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Old June 13th, 2005, 05:32 PM
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Default Packing small

We had the challenge of packing small since we would be taking the train from Civatavecchia to Rome and the same back again. We also had to take our bags on the Metro in Rome.

What worked and what didn't:

No problem packing for 27 days and two cruises in one medium suitcase and 2 carryons believe it or not. I even brought clothes I never wore.

What I took that I used:

2 formal dresses (cocktail length that packed small)
2 pairs of capris ( one wash and dry overnite- I used these constantly, washed
at night and they were always ready in the AM)
1 pair heels for formal night
1 pair lightweight athletic shoes (European style)
1 pair walking shoes (my most comfortable pair which I almost didnt take)
1 pair flip flops black and fairly nice (not rubber)
lingerie for four nights (wash and quick dry)
athletic pants and jacket (for plane and excercise)
1 skirt
2 shirts
2 sleeveless tops
1 long sleeved knit top
scarves, cheap jewellrey to jazz things up, sunhat, sunglasses
bathing suit and cover up
sweater - black
lightweight rain jacket
flashlight and compass - used the compass constantly
day backpack, money belt (VITAL), digital camera with extra memory card and batteries
with charger, throw away cameras (2)
cosmetics, medical bag


Never used:

shorts - no good for Europe
extra pair of flat shoes
dress

Wish I'd brought:

small folding umbrella
heating coil for making tea/coffee in the room
shawl - easy to buy on board for $10
another memory card (in addition to the 512 mb one we had!)


Hubby used most of the room in the suitcases for his suit and sportjacket and dress shoes. He used the ship's laundry for his pants and shirts and to iron his suit when needed.
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Old June 19th, 2005, 03:53 PM
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wow, you packed really good. how did you pack your things? roll, folded or the bundle method???? i would love to be able to pack like that in carryon only bags.

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Old June 20th, 2005, 11:49 AM
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Used mostly the roll method, except for DH suit, which we had pressed by the ships laundry anyway ($3.50).
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Old June 20th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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i will have to give the roll method a try. it sounds like you can get alot more in the bag doing this. thanks for letting me know.

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Old June 21st, 2005, 05:43 PM
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Thanks for the info. I've heard you should just pack light and wash at night.

What did you do about underwear? Just bring a few pairs and wash them out?
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:52 AM
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Re underwear: Yes, brought four pair of a nylon/cotton type - the best were a three pack package I purchased from Old Navy.

Washing things overnite was no problem either on the ship or during our week in Rome, the capris I wore constantly were dry overnight, but you should test everything out at home to make sure they are dry overnight items.
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Old July 26th, 2005, 11:48 AM
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i was just re-reading your great packing post and will pack this way for sure on my next cruise. if things are still alittle damp after washing them out at night i will dry them with my hair-dryer. i always take my own and it will get any spots on the clothes dry in no time. each time i cut back on what i pack and i still take too much. maybe this trip i will only take what i need ( grinning ).

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Old July 27th, 2005, 02:40 AM
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I am a newby to all of this cruise stuff, and I am so excited I started packing like a month ago, hehehe, but this might sound like a dumb question, but what is the roll method and bundle method when refering to packing??? Also when someone one refers to another person what does DH DS and so on mean???? I will be cruising July 31 on the Pride and I can't sleep I'm so excited....A WOO HOO
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Old July 27th, 2005, 02:54 AM
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veromango

welcome to the board. and dont be afraid to ask questions. the roll method is where you just roll up your clothes and pack them in the bag. the bundle method is a little more work but i have never had wrinkles doing it. go to the magellion site
www.magellion.com and it will show you the way to pack that way. it is pretty neat and wrinkle free.

dh means dear husband, dd=dear daughter and so on. just come back here to the boards all the time and you will pick up the lingo. have a great cruise.

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Old July 27th, 2005, 07:21 PM
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Hi veromango,

As antron said, welcome and don't be afraid to ask questions! Here's another site that shows the "bundle" method of packing:

http://www.packinglight.com/plight/text_1.asp?tx_id=78&

I used this method last time we cruised and it worked very well. Very few wrinkles and I was able to put more in the suitcase than I thought I could. The only problem I had was on our overnight stay before our cruise. I wanted to get to something in the "middle" and had to unfold half my stuff to get to it!

If you haven't heard already, buy some Downy Wrinkle Release. This stuff is amazing! You just spray it on wrinkles and smooth out-wrinkles are gone!

Have a great cruise! You'll come back addicted to cruising, just like the rest of us!

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Old November 20th, 2005, 09:06 PM
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Default Shorts Okay in Greece

Thanks for the great information on packing. We're going on a 12 night cruise out of Venice next year and the packing issue is always on my mind.

I understand that shorts are not good for visiting churches but are they okay in Greece if you are just walking in town or going to one of the beaches? We only have one sea day so I don't want to take unnecessary clothing. Actually, mine are skorts which look like a medium length skirt front and back which makes them more versatile than shorts.

Thanks again for the very helpful information!!
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Old November 24th, 2005, 11:43 AM
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WOW great job.
I just packed yesterday for my upcoming cruise on Sat. Flying out Friday.
I thought I would try the "Bundle" method this time. Unbelieveable. I was able to eliminate one large suitcase and one carryon. I kept weighing the suitcase, afraid I was going over 50 lbs. Didn't want to underpack the suitcase in fear that I would create wrinkles. Wish I had used this method on previous cruises. Everyone should atleast give this method a try.
Can't wait to cruise again, getting butterflies in my tummy, just typing this.
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Have you had the airlines search your baggage & mess up the bundle method of packing? I usually pack like this & have wondered about the searches.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 08:08 PM
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we have never (at least that I know of) had our luggage searched, however my son and daughter have had multiple searches (notes were left by TSA) and they did mess up packing.
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Old June 17th, 2007, 09:27 PM
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what i wear to the airport and to the beach while i'm on the cruise is usually some old pair of cotton capri's and a tshirt that i throw away when i'm done. i accumulate so many free tshirts, so i'll wear one to the airport and at the end of the day, throw it out. same goes for old funky shorts, capri's and underwear. wear them and throw away.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I am going on a 2 week ta and then a week in amserdam and I wanted to pack lightly. ? what are European style shoes ? thanks deb
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Old July 30th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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Default Packing Small

Just what, exactly, are European athletic shoes? Also, what kind of walking shoes did you take? I am interested in what to be most comfortable in as I know we will be doing a lot of walking. We will be sailing on the Carnival Freedom next May. Did you by any chance take a sweater along just in case?
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