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Boiler Cuiser June 28th, 2008 10:22 AM

ALL THOSE LITTLE THINGS YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT
 
For those of you who might find it useful, here is a list of those miscellaneous and "little" things that you might not think of. This is compiled from a number of posts over time that have mentioned what people have found useful to have on their cruise.

Certainly not all of it will apply to your individual situation, but some of the list just might!! :D

I hope you find it helpful!

SUGGESTIONS
FOR WHAT NOT TO FORGET TO TAKE WITH YOU ON YOUR CRUISE



CLOTHING, ETC.

Small tote umbrella
Extra pair of prescription glasses
Large metal paper clips for hanging up wet bathing suits
Sweater and/ or jacket for cool nights at sea or air conditioned areas that are quite cool
Over-the-door shoe holder
Cheap waterproof watch

LAUNDRY

Small containers of laundry detergent
Dryer sheets
Nylon mesh laundry bags
Pop-up laundry hamper
Stain remover pen

FOR STORING CLOTHING

A shoe rack which fits over the bathroom door
Extra hangers

AIR FRESHENERS, ETC.

Fabreeze air freshener (may be a problem if flying)
Airfreshener solid

TOILETRIES (PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS)

Shampoo
Hair conditioner
Disinfectant wipes
Travel roll of toilet paper
Purell or other waterless hand cleaner
Liquid hand soap
A small shower organizer to keep the soap and shampoo, razor, etc. (There is little enough room in the bathroom for storage)

FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Bug spray
Sunscreen
Waterproof (water resistant) shoes
Sunglasses
Suntan lotion
Plastic hair clips for holding down towels on your chair or holding wet things drying on the balcony

FOR ON-SHORE EXCURSIONS

A backpack or fammy pack for carrying things on shore excursions
Driver Licenses if needed
Your passports
Ship Cards
Credit Card
Cash
Tour Vouchers & Payment for Tours with tips
Waterproof Camera
Chair Clips
RainPonchos
Thermal Bag with drinks & ice

DRUGS, MEDICINES, ETC.

Headache medicine (aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
Stomach ache medicine (Pepto Bismol tablets, etc)
Bonine or Dramamine
Band Aids
Antiseptic ointment
Extra prescription medications (extra 2-3 days’ supply
Benedryl
Neosporin
Calamine lotion

APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS

Nightlight (for the bathroom or elsewhere)
Alarm clock
Hair dryer
Flat Iron
Power bar/ power strip
Extra batteries for your digital camera
Rechargable batteries for your digital camera
Battery charger
Cell phone charger
Flashlight
Extra memory cards for your digital camera

CLEANERS

Clorox spray cleaner for disinfecting surfaces

LAUNDRY NEEDS

Fabric sheets
Pop-up hamper for dirty clothes
Trash bag for storing dirty clothes
Duffle bag for dirty laundry

SHOPPING

Empty duffle bag for carrying what you buy on shopping trips
Empty tote bag for carrying what you buy on shopping trips

IF YOU BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER

Memory card reader and/ or cable to backup your photos to a flash drive or CD/ DVD

MISCELLANEOUS

A highlighter for the newspaper or Patters
Bottle opener
Jigger
Small cocktail shaker
Single $$ for tips and misc. spending
Sewing kit
Bottle opener (“Church-key”)
Guidebooks for your cruise desitnations
Small roll of duct tape
Post-It notes to leave messages for the porter or those traveling with you
Cork screw
Addresses of all those that you want to write postcards and letters to while on your cruise.
A small pair of scissors
A bungie cord to hold open the sliding door to the balcony and/or hold the drapes open
Small pair of binoculars
Eyeglasses repair kit
Thank you cards to leave for waiters and stewards. (They really appreciate them!)

CA Cruiser June 28th, 2008 12:19 PM

Great list! Thanks. We use to bring extra hangers. Now we just ask our cabin steward and he brings us as many as we need. Instead of clorox spray, just bring the travel wipes, clothes pins for the clothes line in the shower or drying thngs on the balcony, instead of a large power strip we bring an extension cord to save space. The pop up laundry basket (grandson's toy basket) works great on a long cruise. We were glad we had an eye glass repair kit twice. We always bring a solid room deorderizer, the resealable type and antibacterial SoftSoap for the bathroom. It can be closed for traveling too. Add laxative and diaherra meds too. We bring a couple gallon and quart size ziplock baggies. We take a wet washcloth on excursions to wash our face and put some munchies in the smaller ones.

