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Tips for Packing for Your Cruise Vacation

Updated on March 15, 2014

What to Pack for a Cruise

My husband and I recently went on our very first cruise for his 40th birthday. We had a fantastic time, and I learned a lot about preparing and packing throughout the process. I tend to like to have a "system" for everything, and it was so overwhelming to pack for a vacation when I didn't know exactly what we'd be doing and what we'd have at our disposal.

Now that we've returned, I have a much better idea of what we did right, and what I'd change when we go again (notice I didn't say "if" we go again!). We went on a cruise to the bahamas, so this lens will focus more specifically on cruises somewhere warm, but I'm sure there will be good info for any first-time cruisers. Bon Voyage!

Let me begin by encouraging you to check the information that your cruise line and your airline give you very carefully. This information may change and this list isn't meant to be totally inclusive. I just want to give you some tips that I found helpful. Some of the normal items you'll want to remember are your airline tickets (or documentation), cruise tickets (or documentation), your passports, health information, license and insurance, money (credit cards, ATM cards, debit cards, traveller's checks), important phone numbers (credit card phone numbers, emergency contact numbers).

Here's some tips:

  1. If you need a passport, get one early! The paperwork can take several weeks to process. In some cases, you may not know where the paperwork is that you'll need to get the paperwork processed. It's a headache, and you'll be glad you worked on it early.
  2. Make some photocopies of your documentation. We gave one copy to our family back home, packed another copy in one of our bags. It was good to know we had this information in case something went wrong.
  3. Call your bank or credit cards ahead to let them know you're traveling. My husband and I are Dave Ramsey fans and don't use credit cards, but we found out when we bought our tickets that our bank has a daily spending limit. We had to call ahead to get it lifted just in case. We also used ING to open additional accounts to spread the money out in case we had a card or number stolen.


You'll meet lots of fun people on your cruise. If you dine in the formal dining room, you may have eight or so people that you'll get to talk to quite a bit while you're away. Have some personal calling cards made up with your contact information. If you hit it off with people you can give them your information and have them email or facebook you. For personal safety reasons, you may choose to only put certain information on your card such as your email address or facebook profile.

Great Item to Pack for a Cruise: Underwater Camera

You'll want to buy an underwater camera before you go on your cruise. They will have these available wherever you can scuba dive, but they'll cost 2-3 times as much. You can pack these in your carryon bags and bring them home to develop them. Our photos turned out great--we just weren't too good at getting the fish IN the pictures.

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You'll want to bring your necessities like your phone charger, iPod charger, cell phone (don't forget to turn off the reception AND the data once you leave the port), batteries for your camera and a charger for the batteries. In addition, you may want a pair of binoculars (especially if you're going somewhere with scenery like Alaska), a digital camera (I love the compactness of the Nikon coolpix), extra SD cards if you like to take lots of photos. You'll want an extension cord. Many rooms have only one socket. You'll also want a travel alarm clock, flashlight or a night light. Especially if you have an inside stateroom, cruise cabins are DARK at night. You may have a hard time getting out of the bed and finding the bathroom in the middle of the night without a clock or nightlight on.

iPods to Pack for a Cruise - Don't risk breaking your best iPod or iPhone

When we went on our vacation, we chose to purchase some back up iPods to bring with us. I normally use an iPhone for my iPod and my husband usually uses an iPod touch. I read a blog about a person that accidently got their iPod in the ocean one day and the replacement cost while away was very high comparatively. I also read horror stories of people who forgot to turn off their data settings while away and was hesitant to bring my phone. My husband chose an older version iPod nano and I chose an iPod shuffle. I read online that shuffles weren't much good for podcasts (my preferred listening) but I used it and it was really fantastic. We loaded them up before we left and had plenty to listen to the whole time. It felt great to know that if we did have a mishap, we wouldn't be ruining a $200-600 piece of equipment.

I love to read. I actually spend a lot of time reading non-fiction, which doesn't really translate well to beach-reading. Here's some of our tips from our vacation on reading materials and supplies. You'll for sure want to bring your reading glasses, reading sunglasses if necessary, guidebooks and foreign language books if necessary, and fun reading material! Novels, magazines, whatever you like to read to relax.

