Win the ‘Ultimate Cruise Survival Kit’

October 9, 2012 | By | 562 Comments

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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    562 Responses to “Win the ‘Ultimate Cruise Survival Kit’”

    1. Christina S.
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

      I always pack Post-It notes. All cruise lines don’t provide you with stationary or a pad of paper, so my husband and I were always looking for scraps of paper to leave each other, or our room steward, notes on. A pad of sticky notes does the job and takes up virtually no room in your suitcase!

    2. Diana Jackson (Alamogirl)
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      Always take an over the door shoe holder, amazing what you can put in them!!

    3. karen edgecomb
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      flashlite

    4. April Clark
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

      A power bar so I can plug in all my electronics!

    5. Christine Grubbs
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      A powerstrip!

    6. Laurene Nason
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      Toilet seat covers

    7. Stephanie
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      I have not been on a cruise yet – our very first will be March 31, 2013 – Im counting down the days! I would think I better take meds that I may or may not need – dont want to feel yucky on vacation!

    8. Cheryl Connally
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      I always pack the small travel size rolls of Charmin toilet paper. You never know if the bathroom is going to be out. You can also use it to wipe your nose, get rid of your gum, help stop a small cut from bleeding all over, kill a bug, wipe sweat from your brow…We have a two cruise planned for January 2013, and I have six of the packages put away.

    9. Brenda Smith Gerkin
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      I always pack a lot of patience

    10. Janice Milligan
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

      I always take a strip outlet plug for extra electrical items, like charging cell phones etc.

    11. Tracy Webb
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

      I always take Downy Wrinkle Release and a 12 pack of Diet Dr. Pepper!

    12. Thomas Johnson
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

      Dr. Pepper

    13. philomena
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

      a travel clothes steamer, since irons aren’t allowed !

    14. Shanna Stevenson
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

      My first cruise is in December but I will be sure to pack my highlighter so I can highlight what I want to do each day on the funtimes! And my camera to take millions of memories!

    15. Annette Bowyer
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

      I always pack some wipe its, to wipe off the deck chairs on the balcony, so I don’t get the washcloths black.

    16. Debbie Keltz-Wolk
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      a long piece of twine. You can use it as a clothes line in the cabin.

    17. Jason Katz
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      A voltage converter when traveling abroad. Always carry Clorox wipes & a Tide pen any where I travel.

    18. Deena Harris
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

      We always pack IBprofin. Someone always needs an IBprofin for a headache from being out in the sun too long. Love, love, love, that sun and our cruise ships!

    19. Kelsey
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

      I always pack febreeze fabric refresher. I spray it on already worn clothes to keep them fresh in my suitcase. I also use it to spray worn clothes so that I can wear them again! That way I can definitely avoid over packing!

    20. Anne
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

      My pop up laundry bag! All the dirty clothes go in and packing to go home :-( is a breeze!

    21. cindy kasten
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

      An over the door see through shoe holder. That’s where I put all of our little stuff. Such as duct tape, sunglasses, jewelry, “just in case” variety of medication, sunscreen, extra lanyards to match my clothes…so on and so on.

    22. mayda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

      I always pack lots of alcazelzer, peptobismal and Immodium,,,,,because there is to much eating on board and you never know what can happen on board or in a port of call,,,,,

    23. Barb
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

      Sanitizing hand wipes are a must for us! When taking an island tour and needing a snack, sometimes hand washing facilities aren’t available. Gel hand cleanser just isn’t quite enough for sticky or dirty hands.

    24. Jennifer Bordeau
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

      I can’t live without a travel size of bathroom spray!!!! 2 kids and a husband you need the good smelling stuff!

    25. Charles Lego
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

      Always a power strip, theres never enough outlets to charge stuff.

    26. Steve Felber
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      We won’t cruise without a bottle of GingerPills and Bonine to keep the stomach stable.

    27. julie knight
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      I always pack sanitizing spray. I use it to spray door handles, remotes, bathroom surfaces and it also acts like a bathroom deodorizer incase the bathroom fan isn’t working well!

    28. Jean Tuten
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      I always carry a 33 gallon trash bag to put the dirty clothes in. I also pack our underware, socks,etc., in zip-lock bags. I can then place the bags in the drawers in the cabin and get the luggage out of the way.

    29. Kimberly Dunn
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      downy wrinkle releaser , it works great on all kinds of clothes.

    30. Christine Shelley
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      Nyquil/Dayquil or other cold medicine. The stuff they have on board is expensive and doesn’t work anywhere near as well. Between the plane and being close to so many people, it’s inevidable that at least one of us gets a cold.

    31. Rhonda N
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      lint roller …. too many pets at home like to climb in the suit case before we leave sooo have to be prepared

    32. Tony Lewis
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

      Sunblock, Nobody wants to be burned on Vacation

    33. betty crawford
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      I always pack some gas prevention pills, because you don’t want to take a chance on being gassy.

    34. Deborah Betit
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      We bring a bag of crystallized ginger wherever we travel. We have used it for motion sickness and heartburn with great success. Many grocery stores sell it in the produce section or you can buy it in a natural food store.

    35. carolej126
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      my sitz bath basin :)

    36. Celia Hauser
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

      I always take my own OTC meds. Prilosec, immodium, advil,allergies meds etc. You never know when you will need it.

    37. Susan Willis
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      Travel size Febreeze and travel size anti-static spray.

    38. matthew Sutherland
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      I always pack my port guide for either Med / Caribbean they have great hints & tips

    39. Max Entropy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      Satellite phone
      GPS
      Water maker
      9mm Auto.

      That should take care of it.

    40. Robin Adkins
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      I always pack my white noise sound machine so you don’t here any outside noise.

    41. Karen Serencsa
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      I always take clothespins. Helps to keep the shower curtain from becoming a little “friendly”.

    42. Cornelia Heal
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      I always pack wet naps and hand sanitizer

    43. Jeff Davis
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      Wine!

    44. Lynn Madewell
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      I always pack Battery operated flicker candles for the bathroom. Just enough lite to get where you’re going without blinding you.

    45. Kathleen Crickmar
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      Always take my coffee travel mug

    46. Malia
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      Travel game. It is a good way to meet strangers. Just invite them to join you for yatzee to bananagrams.

    47. Mark
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      On the Disney cruise they have a clothes line in the shower/tub area so I pack clothes pins so you can hand things up

    48. Lucy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

      My second cruise is in March and I have already started packing essentials – one of the first things that went in was duct tape – so many possible uses! The second is a highlighter. I’m sure I’ll think of other things I can’t live without!

    49. Mike Lane
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

      I always take my wife as she is indispensable!

    50. Beth Dzergoski
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

      Pop up hamper and over the door shoe holder

    51. Donna Collier
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

      I always take a power strip.