Phil&Liz June 28th, 2008 04:24 PM

We would recommend one do their homework and find a store near the port or hotel you will be at pre cruise to buy some of this stuff. If you can get it in the travel size just leave them after the cruise.

You don't need to haul much of this stuff on your flight and have extra suitcases/weight/TSA issues.


Phil & Liz

colorcrazie June 29th, 2008 04:13 PM

And leave the iron at home. Not allowed anymore.
Marty

mehawk June 29th, 2008 11:37 PM

Too much! Need another bag for all of that.

LisaK July 1st, 2008 11:38 AM

i understand this is designed as a "master list" but it is a bit of over-kill, especially for first-time cruisers. a couple of things pop out at me right away. Unless you are planning on a jungle excursion you wont need bug spray, never have brought Calimine lotion, hydro-cortisone cream works just as well and is good for other things too. if the ship has a self-service laundry room there is no need to bring laundry detergent unless you are super allergic. toilet paper? why would you need that? Most cruise lines supply shampoo and conditioner that is of a good quality, you really don't need that unless you have hair issues that require salon quality products, most cruise lines also supply hair dryers in your stateroom, they work pretty good, unless you have super-long or super thick hair, they aren't as powerful and your own.unless you are a clean-freak i don't see the need for disinfectant wipes, your cabin is clean, a few innocent germs are good for you. DO NOT bring your passport with you on shore excursions, lock it in the safe in your room, bring a photcopy of the page with your picture and information, never felt the need for any type of air freshner products, open the door to the balcony or the window(if they open) and let in the fresh sea air

Mike M July 1st, 2008 11:58 AM

Re: ALL THOSE LITTLE THINGS YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Boiler Cuiser
For those of you who might find it useful, here is a list of those miscellaneous and "little" things that you might not think of. This is compiled from a number of posts over time that have mentioned what people have found useful to have on their cruise.

Certainly not all of it will apply to your individual situation, but some of the list just might!! :D

I hope you find it helpful!

SUGGESTIONS
FOR WHAT NOT TO FORGET TO TAKE WITH YOU ON YOUR CRUISE



CLOTHING, ETC.

Small tote umbrella
Extra pair of prescription glasses
Large metal paper clips for hanging up wet bathing suits
Sweater and/ or jacket for cool nights at sea or air conditioned areas that are quite cool
Over-the-door shoe holder
Cheap waterproof watch

LAUNDRY

Small containers of laundry detergent
Dryer sheets
Nylon mesh laundry bags
Pop-up laundry hamper
Stain remover pen

FOR STORING CLOTHING

A shoe rack which fits over the bathroom door
Extra hangers

AIR FRESHENERS, ETC.

Fabreeze air freshener (may be a problem if flying)
Air freshener solid

TOILETRIES (PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS)

Shampoo
Hair conditioner
Disinfectant wipes
Travel roll of toilet paper
Purell or other waterless hand cleaner
Liquid hand soap
A small shower organizer to keep the soap and shampoo, razor, etc. (There is little enough room in the bathroom for storage)

FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Bug spray
Sunscreen
Waterproof (water resistant) shoes
Sunglasses
Suntan lotion
Plastic hair clips for holding down towels on your chair or holding wet things drying on the balcony

FOR ON-SHORE EXCURSIONS

A backpack or fanny pack for carrying things on shore excursions
Driver Licenses if needed
Your passports
Ship Cards
Credit Card
Cash
Tour Vouchers & Payment for Tours with tips
Waterproof Camera
Chair Clips
Rain Ponchos
Thermal Bag with drinks & ice

DRUGS, MEDICINES, ETC.

