Besides clothes & the basics what are 3 things you are so glad you packed that made your cruise better.

We all know we need various clothes and our personal basic items.  I want to know what are 3 things that you packed (or wish you had packed) that made your cruise experience better.  This will be our children's first cruise and we are normally the over packers especially when they are with us so looking for things we might forget or things we need to forget ;)

116 day until we leave so I need to make a list to pass the time.

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I got hooked on cruising when my 5 were younger. Over the counter meds are quite expensive on the ship so bring your own. Better to be safe than sorry. The Formal dinner can be as formal as you want. Sundresses are quite fine. Don't forget the little ones favorite sleeping item and a small toy or two. You can get a free deck of cards from guest services. Since no one has cruised before get the motion sickness bracelets or patches from Walmart and put on the night before you leave to make sure no one gets sea sick. Utilize Camp Carnival!!! If you have older children bring walkie talkies so you can communicate. They will have great fun. The ship is safe & secure. Any questions please feel free to ask. Happy cruisinP.S. Decide a limit on their spending money for in port and let them handle it otherwise you'll go broke. Also don't let the kids have charging privileges on their sign& sail cards. I learned athat the hard way on my very 1st cruise because no one had told me.

Thanks for sharing. I have been on a few and my husband a couple but it has been 9 years since we went and our first time getting to share it with our children. We are super excited. Thanks for the reminder on the meds, I remember the last one we were on you couldn't get any allergy/cold meds aboard unless you took their bird flu test that was going around then. Motion sickness items is on my to do... my son get car sick.

We are going on Royal Caribbean and the last time we were on they did have Formal dress standards. No jacket = no going in on formal nights. In the 90s my first cruise shorts were a no-no even at breakfast. I think now you can do shorts at breakfast & lunch. My daughter will love the dress up.... my son will hate it.

Besides the basics, I always take a bag of antiseptic wipes. I wipe down the majority of my cabin before I start the cruise. Door handles, faucets, telephone. The crew does a good job I just take a step further. I do not have a germ phobia just careful. I also always have a good book. No need to pack one the ship has a good library.

Besides the basics....

1. Extension cord, cabins only have one plug, with cell phones, camera and tablet or lap top you need more then just one plug. Some cruise lines do not allow power strips so an extension cord with 3 or 4 outlets is good to pack and it can roll up in one of your packed shoes so does not take up much room.

2. OTC meds. They are very expensive on the ship, sea sick bands, Pepto, Advil, tums, small sizes of that kind of stuff. Maybe also if the kids have a favorite hard candy as a treat (or treat for the adults)

3. Antiseptic wipes and hand sanitize. I also wipe down the door nobs, light switches, TV remote, drawer pulls and flat surfaces that I will touch.

I would also suggest

A night light or battery opp led light in the cabin or bathroom, the bathroom light at night can be blinding. Some canned drinks (carnival does not allow plastic bottles to go onto the ship) for in the room in case kids want some at night along with some crackers or munchies for the kids night time snack.

Pack a carry one bag with swim trunks and pool gear so you can start enjoying your first day before your luggage is delivered to your cabin.

Some ships do have self serve laundry, so you do not need to pack as much, if somethign gets dirty you can wash it.

Have a great safe time and create memories of the kids first cruise.

OTC meds for sure and include some ginger or crystallized ginger. It is great for an upset unsettled tummy without the grogginess of some meds.

A power bar to plug in all those wonderful electronic devices all at once. You know camera recharger, tablet, phone etc etc.

For kids a nite lite is a must. The cabins are very dark at night and without the light polution of the city even a balcony is dark at night.

I always bring a few bandaids and nail clippers in my shaving kit. They come in handy at the oddest of times.


I bring a small flash light since cabins can be dark. It is also helpful in dim cocktail lounges for reading drink menus. I also bring cards with our names, addresses, phone numbers and emails to hand out during the cruise for those who want to keep in touch. OTC meds are good to pack as ships run out or don't carry them. A foldable beach bag is good for beach stops or for souvenirs on ports of call. Wipes and band-aids are good to carry.

Well, besides the wife, I always pack a power strip. Cleaning supplies ( counts as one ), and shrink wrap. The small one on a handle. Always comes in handy at Debarkation.

This has been the first I've seen of Shrink Wrap...interesting, but...... A little scary ;)

- Command refrigerator clips for hanging newsletters and keeping our sign and sail cards handy.

- Over-the-counter remedies and small first aid kit to avoid time in the infirmary paying exorbitant prices for little fixes.

- A variety of favored herbal tea bags and agave packets. There is just so much ice tea and lemonade one can stand.

Things like antiseptic wipes, crystalized ginger and a small flashlight are on our list too. I'm still in my getting organized pre-packing mode so this discussion is very timely for me to review.

Comes in very handy. Especially when you stack luggage pieces.


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