what do you always take, but never use?

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  1. disgal1

    disgal1 Mouseketeer

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    I am soooo bad about packing things I insist I will need, and then never use.
    How about everyone else? The biggest is the video camera. No one wants to shlep it around after the first hour. It and all its stuff, takes 1 small suitcase, yet I drag it on every trip.

    I am really going to try this time to leave it home!
    Also too much meds and first aid. this time, some bandaids, aloe, advil,benadryl, dramamine, and pepto. that's it! If we get sick, i'll just have to buy it!

    and limit my shoes to 4 pair, and bathing suits to 4, not so many jeans , only 1 light sweater

    oh forget it, I'll end up taking a ton of stuff like always! :rolleyes:
     
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  3. vassello

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    The best advice I've heard is pack what you want and then take out 1/2 of it! I totally realized that on my last cruise when I was packing up all the stuff I DIDN'T use at the end of the cruise! :)
     
  4. Queen2

    Queen2 Sometimes you will never know the true value of a

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    a suit case full of clothes I never wear :rotfl: :lmao: One suitcase of clothes I do wear. Just might need it :rotfl2:
     
  5. kdsluvdisney

    kdsluvdisney <font color=green>Wow! The things I learn on the D

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    I LOVE it! :rotfl2: We packed our camcorder too and never made it out of the suitcase :rotfl: Wish we would have packed aloe oops! Also didn't pack 'personal items'! Double Oops -- didn't think I would need them, boy was I wrong there! :blush:
     
  6. figment52

    figment52 <font color=royalblue>Oh man, I checked out the we

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    I used to always look at the stuff I'd pack "just in case" then tell myself "it's not like you are going to China and cant get this if you need it". Well, I have been to China twice and guess what- I could get 90% of the stuff I packed. I don't take near as much stuff anymore.
     
  7. momrek06

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    YES YES YES!!!! And my DH, EVERY SINGLE YEAR insists that I do THIS and I SWEAR no, I use absolutely EVERYTHING I TAKE...YES I DO....

    :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
     
  8. videogal1

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    NO BATHING SUITS! I gotta get real....I hate lying in the sun, feeling the wrinkles just pop out, hearing the silent choruses of ridicule ringing in my head, I can't get in or out of the pool...no ladders any more for me.. and ever since I discovered that my water-loving Labrador hates the ocean so much that he would rather cling limpet-like to my shoulders than swim, no beach activities, either...So why do I take 3 bathing suits? Good, progress...and, you're right, no more Bonine, etc, etc., etc. Now, Cash, what will you give up?...life vest?, food dish? Your food all ends up on the bathroom floor as you eat, anyway...Cut toys down to one tennis ball? If you lose it overboard, you can go join the ping-pong players for a little retrieving exercise....10 pounds of food, not 20...you can always supplement with prime rib and Mickey bars...
    WOW! that's at least half a suitcase...I'm on a roll... yay... :cheer2:
     
  9. justKim

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    Videogal1, I gotta ask -- does Cash get a two-bag luggage allowance? That only seems right if you need so much kibble.
     
  10. videogal1

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    Welll, so far he's even up on cruise food. Our first experience with American Airlines had me facing down a brace of quarrelsome gate agents who said I had too much luggage and, when I explained that one small bag was food for my Service Dog, said it wasn't allowed because I was over limit. I got mad and handed her the bag and told her to keep it, that I was NOT going to pay an excess luggage fee and that she could just have it for an in-flight snack...That was in the days before food for Service dogs was considered medically necessary baggage... I've since gotten smart and enlisted the aid of fellow cruisers who live in Orlando, who have brought the food aboard with their baggage...
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  11. justKim

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    So, you're not the dangerous head of an elite international pet food smuggling ring?


    ....dragging myself back on topic.....

    If you don't pack OTC meds and just buy them when you need them -- is there a 24 hour shop onboard for this? My kids only get sick at night. Apparently there is some rule about this. Not sure I want to hunt down children's tylenol at 3 am.
     
  12. videogal1

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    I honestly don't know about the meds...I have seen a small display of stuff you might find in a drugstore in one of the Mickey shops...you know...toothpaste, deoderant, etc. but I had to hit a pharmacia in Cabo to get relief from a sinus infection that had me coughing for weeks after the Panama cruise was over... Ah, that reminds me...pack Tylenol Sinus......oops, I'm going the wrong way...
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  13. karylrocks

    karylrocks I know it's only rock 'n roll but I like it.....

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    What about the medical facilities on board - wouldn't they have any medications you might need?
     
  14. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

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    No, the OTC meds are what you SHOULD pack. The hours for the store are limited, as is the selection of meds.

    I'm a light packer, so I use most everything.

    From what I've seen I these boards I'd suggest leaving behind
    1) the second, third and fourth swimsuit
    2) Your own soda, beer, coffee and wine
    3) Your own ketchup (yep, someone said they HAD to have Heinz)
    you get the picture.
     
