Question of the Week: What's on your cruise packing list?

Every Thursday for the next few weeks, I'll be posting a question here on the forum, and we want to hear your best tips on the subject. This week: What's on your packing list?

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30 Answers

Lightweight rain gear has become a priority. I had packed Frogg Toggs (lightweight men and women pants and jackets) that were invaluable during the rain! Out of a large group, my husband and I were the only people dry when returning to the pier. This product truly sheds all rain. People who relied on those plastic covers etc were soaked.

Other than that, the usual: Clothes, shoes, meds, mini-first aid (bandaids, tums, etc.) and of course, the kitchen sink!

Good idea for a topic since each cruise destination or itinerary is different.

Also for each cruise line there are different expectations. From Oceania cruise to Carnival Fun Ships.

But for us, Best tip to bring is a small travel iron/streamer. Watertight zip bags for meds and such.

and depending where you are going--Lightweight rain gear, like Debbie said.

We bring a non-surge protected extension cord in case more than one cell or Kindle needs recharging at the same time.

With the HUB app on Carnival ships, we use our phones much more than we used to. You can access the daily FunTimes and all sorts of info, as well as message each other with the app. We still haven't caved and bought the internet package--we love being unplugged from the world.

Carnival won't allow an iron/steamer but they do have laundry areas with them to use for free. I pack a short extension cord too along with all the necessary toiletries, shoes, mix and match clothes. One thing I like is the collapsible over the hanger rod organizer that keeps so many things tidy and off the floor. We always make sure we have a small flashlight for emergencies, small sewing kit, extra batteries & memory cards for DH's camera, chargers for our gadgets, plastic bags for wet beach wear too. We take a pic of, or copy our passports, drivers license, and credit cards in case of theft or losing a wallet.

I tend to over pack so I take more shoes than I probably should: slippers, beach shoes, walking shoes, dress sandals, casual sandals, heels and the pair I wear on the air plane. Then of course I must have outfits that match. We also carry a travel emergency kit, that includes band aides, ace bandage, duct tape, cork screw, standard over the counter medications, etc. Then there are the umbrella, sanitation wipes, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc. I have lanyards that match my outfits and extras lanyards when we travel with friends in case they forgot theirs. I also bring my "paperwhite", camera, i-touch and chargers for them. I am trying to cut back, but.....

Passport and boarding pass, clothing, 2 pairs shoes (1 everyday comfortable, and 1 for MDR), a couple of suits (I like dressing for dinner), extension cord or power strip, phone, computer, camera, ecig supplies, battery charger, phone and camera cords, shaving kit.

And the obligatory 2 bottles of wineBig Smile

I'm still unpacking. And now I'm depressed Nervous.

Anyway, to answer your question, bring $1 bills ( lots of them ) for tips. Especially for room service.

pack certain items in vacuum bags

We always pack an electric strip outlet, a small flashlight and a small magnetic dry erase board. The first two have obvious uses and the dry erase board is to leave messages to each other on so whenever entering the cabin if the other person is not there the board will say where to find them.We also pack a handful of zipped lock sandwhich bags as they are great for putting things in the you want to ensure do not get wet such as papers, money or cell phones. Things in your pocket can still get wet a variety of ways.

A small sewing kit

a variety of band aids

the Utility Card from SAK

Cabins usually have all wooden hangers and yes, they will go get your more. BUT, I always throw a handful of dry cleaning hangers (cheap white wire ones) in so a) I don't have to wait for steward to bring and b) they are easier for tanks tops, tees.

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