    52. Jamie
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      Power strip is a must

    53. Jonathan
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      Travel size packets of Woolite to do a small load of laundry in the sink and some Downy Wrinkle Release spray to make up for the lack of an iron!

    54. Norm Schwartzman
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      A fridge magnet. As the doors are metal you can attach notes to the door and have them stay in place with the magnet.

    55. Peggy M
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      French Vanilla coffee creamer. It’s a good way to start the day. Also, I like to bring a GPS that will show me where I am and which islands I’m passing.

    56. Kathy Horton
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      Mini lighted clock, I like to know the time as soon as I wake up!

    57. ARcruisin2
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      1 thing? my passport

    58. debra
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      those laundry sheets that have the detergent & fabric softener both in them…throw them in the wash with your clothes, then transfer to the dryer. doing laundry on vacation is never fun, but these make it a little easier.

    59. Tonya madden
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      Always bring disinfectant wipes, dramamine, and a little purse to carry id and sign and sail card.

    60. Cathy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      I never leave for a trip without the bathroom spray. It make for lovely air in a confined space, especially if you do not have a balcony.

    61. TBone2K
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      Extra camera batteries (AA). They also come in handy for things like TV remotes and other battery operated gizmos.

    62. Rosie Testa
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      A highlighter so I mark off all the activities I am going to do the night before!

    63. Marian
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      I always take shout wipe and go.You never know if you spill something on you.

    64. dan
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      I always pack hand sanitizer and sanitizer spray!

    65. Tony
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      I bring a small wireless bluetooth speaker so I can use my phone to listen to Jimmy Buffet on the balcony!

    66. SHARON
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      I bring sensitive skin baby wipes, can be used for everything on excursions!

    67. Amy R
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      I always make sure I pack aloe, post-it notes and duct tape (because after all, it can fix almost anything!)

    68. Cathy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      I never leave home without the bathroom spray. It makes for lovely air in a confined space, especially if you do not have a balcony.

    69. Lonnie
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

      different size zip lock bags for everything from a cold face cloth on beach trip to keeping a leaking shampoo bottle off your clothes

    70. Ruby
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

      Power strip

    71. Andy Smithers
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

      i pack a night light and a multi plug adaptor for all my gadgets, duct tape. Plastic bags for smelly laundry.

    72. Tara
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      I’m packing cold medication since we’re going to New England in October and flu season is ramping up…

    73. Cathy Christain
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

      Aways pack travel size of Lysol Spray and pocket-size hand sanitizer! And don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure and leave Grumpy Pants at home (no, not your hubby!) LOL

    74. Trish Reed
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

      Over the door see through shoe holder…it’s the only way our cabin stays neat and tidy.

    75. Chris
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      We always pack the over the door shoe holder because it helps keep the cabin clean from all the things that can be put in there and is right there when you need it.

    76. Cindi Bogue
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      I pack a travel size hand sanitizer to have when you are on shore and need and a quick hand wash. And toilet paper for the places that only give you one square. :)

    77. Iris Komonchak
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      I always buy an 8 1/2x 11 expandable folder for each cruise we go on. Mark the front with all the necessary info about the cruise and then on the cruise I have a place for anything I want to save…Funtimes to photos we have purchased. Now I have a keepsake for that particular cruise.

    78. Ellen Gervits
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

      I bring Immodium and flashlite.

    79. Dawn Miller
      October 9th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

      I always bring a night light!

    80. tammy wilhelms
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      Woolite single packs,sewing scissors, tiny coffee mate creamer packets and tiny first-aid kit with band-aids and medicine.

    81. Susan Beasley
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

      Tylenol and sinus medicine. Never know when you will need them!

    82. J. Mospan
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      french vanilla creamer for my coffee; am addicted to it and can’t do my coffee without it.

    83. Debbie Stottlemyer
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

      I bring individual lens wipes to keep glasses and camera lenses clean.

    84. Mike Sforza
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

      I would bring extra sea sickness bracelets or medicine which every one you prefer.

    85. Francis Landry
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

      Duct tape is always necessary for emergencies, along with either an extention cord or extention plug for a laptop and recharger.

    86. Jeanetta
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

      I always take duct tape! It’s great for fixing holes in my suitcase that the airline is kind enough to place there and it’s also great to close the curtains to keep light out of that annoying tiny crack that always seems to be there – especially on days at sea when we want to sleep in! Plus a bunch of other uses that we always seem to find for it!

    87. Sam
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      My research notes for all the ports, so I can plan where I want to go.

    88. Mitch G.
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

      Without question, a mini eyeglass repair kit complete with a magnifying glass and replacement screws. And I cannot forget the eye/sleep patch to keep out the light. Perfect for the plane as well.

    89. Amanda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

      I take lysol/clorox wipes and wipe down everything. Remote, doorhandles, sink, toilet etc. No norovirus for me!!

    90. Janet
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

      I always pack my fold-flat “extra” travel bag to bring home souvenirs, post-it notes, high-lighters, and thank you notes for the crew.

    91. Mer
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      Duct tape for broken luggage, fix hems fast, tape back or closed curtains or doors, Lint remover, Fix broken shows or sandals

    92. Carissa
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      SUNSCREEN!!!

    93. William V. Lipton
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      I always bring Rolaids and Pep to Bismol’ for minor stomach problems. These are not available from the ship’s store.

    94. Angie
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      Downy wrinkle release for wrinkly clothes.

    95. Scott M
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

      Tylenol and ibuprofin.

    96. mj
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

      I always take my children, so I ALSO always take an over-the-door clear shoe organizer. The taller child uses the top rows and the smaller child has his own spaces down below. Perfect for sunscreen, sunglasses, stuffed animals, cameras, even p.j.’s within easy reach. No more fighting with mom for counter space! No more lost lanyards! No more fighting!

    97. Lynne Coppoletta
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

      Tie wraps! Always in need of them small or big to secure something! People laugh until they need one or two or three.

    98. barbi probus
      October 9th, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

      Always take a night light–the cabins are pitch black and it saves injuries from middle of the night bathroom visits!

    99. prepre
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

      Sunscreen, power strip and a pen.

    100. Lilsa
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

      Travel size Lysol or Febreeze.

    101. CONNIE
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      I ALWAYS PACK power strip and duck tape.

    102. Lilsa
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

      Travel size Lysol or Febreeze

    103. KARL KOERBLING
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      Duct tape, over door shoe organizer, and power strip

    104. Laurie Willits
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      The over the door shoe holder with see through pockets is my must have item when I cruise. In a small cabin it keeps everything in it’s place and neat and tidy. That way my husband can find things as easily as I can because we can see them at a glance!

    105. Roger Safian
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

      Extra matches for cigars!

    106. Therese Becker
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      We always take an extension cord, power strip, night light and flashlight.

    107. John Nissen
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

      Imodium AD. In case I drink too many frufru drinks.

