This is a list I've compiled based mostly on suggestions from this board and partly from my past cruise experience:
(in no particular order)
over the door shoe bag (or similar) to organize small items in cabin...not a lot of desktop space
battery operated fan (for the noise)
small power strip (for battery charges, etc. - only one outlet in main cabin area plus the one in the bathroom)
ziplock bags of various sizes
highlighters (to highlight capers)
air freshener (if you want to ENSURE your cabin smells good; it probably will anyway but you don't know for sure till its too late to go buy air fresh)
stain stick, etc.
night light (unless darkness in cabin is preferred)
lanyards for S&S Card, fountain card, etc. (they are avail on ship too for a fee)
batteries and rechargers
earplugs (in case the shows are loud for you)
laundry sundries (if you plan to do any laundry)
travel wallet (like one that hangs around the neck)
clothespins (for wet line and to weigh down shower curtain)
post-it-notes (leave notes for family members and cabin steward on mirror, etc.)
mug with lid for drinks on "deck days"
medical insurance card (I.C.E.)
compact umbrella for port days (if travelling to carib. etc.)
old credit card for safe
All just possibilities...wouldn't apply to everyone.
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for clothing, it's recommended to bring things that you can mix and match so you can bring less. For example, I'm going with my son on a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas on July 29th and with a hotel night before and after that means 6 days of clothing. I'm bringing 3 pairs of shorts and 4 tank tops to mix and match for the days, and 2 pairs of nice capri pants and 2 nice camisole tops to mix and match for the nights. I can do laundry in the sink and let things hang overnight. Nothing dressy on this trip! I'll be wearing sneakers and bringing nice white flat sandals for evenings and flop flops for hanging around on sea day. We are only travelling (flying from Chicago) with 2 carry on bags and my purse. No matter how dressy you get, just pick 1-2 color themes and bring things that will match up with each other. Nothing wrong with wearing the same thing twice or even 3 times on a cruise. Who cares and who cares IF someone else cares? Not me!
Forgot to pack a sun visor so I ended up buying one.... I don't like burning my nose.
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