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bernee
06-13-2004, 12:30 AM
Hi All,

I have seen all sorts of messages and Web sites listing what to bring and not bring. I thought I would ask all you experts/repeat cruisers out there what one thing you wish you had packed (with you one the cruise), but didn't.

For example, I wish I had packed bubbles for the send off party. I wish I had packed four swimsuits instead of three.

Thanks!
Renee

disneyholic family
06-13-2004, 02:00 AM
i wasn't missing anything, but i wish i'd left 3 quarters of the stuff we did take at home...
i'm going to try to pack VERY lightly this time around.....
or at least try....

kshabare
06-13-2004, 05:13 AM
This next cruise I will not forget to bring my tube of aloe for sun burns. We went snorkeling and I had my hair back in a pony tail. My scalp was burned in the part. Had sunscreen everywhere else. p.s. don't forget lip balm for sun too.

Kim

WDWLVR
06-13-2004, 05:45 AM
The one thing I didn't pack the first cruise and I've made sure to have ever since is a small bedside clock that can light up at night. I usually never sleep through the night and like to know what time it is when I get up in the middle of the night. They do have clocks in the rooms now but not one good for this purpose. We bought a small fold-up one by Timex that has worked great for us. Even has an alarm feature which I'm sure will be good on St. Thomas morning!

eye R.N.
06-13-2004, 07:57 AM
For watching the late movie. I found the theater chilly.

Mickeyhugger
06-13-2004, 09:20 AM
The inexpensiver dollar-store shoe organizer.

Actually, we DID plan to bring it, but it was about the only item we forgot to pack.

The 'little' clutter items (combs, jewelry, change, etc) was a real pain.

disneyholic family
06-13-2004, 09:34 AM
eye R.N. --
when we pack for our summer trip to the states, i put a sweatshirt for each of us in the carry on bags....and then i carry it with me everywhere we go...
it seems that most places in the United States like to run a/c at arctic chill levels...
and the rest of us freeze to death when we visit...
i know that in WDW people always look at us strangely when, in the middle of july, we walk into a building and the first thing we do is put on our sweatshirts...

one year we got caught in newark airport for several hours and i had forgotten to pack the sweats...thank god a sport clothes store was open (i think nike) where they had all the sweatsuits on sale....i bought each of the kids a full suit (pants and sweatshirt)....whereupon, their lips finally changed from blue to pink...
there was another family in the business lounge in a similar predicament....the moment they saw my kids they jumped up, asked where i'd bought them, and zipped on over there to get a set for each of their kids..

meanwhile, all the local american kids were running around in shorts and tank tops....you get conditioned to that arctic chill a/c...

bernee
06-13-2004, 12:19 PM
Great suggestions... I would not have thought of bringing something for sunburns or a sweater.

Keep those suggestions coming... :-)

Thanks all.

Renee

TheWog
06-13-2004, 01:09 PM
my wife needed to buy a sweatshirt as well. Air freshener, just in case. A little can will do. We brought an empty duffle bag to put dirty laundry in. It freed up space in the luggage for souveniers as well as gave us place to put the dirty clothes.

kcashner
06-13-2004, 01:47 PM
Similar to your duffle idea, I have a totally collapsable "Totes" brand suitcase. It folds to smaller than a paperback book, and expands to a reasonable sized bag. I use it for dirty laundry. We put it in the closet to accumulate the dirties while on the cruise, and take it home well stuffed with dirties. At home, I just drop it in the laundry room.

I don't put the dry clean only stuff or anything else in there.....makes unpacking much easier and keeps room clutter in some order (although with a teen, cleanliness isn't next to Godliness, it's next to impossible!)

webray
06-13-2004, 03:14 PM
forgot my swim shoes for our second cruise..really missed them on the adult beach.

Other than that..just wish I would have packed a whole lot less than I did.

SweetSpot
06-13-2004, 05:37 PM
A mini medicine cabinet. We've had a kid get really sick on both cruises and I wasn't prepared on the first as well as I should have been. Now I bring cough, fever, stomach, allergy, you name it medicine I have it in case someone get sick again. Made having a very sick kid on the last night of much easier this year being handle it as I would have handled it at home.

Multi colored highlighters are also a must so you can color code the navigator for what everyone wants to do that day. Makes it easier not to miss something you really wanted to do.

tammy bell
06-13-2004, 07:56 PM
Extension cord. My hair dryer has a large plug base and it did not fit. The hair dryers in the room are weak so I really missed my hair dryer.

tvguy
06-13-2004, 08:23 PM
Travel light, we did and were fine.
After reading these boards for a while, though, I assume some folks are very picky about somethings. tammybell echos a complaint others have raised about bringing your hair dryer. My 13 year old DD with LONG THICK hair had no problem with the in cabin hair dryer, but others must be used to 5000 watt 500 mph hair dryers, because they find the in cabin unit weak. :earseek:
If you are particular about coffee or soda or beer or wine, bring your own. We found all to be just fine, some folks appear to have a religious experience with their coffee, soad, beer and wine. ::yes::

d'Isigny
06-13-2004, 09:37 PM
LESS CLOTHES!!!
Plan to take items that mix-n-match well. with a 50lbs limit, we will really need to adjust our packing. Last year - it was a struggle to make sure we wore everything be brought at least once. I'd rather travel lighter and make a (GASP!) trip to the laundry - did you know that room service will deliver to the laundry areas?

