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Old November 17th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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I think I've posted this before, but we're getting ready to cruise in a week, so I had it handy and thought I would put it out here. Naturally, each person's will be different.
I am SO ready to go, like right now!
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Bathroom:
Shampoo
Razor
Shaving cream
Aftershave
Deodorant
Toothbrush + Paste
Mouth wash
Floss
Comb/brush
Qtips
Eye drops
Ginger
Sunglasses

Cabin:
OTC's
Flashlight/nightlite
Nail polish + remover
Toenail clippers/nail file
Hair spray
Barrettes, etc.
Makeup/perfume/moisturizer

Dental kit
Eyeglass kit
Firstaid kit
Sewing kit
Eyeglass cleaner + cloth
Spare glasses
Wrinkle release
Swimsuits/coverup
Sun block
Solarcaine
Water shoes
Water purse
Long sleeve shirt for sunburn
Underwater camera
Kleenex
Hand lotion
Toe pads
Gown + robe
Rain gear
Laundry bag/wet bag
Baggies
Underwear/socks
Loose pants and shoes
Dress shoes/purse/hose
Plastic cable ties for debarkation
Travel clock
Batteries/chargers for phone, camera, clock
Extension cord
Hair dryer
Collapsible bag
Notepaper/pen/tape

Carry on’s
Cell phone
Jewelry
Prescription Med’s
Book
Hat
Umbrella
Cameras/film

Documents:
Phone #’s + addresses
AAA card
Tickets
Travelers checks
Passports/birth cert’s
Copy credit cards, id’s
Car insurance
Medical insurance
Travel insurance
To Do’s Before
Water plants
Get travelers checks + cash
Laundry/ironing
Pay bills, etc
Arrange transportation to debarkation
Tape TV shows
Double check documents
Empty coffee filter/take out trash
Do vacation hold on mail and newspaper
Leave lights on timer
Pets:
Extra key to pet sitter
Change litter
Leave out extra litter/liners and garbage bags
Dry and wet food out
Copies of pet shot records
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WOW - that's quite a list and I see things that I may have forgotten otherwise. I do have a question - what is the ginger for?
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Hi Rene,
Ginger is my first line of defense against seasickness, which I am very prone to. If that doesn't work, I move on to bonine/meclizine.
I have to write everything down. Actually have cognitive problems that can result in my forgetting little things, such as...say, cruise tickets! After 30+ cruises, I've learned to bring what works for me, but easy to forget things like cold med's, which are very hard to get and expensive on the ship.
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Thanks Marty,

We are taking our kids and grandkids this time during the Christmas holidays. As this will be our fifth cruise, seasickness has never been a problem. Thanks to you, I will take some ginger just in case - you can never be too prepared.

HAVE A WONDERFUL CRUISE
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Old November 20th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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You, too, Rene! What a wonderful way to spend the holidays with your family!
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I do have a question - what is the ginger for?
My guess is "In case there's a shipwreck."

Who wouldn't want to have Ginger (or at least Mary Ann). Just ask Gilligan, The Skipper, or the Professor...
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My DH would probably pick Ginger...so I pack some for him!
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You have way more than enough if you take all this.
Forget the extension cord unless you need it for a vibrator.
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Usually, cabins only have one outlet...thus the extension cord. Get that mind out of the gutter!
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What are the cable ties for? Great list but don't know what you use it all for? First cruise in March, need all the help I can get!

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What are the cable ties for? Great list but don't know what you use it all for? First cruise in March, need all the help I can get!

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Disposable "locks" for luggage zippers. BTW one of those big toenail clippers works real good at cutting them off and will pass through TSA without a hitch.

Mole skin is a handy thing if your shoes start to bother you. This came in real handy last week for the wife.

I might double up on the night lites next time. There was an outlet in the bathroom up high for a shaver. It would have been nice to have something in there instead up turning on the bright light when you make a middle of the night visit. Lots of things to bump into when you come out and your night vision is blown.

If your near an Ikea they sell a small extension cord with three outlets and a short cord. This worked out super last week also.