Headache medicine (aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
Stomach ache medicine (Pepto Bismal tablets, etc)
Bonine or Dramamine
Band Aids
Antiseptic ointment
Extra prescription medications (extra 2-3 days’ supply
Benedryl
Neosporin
Calamine lotion

APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONICS

Nightlight (for the bathroom or elsewhere)
Alarm clock
Hair dryer
Flat Iron
Power bar/ power strip
Extra batteries for your digital camera
Rechargable batteries for your digital camera
Battery charger
Cell phone charger
Flashlight
Extra memory cards for your digital camera

CLEANERS

Clorox spray cleaner for disinfecting surfaces

LAUNDRY NEEDS

Fabric sheets
Pop-up hamper for dirty clothes
Trash bag for storing dirty clothes
Duffle bag for dirty laundry

SHOPPING

Empty duffle bag for carrying what you buy on shopping trips
Empty tote bag for carrying what you buy on shopping trips

IF YOU BRING A LAPTOP COMPUTER

Memory card reader and/ or cable to backup your photos to a flash drive or CD/ DVD

MISCELLANEOUS

A highlighter for the newspaper or Patters
Bottle opener
Jigger
Small cocktail shaker
Single $$ for tips and misc. spending
Sewing kit
Bottle opener (“Church-key”)
Guidebooks for your cruise destinations
Small roll of duct tape
Post-It notes to leave messages for the porter or those traveling with you
Cork screw
Addresses of all those that you want to write postcards and letters to while on your cruise.
A small pair of scissors
A bungee cord to hold open the sliding door to the balcony and/or hold the drapes open
Small pair of binoculars
Eyeglasses repair kit
Thank you cards to leave for waiters and stewards. (They really appreciate them!)

Thanks for putting this together. There are many things that people may or may not use but it's nice to see them all in one place and it can give people an idea of things they can pack. I doubt anyone would pack it all. I personally won't use most but there are a few that I do use and a couple that aren't listed. Heck, I've brought a 300X telescope with me. I (actually my wife) likes to take a couple of bags of laundry detergent. It eliminates the need to find quarters and weird people, like me, like to keep my clothes smelling the same. LOL

There are places, especially in Russia and Asia, where you do want your passport with you on shore. You may not need to bring toilet paper from home but if you are going ashore in Asia you definitely want to bring some from home or the ship or you are in big trouble. Many public toilets do not supply toilet paper. :shock:

Take care,
Mike

colorcrazie July 1st, 2008 02:20 PM

I have a mini-roll of toilet paper that I carry in my port bag. Never been to Asia, but even in Mexico, there may not be any or you have to buy a few sheets from an attendant. I don't mind doing that, but hate when there is none available.
Marty

kd July 1st, 2008 04:42 PM

Curious.......what's with the large paper clips for hanging bathing suit. Hang where? I wouldn't bring most of the items but they're worth perusing.

Boiler Cuiser July 1st, 2008 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LisaK
i understand this is designed as a "master list" but it is a bit of over-kill, especially for first-time cruisers. a couple of things pop out at me right away. Unless you are planning on a jungle excursion you wont need bug spray, never have brought Calimine lotion, hydro-cortisone cream works just as well and is good for other things too. if the ship has a self-service laundry room there is no need to bring laundry detergent unless you are super allergic. toilet paper? why would you need that? Most cruise lines supply shampoo and conditioner that is of a good quality, you really don't need that unless you have hair issues that require salon quality products, most cruise lines also supply hair dryers in your stateroom, they work pretty good, unless you have super-long or super thick hair, they aren't as powerful and your own.unless you are a clean-freak i don't see the need for disinfectant wipes, your cabin is clean, a few innocent germs are good for you. DO NOT bring your passport with you on shore excursions, lock it in the safe in your room, bring a photcopy of the page with your picture and information, never felt the need for any type of air freshner products, open the door to the balcony or the window(if they open) and let in the fresh sea air

NEVER...NEVER...go anywhere on foreign soil without your passport!!! If you are stopped by the police or need to give proof of ID, almost all countries will not accept anything but your passport. Without your passport with you, you are considered no more than an illegal alien...subject to possible jail and deportation. Even the local US consulate will not help you without proof of citizenship!!

kd July 1st, 2008 10:10 PM

Excuse me, but that is not possible, or at least wasn't until recent cruises. We frequently have been forced to relenquish our passports (Canadians and other 'foreigners') to the ship's authority. Supposedly dependent on the ports visited. Americans loved to tell us this was for our own security "you wouldn't want to lose something as important as a passport!" :roll: But apparently Americans could be trusted with theirs. I always thought this was downright illegal as it says right on the passport not to let it out of your possession. I don't know if this is still being done or not. Most ports ie. Caribbean or Mexico, I will use only a photocopy of passport. Perhaps when I visit Turkey, Asia etc. I will take the original. I think it is more secure in the safe than in a beach bag!

