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Old 12-29-2012, 10:56 AM   #1
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Must Takes??

Hi everyone!! We are planning our first Disney Cruise this September! We are all so excited and trying to find things to make the time go by quicker. We are making a countdown calendar, working on FE's, and I am a big planner so I am even working on a must take with list. What would you experienced cruisers recommend? I see photos of adults that dressed up for the pirate party and things like that. I was planning on taking that stuff with for our 6 year old but didn't even think about it for us. But I would love to! Any suggestions for things like that? I really appreciate any advice so we can be better prepared! Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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A list that has been around

Hello, This list has been around on the boards for a awhile...
You can take what you need off of it and a just it for you...:

ITEM
$1 or $ 2 bills (room service grat)
Address Labels-Luggage Tags
Address Labels-Postcards
Air Freshner/Room Scent/Pillow scent
Aloe
Antacid
Anti-bacterial Wipes or Gel
Aspirin or other medicine
Backpack
Band-aids
Batteries (camera batteries also)
Beach toys
Benadryl
Beverages/mixers/wine
Binoculars
Bonine
Books
Bubblewrap
Bungee cord/rope
Business Cards
Button Hole Extenders
Cameras
Candy
Carry-on with wheels
CD player/CDs/iPod
Clothspins & clothesline
Coffeemaker
Cooler (soft-sided)
Corkscrew
Cutting knife
Deodorant
Dishwash Detergent or Cloths
Dramamine
Dry erase board
Dryer Sheets
Duct tape (flat pack)
Duffle bag (spare)
Earplugs
Extension Cord or Power Strip
Eyewash and/or eyecup
Fan - hand-held
Fanny pack
Feminine needs
Film/Memory Card (spare)
Flashlight
Folder or Large Envelope
Glow necklaces
GPS
Hairbrush/Comb
Hairdryer
Hamper - collapsable
Highlighters
ID holder/dry box
Insect Repellent packets
Keep cool or "migraine ice" strips
Laptop & cords
Laundry Detergent
Laxative, correctal/gentle
List of these tips
Lotion
Luggage Bag
Magnetic door sign or photo holder
Makeup
Moisturizer/Lotion
Multi~tool/ Leatherman
Night Light
Notebook/Journal, Pens
Notebook/Memo Pad
Over-the-door Shoe Holder
Papaya Enzyme Tablet or Beano
Pen - laundry pen
Pens
Permanent Marker (Sharpie)
Phone Cards (staff grats)
Pillowcases & colored Sharpies
Post-it Pad
Powder
Prescriptions/medicines
Quarters - a roll or two
Reading Glasses
Safety Pins
Scrapbook/Autograph Book
Sense of humor
Sewing Kit
Shampoo
Shaving Kit
Sippy Cups
Snorkeling Gear
Sports bottle/water bottle/mug
Stain Stick or Packet
Straws
Suction cups/hooks
Sunglasses
Sunscreen/Sunscreen spray
Swiss Army knife
Thank You Cards
Tissues
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Tote Bag/Beach Bag/Day Bag
Trash bags
Travel clock/alarm clock
Travel Iron, Steamer, or Wrinkle Spray
Two-way Radios
Umbrella
Watch - recommend waterproof
Windex wipes
Woolite
Zip straps
Ziploc Bags


Hope this helps

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Old 12-30-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Robin"D"
Hello, This list has been around on the boards for a awhile...
You can take what you need off of it and a just it for you...:

