This is a "hash-posh" of many pages of what to bring, or not. Some are good ideas, some are questionable, but after you read it, there'll probably won't be much you have not thought of!
Travel Mug for A.M. coffee up on deck. The little cups from the ship don't hold much, and gets cold to quick.
Extra memory card if taking digital camera.
Extra batteries for camera(s), or whatever might need them.
Sewing kit, for those unexpected loose buttons.
E-mail addresses if planning on using the Cyber-Cafe.
Charger for cell-phone, camera batteries, laptop.
Small/collapsible suitcase/duffel bag, with wheels, for taking into town, easier to carry all the stuff you will buy back to the ship. And will make packing alittle easier when it's time to leave.
Eyeglass repair Kit
Medications, prescription and OTC, just in case of a headache. Bandaids, antibiotic cream.
Copies of passport and all travel info
Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm. Hat
Different sized zipper bags
For some, recorded music & player, headphones (2 pair with splitter to share) and amplified speakers to enjoy in cabin or on balcony ( not too loud)
Skin lotion and hair conditioner
An 8x10 envelope with a piece of cardboard inside for the pictures purchased on board. Keeps them from being bent when packed.
A highliter to use with the Capers paper. Highlite the things you want to do so you don't miss something.
A pack of Post-it notes. If you need to leave a note for others in your group or a note to the Steward.
Bring a couple of bottled water so you can refill them as buying bottles on board is expensive and unnecessary.
A strip for more than one plug..only one outlet in room.
Night light if have inside room or if need it no matter what room.
Dollar bills for tips and small bills for shopping in ports
Some say duck tape...
Take cups with lids for drinks from Lido to your room or to walk around ship with.
A card with a strip for the safe. Don't use sail and sign card.
Extra baggage locks in case one breaks.
Plastic bags...use them for many things during the week and when packing to come home.
A small bag that folds in your suitcase that you can take out and carry home with the extra stuff you have, fragile things..pictures..ect.
A camera and extra film. You'll have memories that will last forever!
If going on any water adventure, a waterproof camera, very, very expensive on board, if you didn't think of it!
From someone, with a bad experience obviouly: "Never ask "friends" to go with you unless you're sure they're mature enough to understand that you don't have to be attached at the hip . . . stick with cruising as a family vacation and
look forward to meeting new CC friends there!
Use zip lock bags to pack sunscreen, shampoo, etc. - anything that can pop open in my suitcase. You can use them for wet bathing suits, sandy shoes, etc. when returning home. Put money in it then put it in his zipper pocket whenyou go
to the beach.
Bring single dollar bills so when you order room service you have singles for the tip!!!
Hand Sanitizer for wiping your hands off before eating after beaching, horseback riding and touching who knows what.
PDA -- its an all in one for ebooks, games, alarm clock, mp3's, camera, addresses for postcards, and journaling, etc.
Also, bring some of that tacky stuff for putting on the back of the photos that you purchase so you can put them up on the mirror in your room. The earphones for the PDA also work on the plane.
A piece of cardboard the size of the inside of your suitcase. It kind of keeps everything in place and gives me more room by making another "compartment".
Costco International calling cards for tips for room steward and one for each of you to give to our favorite crew member during our cruise.
A coupon holder for separating/organizing/budgeting cash needed for different excursions and tips. Oh yeah, and for coupons too.
A pack of "Shout!" wipes can really come in handy.
Alarm Clock? Your cell phone does the same thing.
Boombox? Do you really think your neighbors and everyone on deck has the same taste in music as you (just get external speakers for you IPOD/CD Player, about 1/5 the size and weight)
Bring all your rechargers/adaptors for the electronics you do bring.
Leave all synthetic clothing at home.
Bring a light sweater.
Flip Flops suck when you travel, but Aqua Shoes can save your feet.
Sport sandals are good on deck and in port!
3 Bathing suits since they take forever to dry and getting into a wet bathing suit in the morning is really bad!
Bring one of those belts for your suitcase instead of the bungee cords (they serve 2 purposes that way)
Did I say Ziplocks already? Leave the toiletry bag at home, takes up too much room.
You can't have enough sunscreen, but be careful, it can explode.
Make sure you have a few meal replacement bars and water in your carry aboard (in case boarding is delayed)
Start talking to the people next to you in the waiting room, they could be your new best friends.
Bring a daypack (for towels, water, etc)
Oh yeah, Ziplocks, lots of them! in different sizes!
Bring a double flat sheet to spread out on the beach. It stays cool and the sand shakes out of it much easier than towels.
Find a little mesh pop up hamper to put dirty clothes in there instead of all over the floor, chair, bed, etc., etc.
If you are going to the Caribbean during the summer (specially Belize) bring insect repellent.
Bring a collapsible tote/beach bag for shore excursions.
From someone who recently cruised on the Glory:
Bungee Cord (for balcony door)
Super Glue (love it when the your sunglasses break)
A bank bag: that's one I never heard of until someone had mentioned that cruised a lot, they put all their receipts plane stubs,
loose change everything, kind of like a treasure chest, but it keeps everything nice and orderly and makes for an interesting
discussion on the plane ride home.
Post it notes and pen, great for messages in the room or for friends on board.