Anything out of the ordinary I should pack for my cruise?
There are 11 of us cruising in four state rooms on Imagination departing June 1st '09, and most of us, at least half, have cruised before. However, it's been four years since my last cruise and I'm planning my packing list. Historically, I've packed everything except the kitchen sink, and many items I didn't have a need for but had them just in case a situation arised (band aids, aloe vera, cold meds, etc! This time, however, we're trying to pack a little lighter due to the airline's new $15 first bag and $25 second bag of luggage policy.
Other than the usual -- dining / casual clothes and shoes, personal hygiene items, bathing suits 'n towels, and travel docs (or course), is there any item that you've brought along or mid-cruise wish you'd remember to bring?
Thanks for your input!
Carnival Imagination -- June 1 '09
Carnival Fascination -- July '05
Big Red Boat -- July '00
leave the towels at home and save the space. The ship provides the towels. I take a little travel clock with me so I can set an alarm for getting up on time for excursions.
Life is too short to let the ship of your dreams sail without you.
Carnival Destiny Feb. 2006
Carnival Fascination Feb. 2007
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 2008 The DTW & MsBJ tour
Carnival Valor MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2009
Carnival Glory MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2010
Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
If you have a balcony some folks use a bungee cord to pull open the door, though I think CCL frowns on it.
A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Alaska 2014 - haven't picked a cruise yet
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, Caribbean 2013
Pack a larger than normal pair of pants to wear home. You're gonna need it!
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
I take a 'Sea Safe' - I bought mine from another Cruise site, but basically it's a plastic case on a Lanyard, you hang around your neck - that you can keep your driving license, Seapass, Visa card with you when you're in the sea, or pool somewhere.
That way if your stuff were to get lost/stolen you'd still have the essentials...
I'm a newbie however this will be my 7th cruise since May 2006 so here are my "don't leave home without them":
1. An over the door shoe rack. With girls sharing cabins, this has kept our cabin incredibly organized.
2. From Target: They have a travel clothesline - this proved invaluable with three of us on Liberty in one cabin last spring - swimsuits, workout wear etc. Buy some extra clips. You might even find a use for this at home.
3. Don't forget your chargers for your phone, camera, etc. camera charger, transfer cords, etc. I believe you can use the cords to transfer your pictures to have them put a disc while on the ship.
4. Notify your credit card companies that you're going outside the US and your bank too.
5. I just heard this one from a coworker cruising the same time I am: use a large multi compartment pill box for your earrings, etc.
6. Don't forget there is drawer space under almost all of the couches/sofa beds in the cabin but don't forget to check there when you leave.
7. Put your name and address on everything and your cabin #! Camera, camera case, etc.
8. Don't forget to have a good time, don't worry what everyone else is doing. Take time for yourself if necessary.
9. An address list for postcards if you're the postcard type!
10. I don't know if you use dramamine etc. but I love the pulsing seasick watch type thing that you can get from drugstore.com.
11, Ziplock bags -- get a sandwich the night before if you know you're going to be on an excursion that makes you very hungry such as three reef snorkeling, etc.
Theresa and Dave
"Tragedy plus time equals humor. You'll end up laughing about it later."
Great idea for the earrings. Never thought of that one. Thanks.
I put my name and phone number on everything...not my address. Having worked for an airline, I know that there are thieves who specialize in getting addresses of people on vacation. They know the odds are good that your house will be empty.
Man, I seem to be on an anti-theft kick today. Time to cheer up!
Hopefully that's a cell phone number you put on things, as it's fairly easy to find someones address using their home phone number...
The bungee cord on the balcony door - never again! Thought it was a great idea until at one point it slipped off and shot over to our neighbors balcony. LUCKILY they werent on the balcony, we could have caused serious injury. I like the idea of the rubber thingie stuck in between the door better.
We always take a small power strip with night light on it, and also a highlighter pen comes in handy for marking things you dont wanna miss out on in the Carnival Caper!!
October 1997 Princess (Bahamas)
October 2000 Carnival Tropicale
October 2006 Carnival Miracle
October 2009 Carnival Legend
I charge up my cell phone and use it as an alarm clock. However, don't turn it on unless you have set up an international calling plan with your carrier. Voice mails received can be charged at the full $2.49 per minute rate! I turn it on and set the alarm just before I go to bed.
I don't use a bungie cord - too dangerous. I use a 10" x 1" round dowel rod to wedge into the area between the door hinges and it works perfectly and takes up almost no space.
I keep a small suitcase of travel things at home with the dowel rod, multi-plugs, handwipe singles, etc and just grab what I need when I am ready to pack for a cruise.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days