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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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The link above will take you to the article I wrote that is now up on the Home Page. It's filled with "great tips" for must pack items
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Cute!

May I add a comment? When you pack your cruise documents, passport, ID, etc., be sure to have them on your person while traveling to the port. Don't leave them in the trunk of the taxi or back of the shuttle!
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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:56 AM
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May I add a comment? When you pack your cruise documents, passport, ID, etc., be sure to have them on your person while traveling to the port. Don't leave them in the trunk of the taxi or back of the shuttle!
Good advice. Sounds like you "may" be speaking from experience
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Almost...I lucked out that the one bag that didn't fit in the trunk of the taxi was the one with the docs!
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Old September 17th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Kuki:

Is Mrs. K going to write the follow up article that really shows who packs the pants in your family.

Thanks for including the Leatherman in your article. It's an awl inclusive tool. I was amazed you didn't include my telescope.

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When you wrote in the title "packing" I originally thought firearms.....
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Cute!

May I add a comment? When you pack your cruise documents, passport, ID, etc., be sure to have them on your person while traveling to the port. Don't leave them in the trunk of the taxi or back of the shuttle!
I have left mine in the checked baggage before.
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Loved your article, Kuki. I'm already stressing over how I can pack everything I want to take in fewer suitcases for our next cruise. The next one will require flying to Ft. Lauderdale! I guess this means I won't be able to take 10 pairs of shoes!
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Really loved the article, thanks for the giggles.

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Cute!

May I add a comment? When you pack your cruise documents, passport, ID, etc., be sure to have them on your person while traveling to the port. Don't leave them in the trunk of the taxi or back of the shuttle!
I have left mine in the checked baggage before.
Oh, no!!! What happened when you got to the port? Did you have to fish through the thousands of bags to get them?
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Kuki, I think that this is the first time that I didn't like one of your articles. It tried to be funny but wasn't very useful. I think it also gave some bad advice such as bringing bungee cords for balcony doors and case of beer. Also, your discussion of luggage was just meant to be humorous and lacked any "real" research (at least that I could discern).

You are a wonderfully humorous and witty writer. However, at some point, there needs to be "good" content along with the humour.

Waiting with "bated" breath for your next article.

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Marc:

If you go to the boards and take everyone's suggestions on what to pack you will end up with the laundry list that Kuki had and even larger. Your list of essential items would be completely different than everyone else's.

Packing is so different for everyone that there is no "magic bullet" packing list. Every packing list I have seen, even the "expert" lists don't fit mine or my wife's needs in regard to clothing. All the other "added stuff" confuse the heck out of most people and 90% of it is a waste of suitcase space.

Most first, second or third time cruisers take this myriad of stuff and find they use one or two things and the other ten never leave the suitcase or the drawer. After the first cruise, cruisers continue to pack the unused stuff for the second and third cruises, thinking they "might" need it until finally they decide they don't. I did this with "duct tape." Something I found totally worthless but others swear by. I've never had a drawer that wouldn't stay shut and I've been in 18 foot seas. Nor has my wife ever needed an emergency duct tape bra.

So I might just submit an article that reads:

Money: passport: medications: credit card. Buy the rest on board and at your first port. By then you'll know what you really need.

I don't think it will be published.

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Marc.. sorry you didn't find the article entertaining. It was written tongue in cheek. If anyone packed every item on that list, they'd need a caravan of taxis from the airport to the pier.

Sorry you didn't get the tongue
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Mike and Kuki, I got the "tongue in cheek." It is just that your articles always seem to be both fun (including tongue in cheek) and informative. This time, I know that the laundry list of items to take came from posts here and on other boards; it is just that I always look to you for both information and humour.

I guess it is just me as all others enjoyed the story. I just hope that newbies realize the "whole" article is tongue in cheek or else they won't be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.
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Loved the article!!! Showing it to DH. I always pack duct tape because everyone says to. Have never yet used it, but insist on bringing it. DH wanted to know what it is for and I said in case the boat springs a leak. So far, so good. (He says duct tape won't help if the boat springs a leak though). Oh,,and the shoe bag is a great idea. That one I truly use.
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We were newbies on the Carnival Pride which sailed on Sept 2 (yes the one that got diverted).

So, since there wasn't all that much we really wanted to do in the ports we went to, we shopped.

I left home with 8 pairs of shoes, got back with 11.

Used the following: the bungie cord, the chip clip, the power strip (we got the Squid which is great !), the Tide Pen, the highlighter, and the shoe holder.

Did not use: the duct tape (thank God didn't need it), the travel alarm, the post its, the rolling cooler, or the mugs.

Reasons we didn't use those things (more tongue in cheek, sort of): The duct tape (DH just couldn't find anything to use it on and he was on vac anyway), the travel alarm wasn't needed as our bodies were on Texas time and we were awake long before we wanted to be, no post its needed as we didn't really have anything to tell anyone else, we drank our beer before needing the cooler, and we always forgot the mugs in the cabin.

We had a great time, but I will take other's advice next time and pack, and then open each suitcase and take out about half of it and leave it at home.

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The Moose has just learned what it's like to be completely misunderstood....

it must be Kizmet, I say.
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The Moose has just learned what it's like to be completely misunderstood....

it must be Kizmet, I say.
ROFL Not even close to the first time. I'm very easily misunderstood. Those who know me know what I'm talking about, for the rest it's a "moosetery"
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