NeedSomeSun
Contributor Level: Third Mate

What are some things you thought you'd never need, but glad you packed?

Experienced cruisers know the secrets of what to pack and what not to pack.  What are some of the "must have" things that sounded strange, or were though useless, but you're glad you bring them?

Sure, there's dozens, nay, hundreds, if not thousands of youtube videos and checklists of cruise essentials you can find all over the internet.  What are some of yours? 

One of the things I thought I'd never use or need is a shoe holder that hangs on a door. It's great for putting stuff like suntan oils, toiletries, wet flip flops etc.  A friend told me about it, and I though she was crazy but I indulged her and brought one.  I'm glad I did. it was one of the best ideas ever. Some cruise ships are not known for their spacious storage areas, so this is always a "must have" for me and has been for years. They fold up small, and are inexpensive and can be left behind if needed.

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Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Well, I like the idea of the shoe bag.  I will add that to our don't forget list.

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

That is a great Idea for the bathroom door.   I can see the use for this if you have 3 or more people sharing a cabin bathroom.

I have been told for a long Cruise to pack a light plastic folding drying rack for drying swim trunks or washing socks and underwear in your sick.  Sending underwear to the laundry on the ship is more expensive then buying then new at Wall Mart or Target on sale.

I do pack some suction cups with string for a clothes line in the the shower......I can remember when ships had retractable clothes lines built into the showers.

NeedSomeSun
Contributor Level: Third Mate

All of the Carnival ships I've ever said on had the retractable clothes lines in the shower.  But I still bring at least two sets of swimwear.  

Another thing I bring are those small battery powered lights. They are about the diameter of a quarter.  Staying in inside cabins, it's always very dark.  Getting up in the middle of the night for anything will put the the GPS power of your toes to the test.  

Big zip lock plastic bags are a must. For shore excursions to the beach, to keep sand out of things that shouldn't have sand in them (cameras, phones etc). 

And lastly, I always bring several sheets of bubble wrap.  They are great to pad your duty-free liquor in transit.  And when put inside the zip lock bags inside your luggage, if something does somehow break (we know how delicately airline employees treat your bags), the liquid will be contained.  I learned that lesson the hard way.  

 

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

On the Celebrity Equinox They had a night light that automatically went on in the bathroom when main bath light was turned off...... made it easier to find your way around the cabin at night. With the new LED's I dont see why all ships do not add that when they remodel ? Our cabin was dark with the drapes to the balcony closed, so the night light was great. On other ships I tried packing my own nigh light but the plug in the bathroom is switched by the light :-(

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

Hello Fireman Bob's wife,   We chatted on Ship Mate before the October Carnival Glory Cruise.

cruisingbaker
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I discovered the suction cup hooks.  I put a couple on the mirror and that's were we hang our lanyards and anything else that hangs up.
 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I always bring a small flashlight with me and have it out on my end table. This one is solar powered and light from the windows powers it each day. I also pack a second one that I always carry with me In case the lights go out for some reason.  I started doing this right after the Costa Concordia disaster.  I also carry a fold up paper/fabric fan on shore excursions when I am in third world countries where there is no A/C in the transportation vehicles.  If I think of anything else I will add it later.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We always pack a roll of shrink wrap from the packing supply store.  We have needed it on several occasions.  IE: you know how you extend your luggage handle, and place a smaller piece on top?  Well, to keep it in place, wrap it with shrink wrap. Wrap that piece of carry off artwork to the front of your largest luggage.   It has many uses.

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

Based on a comment I saw was in the forum here a while ago I pack some Lysol Wipes in a zip lock baggie and  wipe all the switches and door knobs in my cabin to know they are germ free when I first unpack.

FamilyCrusing1
Contributor Level: Purser

Hi Everyone!  We had a balcony room last time and had lots of storage space.  Large closet, drawers under the couch, cabinets under the vanity in the room, storage in the vanity seat, lots of shelves in the bathroom, and a drying line in the shower.  We are in an OX Oceanview this time.  Not sure about how much space we will have this time, but I don't expect to be disappointed.  I like the shoe rack idea.  Cheap enough to pick up at Walmart and easy to bring along in suitcase.  Although I really believe the housekeeping on the Getaway to be top notch, better safe than sorry about the wipes to wipe down door knob, light switches, remote, light switches by the bed.

Also don't forget to save a hotel room key.  The room key activates the electricity in your cabin.   You will need some type of card with the stripe on the back.  I didn't want to leave my credit card in the room.  Probably won't need the air so much, but you'll want to charge electronics.  There are only two outlets, so you will need to rotate electronics.

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