Packing help- EBTA

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  1. stsomewhere

    stsomewhere DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2008
    I am an overpacker.

    Does anyone have a packing list that they could share? I hate to bring too much stuff. It is just for meas I am traveling solo for my "mom" vacation this year.

  2. braysmommy

    braysmommy DIS Veteran

    Dec 10, 2010
    Just saw this so I thought I would bump it since I am being to panic on the packing for this trip!! Hopefully someone will have some ideas. I need to pack for myself and DS (4).
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  4. kittyscrap1

    kittyscrap1 Mouseketeer

    Aug 17, 2006
    This is a list I copied a couple of years back...of course I crossed out what didn't work for us and added idea..pack for the trip and take out 1/2...1st cruise took way too much! A dress/pants for dinners..shorts/tanks/swimsuit..toothbrush..I'm good...oh ya..sunscreen! Have fun!!

    $1 or $ 2 bills (room service grat) Room service gratuities are not included in your cruise gratuities paid.; be sure to have lots for ports
    Address Labels-Luggage Tags Pre-addressed labels with your name and address for disembarkation tags
    Address Labels-Postcards Save time addressing postcards for family & friends
    Air Freshner/Room Scent/Pillow scent
    Anti-bacterial Wipes or Gel You may want to check the ship's CDC rating before departure.
    Aspirin or other medicine
    Backpack May come in handy off-ship
    Batteries (camera batteries also)
    Beach toys
    Binoculars Do not leave home without these - you never know what you'll see from deck/verandah
    Books If you think you'll have time to read
    Bubblewrap For breakables purchased
    Bungee cord/rope For connecting cabins
    Business Cards
    Button Hole Extenders
    Cameras Digital, waterproof, and/or disposables. Buy waterproof before leaving - they're expensive on board!
    Candy Bring your own for the shows or movies
    Carry-on with wheels Easier if you board before staterooms open (around 1 p.m. on most ships)
    CD player/CDs/iPod
    Clothspins & clothesline You may be able to hang a clothesline on your verandah
    Coffeemaker This is only if you are desperate for coffee all the time.
    Cooler (soft-sided) To store sandwiches for shore excursions and airplane ride
    Corkscrew If you bring on your own wine
    Cutting knife For fruit you bring back to the room
    Dishwash Detergent or Cloths
    Dramamine Or get the patch from your doctor before the trip
    Dry erase board To communicate with your family
    Dryer Sheets Multiple uses
    Duct tape (flat pack)
    Duffle bag (spare) For space for your souvenirs and purchases
    Earplugs In case you have noisy neighbors
    Extension Cord or Power Strip There are few outlets in the cabin (possibly only one).
    Eyewash and/or eyecup In case sand gets in the eyes
    Fan - hand-held Be sure to have batteries that fit the fan
    Fanny pack
    Feminine needs
    Film/Memory Card (spare)
    Folder or Large Envelope Store the daily newsletters and other papers
    Glow necklaces For Pirate Night
    Hairdryer Cabin hairdryers are weak if you are particular about this.
    Hamper - collapsable
    Highlighters Have a different color for each family member
    ID holder/dry box One for each family member - or at least kids
    Insect Repellent packets Surprisingly necessary if going on some shore excursions.
    Keep cool or "migraine ice" strips Cool down instantly
    Laptop & cords Wireless internet access, daily journal, and to post quicker to boards (copy and paste daily reports)
    Laundry Detergent (Disney)
    Laxative, correctal/gentle
    List of these tips
    Luggage Bag Pack a foldable extra luggage bag for the souvenirs and laundry.
    Magnetic door sign or photo holder Helps kids find their stateroom easily
    Moisturizer/Lotion Be prepared for dry atmosphere.
    Night Light Plug this in your cabin bathroom
    Notebook/Journal, Pens Be sure to record all of your fabulous memories on a daily basis in a journal or on a laptop
    Notebook/Memo Pad To organize your daily schedules
    Over-the-door Shoe Holder Alternative: sweater holder with shelves and closet hooks
    Papaya Enzyme Tablet or Beano Helps digest food that doesn't agree with you.
    Pen - laundry pen For autographs
    Permanent Marker (Sharpie)
    Phone Cards (staff grats) Though cash is preferred, phone cards are nice ways to say thank you.
    Pillowcases & colored Sharpies (Disney - for characters to sign)
    Post-it Pad Good for leaving notes for one another or your cabin steward.
    Quarters - a roll or two Especially if need to do laundry (Disney)
    Reading Glasses
    Safety Pins
    Scrapbook/Autograph Book Save a page opposite the autograph for the photo
    Sense of humor
    Sewing Kit
    Shaving Kit
    Sippy Cups
    Snorkeling Gear Including prescription goggles - many places do not have these available; also your vest may be better
    Sports bottle/water bottle/mug
    Stain Stick or Packet
    Suction cups/hooks Use for hanging wet suits or on the porthole to hang lights
    Sunglasses Don't forget these…the glare off the ocean can be strong.
    Sunscreen/Sunscreen spray Spray for the scalp
    Swiss Army knife Do not put this in your carry-on - must be in your checked luggage.
    Thank You Cards You will receive tip envelopes but these will let you leave a special message if desired.
    Tissues Stateroom tissues are thin
    Tote Bag/Beach Bag/Day Bag
    Trash bags For dirty laundry
    Travel clock/alarm clock
    Travel Iron, Steamer, or Wrinkle Spray Save on dry cleaning charges; Disney has laundry room with iron/iron board
    Two-way Radios
    Umbrella (Alaskan cruise)
    Watch - recommend waterproof
    Windex wipes To clean your verandah glass
    Zip straps Use for luggage that's placed in the hallway on the last night
    Ziploc Bags
  5. kittyscrap1

