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mteague January 17th, 2007 09:33 AM

Updated Packing List
Okay, I think I've added everything anyone mentioned. Have a look and let me know if I've missed anything. We need to have everything ready for our next meeting. Thanks for your help!

I'm planning a trip for a large is my list so far. Thanks for all of your suggestions, I've added them to the list!


I’m sure everyone knows they must pack clothes, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and makeup), shoes, formal wear, travel documents, money and credit cards. Here are a few items you might need that you may not have thought about.

Name and phone number of your primary care physician
Health Insurance information
Medical history (if traveling alone or without someone familiar with your history)
Dramamine or equivalent for seasickness
Tylenol or Advil
Emetrol or nausea medicine

Any prescription medicine (syringes, sharps container and swabs if needed)
Any medical equipment you use (glasses, blood pressure and sugar monitors)
Swimmer's Ear Drops
Condoms (for the consenting, single, of age adults!)
Midol or equivalent

Feminine products
Aloe Vera gel with lidocaine (sunburn)
Sun screen
Neosporin ointment

Lip balm
Hand sanitizer
Hand lotion

Evian Spray Mineral Water (great for dry skin)
Contact lens cleaning solutions, etc.
Cotton swabs
Ace bandage
foot powder
benedryl, cough med
bug spray –DEET (for jungle, ruins)
anti itch for bug bites

Cleaning Stuff
Wrinkle releaser
Tide pen
Shout wipes
Detergent (if you are going to wash clothes on the ship)
Spray starch (if you need to iron on the ship…call your room steward, not me, if you need help)
Baby wipes
Febreze or air freshener

Clothing and Accessories
Fanny pack
Beach bag
Sweater or jacket (it gets cool in the dining room)

Water shoes
Extra glasses (in case you lose the first pair)
Socks or slippers (don’t walk barefoot on the dirty floors!)

Night light
Highlighter (highlight to do activities on the Capers)
Pen & Post-it Notes (to leave messages)
Door Decoration (to easily locate your room)

Camera and/or camcorder
Waterproof camera for excursions
Battery charger for phone and camera
Walkie-talkies and batteries
I Pod and/or laptop if you need it
Power strip for all those electrical things

Extra film, cassettes, memory cards and batteries
Sewing kit
Duck tape
Clothes pins (to weigh the shower curtain down)
Blow dryer (if you need more than one or a high setting)

Insulated cup to bring by the pool
1’s & 5’s for room service tips and lockers onshore
Fish license holder
Cheap beach towels
Snacks for the room
Bottled water
Can drinks

Bungee cord to hold a balcony door open
Copies of travel documents

Large and small ziploc bags
Favorite bath soap
Over the door or shower folding caddy for all the junk
Curling Iron, curlers and/or straightener

Hairbrush, clips and ponytail holders
YOUR pillow if you have to have it
empty duffle bag for dirty clothes or souvenirs
manicure kit
business cards
address labels preprinted for postcards + return address labels
email contact list
lanyard (if you want room key punched for around neck)
small set binoculars (especially for balcony cabins-love people watching)
playing cards
suduko puzzle book
cable ties for locking suitcase & clippers for them
insulated water bottle/ can cooler covers /foldable cooler (great for beach)
a stiff folder to pack post cards and ship photos in

Before you think I'm a packrat weirdo....the items in red are the ones I didn't bring on my last cruise!

Gail F January 17th, 2007 09:55 AM

Awesome list, but instead of the duffle bag for dirty laundry, I use of those pop up hampers, they take up no room in your luggage, you do not have to carry it separatly and it airs out your dirty laundry, so the suitcase they sit in for a week, does not smell.

Floridanamaw January 17th, 2007 10:28 AM

Jeez, if I packed all of that I would need 3 suitcases instead of the one I used last time. I did take the power strip, never used it, I took the alarm clock, never used it. I took several things that were suggested, but never used them. Do you really use all of those things?

mteague January 17th, 2007 11:38 AM

If I had packed all of it, my husband probably would have left the suitcase on the floor like he did last time. Since this is a group cruise, I'm probably going to assign items to certain people. However, I think I can fit all of that in a carryon bag.....any takers?

I'll post pics after I'm done.

msblackjack January 17th, 2007 11:42 AM

:shock: all that stuff - isn't it a vacation --- haha, I thought I was terrible about packing too much stuff :wink:

mteague January 17th, 2007 12:48 PM

It's a suggested packing don't have to pack all of it, just what you think you might need....but I might NEED it! Anyway I edited the list to show what I didn't pack on my last cruise....and I edited this post to reflect my original thoughts. The first post didn't read like I wanted and it seemed like I slammed Ms. Blackjack.........So sorry!


msblackjack January 17th, 2007 07:33 PM

mstill: you didn't slam me- or offend me in any way, I was trying to be humorous; just was saying lighten up and enjoy the vacation because the most important thing to take is yourself.... :D besides I got very thick skin - as you know, I am a member of the HOney I'm Home group thread and ya know you gotta have thick skin for that...... :wink:

so here's to you and happy packing.....

