Long-span cruising - Important things to pack

Usually we get by pretty well in terms of packing for 10-15 night cruises. However, with cruises of longer duration (> 20 nights) it is more likely that something out of the ordinary might happen during your trip (e.g., loose filling, broken USB connector). So my question is, what are some of the things you learned were important to pack on longer trips?

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We pack a compact sewing kit with extra buttons and notions, Also we bring along a compact steam iron that we got when we bought the large unit. We have a small "survival" kit with shoelaces, batteries,a flashlight, memory cards for the cameras and extra meds just in case. All this goes into our carry on and does not take much room.

I mostly make sure to have more then enough RX in case I decide to stay longer or if something delays my return home. Any of the other small stuff I just buy along the way if I need it. Flashlight, steamer, Tide stain stick, over the counter remedies I pack for any cruise. I just pack larger amounts the longer the trip will be.

Mostly we pack medicines such as cough syrup, antibiotics, ointments, first aid kit, etc.. Also pack small sewing kits. Longer voyages probably mean third world countries where it may be harder to find a pharmacy. On a longer voyage you may run into more temperature changes so you may have to pack both warm weather clothing and cold weather clothing.

Thanks glomarrone, johngold, and JusMe. These are great suggestions. I definitely plan ahead regarding prescription meds. The sewing kit makes perfect sense and I had not even thought of it.

I learned on my last T/A to bring extra SD cards with me for my cameras after the one I had just decided it didn't want to work anymore. It wasn't full, just didn't want to work.. The ship charges upwards of $25 for a small capacity card and some ports don't sell them.

For us, a small steamer, airborn, cough drops, just in case. Memory cards extra batteries. I also bring disinfectant wipes.

Thank you CruisinTim and Bubba54! The SD card is definitely something I had not thought about. The disinfectant wipes are on my list since our last cruise where I didn't want to touch anything in the cabin because it looked dingy. On that same vein, I now bring a room freshener for the bathroom. I tried a vent clip style but it did not really work unless the heat was turned on. I'm going with the gel type next time.


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