    kittyscrap1 Mouseketeer

    Aug 17, 2006
    Another list I found...

    To Pack or Not to Pack
    Ziploc bags (for wet suits, keeping items dry, etc.)
    Clothes pin or hair clip to keep window curtains shut in the morning.
    Nightlight for bathroom…or just leave the door cracked.
    Hi-lite marker for highlighting what you want to do on your Navigator.
    A pillowcase or matte for the Disney characters to sign…leave this at guest service desk on first day. They will return to room.
    Beach bag for Castaway Cay...put a few Ziplocs in there too…you might need them.
    Return address labels to put on your postcards and luggage tags for the return.
    Hang your swimsuits on the verandah chairs…they will dry quicker than in the room.
    I hang my camera and a lanyard with the KTTW cards on the door knob as not to forget them when I leave. Some people bring magnetic hooks or suction cup hangars.
    Batteries (extras for the camera or charger if you recharge)
    Take the bath products home…they’ll remind you of being there! And they are SPA!
    Autograph album for daughter or just wait for the pillowcase/frame and just take photos….that’s what I did…it was easier than worrying about the album.
    Sunscreen…of course…and if your daughter gets cornrows..spray between braids
  6. chris31997

    chris31997 Disney Kid at Heart

    Dec 9, 2010
    Sunscreen, bathing suit. What else do you need;) I don't know how long of a cruise you are taking or where you are going. That will play into it.

    Generally speaking, I take half the number of shorts and skirts(I like to dress up for dinner) as long as the cruise. 7 day cruise I take 4 pairs. I can always rewear those items provided I am not to messy. I shirt for each day(either a t-shirt or dressy). One bathing suit cover up. One nightie and plenty of undergarments. I take 1 pair of flip flops and 1 pair of dressy shoes. Lots of sunscreen cause I'm white and will burn if I think about going out in the sun:scared1::laughing:

    For kids: I'll bring a few more shorts and causual items because they are more messy, at least my kids are. They do live in thier bathing suits on the boat.

    Hope it helps:thumbsup2
  7. Minniemiss

    Minniemiss DIS Veteran

    Oct 19, 2006
  8. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    I sailed both trans-Atlantics last year, and I look at those lists and laugh. First, you have to be able to fly home.

    MANY of the things on the lists are available free on the ship from Guest Services. For example, single doses of aspirin, acetomenophen, etc. are available, as are bandaids. Bonine is free outside the medical center.

    My suggestion--think about your clothing. I plan on doing laundry once; thus plan casual clothing for a week. I still bring too much. Thing about how you can minimize your formal wear--plan to wear the same dress twice or bring black skirt or pants and a couple dressy tops. Shoes are a pain. Can you wear black sandals with your formal wear?

    Then think about what you use every day--cosmetics, personal care items, etc. I'm honestly not bring my normal complement of Castaaway stuff (snorkel gear, etc). I won't need ziplocks for swimsuits as they won't be wet at the end. The snorkel stuff just takes too much space for this trip.

    I understand--I always take too much! DO toss in a jacket or sweater!
  9. braysmommy

    braysmommy DIS Veteran

    Dec 10, 2010
    Thanks for all the great ideas. We will be doing laundry at least once during the 14 days and I will be encouraging my DS not to spill on his dinner clothing so he can wear it again:rotfl2:
    Need to try and keep the shoe packing to a minimum!
  10. croppincolburn

    croppincolburn DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2007
    If anyone like to use spread sheets ... I list the day, what we are doing, and recomended evening attire. I list possible outfits on the side column(s). Then I start filling in what I think I will wear. When it is on the screen in front of me I can see what outfits will take the least shoes and other accessories. I also wear some outfits to dinner and then in the day time later. This will not work with all personalities.

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