List of things to take....?
This will be the first cruise for myself and my 13 year old son. Does anyone have a specific spreadsheet or checklist of things to make sure I take with us?
People do, but can I be the first to say....''take half the luggage & twice the money''...sorry!
Here is a list I pulled off the internet..I pared it down a bit.. but, if we all brought all this, we would pay a fortune in baggage fees, but scan the list and see what is appropriate for the 2 of you, that makes sense.
Wow, what a list...
I have a ?.....what is depilatory? May-be I shouldn't ask....
Lol...I edited alot of things from that list, it was overkill for sure..I forgot that one....it's hair remover!!! Let me go check some more...
If there are several sea days, especially for a chld,less clothes and more bathing suits, is a good option.
Trip and Donna, do you recall a couple of years back that we(Moderators) made a master checklist? does anyone know where it is and how to find it??? Mike?
Lisa, I actually did a search for ours, but came up empty;( It's out there in CruiseMateVille, somehwhere...
- 1 yellow shorts
- 2 shirts
- 2 shoes
- 1 cap
- 2 underpants
- 2 par socks
4 L Vodka
- 5 sopes
- 1 pass
- 1 ticket
Kijjy - lists definately make them. Keep it simple, pared down to basic essential items that you would take with you on any vacation.
Essentials: Passport, Cruise Ticket, Air Tickets, Credit/Debit Card
Personal Care Items: Toothbrush/ToothPaste/Mouthwash etc
Basic First Aid Kit: Bandaids Sunscreen
Neosporin Aloe Burn Jel
OTC Pain Med- SeaSick Meds (if needed)
Rolaids - Cold/Allergy Meds (just in case)
Shampoo/Conditioner-only if you don't want to
use what the ship has
Feminine Needs Products
Hair Styling Products
Soap (if you don't want to use cruiselines)
Travel Sewing Kit
Hair Dryer - if you don't want use the one in
Daily RX Meds
Water Sandals - beach/decks get very hot
Underwear, Socks, T-Shirts
Casual Dinner Clothing- separates - mix & match - wear more
than just once( dockers type pants
with collared shirt for your son, trousers,skirts, capris,
and sundress for you)
Formal Dinner Outfit - dark suit/suit separates for your son
1 pair dress shoes - each of you
1 pair casual shoes/sandals- each of you- dinner
Small back-pack (beach & stuff)
Other Stuff: Travel Alarm Clock
Underwater Camera & Digital Camera
Small Travel Flashlight
EyeGlass Repair Kit if you wear glasses Contact Lens cleaning solution if you wear contacts
There are a lot of lists ... just google it. However you will probably need 1/10 of things on them!
The one that stands out to me is making copies of your air line tickets, cruise tickets and passports and ID. I know I always worry that I'll lose my passport or ticket and have to go through the hassle of verifying identities. I would think copies would help if anything was lost.
I organize my packing list in outline style:
Ignore the symbols. I can't use the tab key here like I do in the document.
My documents list looks like this:
Passport (for Canada)
State ID (for U.S. ports)
Flight boarding passes
Maps and deck plans
That way you can't forget anything.
In short we should carry enough money in case something strange happens. :)
Something to add:Purell
Sounds silly, but we wished we had more clothes hangers on our first cruise. For our second, we took cheap dollar store hangers and left them in the room to make space in our suitcase for stuff we bought.
Also, if you have a room with a window, I suggest duct tape and clothes pins...we had trouble keeping the light out and it would have come in handy.
We also took WAY too many clothes...still struggling with that one :)
When we first started cruising we brought everything, just incase. Now with each cruise we bring less and less...we're now down to one very small carry-on and one suitcase each for a 10 day+ cruise. Our clothes are all the wrinkle free, light weight type, etc.
When we're going to cruise Alaska for example, we wear our jackets so we don't have to pack them. Same with heavier type shoes, etc. If you can wear it, you don't have to pack it.
On one cruise to Alaska, my sister and brother-in-law traveled with us and besides their luggage she brought a TRUNK...we had to have a seperate cab just to hold their luggage. She couldn't decide what to take so she brought everything they MIGHT need. They were shocked at how little luggage we had and we were shocked at how much they had!
The only MUST HAVE'S for us, have been...our travel documents, Personal I.D and Medications. Other than those items, if we happen to forget something, we've found we can easily buy it on or off the ship.
Try this: Just before you finally close your suitcase, take OUT one or two of those iffy items. ;)
Remember when you buy on ship or even on shore items can be expensive
A word of caution, essential items that you forget may have to be purchased on the ship or on an island. A couple of examples -a tube of toothpaste on the ship cost about $4, a cheap plastic comb on a Carribean island cost a dollar. Not really big expenditures but you might be able to get them a bit cheaper at home and have more fun dollars for cruise activities.
Make sure you read the thread on how much money to take on cruise. Valuable inputs from Cruisemate members are in this thread.
Also a small 2 prong extension cord.
Lesson about costs of offshore treatment.
because it is dark colored.
"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!"
I wouldn't worry about forgetting something UNLESS it was medication, passports or I.D.
Otherwise, you can 'just in case' yourself into packing a trunk. In fact, we're trying to par down what we bring into just one 22" carry-on and a backpack (that's one 22" for my husband and one for myself.) Of course if you have children or special needs that won't work...but for us...less is going to be better!
We learned our lesson while touring China and the Philippines. We HAD to lug our own luggage on and off buses, trains, airplanes, ferries and ships...after awhile we felt like the early pioneers crossing the desert when they started dumping all along the trail the stuff they had once felt they couldn't live without. Boy, so did we. We actually came home with LESS than when we left, including gifts & souvenirs.
Extension cord (plugs are in short demand and with phones, IPads, camera batteries charging etc, it sucks not being able to charge things.
If you can, bring a small roll on with a case of water onboard. You'll finish the water (unless you want to pay $3.50 per bottle) and use the empty roll on for dirty clothes and stuff you buy.
Alarm clock or digital clock. Nothing like waking up at 3am and having not the slightest clue what time it is.
Lot's more if you'd like :D
Keep in mind these lists are meant to be reminders for you - not lists of everything you should take.
The idea is to read it and see if you forgot something.
Here is my men's "interactive" packing list...
Cruise Packing List for men
And here is the one for Women...
Printable Interactive Cruise Packing List for Women
Really like your packing list!...most of the things suggested were small and easy to pack...and for my husband and I, would easily fit into a 22" suitcase or handbag carry-on. And like the comment that, 'these are reminders, not a list of everything you should take'...
One other suggestion is the 'quick dry' underwear. We take 3 pair of undies each...one to wear, one to dry, and one extra. They are sooooo easy to wash and they dry even in a humid climate. (worked great in the Philippines) No bulky cotton underwear...and the Philippines are the last place you want to wash and hang dry your undies!!!! :D
Even though packing for a cruise seems to be a troublesome job, it can be simplified by ensuring a few things. You can find numerous packing lists from websites; still it is who should decide the prime things you need. You can go through the following list that includes some stuff which I find inevitable for a cruise trip.
• guidebooks and other port of call information
• foreign language phrase book or dictionary
• currency conversion chart
• plug adaptor and converter
• cell phone and charger
• home and email addresses of friends/relatives back home
• film camera and manual
• extra film (don't put undeveloped film in checked luggage)
• disposable underwater camera - for snorkeling or beach days
• extra memory cards for digital camera
• batteries for digital camera
• battery charger
• extension cord with multiple plug-ins etc
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