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Old 01-01-2013, 12:26 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by kdeans1010 View Post
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.
love your FE gift. that's a good idea.
now, as far as your what if's, my thought is, if I need it I will ask. you can get asprin (for free) and bandages (for free) on any plane. as for the hotels, well, if its say the middle of the night and the store is closed, call the front desk and they will send your needs to you. this goes for the ship as well. you can call down and they will send them up. if you need a specific brand you may have a problem but most places ask what you prefer and carry a wide selection.
were all different and if you feel better taking it i'm not saying don't. I'm just saying you don't have to. I never do and have never had a hard time getting an asprin or a bandage or even a toothbrush if I have left mine at home. one time I left my whole bathroom kit at home. called the front desk and the hotel sent up toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, safety pins. its never a problem.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:15 AM   #17
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If you're going to the Caribbean, pack sunscreen and aloe, and leave your jeans at home. If you're going to Alaska, pack raincoat, umbrella, shoes for damp locations, and a knit hat and gloves.

Oh, and underwear. Don't forget socks and underwear, unless you are doing.sandals and boat shoes in the Caribbean.

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:27 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by JeanfromBNA

Oh, and underwear. Don't forget socks and underwear, unless you are doing.sandals and boat shoes in the Caribbean.

DH forgot underwear on our first trip to WDW, lol. Now it's always the first thing packed!

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Old 01-01-2013, 01:48 AM   #19
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An easy one to forget I've found (somehow) is sunglasses. It always slips my mind when packing, especially if you're flying in and it's not the sunniest in your state / country at the time (like in Minnesota). Also, bring more contact solution than you would think you would need. Even if you don't wear contacts you could need to flush your eyes at some point.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #20
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From the Disney Cruise Line Page:
What to Pack for a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean

It's your vacation! So dress comfortably aboard your Disney cruise, but be sure to bring the appropriate attire for onboard activities and dinner, plus any Port Adventures that you decide to do, as well as when you go into port. Here are our packing suggestions.

The Basics

Pack these items in a day bag to keep with you, as your luggage may not arrive at your stateroom until a few hours after boarding:

Medications (in their original containers)
Passport and travel documentation
Camera and accessories (batteries, memory cards, etc.)
Extra prescription glasses or contact lenses
Sunscreen or hat
Reading material
Attire and Accessories

Beach cover-up
Denim jeans
Dinner attire (see below)
Extra swimsuit
Lightweight pants
Long skirt (required for entry into some religious venues)
Swim diapers for baby
Sandals or sneakers (rubber-soled shoes for Port Adventures)
Wind jacket
In winter, you may also want to bring:

Rain jacket
Sweater or other layering pieces
Closed-toe footwear
Dinner attire is "cruise casual," meaning no shorts, swimwear or tank tops. Diners at Palo or Remy, the adults-only restaurant, will want to dress more formally than when dining at our other restaurants. The Disney Cruise Line newsletter, Personal Navigator, will be delivered daily to your stateroom with attire advice for each night's dinner.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:54 AM   #21
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last time I cruised we ran out of small bills at the end of the cruise and gave the porter who helped us with our luggage a small tip and had to go to the store and get change to tip or transportation guy. This has always bothered me and I won't let it happen again so my big thing is to pack plenty of dollar bills!
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:56 AM   #22
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oh and everyone says pack light, which I agree with you dont need to over pack clothes- except sock and underwear. I would definitely pack extra of both those!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:15 AM   #23
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About sunglasses, I Totally agree, Spurr002.
That happened last year when I went on a Carnival cruise out of Galveston. Drove from DFW area the day before, but it was raining and I didn't need my sunglasses then! The next morning when it was clear & sunny I was searching everywhere for them. I even had the valet parking guys check my car which was already in their locked lot for the duration of the cruise. I had to buy a pair in the hotel gift shop. These are now my "backup shades" which live in my car. Where were my good sunglasses? On my desk at home!!!! (At least they weren't lost)

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:54 AM   #24
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There are some huge lists (some posted here), and they are all good ideas.

Honestly.....please, please don't stress. You MUST bring your passport/birth certificate, meds, and a credit card or lotsa cash to pay your onboard account. Everything else is nice, some things make life a little easier, but relax, enjoy your vacation, and anything you forget that you really need (examples: toiletries, hat, sunglasses) you can get on the ship.

Planning what to take and packing should be fun, not stressful. Try to remember everything you want to bring, but don't worry if you forget ANYTHING. You will still enjoy the cruise.

Don't overpack. We take fewer items each cruise, and seem to enjoy each cruise more than the last.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:08 PM   #25
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This is my (moderately long) edited version of the above (long) list:

$1 or $ 2 bills (room service grat)
Address book/e-mail list
Anti-bacterial Wipes or Gel
Aspirin/Tylenol or other medicines/prescriptions
Backpack or canvas tote for each adult
Batteries (camera batteries also)
Candy sprinkles for ice cream
Carry-on with wheels
Disney Gift Cards
Duffle bag (spare)
Extension Cord or Power Strip
Fanny pack
Feminine needs
Film/Memory Card (spare)
Flavored coffee creamers
Glow necklaces/sticks
ID holder/waterproof box
Insect Repellent packets
Lanyard and ID holder
Laptop & cords/chargers
Laundry Detergent
Magnets for door
Notebook/Journal, Pens
Notebook/Memo Pad
Pillowcases & colored Sharpies (no yellow)
Pirate accessories
Post-it Pad
Reading Glasses - spare / prescription of glasses
Scrapbook/Autograph Book
Sense of humor
Shaving Kit
Sippy Cups/cups with lids
Snorkeling Gear (at least a mask - for Carribean)
Sports bottle/water bottle
Stain Stick or Packet
Sunscreen/Sunscreen spray
Tote Bag/Beach Bag/Day Bag
Travel clock/alarm clock
Watch - recommend waterproof
Ziploc Bags - a few sizes

We didn't need the extra storage space of over-the-door hangers and laundry pop-up hampers. Actually, we didn't really use the plastic cups because we mostly used the ones at the drink bar. The extra bags were good for all the toys/snacks we collected and wanted to bring home, or even to take off the boat at ports (where allowed).

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