  1. Go ahead and bring a journal to make notes about your trip. I brought my journal but did not write in it and now I regret it. I was surprised by the third day or so how much things started to run together. I wish I had a better record of my impressions of things as they happened.
  2. If you plan to send cards or notes home, bring addresses and stamps. We found a nice mailing station at one of our ports--remember to do this on one of the first days! It may take a long time for your family to receive your notes. We have small kids and considered mailing some ahead of time so they'd receive them while we were gone instead of after we were back.
  3. Resist the urge to bring anything related to your work. For some, this is a non-issue. I did not resist. I brought supplies and reading material that related to my job. Thank goodness I was having too much fun to look at it!

Why to Pack a Kindle for a Cruise - If you don't already have one

While we talk about reading, let's talk Kindle. I just got on the kindle bandwagon. How many times have you wanted to read a book and you just can't wait a few days for it to come in the mail? Now, Kindle! So I love it. I get a new hobby every few weeks and now whenever the desire strikes me I can purchase a new book, some for just a dollar! So if you're away and your book isn't so great, you can choose a new one. Another great thing about a kindle is that it's small. Half of my packed items are usually books. They're heavy and take up space. This is a great compromise. Tons of books, no space! Two checked suitcases on some airlines will total more than the cost of this device, so it's a good investment before your vacation.

Health Items to Pack for a Cruise - Plan ahead, you'll be glad you did!

Aside from the regular items (your prescription meds, for example) here are my three biggest health items tips. We live in the midwest and must fly to the port. The earplanes I recommend because they work. I usually have plugged ears when I fly for several hours after landing and that's just miserable. I use earplanes every time I fly.

I recommend the ear plugs in case you have loud cabin neighbors or a loud seat mate on the plane. True story, we sat a row away from a very sad, very loud, whiny girl who's fiance had fought with her and taken her car and abandoned her on their vacation. Any one of the people on the plane would have paid $25 for a pair of our earplugs. We had offers.

I also would highly recommend taking a first aid kit. I brought broken in shoes but still had lots of problems with blisters and was SO glad I had brought a snoopy first aid kit with band aids in it. It saved my dancing feet for the dance floor!

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What to Pack for a Cruise Tips!

Use the travel containers for all of your shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products and sprays. When you get ready to leave you can leave all these items in your stateroom garbage can, leaving more room for fun stuff you found on your vacation!

Fashion Tip

Choose one or two colors to build your wardrobe around. You can narrow down the number of shoes and bottoms you pack if all your tops are one or two colors. I chose black, white, and burgundy so everything coordinated and I could dress to my mood.

I won't go through the entire list of clothing you'll want to bring, a lot will depend on how much you enjoy dressing for an occasion and where you're going on your cruise. I do have some tips that I learned while planning this cruise.

  1. Even if it is a warm destination, bring a sweater. The weather was very steady each day but there was one day the ship itself felt cool. It was also quite windy.
  2. Do read the definition of the word "casual" in your cruise booklet. This usually includes khakis or dress pants--not jeans. And even though most ships won't say anything if you show up at dinner in jeans or shorts, many of your cruise companions will feel you're cheating them out of the ambiance they were expecting.
  3. Fewer bottoms, more tops! No matter what you were thinking of bringing, I'm going to bet you could use a few more tops and subtract a bottom or two. We wore half the shorts and pants and skirts we brought and almost ran out of tops. I was surprised how many times we changed each day depending on what we wanted to do!
  4. Bring comfortable shoes that you've broken in. You will be on your feet a lot, even if you are relaxing. There's a lot of walking and a lot of dancing opportunities.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      whatever you do squdioo friends~don't over-pack!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Enjoyed and appreciated all of your great tips!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Really great information. I just went on my first cruise last year, and will be going on my second in a few months. Blessed!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great information and lens

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Nice information. Congrats on the award and now listed on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2 and also on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      julia007 5 years ago

      Very useful tips for vacation!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      I think the kindle is the best idea! Saves all that space and weight in your luggage!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I wish I were actually going to use this information soon, rather than just daydreaming about cruises!

      One suggestion would be to throw a few extra hangers in the suitcase - there are never enough in the cabins!

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      teamunited12 5 years ago

      Nice lens and good invormation

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great tips!

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      ShazTapp 5 years ago

      We are planning our first trip for later this year, so your lens has been very helpful, thanks!

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      soniadoreen 5 years ago

      this is packed with Information, you just gave me an idea for a new lens on travel....thanks

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for the tips. d

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      The biggest cruise packing tip for me would be: Don't over pack...keep it simple. Have all your documents in one place and keep them there because you will be using them over and over again. I found a neat little zippered purse that held all of our passports, tickets etc and I could keep them in my purse so they were handy at a moments notice. Great tips!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Great tips ... congratulations on LOTD!

