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huffca September 2nd, 2009 11:23 PM

Silly things or not so Silly things to pack
Before I went on my first cruise I posted on the Richard Simmons web site for things to pack. Oh my first cruise was a Richard Simmons Cruise to Lose on Carnival. And I didn't understan all the silly things people were bringing. Here are some I bring and why. Please post yours too. I love new tips.

Clear Packing Tape- I have mended a hem, fixed a dress shoe and strapped a broken suit case with it.

Post-it notes- The larger yellow post-its. Great for leaving notes to the room steward and your cabin mates.

Bungee cords- Great for holding open your cabin door if you want fresh air in the room. And on one cruise where we had multiple balcony cabins we used it to secure the partitian between the balconies to keep it from flopping back and forth.

A wad of $1 bills for tipping room service.

Door Decoration- Sometimes the cabin numbers are hard to see. So we dress up our door. It's fun to do. And makes it easy to find your cabin.

A soft sided cooler bag.
Zip lock bags various sizes
***What we do is what was suggested earlier. We order room service before a shore tour. Especially in places we are not sure of. We were so glad we did in Belize. We pack ice in 2 zip locks. And we put in a couple of bottles of water too.

A net laundry bag. Light weight and makes it easier to pack light and make a trip to the laundry one afternoon.

And for me I bring cold brew tea bags and crystal light to go packs.

Aerogirl September 3rd, 2009 10:51 AM

Helpful ideas.I like the post it notes. :D

huffca September 3rd, 2009 10:58 AM


Originally Posted by Aerogirl
Helpful ideas.I like the post it notes. :D

Yes they really help. For the room steward we stick the note on the door. For each other we stick it on either the miror on the TV. Usually the miror though. Because we don't pay much attenntion to the TV on a cruise.

:-) Happy cruising.

pJames September 6th, 2009 02:57 PM

After reading all the interesting things that people bring, I made a list:

showcat September 7th, 2009 02:55 AM

I use disposable garbage bags as laundry bags :D

JoeMo September 7th, 2009 11:10 PM

Chocolate syrup, strawberry jam, caramel, strawberry syrup, marichino cherries. They got the Ice cream & the bananas, but none of the toppings.
Have your own banana split party on the Lido.

huffca September 7th, 2009 11:31 PM


Originally Posted by JoeMo
Chocolate syrup, strawberry jam, caramel, strawberry syrup, marichino cherries. They got the Ice cream & the bananas, but none of the toppings.
Have your own banana split party on the Lido.

Too funny.

Master Chief September 8th, 2009 09:42 AM

After reading several posts that folks took an over the door plastic shoe holder, I brought one on the Liberty cruise we just finished. Both my wife and I thought it was a little silly. However, much to our great surprise, it was one of the best recommendations we have ever received. It kept all the clutter off the vanity/desk area, we could find things immediately when we needed them and it really helped organize things for shore tours. We also take bungee cords not to open doors but to assist in carry purchases by tying bags/boxes on to our rolling suitcases. They are especially handy for liquor boxes :D .

Keep the great ideas flowing.

huffca September 8th, 2009 01:05 PM

Great bungee use. It never dawned on me to do that. :-)

sdreger September 8th, 2009 04:25 PM

Well, maybe more practical than silly but on both my cruises (and my upcoming one), I took large insulated cups. The drink glasses are small and I didn't want to have to keep getting up for refills, plus in the heat, the drinks warm up quick. A couple of bucks at Walmart made for a nice convenience.

Also, at pretty much any sports store that has diving gear/clothing, you can get small waterproof containers that come with a lanyard. They're great for holding cash, credit cards, sign & sail cards, etc. That way you don't have to leave your valuables on the beach when going for a swim. Best couple of bucks I ever spent :)

spacewoman September 9th, 2009 08:55 AM

for anyone with hand dexterity issues like my hubby - I bring his travel mug so he can use it for his coffee. The coffee cups in the restaurants have way too skinny handles for him and the plastic ones on Lido are kind of floppy. It's a win win - he gets a large coffee and the hard working employees don't have to clean up after their cups tilt out of his hands.

I love the post it notes idea - boy it saves tracking down your cabin steward just to ask for anything extra you need in your room - great idea.

For shopping we generally carry a carry-on type bag so I can put in over my shoulders to carry stuff as opposed to getting store plastic bags that hurt your hands as your carrying. I am taking a small rolling piece of luggage this time and will more than likely use that for shopping - which was a great idea with bungee cord.

As for carrying boxes of liquor ---- know this ---- the AH RIISE stores in St. Thomas will deliver to the ship for you -- no need to carry those heavy boxes. Have used them without incident any time we've cruised to St. Thomas

Keep those ideas coming!!! We're leaving in less than two weeks

Master Chief September 9th, 2009 02:24 PM


Yes, we had Riise deliver the liquor to the ship. Makes it a lot easier. We go there 1st and get it out of the way. I was talking about debarkation, getting to the parking garage (we live in Florida and drive to the ports) and also if you have to catch a cab or do any walking at all.

Additionally, the Post-It note is a great idea. Bright colors really standout and you can leave a note for whomever of whatever. Keep the ideas flowing :D

cliffnchristi September 13th, 2009 08:10 PM

Great ideas. How much did laundry cost? Do you do your own laundry or request the staff to do it?

spacewoman September 14th, 2009 11:16 AM

Master Chief

so sorry forgot about carrying goodies later.

I take an extra piece of luggage just to carry purchases back home.

Master Chief September 14th, 2009 12:58 PM


Didn't mean to sound snippy. I knew what you meant. This thread has had some wonderfule ideas :D Keep 'em flowing!

colorcrazie September 14th, 2009 03:44 PM

I take a collapsible nylon mini-duffel, empty. We use it for whatever we buy in ports that might be too fragile to pack in a regular suitcase. I also bought one of the expandable carry-ons from Carnival some years ago. Getting on the ship, it has my jewelry, med's, camera, etc. Getting off the ship, I unzip it to its full height for the last morning stuff. It has wheels on the bottom and the height and handle are just long enough to let me roll it. But, in ports, I use a nylon backpack for anything I might buy.

spacewoman September 14th, 2009 07:51 PM

master chief

never took you to mean snippy - just remembered attempt for anyone to try and carry heavy liquor boxes off ship. Love everyone's comments. Wish this board was available when we took our first cruise in 2003. Am loving all ideas. It's great to have a board like this!!!!!!

luv2cruisetoo October 12th, 2009 09:52 PM

I take a highlighter pen to highlight the capers every evening for activities I don't want to miss for the next day. On my last cruise I got a zippered pencil bag (the ones that fit in a 3-ring binder) to carry all travel documents, passports, ID, etc together and it also fit nicely in the safe.

neiner November 8th, 2009 07:00 PM


Originally Posted by showcat
I use disposable garbage bags as laundry bags :D

umm, aren't all garbage bags disposable? lol!!

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