An expanding duffle or a suitcase inside a suitcase is great way to get those extra purchases home...Also...it's much easier to pack on your last night.

CM_Mom
06-13-2004, 11:21 PM
Another vote for LESS Clothes. Fewer shoes. Take the ones you really LIKE to wear for VACATION. Also instead of the extension cord we took a "power strip" and plugged it in on the desk. Was great for walkie talkie charger, curling irons, etc. Note that the outlet in the bathroom isn't powerful enough for curling irons.

Thanks to the boards, we took the shoe organizer, air freshner, and suction cup hooks and used all of them.

hughiedeweylouie
06-14-2004, 07:27 AM
Double the pack less clothes idea. I packed 7 outfits for each of us plus an extra. And had different shoes for many outfits. On sea days you wear your bathing suit and a pair of shorts. Castaway Cay day--again just bathing suit and cover-up. You can play Bingo, do the games and in between pool time and not get changed. We had a huge duffle bag of clothes we did not wear to haul back home.
I WILL say this board's list did prepare me with the extras--extension cord, our own snorkle stuff, many disposable and underwater cameras, water bottles, etc.
Ann

Nysie
06-14-2004, 08:26 AM
Kcashner- where did you get the collapsable bag? Thanks!!

CM_Mom
06-14-2004, 11:56 PM
I believe DD said she got something like that at WalMart. I would definitely check out their luggage aisle. She also got a rolling collapsible duffel that holds 50 pounds worth of clothes but collapses reasonably flat so it can be stored in underbed storage. She was interested in something she could handle easily (rollers) and that would store in minimum space - crew quarters are TINY.

ann-e-mator
06-15-2004, 09:18 AM
Absolutely positively, your own shampoo and condidtioner... For once, I left mine at home on our last cruise trying to cut down on stuff to pack...It was awful!!! In fact, it was the only thing on the cruise I was disappointed in... their personal size bottles didn't have nearly enough in them for medium length hair and the weather is brutal for drying out locks... bring your own for sure!

bernee
06-18-2004, 02:47 AM
Originally posted by kshabare
This next cruise I will not forget to bring my tube of aloe for sun burns. We went snorkeling and I had my hair back in a pony tail. My scalp was burned in the part. Had sunscreen everywhere else. p.s. don't forget lip balm for sun too.

Kim

I put a bottle of aloe in my "cruise" box because of your suggestion.

Thanks,
Renee

bernee
06-18-2004, 02:53 AM
Originally posted by ann-e-mator
Absolutely positively, your own shampoo and condidtioner... For once, I left mine at home on our last cruise trying to cut down on stuff to pack...It was awful!!! In fact, it was the only thing on the cruise I was disappointed in... their personal size bottles didn't have nearly enough in them for medium length hair and the weather is brutal for drying out locks... bring your own for sure!

That's too bad that what they have is not that great. The Disney's Grand Californian Hotel supplies are pretty good. Oh well, I guess I will be packing my shampoo and conditioner. I hope my suitcase has wheels with all the stuff I am packing. :D

Have a great weekend!
Renee

Dreamer04
06-18-2004, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by d'Isigny
did you know that room service will deliver to the laundry areas?

I love this!!! What a cool idea! A nice all hands on deck platter and an ice cold soda!!

jlawall
06-18-2004, 04:33 PM
I agree with the "pack less" idea. It saves work unpacking and storing luggage, no hassles at the airport b/c of the 50 lb. rule and you really don't need so much!

goingbacksoon
06-18-2004, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by bernee
I put a bottle of aloe in my "cruise" box because of your suggestion.

Thanks,
Renee

I third that aloe! It was $6.75 for a small tube of it from the health center :confused:

goingbacksoon

brack
06-18-2004, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by WDWLVR
a small bedside clock that can light up at night. I usually never sleep through the night and like to know what time it is when I get up in the middle of the night.

And I thought I was the only one with this quirk! I like the kind of clock from Radio Shack that shines the time on the ceiling

Laura24
06-19-2004, 08:07 PM
the hair conditioner. It is a must, as the wind and salt air are not kind at all to any one with long(ish) hair. DCL samples are hopeless, especially if you are out there for 7 nights!

nzdisneymom
06-19-2004, 08:35 PM
Renee wrote:

I put a bottle of aloe in my "cruise" box because of your suggestion.


Oooh. I hadn't thought of starting a "cruise box" - I need to do that as I read ideas such as the power strip and over the door shoe holder.

Keep the ideas coming for us newbie cruisers!

