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one thing I love to bring with me is a pop up hamper, it sits in the closet for all your dirty laundry, so it does not get smelly, in a bag and it takes no room in your luggage, then I carry it to the laundry room, on the last day, and come home with all clean stuff. It works well for me.
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Just wondering if you ever did leave your ID behind. Is there ANYTHING they can do to let you on. Call somebody or something. That freaks me out because I have a lot of crazy stuff going on when we are getting ready to leave and can so see me doing something like that.
I'm so paranoid about leaving the passports, driver's licenses, credit cards and cruise documents behind that I check to make sure I have them right before I walk out the door and then again once I'm in the shuttle van to the airport. I keep the passports & cruise documents on me. I make my DH & DS check twice for their license/school ID. Then I check again while at the airport...just in case and maybe once on the plane. We also do a luggage count before we leave, after we get off the shuttle van to the airport and again at the airport luggage claim. Don't want to leave anything behind for the cruise.

I have horrible nightmares about this each and every time we cruise.
That's what I'm talking about
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all of the above and walkies are invaluable with families and groups. There were six of us in May and the walkies (that a lot of the group thought was ridiculous and wouldn't be needed) turned out to be invaluable. These are even good for couples if someone goes back to the room or another location on the ship.... The other thing, for married couples, remember that you are just that... married. We had a nasty incident with a couple in our hallway in May.
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In response to Hotmama's post - I can't wait until when I go crusing all I have to take is my swimsuit, sunscreen and my casual things. Please email me when you're doing this and I'm sure I can get a few people to do this.

To the initial poster: don't worry about shampoo, soap and toothpaste unless you're finnicky. They have sample sizes of just about everything. However, I do recommend you take a hair dryer if you're like me and need a powerful one to get your hair dry.
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ok ok ok i admit it, i bought zip-lock bags.....haha they may come in handy..i plan to order room servive and pack a sandwich or something for the shore excursion.....
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ok ok ok i admit it, i bought zip-lock bags.....haha they may come in handy..i plan to order room servive and pack a sandwich or something for the shore excursion.....
Good idea. I also bring a small soft cooler bag. And when I order the sandwhiches for shore excursions I ask to put the lettuce and tomatos on the side and I ask for packets of mayo and mustard. That way the sands don't get soggy. This works great and you don't need to worry about what you eat.

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Hi There: I am a newbee to cruising, taking my first on Carnival Freedom Jan 19/08. Can you please tell me what the highlighters are for?? CAPERS?? Remember, I am new...ha ha
As far as the medications, here in Canada, my agent said all I needed was a copy of the original perscriptions, didn't need a note from the Dr. as to what the meds were....hope she's right..
I look forward to any feedback on these issues, thanks again...Carol In Canada
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Hi Carol in Canada,

Highlighters one color for each person. You get a little newsletter when you board. Then nightly for the next day. It has a little strip you can tear off and keep with you. It's helpful to highlight the items you are interested in. It makes them easier to spot through out the day.

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Hi Carol: Thanks for the heads up.....can you tell I'm a newbie??? Ha Ha
thanks again....Carol
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Carol you will be hooked after your first cruise. Enjoy.
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Hi Carol: I sure hope I get hooked. I love to travel and this is a new style for me, but I have heard soooo much about cruises. Everyone that I have talked to about them, that has gone on one, all say the same thing, YOU WILL GET HOOKED....sure am looking forward to it....Carol
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Ziploc bags.. a couple of quart and large sized ones. You can dump wet clothes in it so its not all over the rest of your stuff.
you can also use them to pack up some ship food to take on your shore excursions, if it doesn't include lunch.
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Thanks Margaret: That is a great idea....I have noted that in my book..things to remember.....Carol
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Some of this stuff just sounded more like a planned kidnapping than a cruise!

Oh yeah, diapers....don't forget the diapers !!

(For those who don't get it...the NASA lady that was going to kidnap her rival...)

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We also took a large thermal mug that we bought at Wal Mart for about $4.99 each. That way during the day we could fill them up with lemonade or iced tea and didn't have to keep returning to get refills.
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Hi Firsttimer: Thanks for the note, I will note this, good one..thanks..Carol
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Question??? Can we take food off the ship when in port??? I thought that was a big no no. It would be nice to take some snaks and fruit like you guys are talking about. Thanks Lynn
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Question??? Can we take food off the ship when in port??? I thought that was a big no no. It would be nice to take some snaks and fruit like you guys are talking about. Thanks Lynn
Hi Lynn,

Oh ya. One of the best tips my brother gave me for my first cruise was to take one of those colapsable soft cooler bags and zip locks.

Order room services sandwhiches for shore tours. Ask for the lettuce and tomatoes and other things like mayo mustard catsup in packets. Pack some ice in a zip lock and put it in another so it doesn't leak. pack up cookies chips and you have a nice lunch. Sometimes we eat our lunch on the tender to shore. Sometimes on the bus /van. Or when they stop at a place that sells food we save money. Plus we know what we are eating is safe. I have friends with a larger family that takes a soft sided rolling cooler bag. They use it on shore tours and in the cabin. then they pack their treasures in it for the trip home.