    108. Traci Wideman
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

      I always pack a pop up hamper for dirty clothes. I also pack a watch since I can not depend on my cell phone staying on “ship” time.

    109. Kathy Cossu
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

      I never forget my advil. First time on a cruise I neglected to take it, and of course I got a headache before we even left the dock, so I could not even buy it on board until the evening. I haven’t forgot it since. I also use a hanging toiletry bag, to keep in the bathroom with whatever won’t fit by the sink, makes it much easier and neater.

    110. Kim
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

      Duct tape… so many emergency uses!

    111. Jane A. Lindsay
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

      I always take a lanyard and plastic name tag holder. It works great for the sail cards plus id and credit card for shore excursions. It also works great for extra coffee or soda cards. Nice to use then when you want a late night hot tub you are not carrying a big bag.

    112. Cynthia
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      A variety of Ziploc bags. Never know when you might want to snag a snack to take ashore for a full day of shore excursion/exploration. Also good for packing wet items like swimsuits, shoes, etc.

    113. Frances Evans
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      sissors, ear plugs, and black marker and thank you notes

    114. Frances Evans
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      ear plugs, sissors, snore strips for cabin mate

    115. samantha debord
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      BC AND TUMMS.

    116. Carole Doherty
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      Duct tape for fixing just about any and everything, power strip depending on the cruise line regs., travel mugs, can koozies and collapsable cooler, dry erase board for messages, international smart phone with all essential info stored (travel docs, google maps, points of interest, places to eat/drink) and last but not least Immodium and fever reducer as a trip to the ships doctor can land you in quarentine and once you’ve traveled so far can you imagine not being allowed off the ship!?!

    117. Lisa Jost
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      Never leave home without hand sanitizer.

    118. Chrissy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      passport, credit card and edocs,…the rest you can always get onboard if you need to.
      I like to make a door sign or have a decoration. It makes your cabin sooo much easier to spot in those long hallways. :)

    119. Dawn Hoff
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      at least a month worth of my medications.

    120. Shari Koeper
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      Always, definitely pack hearing aid batteries. They are hard to find on the ship and the ports, so I bring packs in every suitcase.

    121. Hope Pruet
      October 9th, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

      Have to take Lysol and sunscreen.

    122. Karen Smith
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

      Definitely a power strip. Between my son and I it is much needed! LOL :)

    123. Debbie Diakaki
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      nail scissors: perfect for cutting mole skin as needed and also I have used mine to tighten a screw in my sunglasses. I always seem to need them for something or other.

    124. Donita Locke
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      Glow bracelets for night lights.

    125. Loydene
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

      My sense of humor … and NOT mini-sized!!

    126. Terry Barnes
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Lysol Spray, OTC meds all types,

    127. Nancy Hanck
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      I never cruise without my Dramamine-I take it every morning & again before dinner & no prob. with sea sickness!!!

    128. Edy Cumare
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

      I always pack clear tape and sewing kit.

    129. Tom Barclay
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

      I ALWAYS bring a sense of humor and a sense of adventure. Most other things can be purchased at the next port!

    130. Carole
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      I make sure I have a little sewing kit and a “glasses” screwdriver in case my glasses have a loose screw and I need to tighten it.

    131. Janet Cartwright
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

      I always bring my Cruise Critic shoulder bag to hold my passport, ID, camera, batteries, hand sanitizer and my Medical/Insurance info in the event I have a medical emergency when off the ship.

    132. sajeda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

      always take your husband

    133. sajeda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

      always take meds

    134. Jen
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      Have to have highlighters to mark the schedule for the day!

    135. sajeda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      me

    136. sajeda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      take some duct tapes

    137. LAURA KELLEY
      October 9th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

      I always take a eye glass repair kit have had to use it for my self an fellow cruisers ..

    138. Alyson
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

      Always pack a small bottle of laundry detergent to wash items in the sink.

    139. Nicole Storts
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

      I always pack tony chachere’s seasoning packets for some extra spice to add to the food. I also always pack sea sick bands,clothespins or chip clips to keep the curtains closed at night in the cabin. I also pack a rain poncho.

    140. Lissete
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      Power strip, duct tape and cannot leave home w/o my husband’s c-pap! :-))

    141. CrickettP
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

      Lysol spray and power strip.

    142. Brian
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

      TWO different color highlighters, so my DW and I can highlight our own activities on the daily schedule. Good to use red and blue, so that combined activities come out purple, or two other colors that blend well.

    143. Sherry
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

      Must haves: a cute sign to mark the door of our cabin, sunscreen, a highlighter, battery operated candle for a nightlight, and a pop up landry bin to keep all the dirty clothes neatly hidden away!

    144. Donna McGinley
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

      Myself to have a FUN time.

    145. Tina Jenkins
      October 9th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

      We don’t cruise without pens, highlighters, flashlights, extra batteries, or a power strip. But if I had to pick just ONE item, it would have to be zipper baggies. Days at the beach are just not the same without them!

    146. Todd Shapiro
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

      Highlighter for the daily newsletter, mark what you want to do that day.

    147. Michelle Ault
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

      I always pack extra large and small Ziploc bags to put wet stuff in, bottled liquids (so if they break it stays in the bag), seashells that we find. And a small collapsible cooler (for shore excursions so you don’t have to buy food while on shore).

    148. kristi farley
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

      extension cords!! we would be lost without them

    149. Kathy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

      Since we’re going on a christmas cruise I’m taking holiday themed thank you notes instead of the non-holiday kind I usually bring….hope it makes those that receive them a feel a little more “Christmas-y”!

    150. Steve Johnston
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

      We always pack post it notes to cover the power lights, thermostat lights, etc( in a very dark cabin they are bright!) and a highlighter to mark the daily newsletter for the things we want to see.

    151. Arlene Vilar
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

      A higlighter & pen and packets of splenda

    152. Sarah Jordan
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

      A cheap watch–so the hubs and I can keep track of time without carrying around cell phones, and cheap enough that losing/breaking it won’t ruin our cruising!

    153. JANET
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      I BRING A HIGHLIGHTER FOR THE DAILY EVENTS FLYER

    154. Rebecca Kerber
      October 9th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      plenty of bonine, just in case!

    155. Amy MJ
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

      Flashlight, chargers and post its

    156. Emily
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      I always pack a watch. I used to rely on my cell phone for the time until one time I forgot it on board when I went shopping. I barely made it back in time.

    157. Brenda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

      Highlighter to mark off anything I dont want to miss on the cruise schedule…

    158. Jennifer
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

      Power extension cord. The one plug per room doesn’t quite do it.

    159. Deanna
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

      Going on my first cruise next month! Woo! But I know that I would never ever go on a cruise without taking sunblock!