ITEM
$1 or $ 2 bills (room service grat)
Address Labels-Luggage Tags
Address Labels-Postcards
Air Freshner/Room Scent/Pillow scent
Aloe
Antacid
Anti-bacterial Wipes or Gel
Aspirin or other medicine
Backpack
Band-aids
Batteries (camera batteries also)
Beach toys
Benadryl
Beverages/mixers/wine
Binoculars
Bonine
Books
Bubblewrap
Bungee cord/rope
Business Cards
Button Hole Extenders
Cameras
Candy
Carry-on with wheels
CD player/CDs/iPod
Clothspins & clothesline
Coffeemaker
Cooler (soft-sided)
Corkscrew
Cutting knife
Deodorant
Dishwash Detergent or Cloths
Dramamine
Dry erase board
Dryer Sheets
Duct tape (flat pack)
Duffle bag (spare)
Earplugs
Extension Cord or Power Strip
Eyewash and/or eyecup
Fan - hand-held
Fanny pack
Feminine needs
Film/Memory Card (spare)
Flashlight
Folder or Large Envelope
Glow necklaces
GPS
Hairbrush/Comb
Hairdryer
Hamper - collapsable
Highlighters
ID holder/dry box
Insect Repellent packets
Keep cool or "migraine ice" strips
Laptop & cords
Laundry Detergent
Laxative, correctal/gentle
List of these tips
Lotion
Luggage Bag
Magnetic door sign or photo holder
Makeup
Moisturizer/Lotion
Multi~tool/ Leatherman
Night Light
Notebook/Journal, Pens
Notebook/Memo Pad
Over-the-door Shoe Holder
Papaya Enzyme Tablet or Beano
Pen - laundry pen
Pens
Permanent Marker (Sharpie)
Phone Cards (staff grats)
Pillowcases & colored Sharpies
Post-it Pad
Powder
Prescriptions/medicines
Quarters - a roll or two
Reading Glasses
Safety Pins
Scrapbook/Autograph Book
Sense of humor
Sewing Kit
Shampoo
Shaving Kit
Sippy Cups
Snorkeling Gear
Sports bottle/water bottle/mug
Stain Stick or Packet
Straws
Suction cups/hooks
Sunglasses
Sunscreen/Sunscreen spray
Swiss Army knife
Thank You Cards
Tissues
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Tote Bag/Beach Bag/Day Bag
Trash bags
Travel clock/alarm clock
Travel Iron, Steamer, or Wrinkle Spray
Two-way Radios
Umbrella
Watch - recommend waterproof
Windex wipes
Woolite
Zip straps
Ziploc Bags

Hope this helps

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I know these are just suggestions but why would you need some of this stuff - cutting knife? Swiss army knife? Duck tape, ear plugs, gps
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Robin"D"
Hello, This list has been around on the boards for a awhile...
You can take what you need off of it and a just it for you...:

ITEM
$1 or $ 2 bills (room service grat)
Address Labels-Luggage Tags
Address Labels-Postcards
Air Freshner/Room Scent/Pillow scent
Aloe
Antacid
Anti-bacterial Wipes or Gel
Aspirin or other medicine
Backpack
Band-aids
Batteries (camera batteries also)
Beach toys
Benadryl
Beverages/mixers/wine
Binoculars
Bonine
Books
Bubblewrap
Bungee cord/rope
Business Cards
Button Hole Extenders
Cameras
Candy
Carry-on with wheels
CD player/CDs/iPod
Clothspins & clothesline
Coffeemaker
Cooler (soft-sided)
Corkscrew
Cutting knife
Deodorant
Dishwash Detergent or Cloths
Dramamine
Dry erase board
Dryer Sheets
Duct tape (flat pack)
Duffle bag (spare)
Earplugs
Extension Cord or Power Strip
Eyewash and/or eyecup
Fan - hand-held
Fanny pack
Feminine needs
Film/Memory Card (spare)
Flashlight
Folder or Large Envelope
Glow necklaces
GPS
Hairbrush/Comb
Hairdryer
Hamper - collapsable
Highlighters
ID holder/dry box
Insect Repellent packets
Keep cool or "migraine ice" strips
Laptop & cords
Laundry Detergent
Laxative, correctal/gentle
List of these tips
Lotion
Luggage Bag
Magnetic door sign or photo holder
Makeup
Moisturizer/Lotion
Multi~tool/ Leatherman
Night Light
Notebook/Journal, Pens
Notebook/Memo Pad
Over-the-door Shoe Holder
Papaya Enzyme Tablet or Beano
Pen - laundry pen
Pens
Permanent Marker (Sharpie)
Phone Cards (staff grats)
Pillowcases & colored Sharpies
Post-it Pad
Powder
Prescriptions/medicines
Quarters - a roll or two
Reading Glasses
Safety Pins
Scrapbook/Autograph Book
Sense of humor
Sewing Kit
Shampoo
Shaving Kit
Sippy Cups
Snorkeling Gear
Sports bottle/water bottle/mug
Stain Stick or Packet
Straws
Suction cups/hooks
Sunglasses
Sunscreen/Sunscreen spray
Swiss Army knife
Thank You Cards
Tissues
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Tote Bag/Beach Bag/Day Bag
Trash bags
Travel clock/alarm clock
Travel Iron, Steamer, or Wrinkle Spray
Two-way Radios
Umbrella
Watch - recommend waterproof
Windex wipes
Woolite
Zip straps
Ziploc Bags

