Excess Baggage - What Not to Take on a Cruise

I took way too much lotions and potions (shampoo, moisturizer, hair spray, makeup, etc.) on this last cruise and used very little of it.  The automatic shampooer/body wash/lotion in the bathroom is really adequate.

I took too many pairs of shoes especially some that weigh a ton to begin with (platform sandals etc.)

I took way too many "just in case" items (pepto bismol, rubbing alcohol, sea sickness meds, etc.

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Three pairs of shoes (one for the boat (sandles or pool shoes), one for excursions (comfortable walking shoes) and one for dinner.

Mix and match outfits that you can wear more than once (for a ten day cruise, no more than 4 complete outfits).

TShirts - one for each day (logoed shirts can be used for outerwear)

Leave the shampoo and conditioner at home. The ship, as well as most hotels, supply these.

Just in Case Meds - take what you think you will need -- a few pills for headache, a few for nausea, etc. Put them in a single bottle.

I take my own shampoo and conditioner (the ship's products dry my hair). And my own lotion, except on Celebrity. I love theirs.

I have color treated hair and I need to bring my own shamp/conditioner. We have emergency meds, and glad I did... Even found out I need to make sure I have heart burn stuff because the BF went and got Zantac from the shop. Bottom line is if you are okay needing to pay some money for some things you can get in the shop, you can leave it at home.

I found I under packed, but I still made it work... My BF said he overpacked... Didn't even use all the TShirts.

Totally agree with this except for the shampoo part. That crap provided in the shower blows.

I have done a reasonable job at cutting back on the shoes, I take the meds... way too expensive on the ship or in port. I also take a small bottle of shampoo and full bottles of sun screen and insect repellent, I'll leave a pair of shoes home in order to take these (for me that's saying a lot). I am concerned about the 15 days in December... I've never been on board that long before.

Double the above clothing or do laundry on board (I hate doing laundry, so I double the clothingBig Smile).

The number of shoes shouldn't change.

Thanks for the advice. I'll let you know how I do sometime after the cruise.Wink

Keep in mind that I tend to overpack, and my wife is worse Big Smile

After the first cruise, we do not overpack. on long cruises we do laundry. T shirts, golf shirts and brightly coloured awful tropical shirts... buy on board or in port. Soaps, lotion and potions we use what's available and always buy the crèmes and lotions from Elemis at the spa.

Wish I could offer advice. I always seem to overpack. No matter how hard I try not to somehow I do. It's those "just in case" things that I can't let go of.


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