    160. Sandi Lotter
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      We always take ginger capsules. They help soothe an upset stomach quickly and are lighter in weight than liquids,

    161. Kathy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

      I “pack light and bring money”…and my toothbrush. ;)

    162. Karl
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      mini flashlight…

    163. Linda
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      I take my insulated water bottle to use when we are in port. I fill it with ice from the ship and a little water. That way I have ice water to sip on my excursions. Don’t have to worry about trying to find clean drinking water.

    164. Jamie
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

      A simple battery operated alarm clock.

    165. CM
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

      A collapsible laundry bag is a must!

    166. Dolly1952
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

      I bring wire clothes hangers and clothes pins.
      Many times the staterooms have slots around the room near the ceiling where one can hang clothing to dry. The wire hangers fit nicely in the slots. Clothes pins help to keep the shower curtain from becoming to friendly while showering. An over the door shoe holder to hold everything and sticky note pads to leave notes on.

    167. Pat Walters
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      SUNSCREEN! definitely sunscreen.

    168. Pat Walters
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

      Also patience–lots and lots of patience!

    169. Carole
      October 9th, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      Clip-on bottle of hand Sanitizer to go everywhere I go on my cruise. :-)

    170. C
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      Bleach wipes, sunblock, neosporin.

    171. Melissa K.
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

      We pack a pillow case with a zipper, it works great as a laundry catcher and packs easily in both directions!

    172. Mary
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

      Always take cold/allergy meds! AND a Scentsy travel tin. ;)

    173. Joanna
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

      Since all my cruises have been to the Caribbean, a waterproof camera is a MUST for me :)

    174. Candace
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

      I pack a can of room deodorizer. Cabins are small!

    175. Liz Moreau
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      A highlighter! I love to highlight my daily Compass so I can see at a glance what I’m doing next!

    176. Daleen
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      Gotta have the travel coffee mug and a small empty water bottle. Best way to keep hydrated while basking in the sun.

    177. Sheryl Maldonado
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

      I always pack a bottle of Downey Wrinkle Release. Just a quick spray and wrinkles are gone.

    178. Karl
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

      I bring a tshirt to wear in the water so I don’t get sunburned.

    179. Melanie
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

      Power strip!!! Must recharge phones, computer, iPad, etc. OTC meds-ibuprofin, prilosec, pepto, etc. Wrinkle release, and sea sickness wrist bands.

    180. Clay
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

      Superglue!
      Used it to temporarily fix a broken tooth on a cruise once!!

    181. Jill
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

      Alway bring inexpensive ponchos to throw in the backpack!

    182. Patricia Startek
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

      I always bring garbage bags in different sizes – to keep dirty laundry in, to pack shoes, to pack wet bathing suits – all kinds of uses!

    183. Ann
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

      I always pack gallon size zippy bags. They’re great for packing wet bathing suits or taking home shells and sand.

    184. carol
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

      portable travel clock!

    185. Scott
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

      Acidopholus

    186. Lea
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

      A flashlight and my knitting.

    187. Deborah Bowers
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

      Duct Tape. Never leave home without it:)

    188. Marilyn Witt
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

      sketchbook and camera to record memories. Passport, medications, and credit card.

    189. Laura Kendall
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

      I always make door decorations out of magnetic printer paper with things we like (Mickey Mouse, our favorite sports teams, etc.). It makes it much easier to find our cabin from a distance, as all the doors look alike in a looooong hallway. Shhhhh – don’t tell anyone, but my favorite item is the over the door shoe organizer too :-).

    190. CJ
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

      An extension cord (not a power strip, which is too big) and clear strapping tape (not duct tape, which sometimes doesn’t come off cleanly).

    191. Tracey
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

      tooth repair kit, never needed.

    192. Susan Koch
      October 9th, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

      I always pack comfy shoes for happy feet!

    193. Margie Tracy
      October 9th, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

      I bring clips to attach to the bottom of the shower curtain so that it doesn’t wrap around my body while showering.

    194. Ronn Gardner
      October 9th, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      Over-the-door shoe organizer… it’s amazing how much stuff we can put in it and how much it reduces the clutter in our cabin!

    195. Lori Stevens
      October 9th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      Bubble wrap – to protect anything I buy that is breakable (when packing it to return home)
      Space bags – to condense all of our clothing
      Zip lock bags of ALL sizes – EVERYTHING is packed in a space bag or zip lock bag (clothing, toiletries, and ‘whatever’ – you never know when something is going to ‘spring a leak’ that could make a real mess)

    196. Dominic Mascetti
      October 9th, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

      Power strip, so mary thing I/we bring need power , cell phones, ipods, toothbruch, cpap.

    197. Stan Foster
      October 9th, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

      YOu cant leave home with Wrinkle Guard.

    198. Linda Phillips
      October 9th, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

      We take night lights and baggies. Baggies come in handy for many reasons.

    199. Pam Owens
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:04 am

      Always bring a travel size of Tide. Cuts down on taking so many clothes

    200. Dorothy Reedc
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:20 am

      I always bring a positive attitude!

    201. Sasha
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:20 am

      Thank you notes. I like to write a little note along with an extra tip at the end of my cruise.

    202. OklahomaSunshine
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:42 am

      Handy wipes!

    203. Cliff Bennett
      October 10th, 2012 @ 1:17 am

      We take some Stabucks VIA instant coffee as an alternative to ship’s coffee. Great when you cannot get to one of the specialty coffee locations on board. Ahh … simple pleasures.

    204. Scott Ladewig
      October 10th, 2012 @ 1:20 am

      A portable power strip. Small, compact, but a must-have for charging all those devices we lug everywhere.

    205. Lori
      October 10th, 2012 @ 3:46 am

      I always have pepto for my hubby and emergency tea – in case the tea available is what I call dirty dishwater tea.

    206. Monica Johnson
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:29 am

      Wine key/Bottle opener

    207. Rebecca Freeman
      October 10th, 2012 @ 6:08 am

      I always have a small packet of Tide….packed in three ziplock bags. In a pinch you can use the bag as your sink!

    208. Matt Vanscoy
      October 10th, 2012 @ 6:50 am

      Motion triggered night light, hi-liters, Post-It Notes, clothes pins, ear plugs and electric candles!
      Matt

    209. brenda
      October 10th, 2012 @ 7:30 am

      peanut butter is in my survival kit!

    210. John Herrmann
      October 10th, 2012 @ 7:57 am

      We prefer balconies, so we pack a bungie cord to hear the ocean at night. Also “must haves” include wine opener, duct tape and binoculars.

    211. Dawn Poganik
      October 10th, 2012 @ 7:58 am

      I always bring AfterSun sunburn relief as well as a cuticle scissors. Always good to have a pair of scissors with you.

    212. Michelle Harper
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:16 am

      Individual French Vanilla creamers to make the “free”/included ship coffee a little more “fancy”.

    213. Claudia Keywell
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:18 am

      I bring a crank flashlight (no batteries needed). But MOST important is prescription medicines and passports! Anything else you can buy.