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      WatchMovie 5 years ago

      great lens, great tips, congrats on LOTD!

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      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      Great tips and I love the links to the checklists. I always have one of those handy when packing for any trip. Congrats on LOTD!

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      brandrocker 5 years ago

      Nice lens. It covers every minute details to have a joyous tour... Keep it up.

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      Nspired2 5 years ago

      This lens is simply genius! Not a moment too late either, I'm going cruising next month & i'm sure there are thousands of people who will read & utilize this information...OUTSTANDING! Congrats on LoTD!

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      Loved the Personal Calling Cards idea with just a nice "So Glad to Meet You, Let's Keepin Touch" and a special email address.

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      USE VERY TOUGH LUGGAGE

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      My family went on a cruise to Alaska and our luggage was transferred from The Fairbanks Lodge right to the ship. My wife and I were walking down one of the ships hallways and we looked in to find the ship's crew taking everyones luggage clear to the top deck and then they would throw the luggage down each flight of stairs until the luggage reached the right floor. It wasn't just a bag or two it was dozens and dozens in the minute we were standing there before they spotted us.

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      I mistakenly had brought a big duffel bag and at the Lodge in Fairbanks my mother's sister's half sister had one of those full 20 ounce beer cans and I said, "Here let me take that to the ship for you." Not a good idea. I'd go back in a minute though, the Alaskan cruise is awesome.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I have not been to cruise but whenever I go travel, I have to pack so many thing for my 2 little prince. Most of the time, I will overpack.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great tips you got here, thank you for sharing them. Congrats on being awarded the Lens of the Day

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We took a waterproof container for our license and some suntan lotion ( travel size) when we went to the beach during our Carnival Cruise to Cosa Maya, Cozumel, and Belize. I loved the cruise and plan on another one someday. We packed very light - just absolute necessities, had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      I was invited to go on a cruise and my passport is expired, couldn't renew it in time. So I've never done a cruise, but, now I know how to pack and what I need to do to prepare, including renewing that passport for the next invite. Blessings.

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      ronberry lm 5 years ago

      I like the idea of buying "vacation" electronics. That way, you won't break or lose your valuables. And, if the vacation electronics survive the cruise, they can be given away as gifts. Nobody needs to know they're not brand new!

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Conratulation on LOTD. I have never been on a cruise, but your tips look helpful to those going on one

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I need to go on a cruise.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Excellent lens well worthy of a LOTD award. Congrats. Great advice. I've never been on a cruise (well, a 3-day, 2-night boat trip) but hope to do one someday so I've bookmarked this lens so I can find it again. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      I've never been on a cruise and probably never will, but enjoyed reading your tips and experiences.

      Congrats on LOTD!!

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      Terryd2 5 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day. Loved your lens as I just went on my first cruise and it brought back great memories. A few tips I'd like to add. Bring Dramamine, ginger and jerky. We had rough waters leaving and returning to Jacksonville and needed it. Cheaper Walkie talkies if trying to coordinate a family or group. No cell phone reception on ship while out at sea. Cannot text each other as you are used to. No way to call each other on ship unless you are both in your rooms, and who wants to be in their rooms. Lots of $$$. Even if you don't drink much or gamble, there are so many places to spend money. And you cannot use plastic in many port markets.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I like European River cruises better, not so many people. I pack light, using very light clothing (like silk) for summer...pack in travel luggage plastic bags, they flatten out and make it easier at customs. Keep your tickets, passport and all important papers in a large Ziploc in your purse or travel bag. My carry-on has one week supply of clothing(interchangeable) and other important needs if the luggage gets lost.

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      LotusLandry 5 years ago from Southern California

      Major banks we visited were not receptive to Traveler's Checks so we didn't spend as much money as anticipated as we were constantly worried about debiting enough currency with plastic. The premium stores accepted credit cards. The ship itself was the best source of funds/check exchange before going ashore. I think it was easier to travel with the dollar back in 1967.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Congrats on LOTD! Great job on this lens. I don't think you missed a thing. I will need this list in a few months. Can't wait!!!

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD...that's awesome! Very informative. Next time I take a cruise...I will be more than prepared!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. Congrats on LotD, lots of good tips, do not think I will ever be going on a cruise, but it was interesting reading what to pack.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LotD! When I took my first cruise, I had no clue how to prepare. I'll be ready for that next time. Great tips!

