I was wondering what it is you absolutely must pack for your cruise that probably 99% of the other passengers never would think of? That one little something you MUST have that will probably never be removed from your bags but............just in case!
I'm devising a contest for our upcoming family cruise.
1. A small roll of duct tape (only used twice, but it saved our trip both times) (Don't go there)
2. A tap light (this one, we actually use (in the bathroom) on every cruise , so as to not wake up the spouse in the middle of the night)
3. A small electric fan (also used on every cruise)
4. A small Swiss army knife
My own first aid kit with bandaids, tape, gauze, scissors, eye drops, neosporin, etc.
I also need the Blood Glucose tester, stethoscope and Blood Pressure kit for my daughter. She will pass out at the drop of a hat. Her blood sugar is normally at 100-110 but when she passes out it is at 50-55. We keep records of it and give it to her doctor. I keep these things with me whenever Ashley is with us. There is seldom any warning, but she has come to recognize the symptoms and will sit down on the ground or wherever she at and get our attention at the same time.
Poor John, it freaked him out the first time he saw it happen. She passed out in the bathroom while I was brushing her hair. Then he was kidding around with her in the kitchen a few weeks later and she turned an ash color and he caught her. I was at work and it really frightened him. Even though he knew this could happen, it never happened to him, always to me or he would see her after she recovered from an episode.
My DayPlanner. With important med insurance, drs names, phone numbers (work and personal) and hotels, airlines, and rental car agencys numbers info in it. Used it only once - guess when! I have a travel file that I put all the cruise info and confirmatioons for hotels and whatnots, so I really have no need for it, but thank goodness I didn't leave it at home with my cell phone. It never sees the light of day - usually.
One more thing: I make address labels with all the people I may want to make jealous and send postcards to. The sheets are perforated so you can easily fold them and take into port with you and have handy when at post office without having to remember addresses or take the time to fill them out.
Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
Re: Odd ball items in your luggage?
On the Summit, I got the most use out of the tacky putty ..... NOTHING would have stayed on my door without it .... the magnets on the back of my notepad were not strong enough,slapped a little putty on it.....my door banner kept flopping around....slapped a little putty on it ... antler decorations wouldn't stick to the 'fur'....slapped a little putty on it.....get the picture???
Jodi.....I did the same thing with labels for my post cards on this last trip .... ask anyone who received one...they will tell you. I was even so lazy as to do a different label with our signatures!!!
Scotch tape (used it to put up maps showing the ship routes)
Shoe holder (that thing you hang over a door with lots of pockets in it) I used it on our last cruise and it was WONDERFUL. We were able to keep most things off the sink in the bathroom.
Night Light - always handy
Collapsible ice chest - for the land-tours while in port (using a rental car)
Ear plugs - haven't needed them yet...
Definitely bring pre-addressed labels and business cards. I put our names and e-mail address, along with the ship name and cruise dates.