Ro January 17th, 2007 10:14 PM

You pack exactly like me. When I didn't take those items I ended up needing them so I end up packing all the little things I might need and my list looks just like yours so your not alone in taking it all.

cherylroy January 17th, 2007 10:32 PM

I even pack enough detergent for the week and quarters so I can wash on the sea day before coming home - come home to clean clothes. You can bring it - and dont' worry about bringing the bottle back (not big bottle).

mteague January 18th, 2007 06:01 PM

Yeah Ms. Blackjack I've been reading the Honey I'm Home's scary stuff. I'll be a lurker. However, some fools might think y'all actually send all those pics and stuff!

msblackjack January 18th, 2007 07:13 PM

yeah you can't take things tooo seriously on that thread.....

honeywell January 20th, 2007 07:32 PM

Just curious (and smiling!) - why "vinegar" listed under medication? What do you use it for?

mteague January 22nd, 2007 08:04 PM

I've been told it's great for jellyfish stings, sunburn and some people actually put it on their french fries (I'm not sure what that is about...we use ketchup).

msblackjack January 22nd, 2007 11:38 PM


Originally Posted by mstill
I've been told it's great for jellyfish stings, sunburn and some people actually put it on their french fries (I'm not sure what that is about...we use ketchup).

Friskie Fries are great w/vinegar. Perhaps the Vinegar is to wash your oceanview window :wink:
It is great for getting chlorine and saltwater out of your hair :!:

mteague January 23rd, 2007 08:54 AM

Friskie fries???? Help, what are friskie fries? I live in Louisiana and we will eat just about anything down here, so please tell, we might need to make some! I guess we need to include that new book on the packing list....1000 uses for vinegar!

That reminds me of my friend from Michigan who came to visit! First of all she arrived on a sultry August night......totally unprepared for a nice summer day in Louisiana! I thought she would die each time she walked outside. I made jambalaya for dinner. She looked in the pot and said...I don't think I can eat that! I shrugged, said okay...there's the frig. She saw the grandchildren eating the jambalaya and figured if kids ate it, it might be worth a try. She loved it. The same thing happened at every meal. She now likes gumbo, sauce picante (I didn't have the heart to tell her it was alligator! Told her it was chicken!), grillades and grits, etouffee, crawfish bisque, etc. The hardest thing for her was boiled crawfish. She hated getting her hands messy and couldn't believe we ate off of newspaper. Never could get her to suck the heads! She has since moved back to the frozen Nawth and I miss her so much!

coolcruiser January 23rd, 2007 09:39 AM

I love the list!! There is always something else to bring. I am for sure going to bring a multiple power plug.

MarySB January 24th, 2007 01:17 PM

What about some clothes?...I always like to pack shorts, t-shirts, capris, a formal outfit, PJ's, that sort of thing LOL

honeywell January 24th, 2007 02:11 PM


Originally Posted by mstill
I've been told it's great for jellyfish stings, sunburn and some people actually put it on their french fries (I'm not sure what that is about...we use ketchup).

As a Florida native, I can tell you first hand that the one thing that treats jellyfish stings immediately (and better than vinegar) is urine! :mrgreen: Don't know how it would be on frisky fries...

mteague January 24th, 2007 08:40 PM

Now that just doesn't sound right! :shock:

buffetfan2004 January 29th, 2007 12:51 PM

packing list items to add if you wish
again what you pack is up to you..
-address labels preprinted for postcards + return address labels
-email contact list
-lanyard (if you want room key punched for around neck)
-small set binoculars (especially for balcony cabins-love people watching)
-playing cards
-suduko puzzle book
-cable ties for locking suitcase & clippers for them
-insulated water bottle/ can cooler covers /foldable cooler (great for beach)
- a stiff folder to pack post cards and ship photos in
-benedryl, cough med
-bug spray –DEET (for jungle, ruins)
-anti itch for bug bites

mteague January 29th, 2007 01:01 PM

Okay Buffetfan..........I've added your stuff to the list! LOL

Pretty soon, I'll need another cabin for my junk! :D

As far as the clothes question from another cruisemate....I'm assuming the little critters will remember to pack clothing...I tried to remind them at the top of the list, but who knows! :)


buffetfan2004 January 29th, 2007 02:09 PM

thanks for updated list..
I didn't put this item on list, but thought you'd enjoy the laugh-- I brought a bottle of Hershey's syrup for ice cream! A girl needs her chocolate.

buffetfan (as in Jimmy Buffet) ~ Suzy

mteague January 29th, 2007 03:10 PM


I knew what kind of fan you were! And yes, chocolate is a great idea! On our last cruise I missed the midnight chocolate buffet and I could just throw a fit about it, but it wouldn't help! I wonder if they still have those? HMMMM?


buffetfan2004 January 29th, 2007 04:44 PM

Choc buffet is a lunch theme - usually last day
On our last two cruises the lunch theme of the day was noted carnival Capers, usually last day was chocolate.
fondue- fruit, cake, marshmallows, bon bons etc. very rich but delightful.

For us the night before was Grand Gala Buffet also (not choc theme though)
p.s. glad you knew my screen name so many think eating buffet since it is on a cruise board. Maybe I should change avatar by name to a parrot or something.

mteague January 29th, 2007 04:51 PM

A parrot or Margaritaville sign! Then everyone will know!


mteague May 16th, 2007 10:05 PM

Before Brian flames me....let him know you were asking for this list!



Lou 123 May 16th, 2007 10:36 PM

Are you leaving your furniture at home?

mehawk May 17th, 2007 04:54 AM

You forgot to stick me in there somewhere. LOL

Lou 123 May 17th, 2007 06:48 AM


Originally Posted by mehawk
You forgot to stick me in there somewhere. LOL

If you take Mehawk can I also go? We won't be a problem! LOL

linuxpm May 17th, 2007 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by mstill
Before Brian flames me....let him know you were asking for this list!



I'm not a flamer. I am going to cut and paste this right next to Michelle's list.

On most trips I usually throw together a suitcase a hour before I go.


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