NY Cruisin Mama July 3rd, 2008 03:08 AM

Those "mini" rolls of toliet paper are a must - especially in the Caribbean and Mexico
for shore excursions - have you ever seen some of these "rest rooms" ??- I was in Grand Cayman once and the toliet was just placed on the floor - no
hole below for the waste to go into!! Gross to say the least.

Nothin but blue skies July 15th, 2008 12:48 AM

I have always packed the mini toilet paper rolls for my shore bag since the restrooms in Mexico and Europe either do not have it, or it is handed to you by the square. However, I think, next cruise I will just use one of the ziplock bags I always pack and fill it with my good TP from home or just use some from the ship. One less thing to buy.

I carry hand sanitizer spray and wet wipes as well as a small purse pack of paper toilet seat covers.

Lysol and Febreze now make a purse size spray that is easy to carry and I keep one in my purse at all times. Comes in handy in any bathroom and I loan it and recommend it to the young mothers using the diaper changing stations.

I have even thrown in a few hotel size soaps for port. Use them once and discard in restroom, or place in ziplock bag in port bag.

I don't take a travel alarm, I use my cell phone alarm clock and a wake up call from room service when they bring the coffee I order the night before.

The over the door shoe bag is nice and does not take up much space, but it does keep bathroom items organized.

I am afraid of bungy cords for the doors, so I pack a 1" by 12" round dowel. This fits perfectly in the door between the hinges to hold it open.

I do pack my own detergent in premeasured bags or small bottles, since I am allergic to TIDE and sometimes that is all the ship's laundry has to offer. I can stop this now though, since I am platinum and can send out my laundry free. I tag it "NO TIDE DETERGENT."

Highlighters and post it notes are great for the capers and notes.

All cruise docs, insurance, excursions, passports, etc. go into a see through plastic document holder and into my carryon shoulder bag, along with my camera, meds, makeup and a light sweater.

We carried a small insulated lunch bag with zip lock bags to Europe. Some ports just are too intensive to eat in port, so we just order a room service sandwich, put it in a ziploc bag and a piece of fruit from the breakfast buffet and have a quick little lunch on the run. Our cabin had a fridge, so we put a bottle of water and the sandwich in overnight to chill.

I found a small (12x16") bag with handle that folds up to a 4" square and put it in my tote bag for souvenirs. I also pack a couple of rain ponchos for port days. If we are beach bound, I bring my own, inexpensive, towels and don't worry about losing the Carnival towel or carrying around the weight of a wet Carnival towel.

I take a small power bar to recharge camera, phones and laptop (when I take mine), plug in hair dryers and curling irons as well.

ferrangi July 15th, 2008 05:58 PM

Thanks for the great list...
You know at first I was thinking WOW :shock: that's alot of things... but now that you mention it, there are a few things I may need, since this is our first 7 day cruise.... (only 2nd cruise alltogether).
for example... a collapsable laundry basket might be a good idea since we are not taking alot of clothes and we intend to do laundry and who knows how far we will have to carry our laundry...
Already have my quarters and dollar bills...
something to hang our swimsuits with is a great idea, we didn't really find the time to actually get in on our 4 day cruise... but this time for sure. :wink:

SandyBreit July 22nd, 2008 02:44 PM

After talking to my sister-in-law, back from a recent cruise where she lost her (prescription) sunglasses, and another time lost her actual glasses, I'm adding a "sport strap" for my sunglasses to my list!

NY Cruisin Mama July 22nd, 2008 10:43 PM

Very Good Idea about the strap !! adding to my list - my DH lost his
perscription glasses in Acapulco bay years ago (our Honeymoon) when
a large wave knocked him over. Thank goodness for the perscription
sunglasses !!

mehawk July 23rd, 2008 03:54 AM

We do the glass strap also.

Maruccio September 5th, 2008 04:47 PM

I actually find that list rather short...never travel without my own toilet paper (nothing worse that a sore rear end on vacation!). Separate case for meds and personal products.

Another thing I do is take a full can of Lysol...there is never good ventilation in a cruise ship bathroom, and I spray down every square inch of the place before touching anything.

Still not sure what all the fuss is about trying to pack so lightly?

One question, what is a "fammy pack"?

