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Old 06-02-2013, 10:38 AM   #16
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When I used the conditioner on the ship, it took me forever to comb out the tangles. I will definitely bring my own conditioner next time.

Do pack -
* pop-up hamper
* individual laundry detergent packets
* plastic baggies to put things in that are taken to the beach. Once it starts to rain, it's good to know your phone (or whatever) is nice and dry.
* plenty of sunscreen. We went through more than we anticipated.

We did not need -
* beach towels
* any type of organizers
* power strip
* water bottles

It might also be a good idea to pack some ponchos. We could have used them a few times when we were off of the ship and it started to rain.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #17
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[QUOTE="tchrrx;48569131"]I just got off of the Fantasy yesterday. I packed a hair dryer, but didn't use it. The one in the room worked well.

I keep reading about the hair dryers either work good or people say on the classics they stink.... I'm curious to find out if they will be fixing them up on the Magic so I don't have to pack a hair dryer in April lol
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #18
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The trick to the hair dryers is to not use them in the bathroom, take them out to the mirror and outlets in the room...

The shampoo/conditioner on the cruise is H2O Plus, better quality than most of the Disney resorts basic H2O stuff.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #19
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I have never packed a powerstrip, over the door organizer, pop up hamper, or nightlight. I love these threads to see what everyone does or doesn't bring... I never use the shampoo provided...that's just me. My DH uses it. I always pack a small pharmacy with us. LOL!!! It's includes but is not limited to the following: pepto, Imodium, Motrin, Tylenol, lactase, allergy medicine, sunscreen of course, antacids, etc...
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:00 PM   #20
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I have never packed a powerstrip, over the door organizer, pop up hamper, or nightlight. I love these threads to see what everyone does or doesn't bring... I never use the shampoo provided...that's just me. My DH uses it. I always pack a small pharmacy with us. LOL!!! It's includes but is not limited to the following: pepto, Imodium, Motrin, Tylenol, lactase, allergy medicine, sunscreen of course, antacids, etc...
We're traveling the week before (don't know where other than it's based out of Orlando, it's NOT the parks, and telling my bank "Florida, the Bahamas, and Disney Cruise Line" will suffice - our parents are taking us on a trip to celebrate their 45th anniversary (they get off easy...it's just me and sis - other friends of theirs have had kids with spouses/partners and grands), and they planned part of it as a surprise), so we're definitely not bringing organizers, hampers and the like. Three of us have LL Bean toiletry kits and my mom has her "training case" (it's a "train case" but from the time I was little I added the "-ing" onto it) for personal care stuff, and then we'll each have a suitcase with our clothes and stuff.

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Old 06-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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We were recently on the Dream

I DID NOT need my blow dryer or extra hangers. Ships was fine.

I DID use our pop up hamper ALOT!!
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:55 PM   #22
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We pack a small power strip with a USB port on it, because we have a large number of electronics we like to keep charged up (iPads/Nooks for ebooks, iPhone/iPod, cameras, etc).

We do pack a shoe organizer, but it hangs on the hook outside the bathroom and gets used for quick access to stuff we use a lot - sunglasses, goggles, sunscreen, navigators, pens/hilighters, etc. Otherwise they tend to get lost on the desk! This trip we're also bringing a shoe organizer for (gasp) shoes! We only take 3 pairs each, but that's 9 pairs among the 3 of us, and they've always gotten jumbled in the bottom of the closet. I'm hoping hanging this in the closet will help keep us better organized.

We have in the past packed a tap light for the bathroom at night, but we usually have inside cabins. It's not on our list for our next cruise.

DH always packs a flashlight. I keep telling him we're not cruising Carnival, but I think he just wants to be prepared

I really can't think of anything we don't use. If you're a DVC member or have cruised before, don't bother with a lanyard - you'll get one. Or 2. Or 6. We usually end up with at least 6 by the end of a cruise between Castaway Club and DVC!
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:57 PM   #23
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I've never brought a pop-up hamper. Once we have an empty suitcase after packing, I put a few dryer sheets in one and throw our dirty clothes in there and put it back under the bed. That way, its already in the suitcase. The drier sheets help to prevent sweaty-stinky smells from happening in the suitcase.

We don't pack anything to wash clothes, as I've learned that I wear WAY LESS than I think I will. You can always buy stuff to wash on the ship in case (its not crazy expensive, I don't think).

We used to do the shoe organizer, but haven't used it the last few cruises. They are starting to keep cruisers from using them anyway, as they cause damage to the doors, so no sense in packing them anyway. They have plenty of shelves to keep things organized, IMHO.

We haven't ever needed a night light. We kept the toilet room light on and just closed the door, since thats the only place you'll really go. We kept our phones on airplane mode, so we could use them if we really needed to move around at night. But we don't travel with children, so that may make a difference.

We also bring our own cups for the drink station. The cups they provide sweat immediately, and are not enough when you want to lay out in the sun. We used to pick up 2 at a time, but the ice melted so quick. We get some cheap ones from the dollar store or walmart that are slightly insulated. If we need room in our suitcases for the sad trip home, we can throw them away or wash them and let our room host/hostess take them.

We have done the power strips for cameras and such, but I have heard that some people were not allowed to bring them. I don't know if there is any confirmation on that...
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #24
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I never pack shampoo, conditioner because they have that on board. I always pack a compact LED flashlight to keep next to my bed.
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:42 PM   #25
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Great idea for a thread! We are sailing on our first cruise in May of 2014, and I'm on these boards just about every day trying to find out new ideas/suggestions, and keep the magic alive.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:53 PM   #26
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I agree on the flashlight and the pop-up hamper (unless you have the extra suitcase). I have packed a powerstrip in the past and only used on the last night when trying to make sure that cel phones, Kindle, etc. are all charged up. Also found the over-door shoe hanger was not necessary on our last cruise on the Dream (there were only three of us).
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #27
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Like others have said don't back towels. Ship has plenty.

Do pack a mini medicine bag (ie Advil, bandages, etc) Never know when you will need something and if you go to the health center on the ship they are gonna charge you $$$$$ to get it.

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Old 06-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #28
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1. Downy wrinkle remover travel size - it gets wrinkles out of everything!
2. Insulated water bottles as PP mentioned.
3. Crystal light packets
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:03 PM   #29
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I take a lot of the usual stuff, but since you asked about unusual...I also take a mini-pillow. I know the DCL pillows are popular with some, but I absolutely can't sleep on them. For the record, I don't take it on other vacations, I'm not always obsessive about my pillow.
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:12 PM   #30
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I agree with a lot of what others have said, and one I haven't seen that is a MUST is an Air freshener for the bathroom.
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