    214. MAT
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:22 am

      Cabin door decorations – helps us find our cabin & is a great conversation starter

    215. Bob J
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:30 am

      I always travel with my power bar that has both ac and usb outlets. It provides ability to charge numerous devices at once.

    216. deb
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:41 am

      We enjoy cruises, and noticed that the cabins all have metal doors. On our first cruise, we bought a destination-themed magnet, and we’ve taken it on every cruise since then.We use it to leave notes on the inside of the door. The notes for the cabin steward include messages such as “we need more ice” or “thanks for extra hand towels.” Notes for family members say “meet you by the pool at 2pm.” Magnets are also handy for holding papers we need for the following day, including car reservations and tour tickets. Magnets are small, lightweight, effective, and no one can complain, “but you never told us!”

    217. Travel57
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:42 am

      Desktop magnifying makeup mirror.

    218. Kim Wannamaker
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:52 am

      I bring starch. On formal nights dress shirts need to be ironed, I am the only one with it, and in the past I let several other fellow passengers use mine.

    219. Laurie
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:54 am

      THere are quite a few things! Besides the usual toiletry items and sewing kit and eyeglass repair kit – post it notes, highlighters, duct tape, travel toilet paper (to use in port), a bungie (to hold the balcony door open, travel corkscrew, zip loc bags, single use detergents and shout wipes. I am the go-to person when traveling with friends, because they know I have whatever they will need! Oh, and a collapsible bag (got one on a carnival cruise a few years ago after I shoppe too much and didn’t have any room left!) I have these things permanently packed in my luggage in their own zipper bags, so i never have to repack them! I also print “personal cards” (like business cards wiht personal phone number, email, etc), so when I meet new friends on the ship it’s easy to give them my contact info! I always print and laminate trip-specific luggage tags for our family. And I always carry thank you notes, so that I can convert my tips to cash at the end, and personally give my cabin steward and waiter their tips with a note about how special they made my vacation!

    220. Mindy H
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:56 am

      I take suction cup hooks to use in the bathroom to hang clothes or robes on.

    221. Peter Markstone
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:58 am

      Small power strip to let me recharge the iPad, camera, iPod, etc all at the same time. Travel coffee mugs. Small room deodorizer for the tiny bathroom.

    222. Terri
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:08 am

      Patients ~ Positive attitude & a smile for a new “Cruise Bud”

    223. Barbara
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:11 am

      I now always take a small evening purse that does NOT have a magnet closure. I learned this after several trips to guest relations to get my cabin key redone.

    224. Pamela Palmer
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:36 am

      I always pack 2 highlighters. one yellow & one blue. DH & I then mark the dailies with activites we each want to do. When they overlap – the color is GREEN! :-)
      It’s nice for each of us to do our own thing, as well as together time. Makes great dinner conversation to discuss different things we did while apart. Otherwise, with just the 2 of us, dinner talk time is boring! LOL

    225. Ken McIntyre
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:37 am

      I always have garbage bags available for gifts or wet clothing.

    226. Kate Hussey
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Camera Battery Charger since my camera does not take regular batteries

    227. Flaps
      October 10th, 2012 @ 10:11 am

      Usually because love is in the air when cruising, I like to prepare for the extra romancing, by taking along meds just in case I get a bad case of “honeymoon cystitis” or a bad case of a urinary tract infection. Nothing worse than having the urge to “go” and can’t. The pain is horrible. So if you have the meds available, you can stop the infection in its tract. I know…TMI.

    228. Mary Ellen
      October 10th, 2012 @ 10:15 am

      Samsung tablet loaded with all of my travel info, e-copies of travel confirmations (hotel, rental car, cruise docs), travel insurance card, TripIt, port guides, excursion confirmations, and — of course — entertainment (books, music, movies, TV shows).

    229. Leith Abrahamse
      October 10th, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      I always pack a deck of cards and a crib board since my husband and I love to play cards and maybe meet another couple who do too!

    230. maura degaetano
      October 10th, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      I always pack the printable board for the Cruise Critic roll call. It tells me the places and times for our Cruise critic Meet and Mingle and other activities. I also pack a highlighter to mark whick activities i do not want to miss on the Cruise Compass. Sailing in 20 days and cannot wait!!

    231. Suzanne
      October 10th, 2012 @ 10:50 am

      Must have band aids! You don’t want to pay for them on the ship or in port and the one time you don’t bring them, you will need them!

    232. Debra
      October 10th, 2012 @ 11:33 am

      Sea bands!! Don’t want to be drugged and I don’t want the motion sickness – the bands really work!

    233. Leah
      October 10th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

      We each bring a pen to fill out the forms in the embarkation terminal so we don’t have to stand in line to wait for an available pen. Another ‘must have’ are personal cards with our names, mailing address, phone, and emails to give when we’d like to stay in touch.

    234. Martina
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

      I pack all my clothes in gallon sized zip lock baggies they lay flat when I Squeeze the air out. Once I use the clothing I put my dirty set in the bag squeeze the air out and put it in the suitcase under the bed.

    235. Keith
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Aloe gel. I sunburn too easy to go anywhere without it.

    236. Leslie G
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Extra zip-ties and a variety of sizes of ziplock bags. Both are light-weight enough for airplane travelers with baggage weight restrictions and they have a multitude of uses. Zip-ties can securely hold something together, attach luggage tags, or help keep up with items. Ziplock bags are good for wet or dirty clothing, snacks leftover from meals for late night munchies, or just general sorting stuff and keeping it dry while at the beach or on deck.

    237. brenda
      October 10th, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

      STAMPS TO MAIL POSTCARDS AND LANDYARD TO KEEP KEYS

    238. Lisa
      October 10th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      Powder, in the heat, sweating…beats chaffing all week. Empty water bottle to fill before going on an excursion. Sanitizer

    239. Natalie K
      October 10th, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

      This will be our first cruise in December, but I’m thinking medication is my number one necessity.

    240. Floretta
      October 10th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

      Along with most everything else mentioned, I make sure I have a couple pairs of flip flops, sun screen and my travel pillow, which makes it more comfortable laying in the sun.

    241. Madikai
      October 10th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

      Always bring an extension cord for the c pap machine . This year bringing a collapsible cooler to keep our beverages cold on the beach.

    242. bill
      October 10th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      my kilt and snack foods

    243. Lisa Winter
      October 10th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

      With our first cruise coming up in Feb 2013- we are making sure that we pack our passports! My sister in law recently arrived at the airport to leave for a trip and realized she had packed everything on her list- but forgot her passports- this was one time they were happy for a plane delay allowing time for my dad to get the passports to the airport!

    244. Sandy Trudgeon
      October 10th, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

      We always travel with zip lock bags for the leftover cheese and crackers we always order before dinner.