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Things I brought didn't need:

Crystal Light Drink mix
Extra 2 bottles of Suntan Lotion
MP3 player

Things I was glad I brought:

Baby Wipes(but you can't flush them)
Lysol
Bottle of wine
Power strip

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We just got back last night! It was terrific! I'm unpacking now... yuck.
Things we really used:
Power strip (for recharging camera, plug in a small fan, hairdryer while other was in shower, power for cell phone charger)
Over door shoe pocket thing: with 2 women, we had our MANY shoes organized... with extra pockets for other things. We filled them all.
A thing (small) you wear around your neck. We used it for passports and stuff getting on the ship, but I wound up using mine all over the ship for sign and sail card, room key, soda card, and even held a pack of cigarettes and lighter. Beats packing a bag around, and all of my shorts don't have pockets.
I took 3 swimsuits and coverups and always had a dry one available; I hate putting on damp ones.
Several pair of shoes - believe it or not, 4 of us got "foot injuries" (one in the water at Cozumel, one with a big ole' blister, one smashed her toe into a lounge chair, and I fell on the pyramid at Uxmal on one foot and slammed the other into a column on the promenade deck - so we had enough shoes we found some that didn't "touch" the sore spots!
Baby wipes - for quick wipe down on excursions
Band aids/antibiotic ointment/blister block patches

I took way too many clothes - came home with 3 pair of shorts and 4 tops I never wore. Didn't need a flashlight - just turned on the lamp by the bed. Took too much sunscreen products, but then I don't usually burn anyway. I took a big thermal glass thing, but I bought a carnival one and that worked great. We all bought 2 extra bags in the ship or in port to pack back all of our "extra goodies" we purchased. I got one on the ship that I put all of my dirty clothes in (I had taken a mesh bag, but the Carnival one I got for $12 is great - looks like a carry on and when i got home all my dirties were in one bag, and people couldn't see what was in it! Oh, and I took a portable steamer - never used it. The packing folders kept everything pristine, and if I HAD needed it, there was a laundry room with an iron just down the hall from our room.

Oh we all got cross-body bags that held all of our money, cards, cruise docs, passports, car keys, Germex, tide to go pen, small Advil, cell phones - they weight practically nothing and felt very secure acroos body - I used it in NOLA, for embarkation and debarkation.

For the beach in Cozumel, I took a beach bag with change of clothes in a ziplock, beach towel and old tennis shoes that I just left in a trash can at the beach, so I didn't have to pack them around while shopping.

Whew! This post is longer than I thought it would be - but I hope someone finds it helpful!
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Hi goLC: Glad to hear you had a good time. You said in your note that the packing folders worked fine....I am a newbie, so don't laugh at my question....what are packing folders? Please advise....I loved the rest of your ideas as well, I need all the help I can get ....Carol
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Carol,
I obviously am pretty new, too; this was my first cruise. Wasn't sure how to put the link for where I got the travel folders; I tried it but since it may not work:
I got them at ebags dot com
Go to travel aids
Click on "Eagle Creek" and several options will be pictured. They are like an envelope; there is a hard board (that you don't pack) that you fold your clothes around, then put folded clothes in folder. When full (they hold a LOT) the sides fold up and velcro, then the top/bottom fold over and velcro shut. Just put the whole thing in your luggage, then I transferred mine to the drawers on the ship. I was a bit skeptical, but they worked extremely well for me.
I know I'm not an ultra-experienced cruiser, but everything is very fresh in my mind, so I don't mind sharing thoughts if you have any questions. I'm ready to book another (but DH may have other ideas...
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Hi goLC: I appreciate you taking the time to answer about the folders. I will check them out....thanks for the info....any info is always a help when you're a newbie....right ?? Carol
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You're welcome, Carol; I know I would not have had such a wonderful first cruise if I hadn't read these boards and jotted down literally hundreds of ideas. I'd have been lost!
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goLC: Well, at least you're not the newbie anymore, hopefully after Jan 19th, I will be a little more informed myself. But as for the Lists, I have that going on as well, it is getting longer all the time. It's all the little things. talk soon....Carol
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walkies, recharger and rechargeable batteries, power strip, sweater and/or sweatshirt for inside very chilly theatres, sunscreen, that over the door shoe thing is a godsend and the best thing I've taken yet....
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Theresa & Dave: I have those things on my list. My friend came back in March and said to make sure I take a sweater, cape, something warm as the theatre rooms are chilly. Apparantly they keep them cool for the performers. Thanks a bunch for the info....Carol
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This has all been a very good list as well as Kuki's list of what to pack. Many new suggestions.
I wanted to add one more, Last Nov on the Fantasy our waiter couldn't find any Sweet N Low for my ice tea on the second night. Good thing I always carry extra. I will be doing that again.
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Hi: I am so glad you said about the sugar replacement. I use Sugar Twin and am always frustrated when a restaurant doesn't have these on hand. I have added this to my list, an important one for me, so thank you soooo much....Caorl
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Also, unless you're traveling alone, post its are great for communicating. We had 3 cabins/6 women. When I got up in the morning, if no one else had post its on their doors yet, I knew I was first and didn't bother anyone with knocking on their doors. We always put a time on it, so we'd know who was where (approximately!) and if others had eaten yet. Loved the post its!
Also, we took a small fan, but did NOT need it at all. We couldn't figure out how to change our thermostat; it's on the ceiling by the vent! Our room was very comfy, and the fan, albeit small, took up valuable suitcase room!
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