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curlybop
03-29-2006, 11:10 AM
Or accessories...... :teeth:

I was just reading a bit ago about things you take but never use, but what about those little things that just make traveling easier?

Such as a lanyard, waterproof pouches, etc. What has been the best for you? I know people probably have products I've never even heard of!

djs113
03-29-2006, 11:34 AM
best tip ever for my first cruise many moons ago was to bring an over the door shoe holder

the time that hold about 20 pairs of shoes, each in their own section

costs a few bucks and we used in to keep everything organized

lotion, film, misc cruise stuff, brushes, etc........

hang it over the bathroom door and you are suddenly organized!

KimberlyC
03-29-2006, 11:35 AM
I can't travel without my rolling backpack. Regular carry-on bags are cumbersome to me. But my rolling backpack is the perfect size to fit under the seat in the plane so I don't have to put it in the overhead bin. It has pockets to keep my travel docs in so I don't need a purse. Plus there is extra room for books, bottled water, snacks, gum, ear plugs, swim suits. It completely zips unlike beach bag type of bags so nothing is going to fall out. It easily goes on my back or if too heavy, I can wheel it and give my back a break.

I also can't travel without my small hanging toiletry bag. I never unpack it. Its always ready to go with toothbrushes, toothpase, q-tips, cotton balls, travel soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotion. Its lightweight and hangs on any robe hook or shower pole. But if flying, I have to put it in checked luggage as it contains razors and tweezers.

Slipper socks - because how often are hotel carpets cleaned? More comfortable and compact than flip flops, more durable than regular socks. I wear them in hotel rooms, out on the balcony or patio or even down the hall to use the vending machines.

Baby wipes. It took having a baby to discover these multi-purpose towelletes and now I can't live without them because sometimes you just can't wash your hands (pumping gas, seatbelt sign on while flying). Its better than nothing. Great for wiping sticky little hands and faces too.

tecdavidt
03-29-2006, 12:08 PM
This last cruise I brought a surge protected power outlet with 5 or 6 outlets on the strip. It worked great, no more reaching under the TV set to get to the one outlet in our stateroom (8548). In the past I brought an extension cord but the power strip was much easier. We could leave the phone charger, makeup mirror, hair dryer, iPod charger and camera battery charger all plugged in at once -- of course not all were running at the same time. Kathy

minniebeth
03-29-2006, 01:46 PM
Over the door shoe holder, a beach bag for the pools and Castaway Cay, ziplock bags. I could go on, but these are some of the things I'm really glad I brought. :sunny:

CACruisin'
03-29-2006, 02:04 PM
Giant Ziploc Bags! DH really thought I had gone of the deep end when he saw I had packed plastic bags, but they came in very handy with wet, sandy swim suits and watershoes after our beach excursions.

Also, the landyard. I had them for our two kids, but not for DH and myself. Guess who kept losing her card? Next time, mom gets a lanyard too! :rotfl2:

JDietz40
03-29-2006, 02:23 PM
Giant Ziploc Bags! DH really thought I had gone of the deep end when he saw I had packed plastic bags, but they came in very handy with wet, sandy swim suits and watershoes after our beach excursions.

Also, the landyard. I had them for our two kids, but not for DH and myself. Guess who kept losing her card? Next time, mom gets a lanyard too! :rotfl2:

We have the Passporter lanyards and find them excellent when travelaing through the airport as well as leaving and entering the ship. They are a convient way of carrying an ID in the airport when you have to have it available for security.

John

M<3'sMickey
03-30-2006, 07:50 PM
My parents, so they can pay for stuff! :rotfl2:

Just kidding (well, only a little!)
:mickeyjum

Dreamer04
03-30-2006, 07:56 PM
This last cruise I brought a surge protected power outlet with 5 or 6 outlets on the strip. It worked great, no more reaching under the TV set to get to the one outlet in our stateroom (8548). In the past I brought an extension cord but the power strip was much easier. We could leave the phone charger, makeup mirror, hair dryer, iPod charger and camera battery charger all plugged in at once -- of course not all were running at the same time. Kathy


Same here-the cell phones alone would drive me nuts! Plus the gameboys!

Queen2
03-30-2006, 08:11 PM
Thanks for the tip for the surge protector cord. I'll be buying one in the next few days. I have to use Plugged in Oxygen machine& a cpap machine. Last cruise it was a 25.00 deposit & only one outlet. It helped from getting behind the bed :rotfl:

When I travel to WDW, I take a plastic back pack, good for keeping camera's ,cell phones dry on some rides, or if you get some liquid sunshine real fast. :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl:

Also the security loves it,they don't have to rubble throught my bags

webray
03-31-2006, 03:32 AM
Definately the power strip outlet and ziploc bags.

WDWLVR
03-31-2006, 05:53 AM
My DH - I never travel without him!


Some of our favorites:

over the door shoe holder - great for all the little things
surf safe - those plastic boxes on a cord for you KTTW card
travel alarm clock with a light up dial
2 gallon zip lock bags - perfect for packing underwear etc.

3sons
03-31-2006, 07:05 AM
We write each boys names on the ziplocs and store clean underwear and socks. Something about traveling makes them confused about which ones belong to them. No matter that they are each 4 years apart.

susan1
03-31-2006, 07:09 AM
hi
sad that we are - instant tea powder with dried milk already added :guilty:

DisneyCruiseFansMc
03-31-2006, 09:08 AM
Downy Wrinkle Release spray (b/c who wants to waste precious cruise time ironing??)

