Just in Case Items ...

Do you pack any items for "just in case I need it"?  I can't get past packing things I never use but take "just in case" ...Does anybody else do that?  How do you stop?

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The only "just in case" things I take with me is OTC drug store items..... Like Advil, Pepto-Bismol, Neosporen and that kind of stuff,  anything else I just say if I need it,  I'll buy it in a port,  (I learned when trying to describe Neosporen to a non English speaking French  pharmacy)   I try and pack as light as I can.  I know I'll buy some Polo shirts and t-shirts along the way and send clothing to the ship laundry.    I'll wear what I buy on the trip.  I have done a one month trip with 1 checked bag (that included my Tux with a couple Tux shirts, vest and tie sets) and my back pack.

I'm flying Allegiant next cruise with a 40lb limit per checked bag. BUT cruising from Vancouver to LA, then LA to Mexico then flying to New England for 6 days.  I need to hear from people like you who have gotten their load lightened ...

I always pack a few Ziploc sandwich bags ust in case. They come in handy on excursions to ensure things like money, passport or other items do not get wet in the event you get wet either from splashed water or rain etc. I have even used it for my camera. Not exactly water proof but they do keep the water off of sensitive things.

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I'm flying Allegiant next cruise with a 40lb limit per checked bag. BUT cruising from Vancouver to LA, then LA to Mexico then flying to New England for 6 days.  I need to hear from people like you who have gotten their load lightened ...

If you are going to be staying in the same place in New England. Why don't you send some stuff ahead via Fed Ex to the location. I know that sounds odd, but I have friends who do that with their golf clubs and clothes when they do golf trips all over and it works. Once the stuff is sent to the location, then all they have to do is walk on the the aircraft.

That is a great idea ... I'm certainly not going to need my "fall" clothes in Mexico.  

Just packed for a Renaissance adventure and took out my "just in case" cruise stuff.  So I can accurately say, I pack laundry soap, dryer sheets, & clothes pins.  More than once I have had to wash something and I really would rather not pay that much for laundry stuff. I also have extra insect repellent.  We also pack an umbrella.

Tie wraps.  Those plastic things used to tie cables.  We bring about a dozen. They have dozens of uses. They don't take up any space either.

 

Yes... There are some JIC items that have come in very handy...

OTC meds - bottle of acetaminophen, cold tabs, nasal spray. Buying these on board gets painfully expensive AND when there is a cold virus on board, the OTC supplies run out quickly. Medical supplies - we had one too-close-to-crisis situation so now we bring along an emergency kit (I'll spare you all the graphic details). Battery charger back ups. Spare glasses. If my corrective glasses break, I am pretty much legally blind and the remainder of my vacation would be a blur - - - quite literally.

 

 

You are me!!! Happy I always pack "just in case" items.  Wish I had an answer for stopping.  I'm afraid that the one time I don't, that's when I'll need the item (Murphy's Law).

I think things like aspirin or band-aids are really just good packing.  I’ve seen people with 16 pairs of shoes on a short cruise “just in case” they wanted to wear them.  I’ve seen heavy jackets packed for the Caribbean in summer “just in case” it was cold.

We’ve cruised enough now to know exactly what we’ll need, really don’t pack anything extra, and actually use everything we pack.

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