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Old April 5th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Getting in the cruise mood and starting to remember this time last year I was on the Freedom in the Mediterranean...
Trying to remember things I wished I had or was glad I remembered and I am sure there are plenty of good suggestions on the forum.

Next we are traveling with my in-laws so two-way radios for sure or they will have panic attacks if they can't find us.
--plug adapter for to make more outlets
--text messaging was the most cost-efficient way to stay in touch from Europe with a GSM phone, even on the ship. Buying internet time was the least
--water bottle?
--quarters for the laundry

Sure I will think of more but I hope to see more suggestions.
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I wouldn't worry about the quarters. You can get all you need from the Casino, and less weight. Don't forget to bring along an insulated mug with a lid. Say 22, or 32 oz size. Great for ice tea, juice or your favorite beverage. We always take a soft sided collapsible cooler. Fill with all of our bathroom stuff going, and returning. It is great to keep your beverages cold in your cabin. Cabin steward keeps it full of ice for us.
I am anxious to see what everyone else suggests.

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Night light and a small flashlight
Umbrella for any rain while out on port
First aid kit and extra bandaids(asprin and rolaids)
Sewing kit extra safety pins
booze
Sunscreen
Wrinkle release(Downey)
Bag for dirty laundry
Tide spot stick
Aloe Vera for sunburn
Dollar bills (tips)
Moisterizer and chap stick
Light jacket or sweater
Chargers (for camera and other things)
Dress shoes and belt(guys)
Passport also copy of passport and charge cards
Post it notes
Small travel clock
Zip lock baggies
Anti bacterial gel

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Oh yes I use an adapter with a night light in it. There is so much you can bring, but so much you bring, and don't use.
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This is a list someone posted before our cruise and we thought it was brilliant! We adjusted it to our needs but the highlighted things were a definite must to us and were a big help!

clothes, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and makeup), shoes, formal wear, travel documents, money and credit cards

Medicine
Name and phone number of your primary care physician
Health Insurance information
Dramamine or equivalent for seasickness
Tylenol or Advil
Imodium

Any prescription medicine

Aloe Vera gel with lidocaine (sunburn)
Sun screen
Band-Aids
Neosporin ointment
Lip balm
Hand sanitizer
Hand lotion
eye drops
Vinegar

Tweezers
Cotton swabs

Cleaning Stuff
Wrinkle releaser
Tide pen
Shout wipes
Baby wipes
Febreze or air freshener


Clothing and Accessories
Beach bag
Hat
Sunglasses
Earplugs
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!)
underwear

Miscellaneous
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
Battery charger for phone and camera
Walkie-talkies and batteries
laptop
Power strip for all those electrical things
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
Hangers
1’s & 5’s for room service tips and lockers onshore
Fish license holder
Snacks for the room
Bottled water
Can drinks
Copies of travel documents
Money
Large and small ziploc bags
Favorite bath soap
Over the door or shower folding caddy for all the junk (this was the best thing ever!!)
Curling Iron straightener
Hairbrush, clips and ponytail holders
empty duffle bag for dirty clothes or souvenirs
manicure kit
fan
clock
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We sail in 29 days so these lists are awesome guys! Thanks and we hope to get to meetalot of you guys on the ships someday!
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I found this stuff years ago when we used to go to Vermont: it was an all-in-one laundry detergent/fabric softener packet. I used them on the last cruise and they were great but I don't know where I bought them or if they still exist on the market. I didn't go a lot of laundry but enough to keep the packing lighter for a 10+ day trip.

Great lists: personal favorites:
highlighter
post-its
Purell (hand wash)
flashlight
Powerstrip (we were constantly plugging and unplugging stuff to get it all charged each day. what a bore)
Ziplocs
Memory cards (and plenty. I filled up mine after day 3 and had to buy one in Turkey)
Chargers for everything


Duct tape??
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I didnt take the duct tape... but we did take packing tape, to tape something to the door. It actually turned out to be more handy because I bought a huge stained glass window in Cabo and my husband (cause he is brilliant ) made a handle using the tape to carry it off the ship when we returned to SanDiego so it didnt get broken. Plus the handle got broken off my huge suitcase so we thought about using it for that too.
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the laundry product I used was called X-Claim or Washeze. Detergent, fabric softener, and static reducer in one sheet.

