What to pack?

So we are going to be driving to our port to leave. It's been 10 years since i've been on a cruise and my husband has never been on one....any tips, suggestions, things we can purchase now in preparation? Do people decorate their doors even for a short cruise like this? Show your pics!

Tags: #August2019 #Sunshine #carnivalcruise

13 Answers

Welcome to the forum, Wendyjoe3 -- glad to have you aboard.

Although some do decorate their door, most do not. If you do decide to decorate, make sure you are familiar with Carnival's regulations, including the decorations must not be flammable and must be completely removable (no residue, stains, etc).

As far as what to pack, for a four day you should only need a couple pairs of pants/shorts, four tops/shirts, and a pair of slacks for dinner, as well as any meds and electronics you will need. I cannot think of anything you should need to run out to buy.

There is plenty of storage areas in the cabin, including room for the suitcases under the bed, closet and shelves for your clothes and plenty of shelves and countertop in the bathroom, so there is really no need to get any extra containers or over-the-door hanging bags.

Hope you have a great trip to the Bahamas!

Welcome! DBRebel covered the basics. Carnival has gotten more relaxed in their dress code in the last 10 years, so formal night is now "cruise elegant" night. You will see a wide range of dress, but can easily get by with "church attire" for that night. There are still several who decorate their doors. I've noticed that some sailings there may just a few and others a lot, just remember what DB said and follow the guide lines or they will be taken down. We still get excited and in three weeks we will be on our 38th cruise. For Nassau, I would pack some good walking shoes and take a "ship sponsored" tour of the area. There are a lot of interesting things in the area, but it isn't the safest place to wander on your own. You might also consider going over to Atlantis, but I find that a bit overpriced. I did read on Shipmate that cash is not used at the resort, credit card or Atlantis Hotel room key only. I always over pack but I think it is a woman's prerogative to have options.Wink I prefer to change clothes before going to dinner, but a lot of people wear the same thing all day. The main theater and dining room can be chilly so bring a light wrap of kind. Relax and have fun. Just be sure to bring your meds (over the counter as well as they are expensive on the ship and in port), and documents (passport, ID, boarding pass, etc).

they covered it well, but I would suggest that you have 2 bags.

1 to check, full of clothing.

1 to carry on with all your meds (RX and OTC) sun screen, a change of undergarments (in case your bag is late getting to your cabin) a swim suit if you want to use the pool the first day before you get your bag to your cabin, your travel docs and your sunglasses. Anything you can not live with out

I'm sure you will have a great time. Welcome back to cruising.

Some empty zip lock bags. They always come in handy.

If you have devices that need charging, bring a small extension with enough outlets/usb ports for what you have.

Have one change of clothing in your carryon bag in case something happens to your checked bag.

Happy cruising!

I think the biggest challenge is determining what to bring on your cruise. Always remember that dressing comfortable is always your best bet. You can also reuse pants etc.

Check out this newsletter I did for my Thanksgiving Cruise in 2018 - (Got information from Carnival's Website)


My must- haves

1. Sun dresses

2. Black Slacks (Can be used more than once)

3. Non-surge protector extension cord (Good for charging your gadgets)

4. A Key Card- Some cabins can be turned on using your key card. If you have an old hotel card or something like it you won't have to use your Sail and Sign Card.

5. Clothespins- to hang your swimsuits

6. Sunglass

7. Sunscreen

Hope this helps. Happy Travels.

38th cruise??? WOW! I am so impressed. Thank you for always sharing your experience and advice with us, AuntPinkie.

It has been over more than 20 years, so don't be too impressed. If we lived nearer a port (we are in Colorado and need to fly to the ports of embarkation) it would probably be more and more diverse. Wink

Going on two cruises this year, March 2019, and May 2019. We plan on decorating our door. The March is a 7 day and we will use command hooks and magnets. Leave No Trace! The first cruse is family, 2 cabins, and the second is a group of 14 couples. About 10 years ago, we go the nicknames "Sugar Pie and Honey Bun " from the Motown review and it sort of stuck. So we will reminisce, HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BAYOU - LOUISIANA !


FLASHLIGHT, / Nightlight- navigate without waking others

Small Fan - Sometimes the room isn't cool enough at night

High Lighter - Mark the Fun Times

Sticky notes - Leave messages for Family or Friends

I am going on Celebrity in November and found nice door decals from the dollar store to help identify my door from the hundreds of doors that all look alike. Especially if you imbibe a little too much. Nothing worse than trying to open the wrong door. lol

Also, I have finally figured out how to identify my basic black suitcase on the conveyor (when they all seem to look alike) by adding colorful stickers on the front and back. Looks a little silly but I can spot it a mile away. . Because, let's face it, after a vacation the last thing you want to do is wait forever for your luggage. lol

Enjoy every minute of your cruise!

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