    245. Rachel
      October 10th, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      Comfortable shoes that go with my elagant night attire, if I’m wearing heels to dinner, I am not the type of person who can or will wear them all night, but sometimes I feel like staying in my dress, so I bring some comfortable flats to wear after pictures and dinner.

    246. Windsor
      October 10th, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      Leatherman Multi-Tool

    247. Dana Strickland
      October 10th, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

      I always bring a CLOCK!! I usually cruise in a inside cabin and I can never tell if it is night or day!!

    248. Tim
      October 10th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      power strip. NEED IT, never enough outlets

    249. Janet Horock
      October 10th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

      Travel Clock as not all rooms/cabins have one and wake up calls don’t always happen!

    250. Raina
      October 10th, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

      conditioner !! the combo shampoo conditioner does not do the trick with my fine dry hair.

    251. Donna Williamson
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

      I always take my over the door shoe organizer. It is a must for holding all those small things that would clutter the countertops both in the bathroom and in the cabin. Mine has clear pockets so it is easy to find anything. I had a steward comment once about what a good idea that was.

    252. Missy Nelson
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      Power strip with USB ports for all of my gadgets!

    253. Patty Glueck
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      I take along ginger chews (Cost Plus stores carry them) just in case of motion sickness. They’re inexpensive, they’re easy to take, and they don’t make one drowsy as some medications may.

    254. Tom
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      I bring those small walkie talkies. so when we are with other couples we will know where to meet and not use the cell phones $$$$.. they also help on ship or shore for the kids…

    255. Dan
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

      I take a small pocket knife that has the following: Spring-action Scissors, Nail File
      Nail Cleaner, Tweezers, 420HC Knife, Extra-small Screwdriver, Medium Screwdriver, Ruler
      Bottle Opener. Its only 2 1/2 inchs closed great for cutting the duct tape and all that stuff.

    256. Dawn
      October 10th, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

      Gum, mints and Ibuprofen!!

    257. James Gresham
      October 10th, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

      I always carry a bungie cord. It keeps balcony door open when we have guests so we all can site see easier

    258. Patty
      October 10th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

      I always take a second camera. Last cruise a friend of ours lost their only one and all the pictures with it. Multiple cameras give you more photos and less chance of loosing everything.

    259. Barb Robbins
      October 10th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

      I always take an extra par of sunglasses, just in case I Lise a pair! Sunny sitting on my balcony!

    260. laura
      October 10th, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

      I like to take a highlighter. Then I can keep track of events I want to be sure to do!

    261. kathy
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      We never leave without our regular meds. and as my husband would say- Half of the OTC meds from the pharmacey.

      We also have packed in our regular luggage a collaspable type backpack from LL Bean works great!!

    262. Susan
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

      My must have is a koozie with a built in bottle opener for my buckets of beer. :-)

    263. Kathy
      October 10th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

      nightlite for the bathroom

    264. Connie
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

      Wow! I am a first time cruiser and I am learning so many valuable tips!
      Thanks! This kit is something I could really use. One thing I thought of today is one of those little travel sewing kits, I tucked one in the bag. Excited about our first cruise and our 25th wedding anniversary!

    265. Tamra
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

      I always bring my over the door shoe organizer. It packs flat in my suitcase and is so handy in helping me keep the cabin tidy. Everything has it’s own place. I can store sunblock, pens/and post it notes, cameras, chargers & cords, and even shoes in it. I take it with me on every cruise.

    266. Karen
      October 10th, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

      highlighter to use on the daily program

    267. Susan Dean
      October 10th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

      Battery operated alarm clock and small flashlight.

    268. Larry Cantu
      October 10th, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      Compact camera that takes video, lightweight rain jacket, hat and comfortable shoes.

    269. Kathy Montgomery
      October 10th, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

      I always take Duct Tape. I find I need to use it on every cruise –it is so versatile it has become an essential cruise survival item for me.

    270. Shelly Richmond
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:02 am

      I will pack a highlighter so I can mark what activities I want to do.

    271. TFinnell
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:46 am

      Fabric softener sheets! Work great when you rub on clothing with static cling (they also smell great & if you keep one in your pants pocket while on land, it helps repel mosquitos too!)

    272. Jason S.
      October 11th, 2012 @ 8:37 am

      A flashlight!!

    273. Pat Kelly
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      zip lock bags for goodies and small items we get so they don’t get lost

    274. kristi
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      I always pack command performance hooks. Good for hanging jewelry or camera from strap. Peels away with no mess.

    275. Gayla
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:05 am

      meds (ex.pepto, immodium, ibuprofen, triple anti biotic) and various sized bandages.
      My other extra is sunglasses, always a spare pair for each of us.

    276. Lise
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:11 am

      I always bring a brita pitcher and a filtered bottle to make sure I have purified water, it’s easier than bringing your own water.

    277. Kathy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:14 am

      I always bring walkie talkies for those times we want to go seperate ways! A door stop for those wonderful french door cabins and my husband for comic relief!

    278. Cindy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:20 am

      Cash!

      No seriously, passport and all paperwork. Anything else that I might have forgotten can probably be purchased or done without.

    279. Janet Rogers
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:30 am

      We always take rain ponchos. Just in case it rains when we are on shore.

    280. Charles
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      I just make sure that I have a Credit Card with enough available Credit to purchase anything I need when we are in port. I have had to purchase a Dress Shirt in St. Maarten, Ibuprofen in Aruba, and alcohol in St. Thomas.

      Credit Card that works is all I need as an Emergency Kit.

      (can also be used for flights home in case of a real emergency)

    281. Janet
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:02 am

      We always pack a few energy bars! You never know when boarding might be delayed, or if you’ll be stuck out on an excursion somewhere and there is no food available!

    282. Beryl
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      I always bring a foldable hat, because the sun can be intense in Caribbean ports. Also, meds for “just in case”, band aids and a disposable shower cap.

    283. Brandy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      I pack removable window clings for my door. After a late night the last thing I want to do is hunt down my door. It makes it super easy to find since all the doors look the same. Don’t barely have to remember my room number!

    284. toni sullivan
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:09 am

      I always pack extra memory cards for my camera. I use a different one at each port so I can remember where I saw each building, mountain, lake, etc. Also, if my camera is lost or stolen I only lose the pictures from one day.

    285. Dan Coffman
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:14 am

      We always take a small spray for bathroom.

    286. Carl Morgan
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:15 am

      I am handicapped, so I can’t get around by myself. My wife leaves me at a table on the Lido Deck while she runs to the bathroom. Now, you KNOW it will take ‘only a minute’… NOT! So I bring my Kindle to wile away the minutes… hours… eons… that she is gone. I seriously can’t go without my Kindle!

    287. Jess
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      MONEY! :-D That way if we forget anything, it’s not a problem.