Hope this helps

Robin & Angel "D"
I know these are just suggestions but why would you need some of this stuff - cutting knife? Swiss army knife? Duck tape, ear plugs, gps
Ear plugs could definitely come in handy! Ever had a room near the kids' clubs?

But travel irons and steamers aren't allowed--they will confiscate them (and hold up the security line while you sign a form to reclaim then after the cruise)
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
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I remember when I first came here and thought I needed to bring that whole list. I was getting all the stuff from my decon team-go bag from work and then about a month before I stopped and thought about it. We didn't need a cork screw because we were bringing wine that had a screw top (we're klassy like that). You can't bring a coffeemaker on board. And the umbrella stuff... maybe I'm just too Washington for my own good, but if it's raining I wear a hood and I like walking in the rain. That list looks super imposing and scary. But you don't need to pack everything in it (for example- I carried all my addresses in the back of my journal. Next trip they're going in my iPhone, which is going on airplane mode the whole trip.).

Few of my "duh" moments/thoughts to bring:
-a big t-shirt. That stupid spray sunscreen didn't work with me (I didn't know you had to rub it in. I had white stripes everywhere, amongst bright red). I didn't think to bring a t-shirt because it was going to be hot. Then I got burned. People kept looking at my burn... Had nothing to cover it.
-sunburn relief cream.
-if you take anything to help you sleep normally bring that.
-Remember what you wear normally and don't try to go outside comfy zone clothes wise for cruises. I brought dresses that were short, super heels, and wondered why I lived in shorts most of my cruise.

Oh and have fun!
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:01 PM   #6
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I remember when I first came here and thought I needed to bring that whole list. I was getting all the stuff from my decon team-go bag from work and then about a month before I stopped and thought about it. We didn't need a cork screw because we were bringing wine that had a screw top (we're klassy like that). You can't bring a coffeemaker on board. And the umbrella stuff... maybe I'm just too Washington for my own good, but if it's raining I wear a hood and I like walking in the rain. That list looks super imposing and scary. But you don't need to pack everything in it (for example- I carried all my addresses in the back of my journal. Next trip they're going in my iPhone, which is going on airplane mode the whole trip.).

Few of my "duh" moments/thoughts to bring:
-a big t-shirt. That stupid spray sunscreen didn't work with me (I didn't know you had to rub it in. I had white stripes everywhere, amongst bright red). I didn't think to bring a t-shirt because it was going to be hot. Then I got burned. People kept looking at my burn... Had nothing to cover it.
-sunburn relief cream.
-if you take anything to help you sleep normally bring that.
-Remember what you wear normally and don't try to go outside comfy zone clothes wise for cruises. I brought dresses that were short, super heels, and wondered why I lived in shorts most of my cruise.

Oh and have fun!
I agree. I packed stuff I never needed! This time this momma is going to be smart about it. Concentrate on having lots of fun!
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:22 PM   #7
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Best thing I have read to take with you is.....

A great attitude and your smile. There will be times that the ship seems crowded or a plan doesn't work out. Relax, you are on vacation and a smile goes a long way.
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Best thing I have read to take with you is.....

