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Old February 10th, 2002, 11:19 AM
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I am taking my first cruise on the 3/3/2002 Paradise to the eastern Caribbean. I fly down to Miami from Denver the night before. I am developing a packing list and I would like your input to see if I am forgetting anything. Items marked with * are going in my carry-on. If they are marked with a #, they are in a ditty-bag that I am putting in the checked luggage (I would carry it on, but post 9/11 security might not like some of the items)

7 casual short-sleeved shirts (1*)
2 t-shirts (swimsuit cover up)
1 dress short-sleeved shirt
2 dress long-sleeved shirts
8 pair pants (1*)
2 swimsuits
7 pair casual socks (1*)
3 pair dress socks
3 ties
1 belt (wearing other belt)
1 business suit (formal night wear)
1 pair casual shoes* (wearing dress shoes)
1 pair flip-flops (sandals)
2 guidebooks*
1 Tom Clancy novel (I like him)*
address book*
passport*
Cruise documents*
toothpaste #
toothbrush #
mouthwash #
shaving cream #
razor #
nail clippers #
cologne #
soap #
shampoo #
sunscreen #
aloe vera spray (for sunburns) #
extra suitcase for souvineers
4 disposable cameras (2 underwater, 1*)

I would love your thoughts or tips on anything you found useful (like if a money belt a good idea).
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Old February 10th, 2002, 11:35 AM
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Almost forgot...

8 sets under-shirt/briefs (1*)
1 map of Caribbean* (just a quirk with me)
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Pretty good list there, Tom. Are you sure you're a first-time cruiser?

I don't see any shorts, though. Unless you are including them under "pants". You could probably cut that in half and use the ship's laundry.

I'd lose the undershirts unless you are totally devoted to them.

Toss in a light cotton sweater in case of a chilly night and a cheap plastic poncho in case of rain. An umbrella isn't a bad idea, either (makes sure it doesn't rain.)

You might want to include some OTC meds such as an anti-acid and potions for lower GI disorders such as Immodium (one problem) and Milk of Magnesia (other problem). Also aspirin (yet another problem) Because of the A/C and smoke, I always take Visine along. Red does not go well with my green eyes. And (blushing) it's not a bad idea to take along some Prep H.

If you wear glasses or contacts, take a second set. If you take prescription meds, take copies of your scrips. Also take copies of your passport, driver's license, and anything else of that nature.

Include some pocket packs of tissues ... you never know when there won't be any TP in the local restroom. (More important for the girls than the guys.)

Also, some snackish foods ... a couple of cans of peanuts or whatever.

And don't forget the zip-top bags. Oh, and money.

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Old February 10th, 2002, 12:39 PM
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Tom,

Congrats on being so organized! I am the same way!

Here are the 6 things I would add to the list (which help so much ... going on my sixth cruise Feb 23rd)

* Travel clock!!! I drove my partner crazy the first cruise asking what time was it. Also a wristwatch for when you're on shore.

* Can of air freshner. Except on balconies, there is really no fresh air in the room, except a/c. It takes away any closed-up smell, etc.

* Bonine (I swear by it!), Nyquil or any other cold medicine -- I use it to sleep.

* Eye drops. You're up later and get up early, so these are indispensible to look fresh.

* Highlighter pen -- it's great for highlighting the newsletter of things you want to do during the day and evening.

* Sunglasses and a hat (I bring a baseball one)

And, if you don't mind me saying so, you need to cut back on the clothes. I am assuming you are going on a 7-nighter (which is the what we set sail on Feb 23rd). For that long of itinerary, cut back the pants to 3 pairs for dinner and one suit. Then switch 'em back and forth over the trip. I usually bring a pair of dark gray/black slacks, a pair of light gray slacks and a dark green pair. These are easy to mix with other shirts. You could cut it back to just two pairs of slacks, if you want. Also, I can wear the same pair of black shoes with all of 'em.

And I don't see any shorts on your list. That's all I -- and most everyone else -- wears during the day. A light coat also comes in handy if it's a little chilly (but don't know if you would need that in the Caribbean)

If it helps the clothes planning, I type out a day-by-day list. That way I know what to mix and match so I don't appear in the same pants or shirt two days in a row. Also, once you get on board, you don't think any more.

I would also strongly suggest Pamela's tip of having the clothes dry cleaned and put in separate bags. It totally eliminates any wrinkles.

Oh, and as an FYI, unless you're picky, they have soap, shampoo and razors on Carnival ships.

Hope this helps,
Harry Martin
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Old February 10th, 2002, 12:42 PM
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Pam, on the Prep H. It's to cut down on those pesky crow's feet, huh?

:-)

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Old February 10th, 2002, 03:38 PM
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Just a few additions that we find handy! Back of the door shoe organizer to hold stuff! Bright colored Duct tape for taping the curtin closed, or for any repairs needed from clothing hems to luggage identification, to broken zippers on bags, etc.. Clothes pins for the bottom of the shower curtin so it won't wrap itself around you during your shower.
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Old February 10th, 2002, 04:58 PM
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I'd put 2 or more pair of underwear in your carryon...last summer we sailed right after Tropical Storm Allison, missed the Saturday sailing, caught up on Day 2 in Nassau...but didn't get our luggage til Wednesday afternoon (Day 5 of 7)! (We got shipboard credit and made due with purchased shirts and shorts, but they don't carry a large selection of underwear! )

As Pamda mentioned, bring Ziplocks, 2-3 quart size, 2 gallon size and 1, 2 gallon size (for wet shoes on the trip home). You can also use them for carrying snacks during the day ashore.