Singles (for tips)

small scissors

waterproof camera for underwater shots on CC!!!

mattmommy
03-31-2006, 09:32 AM
when you get new sheets, curtains, blanket, etc. keep the plastic zip up bag that comes with it. They are a lot larger than regular ziplocs and free! The best one was a Mauna Loa one that came with cans of macadamia's. That had a big shoulder strap on it.

DBinMV
03-31-2006, 03:25 PM
Shout Wipes or Tide Pen. Especially handy for the young'uns when they spill a little and you still want to get a nice picture of them with a character after dinner.

Second the ziploc baggies, power strip, and over the door organizer.

DBinMV

KimberlyC
03-31-2006, 04:12 PM
Shout Wipes or Tide Pen. Especially handy for the young'uns when they spill a little and you still want to get a nice picture of them with a character after dinner.

Second the ziploc baggies, power strip, and over the door organizer.

DBinMV


Oh good call! I need to pack a Tide Pen.

mattmommy
03-31-2006, 04:48 PM
Way better than the shout wipes. I love it. Of course it gets used more on the adults than anybody else.

woody73
04-01-2006, 06:55 AM
Collapsible laundry bag.

Woody

BethA
04-01-2006, 07:41 PM
what a great idea!! Do you just slect what you want included?

videogal1
04-02-2006, 08:48 AM
Or accessories...... :teeth:

I was just reading a bit ago about things you take but never use, but what about those little things that just make traveling easier?

Such as a lanyard, waterproof pouches, etc. What has been the best for you? I know people probably have products I've never even heard of!



Little red leather booties for Cash to wear to protect his huge feet from getting burned on hot pavement...or sand...or the ship deck...caused quite a stir on the concrete boardwalk in Cabo San Lucas...
:banana:

Queen2
04-02-2006, 11:29 AM
I just ordered one & having it sent to ship. One less thing to carry. They e-mailed me back & stated it would be sent to the ship

BethA
04-02-2006, 01:33 PM
that sounds like a great idea--less stuff to carry!!!

lflynn
04-02-2006, 02:44 PM
The ship is big...it really helps when everyone wants to run off and do their own thing.

Also, the spray on sunscreen. Instead of fighting with DD for 20 minutes i simply "sprayed" her every morning. Honestly, it is the best sunscreen. (not the pump spray, this is a real mist spray that does not need to be rubbed in.) :Pinkbounc

KimberlyC
04-02-2006, 11:53 PM
The ship is big...it really helps when everyone wants to run off and do their own thing.

Also, the spray on sunscreen. Instead of fighting with DD for 20 minutes i simply "sprayed" her every morning. Honestly, it is the best sunscreen. (not the pump spray, this is a real mist spray that does not need to be rubbed in.) :Pinkbounc

What's the brand? I thought they were all pump sprays. It sounds good but I don't know what I'd be looking for :confused3

eeyoregon
04-03-2006, 12:30 AM
I have 2 favorites.

1.) My Eeyore Lanyard for easy access to room key, fast passes, etc. Don't have to dig through backpack or purse - it's right there, in the little pouch around my neck. :teeth:

2.) Small resealable package of baby wipes. Best invention ever = baby wipes. They clean anything and everything! :thumbsup2

disneyfan'ole
04-03-2006, 08:32 AM
I believe the sunscreen is coppertone? Blue bottle. I have seen them at publix, target, walgreens, cvs...etc. Very Handy for squirmy bodies!! :thumbsup2

KimberlyC
04-03-2006, 09:29 AM
I believe the sunscreen is coppertone? Blue bottle. I have seen them at publix, target, walgreens, cvs...etc. Very Handy for squirmy bodies!! :thumbsup2

Thanks :thumbsup2

lflynn
04-03-2006, 12:16 PM
It is called Coppertone Continuos Spray. It comes in a blue bottle (more like a tin bottle.) It is hard to find. Try drugstore.com. IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Spray and Go. You only need to fight over their face - which still requires regular sunsreen to avoid blinding them!!!

I always tell DD if she does't behave i will spray her face too :confused3 :rotfl2:

MandyMommytoReaghan
04-03-2006, 04:47 PM
Those all are great items to take. I did find the extension cord very useful on our cruise in August. The babywipes are another great thing to take. Of course there is hand sanitzer around the ship, but it is so convenient to take the wipes out once you have gone through lines and are able to wipe your hands and not go out to the restrooms. Also I found my Vera Bradley backpack to be very handy. I used it as a small baby bag to keep and extra outfit for DD and wallets and id's and those fabulous KTTW cards. 1 item I did buy to take but forgot was my over the door hangers. It wasn't a big deal though, I put all my toilitries out just as if I was home :) A tide pen will surely be on my list to take this year. Can't wait to start my packing list! For all you first time cruisers, search the DIS boards there is an awesome packing list of things to take and things to leave at home.

3sons
04-03-2006, 06:14 PM
It is hard to find and also be aware it doesn't seem to go as far. I found Banana Boat for kids this year. My dermatologist reccomended Coppertone Blue. Its great , buy a lot.

plenam
04-03-2006, 08:25 PM
Duct tape......don't ask ;)

Brett

justmestace
04-03-2006, 08:39 PM
Ziplok now makes Heavy Duty, Big Big bags. They stand about 3' tall, fold flat in the bottom of the suitcase. I take them to use as laundry bags.

Waterproof fanny packs.

SafeSea sunscreen protects against sea lice and jellyfish stings.

Post It note pad with a magnet on the back, and a pen/pencil with a magnetic holder...so that we can leave notes as to our whereabouts on the inside of the stateroom door.