NY Cruisin Mama September 6th, 2008 12:34 AM

I think the other poster meant to say "fanny pack". It's a zippered pouch/
small purse one wears around their waist - has an adjustable waist strap - and
some people tend to turn it around and carry it at their back (just above
their rear ends) - thus the name "fanny pack". HTH.

cranejwr December 14th, 2008 07:14 PM

Thank you for the list. Some of the stuff I thought of and some of it I did not. Great idea about the toliet tissue. I live in a rural area and have hosted atv scavenger hunts. Some of the prizes where the travel size toliet tissue. I found this in the hunting section of local wal-mart. The men loved this and some even had there spouse's go buy more. Other great things mentioned. I will definitly make a copy of my passport page and keep with me at all times. Thanks for going to the trouble of making this list. Especially for first time cruisers like me.
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Sink0rswim December 14th, 2008 07:45 PM

eye glass repair kit, they have small screws, and a screwdriver and a magnifying glass to see lol

Eskie398 December 30th, 2008 10:38 PM

Thanks for the detailed list. We're going on our first cruise and have been trying to put together a list of items. I didn't think about clothes pins, but that's a great idea, and take up very little space.

One thing I plan to do is take my older, 2nd pair of prescription glasses instead of my new ones. The prescription is relatively the same and I'll be sure to buy a sport strap so I don't lose them. At least I'll have another pair at home in case they do somehow get lost.

Happy Sailing!

colorcrazie January 1st, 2009 01:42 PM

I take my old glasses and my current ones. Not a lot of difference and since I am blind as a bat without them, worth taking an extra.
Marty....who needs an emoticon with glasses....oh wait, this one is close :shock:

janny65 February 4th, 2009 01:43 PM

what about extra luggage fees??? :wink:
thank you for your help (extra glasses... perfect idea!)

Rev22:17 February 5th, 2009 08:27 PM

kd,

Quote:

Originally Posted by You
Excuse me, but that is not possible, or at least wasn't until recent cruises. We frequently have been forced to relenquish our passports (Canadians and other 'foreigners') to the ship's authority. Supposedly dependent on the ports visited. Americans loved to tell us this was for our own security "you wouldn't want to lose something as important as a passport!" :roll: But apparently Americans could be trusted with theirs. I always thought this was downright illegal as it says right on the passport not to let it out of your possession. I don't know if this is still being done or not. Most ports ie. Caribbean or Mexico, I will use only a photocopy of passport. Perhaps when I visit Turkey, Asia etc. I will take the original. I think it is more secure in the safe than in a beach bag!

There's actually a very good reason why cruise lines sometimes collect passports. When the ship arrives in a port of call, the laws of many countries require the immigration officials to inspect, and sometimes stamp, the passports of all onboard. The procedure of collecting all passengers' passports allows the ship's staff to present your passport to immigration officials for you, sparing you the need to appear in person at "oh-dark-thirty" when the immigration officials come aboard.

Alas, that process does not work when ships arrive in our ports here in the United States because our laws require our immigration officials to match each passenger's passport with his or her face....

Norm.

stevinjelli April 18th, 2009 11:45 PM

Good list! I have to say though, Please People stop using FANNY PACKS!! I have a weird irrational fear of these things. They are hideous and have no purpose. YUCK!

colorcrazie April 19th, 2009 02:50 PM

The best way to get over an irrational fear is by confronting it....so, buy a fanny pack! :twisted:
Seriously, even though they are out of style, I still use one in ports. Like an extra set of pockets. Great for things like extra camera battery, some cash, kleenex. I mainly use a very light nylon backpack for most stuff, but hate having to dig through it for something small.
Marty

stevinjelli April 19th, 2009 06:10 PM

Lol I could never buy one. I dont even know where they sell those awful things. My husband carries a light weight back pack when ever we travel so I never need to worry about a fanny pack. :D

Cathe09 May 1st, 2009 09:00 PM

Awesome list. I printed it out. There were a few items we never thought about.

sparks23 May 2nd, 2009 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by colorcrazie
The best way to get over an irrational fear is by confronting it....so, buy a fanny pack! :twisted:
Seriously, even though they are out of style, I still use one in ports. Like an extra set of pockets. Great for things like extra camera battery, some cash, kleenex. I mainly use a very light nylon backpack for most stuff, but hate having to dig through it for something small.
Marty

use a purse! fanny packs..eek
just kidding

its your preference im def not poking fun i am just teasiung
they just arent for me


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