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      williemack58 5 years ago

      I haven't got one, however you have given me some great tips.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Congratulations on your LotD!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Well.. I've never been on a cruise so I don't have one but thanks much for your great tips! Angel blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats on LotD!

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      SarahHappens 5 years ago

      I love the idea of personal calling cards to take with you on a cruise. Cruising is such a social activity that it's nice to have a way to keep in touch with the people you meet! Congrats on being the LOTD, and Yay! for towel animals! (I've yet to see an elephant, so cute!)

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Congrats on LOTD! very useful as I'm going cruising!

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      Jason Sositko 5 years ago

      One thing I didn't forget to pack on the one cruise I went on, my appetite, I gained 10 pounds on that cruise, I had wished I could have packed my treadmill, I am not much into public gym workouts, congrats on LOTD.

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      Cruise packing check list is an awesome tip! For any trip - I always and I mean always forget to pack my toothbrush (have a whole collection of them - they could easily serve me as souvenirs as I always need to buy one). Very informative lens. Grats on LotD!

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      theeoriginal1 5 years ago

      Cool lens....congrats on making LOTD

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Oh and i must congratulate you for having LotD ... Well Done

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! I've yet to take a cruise.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      the last time in a cruse, I didn't pack to much... so next time I do! As the boutiques on the ship have double prices.

      So it is a useful lens, congrats for the LOTD

      Regards

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      accfuller 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!!! Great Job!!! Wonderful packing ideas :)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      These are great cruise packing tips! Congratulations on LotD!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I tend to pack too much stuff no matter where I go - because I like a variety of choices in clothing and everything else... :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD.. dear, lady Bonnie :) So wonderfully helpful lens of you. I love your cruise packing tips, especially a part of books pack because I love to read, too ;) 5 gorgeous stars for you. Have wonderful times.. always :D

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      I always always make sure I have zip-lock bags (2 sizes) in my suitcase whenever I travel. So handy for so many things! I didn't think anyone else knew my secret. :) Congratulations on LoTD!

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Love cruising. Great information.

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      TechGurrrl 5 years ago

      The last time I traveled internationally, I prepared a spreadsheet of all of my outfits for each day. My friends had a good chuckle at my over-preparedness. Great lens. Congrats on the Lens of the Day today!

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      mogsta22 lm 5 years ago

      Put everything you think you want to take out on a bed. Pack half and return half to the closet. The tip about co-ordinating colurs is spot on. I do Black and White too and then add a brighter colour.top.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What great info here! Congrats on LotD! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      harubel 5 years ago

      informative and interesting

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      Herman IV 5 years ago

      I'm a novice cruiser but love it! This is good advice.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Great advice! Congrats on LofD!

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      elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

      this lens has thought about everything and a cruise! Nice work congrats:)

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Some nice ideas thank you for sharing with us, Squidlikes!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I totally agree with the sweater tip. It can be windy onboard, and you never know when the A/C will be cranked up in the dining room. When cruising with preschoolers, bring a small item or two to entertain them during dinner. It can sometimes be hard waiting between courses. Other must-packs for me: travel-size hand sanitizer, a water bottle (some cruises charge an arm and a leg for bottled water). Don't pack a hairdryer. They have them on the ship (most of the time...check), and while they don't have much power, your regular hairdryer won't work in the outlets.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for the tips, very helpful =)

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOtD!

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      ernad18 5 years ago

      great lens... thanks for sharing....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent tips !

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      pyngthyngs 5 years ago

      Don't forget the dramamine.. You never know how sensitive you'll be.

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      thewebartists 5 years ago

      great advice here..

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      OrganicHealth3 5 years ago

      Make sure you have your passport. I've only been on one cruise with family when I was a teenager. I always wanted to go on another one as a grown man. Hopefully my wife and I will go on one soon. It will be a lot more fun with her getting my grown man on lol.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Good information, because of over excitement generally people don't care about this things. Good share worth reading.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These are great cruise packing tips, I have to have my books to read on vacation, so they are the first things I pack.

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      noriukeliauti 5 years ago

      nice ;) thanks for advice ;)

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      ContractorBasics 5 years ago

      Good, practical advise.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      @CruiseReady: I love hearing from CruiseReady because she has such experience!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Great tip, starfish!