We took a collapsable cooler with us this last time. The in-room fridge just doesnt keep stuff cold. The room steward filled it up with ice every day. We brought on a 12 pack of water and a 12 pack of sodas that got us through the week.

We also brought bubble wrap and a small roll of packing tape. The liqour we bought in the islands would have never made it home in one piece packed in the ckecked luggage without it.

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You have way more than enough if you take all this.
Forget the extension cord unless you need it for a vibrator.
Yes, I agree -- it's way more than necessary.

But for another list (more detailed on clothing), see the first post in the Packing Made Simple thread.

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This is all most to much to handle, will have to start packing now to leave in a month! And I'm sure I will forget something.......
I tried to pack a little last night to see how much the air tight bgs would hold, I bet I got 50lbs in one bag... I think I'm going to have to leave a lot behind... But I want to take it all, and I'm sure if I did I would not wear half of it.. So just how much of what kind of clothes do you take? I really need help in this area. We will be gone 10 days and I really don't want to do laundry on vacation. I was thinking a least two outfits a day, but then that would total 20 outfits, and way more than probably needed. So any help on this would be great.
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I have found that I need less clothes than I think I need. Except for underwear and socks! After pounding around in a port all day, I want a shower and fresh undies, so 2 sets a day. But, things like shorts and slacks for the days often get unused. And, I used to dress nicely for dinner every night, so would take a separate outfit for every day and night. But, frankly, especially days at sea, you may either be in a swim suit all day or not exactly working up a sweat. Really depends on what kinds of activities you do.
Also, I frequently will wear clean slacks, light weight top to dinner, then wear them the next day as well. I have some tank tops that are non offensive, like a nice camisole, and wear a very light jacket or shrug over them for dinner and the tanks are good for even really hot days.
Okay, I better put armor on for this next one. I pack the absolute minimum in shoes. They take up a lot of space and weight and my feet swell a lot anyway. So, 2 pairs of comfy casual shoes that are good for walking, water/beach shoes, one pair of dressy shoes. That's it.
But, what you decide to take depends on whether you are there wanting to be well dressed or just relax. I'm in the relaxed category...no doubt about that!
Have a great trip.
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Just enough undergarments to take care of each day and two extra. Three changes of clothing for each day. My tux. Two hats. My overnight bag for my personal hygiene items.
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I find the list incomplete.

Whenever traveling, you should always have medication on hand for a variety of situations, including anti-biotics, pain, nausea, antiemetic (anti-vomiting). A good rule of thumb is medication for anything, and everything, that has happened to you in the past two years. Some say that this is a bit of an exaggeration, however, I have saved more than one trip by being prepared. Remember, the same meds you are used to at home aren’t always available somewhere else. In many countries, with no prescription, you can’t buy anything. Ship infirmaries are very expensive.

On another note, if you are a true sea-sickness sufferer, like me, the ginger remedy is almost useless. I've said this before, but it's worth saying again...if you know you are going to get sick, start the meds even before the cruise leaves. I cut the patches in half, which does fine. If things get ugly, I then take 1/2 dramamine at the first sign of motion. If that doesn't work fast, then take the other half.
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I found a power strip worked better than an extension cord. More outlets.

Also, a highlighter for the ships paper

a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide bought now would have saved me $25 for three ounces on cruise...even in ports! I let my insect bite get infected, no way I was paying that price!

and don't forget to let your credit card/debit card banks know you are going on a trip. Nothing worse than having those cards 'red flagged' when you need them the most!

Oh, and one more, don't forget to let your neighbors know when you leave and return. If they see 'action' around your house, they know to call the police.

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Maruccio,
The things you mentioned are called OTC's, which definitely are on the list. I totally agree that I don't want to have to find and pay a ton for something basic.
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Marty,

Antibiotics and antiemetics are not OTC (that is, if you are interpreting this to mean "over the counter"), as well as a list of other prescription meds that I travel with for "just-in-case" situations.

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I listed prescription med's under carry-ons. I never pack those in my suitcase.
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