A mini first aid kit is good too...bandaids, neosporin ointment, benedryl, pepto, tylenol, Q-tips...whatever you can think of.

Also, it's nice to bring your own snorkling equip. if you have it.

If you're traveling with kids, a set of walkie talkies is handy.

Have fun!

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Old February 10th, 2002, 05:24 PM
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Undershirts are handy in the Caribbean to keep your shirts a little fresher. That's where I learned to wear them.

Thought you had your own solutions for shorts.
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Old February 10th, 2002, 05:35 PM
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Hi Tom,
I also like to include a small flashlight, you would be amazed how they come in handy, also some body lotion. Think your list is pretty complete, nice job!

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Old February 10th, 2002, 06:49 PM
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Hello Tom,
I would also bring deodorant and a small sewing kit.And an extra hat incase the one you have flies off your head.
Take care,
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Old February 10th, 2002, 07:51 PM
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Thank you all for your advise. I found it quite helpful.

Some of you noticed that I did not list shorts. This is intentional. I am extremely fair skinned and burn very easily. Therefore, I wear long pants to protect my legs. (stock tip-buy Levi-Strauss. As long as they make Dockers, I will keep them very profitable)

I am composing a list on Word and will be using that as my packing checklist. I am organizing it into "pack day before" and "pack day of" parts. Oviously, the "pack day of" list will be shorter.

(Note to SEC. The "Stock tip" above was for entertainment pourposes only. If anyone takes it and loses money, they probabilly deserved it.)
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Old February 10th, 2002, 09:20 PM
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Tom, it's Plug Time!

On my first cruise -- and the 5 others since then in the past year-and-a-half -- I swear by Pam's book "Cruise Control." (She was pamda on your messages)

Order it through Amazon before you leave. It was the best one I read before our first jaunt,

It's easy to read and has *everything* one needs to know before they first step foot on a ship. (Other than my air freshner tip :-) ... add that in a revise Pam. :-)

Honest Tom, I still refer to it time and time again before a trip, and Amazon will have it to your door in 3 days or so.

You'll be happy you did ... or you can just email Pam directly from the list ... she would be able to get you one even quicker.

Harry
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Old February 10th, 2002, 09:31 PM
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I already bought the book. It is quite helpful, and funny, too.
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Old February 11th, 2002, 12:24 PM
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TomS,

You didn't mention walking shoes on your list unless you will ve using the casual shoes for shore excursions and other longer walking periods.

I take one pair of dress shoes, one pair of casual walking shoes like Timberline Deck shoes to walk around the ship most of the time and one pair of Walking Sneakers like New Balance, Reboks etc.

The last pair is very necessary for a lot of walking. Casual shoes may be OK as long as they give you adequate arch support. I found the sneakers the most valuable since they have shoe laces which hold the sneeker tightly to the foot. This is important if you will be walking over rocks or loose gravel. The high over-the -ankle support of Sneekers will reduce your foot twisting and spraining your ancle. I have found many Caribbean islands have very uneven sidewalks that are hazzardous to walk on.

I hit the sidewalk face-first in Barbados when I stepped on an uneven sidewalk-joint. I didn't sprain my ankle, but skinned my knee up a bit. The sneeker held my ankle from twisting over too far and causing a sprain. Enjoy your cruise.
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Old February 11th, 2002, 07:03 PM
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I consider "casual shoes" to be walking shoes. They are quite good for walking and are surprisingly dourable. They also provide good support. As for the dress shoes, I will be wearing them down. I usually like to dress up (a little) when flying. By this I mean a short-sleeved dress shirt, a tie, and slacks. I think I get better service that way.
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Old February 11th, 2002, 11:15 PM
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The list is great. I liked Donna's sugestion about the mini-light. 1 thing we found great on our last cruise was a water-proof pouch great for all kinds of water fun excursions. Rix
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Old February 16th, 2002, 08:54 PM
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Hi!
I just thought I would let you know that it might be a good idea to make a photo copy of the page in your passport that has your info.
Make a copy for someone at home to keep & one copy for your in-room safe. Keep the original on you. This way, you at least have copies to replace it if it is stolen!
Good Luck!
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Old February 16th, 2002, 09:06 PM
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A couple of things. If you burn easily, head to the tanning beds. Yes, you burn the first time or two, but, it is so worth it! My husband & I don't want to go looking like Mr & Mrs Casper, so, we have been going for about a week. OUCHYYY! But, after the first session, we don't hurt anymore!
Also, a great item that takes up NO room whatsoever-those little flat night lights! They have a greenish light & aren't blinding. Soothing to the eyes. They come 2 in a pack at Wal-Mart for about $3.96. AND-you can use them when you get home! See-cost effective!
I have found some great ideas on here! AND-a few laughs!!!
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I've just got to add one thing. I think you should use Excel, instead of Word for your list. ,
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I came in late to this, but does anyone bring their own pillow? I take it wherever I go. It's down, so I squish it in my carry on and use it on the plane as well. Makes sleeping anywhere but home a lot more comfortable.
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