CM_Mom
06-20-2004, 12:00 AM
When you have a long wait...like most of us do...a "cruise box" that you add to as you think of things can make the trip seem real long before you get close enough to begin packing.

bernee
06-20-2004, 12:16 AM
Hi All,

I have received a lot of great suggestions from all of you. As mentioned earlier, I have a "cruise" box. Because of your feedback, the box already has the following (listing here in case anyone might like to follow it):

* 2 Hand-Pressed Compression Bags (Dirty Laundry)
* 6 Pack of Amazing Bubbles (Send Off Party)
* 1 Box of 20-1 Gallon Resealable Storage Bags
* 1 Box of Ear Plugs (We are Cat. 12)
* I 5-pk of Neon Highlighters
* 1 Bottle of Aloe Vera Gel
* 2 Concentrated Fragrance Spray for Bath & Body Works (Lavender and Spiced Cider)
* 14 Roles of Film (Still Old School)
* 1 Under Water Camera Complete w/Film and Battery
* 2 Le Plume Quality Memory Book Markers in Black (For Autographs)
* 1 "Do It Yourself" Autograph Book (Archival Quality)
* 2 Pks of Disney Stickers to Decorate "Do It Yourself" Book
* Water Shoes - 1 pr ea (DH/Me)
* Nasal Decongestant - 48 Tablets (Target)
* Pepto-Bismol - 40 Caplets
* Motion Sickness Relief - 32 Tablets (Target)
* Aspirin - 300 Tablets (Target)
* Allergy Relief - 100 Coated Minitabs (Target)
* Nighttime Pain Reliever - 50 Geltabs (Target)
* Acetaminophen - 50 Geltabs (Target)
* Paul Mitchell Shampoo and Conditioner
* 1 Hair Dryer

If you are on the November 6, 2004 Western sailing, you can always borrow from the Pate Family. :D

Have a Happy Father's Day!
Renee

Tigg's Granma
06-20-2004, 08:08 AM
A night light, especially helpful for "finding" the bathroom in the middle of the night. Prevents stubbed toes & bruised shins, from stumbling around in the dark.:idea:

mum of two pirates
08-07-2004, 11:13 PM
The cruise box will also make it more of a reality for some of us, then you spend the money now on the things you need and not right before the trip. ever Wounder what they do with all the left over stuff people leave on the ship? have a yard sale maybe??? Mum of pirate: pirate:

april riddle
08-08-2004, 07:47 AM
Thanks for the great idea about the cruise box! I am going to start mine today - I am also adding my disney dollars that I have been purchasing along the way to put with my documents when we leave. I already have the shoe holder - I was thinking about putting everything in it and rolling it like a sleeping bag so that it can be hung up when we unpack.

bbowers
08-08-2004, 12:07 PM
My cruise box is a fireproof safe, bought after I purchased (don't laugh) Disney Annual Passes. Of course, bank info, etc, etc, never makes it into the fireproof, but by golly, my Disney stuff is safe!

It now has various fanny/back packs, an extension cord, disposable razors, other tickets, mini binoculars, etc, etc which are all waiting for various trips.

Tera
08-08-2004, 01:02 PM
Thanks for that list bernee!!! I copied and pasted and will add a few other things I saw here and start my box soon. Summer stuff is going on sale (sunscreen, aloe, etc) and since we're cruising early next May, better to get it now then wait.

I thought of getting one of those duffle bags on rollers, fill it with with alcohol & some soda and then I have a bag for my goodies to bring home.

debster812
08-08-2004, 01:30 PM
Hi all. :wave:

I am a wannabe cruiser, but am reading EVERYTHING from a tip standpoint.

For those of you who have sunburn concerns on your scalps from parts or if you get braids, I actually have a suggestion:

Bullfrog, SPF 36 Spray QuikGel.

You spray it on, and you can spray it right on your head/hair/scalp. I use it on DS's head after he gets his summer 'buzz cut'

http://a1468.g.akamai.net/f/1468/580/1d/pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/46539/300.jpg

This stuff is 'bulletproof'. Its the most waterproof sunscreen I have ever used. I am a fairskinned (some would say pasty:teeth: ) girl of Irish/Scottish descent, and if I am lucky, by the end of the summer, my freckles have blended together to form a tan.

PoohJen
08-08-2004, 01:58 PM
One thing I'll be sure to pack is childrens' tylenol and childrens' cold medicine - hoping I won't need it!!! (but, i know my kids are going to be overtired and susceptible...) ::yes::

herrbeeb
08-09-2004, 07:45 AM
i wish i brought tose suction cup hooks for wet bathing suits. there is plenty of space in a cat 4 for toiletries and clothes but not enough hooks for the wet bathing suits, etc. of a family of 5.

i color my hair so i always bring my own shampoo and conditioner. my girls are similarly picky and won't use the dcl stuff. the boys will, however, and since it is replenished every day they had plenty.

like many other posters i wish i brought less clothes. we spent 3 days at wdw after the 7 day cruise and still returned with clothes that weren't worn. the area you can probably cut back on is the casual wear. i spent most days in a bathing suit and a pareo and most evenings in the same capris and oversized cotton sweater. flip flops are very popular these days, small and easy to pack and cheap so you can have different ones for each outfit. i love shoes and devote a lot of suitcase space to them.

Itinkso
08-09-2004, 05:18 PM
I forgot to take bubble wrap and could have used it to wrap up the 7 souvenir hurricane glasses my daughter acquired. Fortunately they fit in the collapsible cooler and she carried it off of the ship!