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      russelladams 6 years ago

      It's a great way to bring the whole family together and yet still have time alone with your spouse while the kids-only activity coordinators take charge of your children's fun. The first step to putting together great cruise packages is to find a reputable travel agency that specializes in cruises, or a similar cruise vacation internet siteone of the best is Bolsover cruise club. Before making contact with either, you should make note of a few things before-hand. For example, when you would like to leave, where you would like to travel to and from what port would you like to embark and disembark from. Putting together cruise holidays can be made much easier providing this information when contacting a travel provider.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I cruised for about a year as a staff member on three cruise ships. The best packing advice I can offer is that guys can skip the tux for formal nights. A black suit is perfectly adequate. Take the money you save by not buying a tuxedo and add it to what you'll spend on your wife's dress. She'll appreciate and so will you. Besides, no one's going to looking at you anyway; all eyes will be on your wife.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never been on a cruise but hope to someday, this will help me get ready if I ever do make it.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Particularly the one about bringing a sweater.

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      elsiehui 6 years ago

      Great Lens! Be sure to check out Cruise Ship Balcony Deals!

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      simplyben 6 years ago

      Great cruise tips. I love the lenses on cruises :)

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      Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I always pack way to many clothes. I'm like a girl. I never know what I'm going to want to wear. I like to comfortable and stylish.

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      avgsuperheroine 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I have the same mary kay bag--I use it every day, you're right it's fantastic!

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      Rockett LM 6 years ago

      I've been on five cruises now. The first time I took way way too much. On my 5th cruise, I took one medium sized suitcase. PERFECT. My best pack away is an expandable carry bag in case I buy too much stuff to bring home.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Estimate how many swimsuits you think you'll need, and ADD ONE MORE. They take forever to dry hangin in a cruise cabin bathroom, and don't you just hate putting a wet suit back on? Even if you have a blacony, you should avoid puttin them there to dry when the ship is underway, which means, they may still have to be hung in the tiny bathroom anyway.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      cross pack--half your clothes and his clothes in each case, that way if one comes up missing you least have some of yours and his clothes--do this for a family too so everyone always has something to wear!

      in my carry-on i always pack enough to get me thru the first days of my cruise again in case my checked luggage is lost.

      i make a complete listing of each outfit from top to bottom that way i know i never leave something behind--jewelry included--i plan out for each and every day and night of the cruise.

      i have everything of value and need in my personal carry-on tote/bag/purse whatever and not in my carry-on suitcase that can get 'gate checked' if you fly.

      best cruise packing tip...PACK A POSTIVE ATTITUDE!!!

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I like the idea of a backup iPod. Much better than taking your good iPod!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I enjoy your blog it is very good! Love how you provided the links.

      I made up my own check list as well and distributed it to our friends who were traveling with us. Items I must take:

      Belkin Mini Surge Protector

      Bathroom Spray

      Motion Sickness Medicine

      Clorox disinfectant wipes (wipe down the cabin while waiting for your luggage)

      Over the Counter Meds:

      Tums, Pepto, Imodium, tooth ache gel, neosporin, tylenol

      Aloe Vera

      Suntan Lotion

      Extra Camera Cards

      Over the Door Shoe Organizer (bigger version of your Mary Kay bag)

      Zip Ties to use as locks for luggage

      Lots of dollar bills for tipping

      Folding Tote Bag

      Water Shoes

      Hats/Caps

      Hefty has a 2.5 gallon zip lock bag...

      I also pack my suitcase by rolling the clothes and using the Eagle Creek Packing Cubes I recently bought.

      Cruise Diva also has a wealth of information, just google CRUISE DIVA...

      ENJOY!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Take $1, $5's for tips. Porters, taxi drivers, vendors will say they can't make change. I lost a nice $20 on our first cruise to a porter at the pier to toss 4 suitcases from my hand to a rolling cart. Put a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage doesn't make it to the cabin before dinner. Put an 8 x 10 piece of paper, with your last name, cell-phone number and complete itinerary on top of your clothes in each suitcase, in case it gets "separated" from you. Put your car keys and location of your car in the safe with your passport and other documents, when you get to your cabin. After a nice week on a cruise, you could forget you will need car keys upon arrival back in the port.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      make yourself a checklist and triple check that you have everything

      Also for important things such as travel documents and/or cruise documents we put it all in a manilla envelope so there was no wonder on where it was(im guilty of forgetting which suitcase or which compartment things are and panick I lost it)

      - I found a roll up makeup bag through Mary Kay that was a lifesaver It had velcrow bags that attached to it and in each compartment was themed like Meds.,bath, razors and shaving cream, toothbrush and toothpaste ect and we hung it on the back of the door but the compartments packed well scattered through the luggage and the tote went flat. The DH even said it was super smart of me lol.