Is it true that the airlines are reducing the baggage allowance from 2 to 1 bag for international flights. (Hope this isn't hijacking the thread...can't fit all this stuff in one bag )
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Not just international flights. United is doing it for all flights starting next month. They will charge $25 for every bag you check over 1. You can take one as a carry on though.
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Wow, this is an awesome list. There are things on here I never thought about taking, but I see where they would come in handy.
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We buy CHEAPIE BEACH TOWELS for about $3, to take on shore excursions (wash them before you go, they bleed and lint terribly at first). That way I'm not constantly worrying about having to repay Carnival for losing theirs. Are they still charging for lost beach towels?

We also discovered the beauty of a LIGHTWEIGHT COLLAPSIBLE COOLER for the water and beverages we brought on board. The room steward had no problem filling it with ice.

A few SMALL BOTTLES OF WATER or empty water bottles-like sippy cups with straws or spouts. (I'm having a senior moment and I can't think of what those darn things are called) . It beats the heck out of what the cruise line charges for water, and you can keep refilling it for the duration of the cruise, then discard.

We take an old, cancelled membership, credit CARD or something of the sort for opening the room safe. We're not really worried about losing it because it is of no value.

JUNK FOOD SNACKS

LARGE MUG for juice, coffee, tea, etc.

We had a friend tell us she brings her raggedy underwear. That way she can toss them after wearing, which frees up some space in the luggage. I admit, I did try it, but..., you know what your mom taught you about clean underwear!
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mama k wrote: We take an old, cancelled membership, credit CARD or something of the sort for opening the room safe. We're not really worried about losing it because it is of no value.

How does this work? I never heard an old credit card opening the safe. Please let me know as this sounds like a]great tip.
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You're supposed to run your credit card through the slot to set the safe to you. First, you have to remember which cc you used. I don't see a down side to using an active card as long as you remember which one you use.
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....you could use a credit card or drivers license.
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Yes they still charge for beach towels... $22 each. So you dont want to loose one! We did take our own bottled water in the suitcase we took to put stuff we bought in on the way back. It was great. My friend and I drink so much water it saved us alot of money. We took the mugs but never used them. We tried the two way radios but they didnt work so well. Next time we will make sure every one has watches to meet up at a place at a time. Plus we got extra schedules in the capers and highlighted where every one would be and each of us carried one around. That was a big help when the kids wanted to find us in between meeting times.
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I guess I'm paranoid about the active credit card getting demagnetized or messed up somehow.
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that soft sided cooler is great.... we put our camera equipment in it and our swimsuit for changing into for sailaway.... it's a amazing how much those coolers can hold and everything stays safe and it's a carry-on for the plane too!
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I take 2 alarm clocks (small battery operated cost .99 each in Ikea) Used one set to take my meds at 5 am second to wake up. I don't Carnivals in phone alarm system.
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passport and xerox copies

notify credit card / atm banks of countries you will visit and dates. have credit limit raised temporarily. find out which foreign ATMs will wave foreign transaction fees.

if pre or post cruise hotel, washcloth, if desired.

euros, pounds, whatever.

instead of hauling booze across the pond, I plan on just ordering some through Carnival Bon Voyage - may not be cheapest, but I think it is cheaper than buying it in Europe.

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COLD MEDS!!!! a FIRST AID KIT!!! and PLENTY OF ASPIRIN/PAIN KILLERS!!!

On my last cruise I got sick (flu) and would have given up a kidney for some decent cold meds.

Also, if you are a night owl and an morning riser, there is nothing more important in the morning than a cup of coffee and a couple of tylenol!!
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