Savvy cruisers know that smart packing means one thing: coming prepared for every at-sea eventuality.
Even if that means bringing the hot sauce the ship doesn’t carry. (Just don’t bring these.)
We scoured the message boards, polled readers on Facebook and picked the brains of Cruise Critic’s experienced team of editors to create a list of must-pack products for every cruise. And because space in your carry-on is precious, we went small — nay mini. With the help of Minimus.biz, a site specializing in travel-sized everything, we present the Ultimate Cruise Survival Kit. And we’re giving one away (along with a trio of other prizes).
The Ultimate Cruise Survival Kit features a bevvy of essential travel-sized product and food items including sunblock, wrinkle release spray, duct tape, a sewing kit, bottles of Frank’s hot sauce, assorted teas and non-dairy creamers — all housed in a handy zip-case.
Stain on your formal night gown? Try a Shout wipe. Heart burning after an evening of too much surf ‘n’ turf? Pop a Tums. Cruise ship doesn’t carry malt vinegar? Bring your own essential fry-topper.
Entering is easy: In the comments, tell us the one indispensable item you always pack for a cruise. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address (so we can contact you should you win). First prize is the Ultimate Cruise Survival Kit; a second prize winner gets the Basic Cruise Survival Kit (same kit minus the food); and two additional winners will receive $10 gift cards to Minimus.biz. Contest ends on October 12 at 2 p.m. EDT. Contest is only open to U.S. and Canadian residents (with the exception of Quebec). Read the full rules & regulations here.
And, even if you’re not a winner, you can still snag a survival kit (or build your own). The wizards of wee at Minimus have begun selling two kits — the aptly named Beyond the Buffet food package and the Essential Cruise Supplies package. Use coupon code CRUISECRITIC for 10 percent off either kit, valid through December 31, 2012.
Need some help packing for your next cruise? See our Guide to Becoming a Perfect Packer.
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