I have myself, a preschooler, infant and often a husband to pack for when we travel. I find a checklist of items I would want to bring invaluable, and I have one saved on my computer so that I can add, delete, and print out the list whenever I need it.
The main thing you will need for sure are any prescriptions. Pretty much anything else can be found either on board, or in port (but you will spend more, and waste time shopping). Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, bathing suit, beach shoes, clothes, camera, charger, batteries, power strip (to charge everything and still have one plug for the hairdryer), etc. And dont forget the passport and travel documents! Make a copy of your passport and keep the passport in you cabin safe, and carry the copy safely in your wallet in case you get left behind. I bring one credit card, about $100 in cash, and my drivers license and thats it. I pretty much charge everything, unless only cash is taken. Any purchases made on board are put on to your cabin charge-no cash except maybe in the casino.
You might want to bring a night light. If you have an inside cabin, it's going to be VERY DARK when you turn out the lights. It's also dark in exterior/balcony cabins, but if you have a balcony and leave the door and curtains open, you get a little ambient light from the moon.
Only worry about the important things like prescriptions, extra set of Rx glasses (or contacts) (which would be difficult to obtain). You're on your honeymoon! enjoy each other! I could tell you 100 things to take...but when it comes down to it, I've never cruised where I haven't wished I had brought an item...but it really didn't negatively impact the cruise...we got by and still had the time of our life. and besides...not having something with you will be a good way for the two of you to begin to resolve obstacles together! Hope in 50 years you're still on the boards and cruising! Best wishes!
Our first cruise was also with Royal Caribbean, but was to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniv.
Along with the other good recommendations of things to bring, I'd recommend you take:
- Binoculars (especially if you have a balcony cabin)
- Extension Cord (typically there is only 1 place to plug things in)
- Bonine (just in case you may feel a little "sea sick" - - I've never needed it, but my husband takes it every cruise and it works wonderfully for him)
Most of all RELAX and enjoy each other. Don't try to do everything, just plan on taking another cruise! We wish you ALL the best as you share your life together.
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The backpack is a great idea. We use one as a carry on as it frees up your hands at the airport. Also put your good shoes in the backpack. On one trip, the airline decided to leave our luggage in Toronto for the week. After 30 minutes of shock, we had a great time. You can buy what was left behind except good shoes for the dance floor. I was given new stiff leather shoes for the week. Ouch!
Congrats on your upcoming special day and cruise. Hope you both have a wonderful cruise !
Ok, since your husband is stressed out, this maybe a man thing !
As for as the packing goes, I have one general rule for that. "Start at your head and go to your feet ".
1)If you wear caps, pack 2
2)Sunglasses, If you wear perscription glasses, or regular sunglasses, get you one of those little straps to fit on your glasses, to keep them from coming off, on your excursions. Wouldn't hurt to bring another cheap pair either.
3)Shirts- Bring several comfortable T-shirts forwalking around the ship,
pool side, and shore excursions.
Bring 3 - 4 nice shirts for the dining rooms.
Bring your suit for Formal nights, or rent a tux onboard.
4)Pants- Pack 10 of your favorite pair of Hanes, or Fruit Of The Looms.
pack 7 pair of short pants
5)Socks- Pack 10 pair of your favorite socks
6)Shoes-Pack 1 dress pair, ( formal nights ) 2 pair of walking shoes, and sandles if you wear them.
Also, keep your valuables in your carry on luggage.In the carry on, pack Drammine,meds, sun tan lotion,sunscreen,cameras, (underwater camera a must )film,or any jewelry that you or your wife may want to bring.
Also, if you want to call home, either use the internet to keep in contact, or get an international calling card. Ship to shore calls onboard will cost you almost $10.00 a minute.
Mark your luggage with any bright colored tape.( makes it easier to spot. ) If you have enough luggage tags, place 2 on all luggage. One on the handle, and 1 on the zipper. (1-high, 1-low)
Have all of your documents filled out and ready to go. Don't forget ! Both need picture ID's, birth certificates,or Passports.
If fling into port, fly in the day before if possible. That will allow you plenty of time if your flight is delayed for any reason.
Leave all stress and job related problems at home. Enjoy yourselves to the fullest This should be the most happiest time of your lives
If you do forget something, no worries there mate. You can get it in port or on the ship.
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The one piece of advice that I received (from the people here at CruiseMates - thank you so much guys) before my first cruise was to take a power strip - it turned out to be wonderful advice, as our cabin had 2 plugs (and we had a suite)! Hardly sufficient for 2 cell phones, video camera, digital camera, curling iron, hair dryer, etc etc etc....