A great attitude and your smile. There will be times that the ship seems crowded or a plan doesn't work out. Relax, you are on vacation and a smile goes a long way.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:54 PM   #9
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Thank you so much everyone! I will definitely pull from all this!
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:15 PM   #10
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I'm a first timer on DCL, and I'm flying in, so my list is a LOT smaller!
Items I wrote down after reading here other than the "usual":
$1 bills for tipping room service(you may not plan to use it, but I remember on a trip with my parents, we did it for fun)
a small flashlight for the kids if they need to get up in the night
a clock with a lit face(apparently the clocks are old school on the older ships? Not sure on the new ones)
4 different colored highlighters so we know what each person wants to do each day
wine/beer/liquor (We are staying in Miami for 2 days prior, so will buy it then)
FE and FE gifts
pillowcases/photo mats to have signed--candy or treats for the "thank you" for this service
If there is room when we pack(we ONLY do carry on, so...) an over the door shoe organizer so we can hang it in the bathroom to hold all of our stuff
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:16 PM   #11
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holy crap that's a big list......I get where you would pick and choose from it or your luggage would have no room for cloths. just glanced over it quickly but the suggestion for the corkscrew is not needed. if you call room service and ask they will bring you one and wine glasses that you can keep in your cabin for the entire cruise.
plus, unless you need lots and lots, you can pick up asprin and bandages, that sort of thing, in the shops. I know bringing your own will save money but I prefer to save the room. the shops pretty much carry it all.
not saying the list isn't good.......don't read into this. lol.
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I'm a first timer on DCL, and I'm flying in, so my list is a LOT smaller!
Items I wrote down after reading here other than the "usual":
$1 bills for tipping room service(you may not plan to use it, but I remember on a trip with my parents, we did it for fun)
a small flashlight for the kids if they need to get up in the night
a clock with a lit face(apparently the clocks are old school on the older ships? Not sure on the new ones)
4 different colored highlighters so we know what each person wants to do each day
wine/beer/liquor (We are staying in Miami for 2 days prior, so will buy it then)
FE and FE gifts
pillowcases/photo mats to have signed--candy or treats for the "thank you" for this service
If there is room when we pack(we ONLY do carry on, so...) an over the door shoe organizer so we can hang it in the bathroom to hold all of our stuff
Just an FYI, the clock on the Fantasy was so bright I had to put a towel over it to sleep. It lit up the entire room! As many times as I've cruised, I NEVER remember the highlighters....and they are absolutely necessary.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:30 PM   #13
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Just an FYI, the clock on the Fantasy was so bright I had to put a towel over it to sleep. It lit up the entire room! As many times as I've cruised, I NEVER remember the highlighters....and they are absolutely necessary.
The clocks can be dimmed. The large button on the top has (I think) 3 dim levels as well as "off".

I second the highlighters.

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plus, unless you need lots and lots, you can pick up aspirin and bandages, that sort of thing, in the shops. I know bringing your own will save money but I prefer to save the room. the shops pretty much carry it all.
See for me, and this is purely a 'Kim' thing so others may not get it: the bandaides/mini first aid kit, aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, Tums, migraine meds... I think it's because I just graduated nursing school and I work in a hospital, before I leave I want to make sure I have all that, just in case something happens on the plane, hotel, shuttle, etc. I am so... OCD about that my FE gift was a mini first aide kit. I can scrimp on things like highlighters (never used), over the door rack, etc. I need my first aid kit.

Oh bring reusable cups with lids. I had one for like iced drinks. I would fill it up before movies, before going to port, or just to putz around the boat.
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See for me, and this is purely a 'Kim' thing so others may not get it: the bandaides/mini first aid kit, aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, Tums, migraine meds... I think it's because I just graduated nursing school and I work in a hospital, before I leave I want to make sure I have all that, just in case something happens on the plane, hotel, shuttle, etc. I am so... OCD about that my FE gift was a mini first aide kit. I can scrimp on things like highlighters (never used), over the door rack, etc. I need my first aid kit.


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Oh, same here! We take almost every first aid/med that we might need! Last thing I want is a headache or fever in middle of night or in the middle of nowhere and not have it. DH, a doc, even carries sutures in his first aid kit. While on excursion in foreign country, that is handy to have since it would be an option of us.

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