    288. Jess
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      MONEY! :-D That way if we forget anything, it’s ok lol

    289. Robin Salonus
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      I always pack a plug in night light for the bathroom. It must be one without the polarized prongs….both prongs must be equal size. The flat blue ones work best…..no more blinding myself when turning on the bathroom light!

    290. April
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      Ziplock bags & post-it notes are a must have. There is always something that has the potential to leak or spill. My memory sucks now so I have to write everything down.

    291. Tami Johnson
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:24 am

      I always take large ziplock bags for all the small things we want to keep together and souveniors.

    292. Michelle
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:24 am

      Must take band-aids and wet wipes !! Bandaids for all the extra walking you don’t expect to do, but do !! And Wet Wipes for all the stickiness, or to refresh your face on hot excursions !!

    293. Astrid Beyleveld
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:26 am

      Lysol mini spray for door handles, phone, remote, Faucets and light switches as we walk in then we can relax and enjoy the cruise

    294. Jim Tackett
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      I never get onboard with out my Cree flashlight and charger. It is super bright small enough to carry in your pocket and could save your life (dont forget Costa Concordia). I also bring a roll up duffel bag when we over buy while on vacation.

    295. Kerry
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      I always pack a highlighter for marking activities in the daily bulletin!

    296. Alana
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:33 am

      We always bring air freshener for the room – more for the bathroom and something tropical scented!!

    297. Janet
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:37 am

      I always always always pack crystal light cause the water isn’t always the best drinkable but tasts differant.

    298. Dave Jones
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:39 am

      I bring a roll of velcro with the sticky back. Lots of uses from hangin things to using as a temporary zipper.

    299. Carolyn
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:39 am

      My Rx, camera, Kindle, chargers, power strip and hand-fan

    300. speedlady
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:39 am

      I pack an electrical outlet plug multiplier. There are never enough outlets in a cabin to recharge all my gadgets.

    301. Vicky
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:39 am

      Gum — it’s not available anywhere on the ship and it helps on the flight there, to overcome any queasiness, helps with dry mouth and gives fresh breath. Indispensable!

    302. Tweekster
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:40 am

      I pack an extra suitcase to bring all of these “must bring” items mentioned above.

    303. Renee H
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      I always bring a travel alarm clock. There never seems to be a clock in the cabins!

    304. Noelle
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:42 am

      The one thing I can’t live without is chapstick w/sunblock! ;)

    305. Lawain Reed
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      I always bring several travel size Lysol sprays. You never know who was in your cabin before you were and I spray down the doors, beds and bathroom.

    306. Leona Mileham
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      I always bring band aids. Inevitably I will get a blister while on a shore excursion or from wearing heels that I haven’t worn in a while.Sometimes the cruise ship will have free band aids outside the infirmary, but sometimes they charge you. I once had to pay $250 for 2 band aids because I forgot to bring them from home. I also always bring plenty of ibuprofen and phenacetin.

    307. Allen L. Childs
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      Motion sickness pills

    308. Gena Parsons
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      I always take a list of the free wi-fi spots and Internet cafes for each port so we don’t have to pay on the ship.

    309. Catherine Vatamaniuck
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

      I always pack medications for sea sickness you never know when rough seas will occur

    310. Lawain Reed
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      I always bring several travel size Lysol sprays. You never know who was in your cabin before you were.

    311. William
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:47 am

      Toothpicks. My wife finds them indispensible.

    312. ali
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

      I always bring q-tips. It’s one of those versatile toiletry items that most hotels don’t seem to have “sample” sizes of if needed!

    313. Dennis satterfield
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

      Always take small LED keychain flashlight …bright small beam perfect for nighttime cabin use. Leave behind for my cabin steward to use in his cabin!

    314. Debbie Archimbaud
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      Without a doubt, the over-the-door shoe holder. It’s the only way to stay organized without a lot of effort!

    315. AMY LAPANNE
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      Easy – a passport! Everything else can either be purchased on board or in port…but if you can’t prove who you are – you aren’t even getting on board.

    316. Larry
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      I always pack a flashlite for a cruise

    317. Rob
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      I was never a Boy Scout but I like to “Be Prepared”, so I bring a first aid kit making sure I have blister bandaids and aloe. I also like to have both a small flashlight and a night lite for the bathroom.

    318. Herb Nadler
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:54 am

      cant leave home without my atm card. I use a card that has no fee

    319. Rita
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:54 am

      A baggie of Bounce fabric softeners. Put a sheet of Bounce in your suitcase when traveling, it will help keep mites or any other critters out of it. Run several Bounce sheets up and down your bed linen before getting into bed, it will cause all the bugs already in your bed to run. Place a sheet in your soiled laundry bag, garbage can, closet, and shoes to eliminate odors. It also repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when on Caribbean excursions. Finally, while on the beach, place Bounce under your towel/blanket near the edges. It will keep ants and some other insects away.

    320. Karen
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:55 am

      I always bring a collapsable umbrella, toilet seat covers, and antibacterial solution.

    321. Suzanne
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:58 am

      Have to take my SeaBands wrist pressure bands to prevent seasickness.

    322. Margaret
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      Taking a Christmas cruise, so Christmas stockings filled with candy for our dining room and stateroom staff.

    323. Joel Price
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

      digital clock

    324. Krista
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

      coffee cup (a big one!)

    325. Susan
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

      Candied ginger — it was recommended when we suffered a bit the first night of our first cruise, and it’s brilliant! Hot and sweet, and a slice is perfect for nibbling to soothe the tummy, or as a little snacklet.

    326. Kathryn Pfister
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

      A Car Jar hanging air freshener for the bathroom.

    327. Kevin Reid
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

      Got a real nice one last spring a Travel size Power Bar (Moncton,NB Airport). A must Have with the many gadgets/chargers we travel with.

      My new must is my iPad.

      Kevin (FRMPEI) Reid

    328. DENNIS
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

      ALWAYS HAVE A TIDE PEN FOR THOSE LITTLE DRIPS AT MEAL TIME

    329. LORI
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      I always take extra ziploc baggies, you never know what is gonna be wet that you don’t want to put in your suitcase.

    330. Jeanne Steinberg
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      I always bring allergy pills,motrin, and Imod AD, and a seaband.

    331. Sandy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      Can’t forget the camera. I always have it with me on cruises and land vacations. You never know when a Kodak moment will happen

    332. Theresa Jenkins
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

      I always pack my roll up makeup bag that I hang in the bathroom. Counter space is limited, so all your essentials stays organized.

    333. Laurie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      I always bring my mini travel steamer! It takes up the same amount of space in my luggae as does a pair of sneakers. From t-shirts, to jeans, to pashminas, to formal attire, I can get everything wrinkle-free in minutes.

    334. Ken Iosue
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      Seabands. Great to prevent seasickness

    335. Dan
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      Bottled water!

    336. Lindsay Swymer
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      Dramamine!! Better safe than sorry!
      We’re cruising next month over Thanksgiving a survival kit would be awesome!

