A must have in my case is a pretty warm sweater. In the casino and the public area's it was cold!!!! I saw people with towels around them and others, well you could just tell they were freezing. I would of had a lot better time if I had brought warmer outfits for the inside of the ship. I understand why the bungee cords are brought now. I didn't quite figure it out until I read about the balcony doors. They are awfully hard too open. Had fun other than that.
one of the best things we read on the message boards was to purchase a shoe bag for toiletries in the bathroom......we bought one right before we left and it was well worth it.....there isn't much counter space and hanging this on the towel rack was great.....everything had a place and was within reach.
Someone asked why a bungee cord for the balcony. The balcony doors are automatically closing doors, so if you want to leave your doors open for fresh ocean air (ahhh, LOVED sleeping with the doors open!!!), bring a bungee cord or two.
Jim West's "Essential Little Cruise Book" was a fun read, wasn't it? I read it before I ever cruised and think I'll re-read it to see how it strikes me now.
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2. tons of $5's and $1's for tipping on the excursions
3. Use the wake up phone service, forget the alarm clock
4. Sunscreen, underwater camera, motrin and ANTI NAUSEA meds
5. Back pack or BIG tote bag for excursions
6. for the kids, we bought neck chains (look like shoe laces with a clip) at home and brought a hole puncher with for them to carry the room card.
7. Bring snackies, no chippies or cheetos on the menu and the gift shop is $$$$
8. If you plan on doing laundry, bring quarters so you don't have to stand in line at the purses desk and BRINK your detergent and softner with you in small containers.
9. LOTION... your aligator skin will thank you!
Don't bring and shoes that will slide on a slippery surface. There is marble, hard wood and what not... saw many women slipping on INSIDE surfaces due to the many different transitions. Hangers are a must though!
Carnival has irons.
Use wake up calls instead of alarm clock
sweater is a deff for me
backpack for excusions
BONINE for seasickness - Dramamine doesn't work well at all for me and you can get
it free at the pursers desk if you need it. Bonine is what they used to give out free
and dont' any more. They are great!
Cold MEdication - I ended up spending an hour looking for it in Caymans and had to
spend $17 for Dayquill. I bring all types of over the counter pills in a pill case just in
Palmolive to clean glasses and souveniers glasses to put other stuff in them
Suction cups with hooks - large to hang bathing suits in main roo to dry over night as it
is too humid for them to dry in the bathroom
Flashlight - small (just in case)
Sewing kit - travel size
Magnets to hold shower curtain in place
Snorkel case for money and cruise id cards
I like the idea of the magnets to hold shower curtain in place......as one day on my recent cruise, I wound up mopping up an inch deep of water on the floor with my towels from the shower curtain not being in place unbeknownst to me. Joy oh joy!
I found out that power strip was needed by us.....no curling iron here, no chargers......really did well without one. Used one of the round metal brushes to curl my hair while I dried it with the ship's hair drier installed already.
No shoe hanger needed either.....plenty of shelf and cabinet space on the Conquest in the bathrooms.
No need for alarm clock....this ship had wake-up service and also ship's time on t.v. channel.
It was a wonderful experience! Just know that I AM going to take half of the clothes I took the last time.
Jeez, some of you people act as if you are packing for a lifetime away from home!!! I also read the Essential Little Cruise Book, and one thing he made perfectly clear...DONT OVERPACK!!!!!!!!!!!! No need for extension cords, highlighters, and other weird stuff you would never bring on vacation. The only thing you will need...extra medication. It is very expensive on the boat. Thats it...and a good attitude, as others have wrote. Be paitent, no everything will go 100% smoothly, and just have a good outlook on things. Don't worry about packing a million little things you MAY need...
I agree with a lot of you, we've never packed a power strip and didn't miss it - and yes we have a camcorder, hairdryer, shaver, etc. - if I use my hairdryer, I plug it in for 5 minutes, use it, then unplug it and plug the other thing back into the outlet, never packed an over the door shoe hanger and didn't need it, plenty of spaces for your things without it, never packed an alarm clock - just leave wake up call, can't imagine why you'd need a flashlight, etc., etc. If you brought everything people suggest - you'd need an entire suitcase just for those things. We bring sea-sick meds, baggies, our clothes and our enthusiam. Remember you aren't going to be in a uncivilized desert - there are stores where you'll be going. I do, however, bring a very small cosmetic bag with aspirin, a few bandaids, small bottle of eye glass cleaner, a few Imodium tablets, maybe a small scissors (packed in the luggage ofcourse), that's about it. Please keep it light - no need to weigh yourself down with all that extra weight.
I like to bring binoculars, especially if you have a balcony room. We've seen lava flows, whales, & dophins and many other interesting things. Someone suggested to me to bring ziplock baggies. 1. Bring cookies and muffins back to room for excursions. 2. We would put a fresh WET wash cloth in one and enjoyed every minute of it especially on a hot day. So refreshing. Others were jealous but did the same the next excursion. Dry cleaner hangers, leave there at end of week, making more room for souvenirs.
I don't like the idea of a power strip but do take a 2 - 6 ft extention cord with multi plugins. You can roll it up and stick it in a shoe, lighter and less bulky.
Some great ideas here!We never leave home without air freshener for the bathroom,wet wipes to go in the backpack,travel alarm,and a bag for dirty laundry.Never have brought a power strip or highliter.Bad enough we overpack always..you would think we would have learned by now...Oh,hubby usually brings a ball cap ,as he does not like the sun...lots of "fluff" magazines for me and my CD player with headphones...
I want my alarm clock because sure there are wakeup calls, but what if you wake up at 3 am, how would you know its 3 am without turning on the TV and waking others up. illuminated clock, and how much space does it actually take up? Not that much.
Not thinking there would me anything to do.....SROTFL....We packed hand-held electronic games, books, CD's, etc., well the first day we packed them into a draw...and that is where they stayed. Now some of you probably like sitting out in a lounge chair...if you can find one that hasn't been saved (oops that's another thread) reading a book, listening to your favorite CD and catching some rays....we did it as well. But with all of the other things to do. Dorothy our highlighter ran out of ink!
Gentlemen, please take this as a "Public Service Announcement"....if you forget your razor, please, please, do not use the womans razor that is in the bathroom. I think that I am still bleeding from all of the nicks. And as "Murphy's Law" would have it I did it on the first formal night....well no pictures were taken that night. Bought one in Key West.