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Old February 5th, 2006, 10:22 PM
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Default 1st Time Cruiser! Garment Bag?

My DH and I are sooooooo excited about our first cruise and I just found this site today! I love it! We're celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary!

My question is, " Do you all take a Garment Bag on for your Suits and Formal Dresses?"

We aren't going till May, but am already thinking and planning!

Thanks in Advance!
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Old February 5th, 2006, 11:38 PM
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YES! It's the best way to make sure the wrinkles don't happen. It is amazing what you can pack into one of those bags - like shoes and shirts and ties and all that good stuff!

Not going "'til May and already thinking and planning" - welcome to the cruising hoards - those of us that eat, sleep and breath cruising!!!! I think planning is half the fun - that and reading all the good stuff on these boards.

I know you will have a great time on your cruise - and Happy 30th - quite a milestone these days. Take care and keep on planning anf thinking!!!

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Old February 6th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Yes, the formal clothes & some underwear go in the garment bag. Other clothes go in a traditional suitcase. Valuables stay with us in the carry ons.

The best packing tip I ever recieved was to mix up the clothes. In case 1 bag gets lost / delayed, you'l both still have something to wear.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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We are always one garment bag (the evening clothes for the whole trip) and the big suit case for all the shorts, shoes, etc. Then two small roll-ies for the misc stuff.

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By the way, which cruise are you taking?

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Old February 6th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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I prefer to keep everything in rolling suitcases. Pack the suits and formal wear in dry cleaner bags to keep them wrinkle free.

But rolling them along is much easier than lugging them
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Old March 12th, 2006, 02:38 PM
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I have to agree with the rolling bags! I have a large suitcase with a folding device for suits/formal wear that keeps the suit fairly wrinkle free.

When I get on board, I check my formal wear and if it needs pressing I send it out right away for a press job! Pretty reasonable on board, for just a press job! In most cases, just hanging it up right away and takes care of the few suitcase wrinkles.

I do not put medications, valuables, etc. in my checked bags. My carry on also has wheels as does my wife's carry-on.

Debarkation and or airport check-ins are bad enough, without the hassle of garment bags and/or luggage without wheels!

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Old March 13th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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Garment bags are the way to go with the formal clothes, accessories, and shoes. Our garment bag has a shoulder strap on it, so its no so bad for Richard to lug around, all the other suitcases are on wheels. Thank goodness for wheeled suitcases & porters.
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Old March 14th, 2006, 01:18 AM
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My dh wouldn't cruise without a garment bag, but I could easily pack my dresses in my rolling bag.


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