  15. videogal1

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    Yeah, but at about a $100 a pop, I'd rather save up my infirmary visits for something I can't treat myself...The first time I went I had slipped on the metal strip between the bath and the bedroom (massage oil on feet) and whacked the daylights out of an ankle...BIG bruise....worthy of an ace bandage, an ice pack (neither of which I brought), and a half dozen aspirin...(Just happened to have brought along something stronger in my first aid box) The second time I had a problem swallowing and freaked out... Then, the COUGH. I saved $$$ on the cough and did treat that myself and wouldn't have gone to the infirmary...After five cruises without being seasick or having to shave any body parts I think I can leave the Bonine and band aids at home... (Do you know how dangerous it is to shave your pits in high seas?...certain amputation, for sure)... I guess the disposible razors can stay home, too. Better and better...
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  16. justmestace

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    The shops are closed on days in port, and are closed at night. My DD needed "personal items" and the shops were closed. Luckily I went to Guest Services and they had a little brown bag with a few "emergency" items in it.

    I take the meds with me. First of all, you're right...the kids only get sick at night and secondly, I don't want to pay their prices. And I don't want to run all over a port town that I'm not familiar with looking for a pharmacy or such.

    I *think* the Med Center charges your room, but not certain, so far...knock on wood....we've never had to go there.
     
  17. karylrocks

    karylrocks I know it's only rock 'n roll but I like it.....

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    :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

    I'm going to have to take my chances - not going out in a swimsuit after a week of not shaving!
     
  18. josetann

    josetann Earning My Ears

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    My wife bought a travel container for meds. It's basically a small tower thing, each compartment screws into each other. She put small labels on. Tylenol, Sudafed, Excedrin, Benadryl, etc. The thing was about as tall as two tylenol bottles, and not as wide. Worked well.

    As a guy, I really don't overpack that much. We used our digital camera, and our video camera. Laptop was used just to download from the digital and video camera. It did seem a bit redundant to have to pack a suit AND a tuxedo on the Celebrity cruise, was a bit easier on Carnival (formal night on Celebrity is Tuxedo, semi-formal is suit; Carnival's formal is suit, semi-formal is pants and a nice shirt). I packed a few pairs of jeans (unless they get dirty, you can wear them multiple times), one or two dress pants, enough shirts to last the entire cruise, and one pair of shoes (in addition to what I was wearing), and that's about it. Oh, and a pair of swimming trunks, though Jeannie bought a set on our last ship (some sale they were having).

    Speaking of which, you don't even need to pack any T-shirts. Just make sure you can get through until the first port day. Then buy some as souvenirs. Shop around, you can get some great deals. You only need to buy a couple, just enough to make it through until the next port day.

    If you're like me, you hate having to worry about laundry as soon as you get home. Plus you hate the idea of having to pack dirty clothes. If you plan on washing clothes on the ship, bring a few scoops of detergent in a baggie (use two ziplock bags at least, it'll try to wiggle its way out). Bring some dryer sheets too. No need to bring a whole box of either, it just takes up too much space, plus you'll feel like you have to pack it back up to head home. Don't even bother bringing liquid detergent, it'll find a way to leak out. Bring a roll of quarters if you want, but if you forget I'm sure they have some on the ship.

    I don't know if it's average, too little, or too much, but usually we'll end up carrying one large suitcase, one a tad smaller, another small travel bag (medicine, shampoo, toothbrush, that kinda stuff), a garment bag with dresses, suit, and tuxedo, a camera bag, video camera bag, and the laptop bag. We'll carry on everything but the two large suitcases (may skip the garment bag this time, we carry it on cause the stuff's expensive inside and it just barely fits through the x-ray machine). We use pretty much everything that's packed. This was four a 7-night and an 11-night cruise. We'd pack a lot less if it was a 3 or 4 night cruise.
     
  19. disgal1

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    I thought all meds had to be in original containers? If not, I can use I pill pack for the usual stuff, tylenol, benadryl, sudafed, and dramamine.

    Does anyone know for sure? That would free up some space....not much but i'll take it!
     
  20. josetann

    josetann Earning My Ears

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    Hrm, I know if you have prescription meds you should keep them in the bottle (at least if they're a controlled substance), honestly don't know about OTC stuff.
     
  21. BethA

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    I had WAY TOO MANY clothes--just in case, cut back last year, and hope to do so even more this year. Also too many shoes. We have stopped taking the video camera, but I always have med just in case.

    I didn't need the over the door shoe hanger, but we had a larger room. I always leave the books I read there--one every day or 2--so that leaves room for extras.

    Didn't need duct tape, but did use the extension cord.

    The first cruise I brought along a lot of papers I downloaded about the ship and our stops-never looked at them.
     

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