get back to my room. If anyone else has any ideas Please share!

~van

 

I took a plastic badge holder with a neck lanyard to keep our sail and sign cards in. It is very handy to have them around your neck, especially if your outfit doesn't happen to have a pocket! Many, many people asked me "where can I get one of those?" on my last cruise. I got the badge holder from Office Depot. I'm sure there are smaller packages somewhere, but this is what I mean Then you just use a neck lanyard to wear it around your neck, or clip it to your clothes.

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What a completely perfect idea! I had to replace my card a few times in the past because I hate to carry a purse everywhere, and I would lose the card. When I didn't have a pocket I'd always have my husband carry mine. Of course that didn't work if we were in different places.

Thanks for the link, that's going on my list!

Happy Sailing!!

Romy

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Always bring a travel size can of Lysol spray!! You can buy the small ones at travel stops along an interstate or major highway.

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I was in a Deals Dollar store this weekend looking for some of the items listed on the sites as "must take alongs" They do have small rolls of duct tape for a dollar and they had them in several different colors. Didn't find the shoe bags which is what i was looking for. So will be trying a few other stores in the next few weeks.

Thanks to all of you for all the great suggestions. I will be going on my second criuse in Dec, and will be talking a lot of the stuff posted.

I don't know about the Wal-Marts where you all live, but the ones here have the little Purell sanitizer bottles in the isle with the travel size stuff. These bottles have a little spandex cover on them with a little clip on it. You can clip it to a belt loop, your beach bag, camera bag, fanny pack, very handy. I have been using them this summer and will be bringing a long sevral for the cruise, what a handy idea.

 

Cruising the Carnival Conquest Dec 05, 2004

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I always take a little bottle Woolite to wash out my swimsuits each day - it's also a nice thing to have just in case you spill something on your shirt or pants at dinner and don't want to pay to have it cleaned by the cruiseline. :)

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- Benadryl for allergic reactions

- Lomotil for Aztec two-step

- Duct tape

- ZipLok bags (I keep my digital camera in one to prevent condensation on and in it when going outside)

- Little hand-held battery fan (they REALLY come in handy during muster drill)

- Post-it notes

- Suction hooks

- Clothesline and wooden clothespins (if we have a balcony)

- Wine

- Business cards we've printed with our names and email address (to give to new friends)

- Witz box to keep money, boarding pass, credit card, etc. in while ashore

- Smallest Swiss Army Knife

- Pre-addressed postcard labels and return address labels

- Small plastic basket (really helps organize if there's no vanity drawer)

- Paperback books

- Small mini maglite

- Small travel alarm clock

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