    337. Debi
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      I bring a luggage scale, to avoid exceeding the 50 lb limit for the airlines. Clothes tend to retain moisture from the cruise ship, and can weigh more on the trip home than they did on the way there…not to mention the souvenirs!

    338. Janet
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      We always take playing cards and dice. We met a very nice couple on one of our cruises becuase we were playing a spritied game of Farkle and they started watching us and asking us questions about the game. We hung around with them the whole cruise and had a great time. Cards and dice are a great ice breaker.

    339. Michael
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      Always take a few heavy binder clips to attach to the bottom of the shower curtain. This makes the curtain stay in place so it doesn’t “attack” you.

    340. Diane
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

      This will be my first cruise EVER…and with reading all the previous postings…it has helped me tremendously!! I LOVE the over-the-door shoe holder idea…along with duct tape! GENIUS ideas!!! :)

    341. Gary
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

      I always pack a few bottles of water, a refillable coffee cup, a power strip, an alarm clock, and a flashlight

    342. Kim C
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

      Post its and a highlighter are a must haves.

    343. Kathy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

      Being our last cruise was for 2 weeks picking 1 item is difficult as so many are needed. But I think a small 4 oz bottle of liquid laundry detergent/conditioner is a must. Second would be an over the door shoe organizer as a catch all for all small items. I took my computer so as to organize my pictures by port.

    344. Meredith McConnell
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

      I found a really small ipod dock and speaker that could either run on batteries or plug in, loaded up my ipod with fun songs (Bob Marley, UB40, etc.)and had gerat music to listen to while getting ready. Was great way to set the mood for the day!

    345. Lou
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      Always Always take a kettle! know it sounds weird BUT I’m not a jump out of bed early in the am person so hubby gets his coffee up top and then comes back and makes me a cuppa :-) My 1 L kettle lives in my carry on travel suitcase – absolutely hate making tea with water ‘cooked’ in a coffee maker so it is ALWAYS with me when i travel!

    346. Nancy McGuire
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      I always bring a small notebook to write tips for the next trip.

    347. Jolyn Wilkins
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      Ziploc bags of various sizes, and individual lens cleaner cloths.

    348. Tom
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

      A small medical kit that includes Imodium, ibuprofen, antibacterial cream, Benadryl, moleskin (for those pesky blisters) and a few band aids.

    349. Carl
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

      I always make sure to bring some Imodium or the equivalent. No need for a bad reaction to some food on-board or ashore to ruin any time on the cruise.

    350. Valerie Malcolm
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

      Safety pins and zip closed ID holder for ship card, credit card, cash.

    351. Amanda Vergara
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      I always bring two essential items among other things, they are gallon size freezer bags and the most important a bottle of water!

    352. David Thomas
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

      Yellow and blue highlighters. Each person marks what they are going to do in the ship’s activities paper. If you are both doing the same thing it turns green.

    353. Catherine Robichaud
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      DUCT TAPE is a must. I find I use it for a number a things.

    354. Sherri Sanchez
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS pack Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets so that I can wash my clothes while on my cruise, if needed! They are way smaller to pack than a small box of powder laundry detergent & a box of fabric sheets. :)

    355. Mary
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      Gotta have duct taoe.

    356. Linette K.
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

      A collapsible water bottle for the shore excursions. Save money, save the environment, and save space in your bag when you are done drinking.

    357. Sue
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      I always bring chapstick ! My lips always get sunburned and you can never find it on ship and if you lucky enough to find it in port it $$$$.

    358. Joan
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

      We always pack an extension cord for recharging all of our electronics.

    359. Russ
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      We pack binoculars to capture those fantastic views from the balcony.

    360. Byron
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      Got to my underwear – going comando just want get it. :)

    361. Brenda
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      A highlighter pen to mark the onboard daily
      events guide for the next day so we don’t miss
      out on the fun!

    362. Albert Fernandez
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      WE always pack 2 small flashlights. During the evening while out and about on the ship, i carry one in my pocket. At night, they are on the nightstands within easy reach.

    363. Kathy Castillo
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      I bring Purell hand sanitizer wipes (in the individual foil packets). This doesn’t count as a liquid in your carry-on bags, yet provides the personal convenience of having it handy. I realize the cruise ships have hand sanitizer stations near dining and security stations, but I find it helpful throughout my travels onboard and off.

    364. Barbara B
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      I always pack a small first aid kit… much easier and quicker than using the infirmary when you need a band-aid, etc.

    365. Rob Grossman
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      I always bring an extension cord with multiple outlets for electronics

    366. Anne Gillis
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      lysol wipes, baby wipes, clothespins, Foaming hand soap for cabin bathroom, powerstrip, and of course wine

    367. Laurie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

      Earplugs – even if you don’t have a roommate who snores, they come in handy. On my last cruise, our cabin was facing the atrium, and the earplugs nicely blocked out that third rendition of “My Heart Will Go On.” ;)

    368. Diane
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

      After having my camera and spare (full) SD card stolen on my last cruise I will remember to pack a card-reader to upload my pictures online or to my iPad each day. I love the idea of the over the door shoe holder. Great place to store those pesky chargers we need to bring.

    369. Deborah Bixby
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

      I always take Lysol Wipes and travel size Lysol spray. I then sanitize my room before settling in.

    370. Melody
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

      Duct tape, over door organizer, highlighters, magnet,, post-it notes & magnetic pen for door notes, beads for door decoration & CC parties, bungee cord, clothes pins, eye repair kit, extra pair of glasses, sunscreen, pack able hat, all meds (including OTC), wrinkle release spray, hair gel & spray, clock & nightlight. All essential, but cannot do without clear nail polish – nails, covering that bug bite to stop itch.

    371. Tyler
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

      Disinfecting wipes!

    372. Don Patterson
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      Highlighter for marking those items on the dailies that I’m interested in checking out.

    373. Melanie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      flashlight, just in case the power goes out and always helpful at night in the cabin when everyone is sleeping.

    374. Lyn
      October 11th, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      We always take our insulated cups to keep our coffee warm while out on the balcony.

    375. Craig Jung
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

      Chemical light sticks

    376. Alexis
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      I always bring a foldable duffle bag, to bring home trip goodies, plus if it’s small enough to bring on shore excursions to carry extra jackets, etc.

    377. Susan Updegraft
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

      A clock and Dramamine

    378. Carol Olesen
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

      I always brink my Tide pen–just a quick swipe and the “oops” stain is gone!

    379. Barbara Oser
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      Besides my passport and plenty of money, I must have my HUSBAND! He opens my champagne!!

    380. Ronald Moore
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      Bring that camera for those unforgetable snaps.

    381. Teresa Smith
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      I always pack a small travel size roll of toilet tissue, and wet wipes. Many excursions have restrooms that are less that accommodating . I also pack a ziplock bag filled with indivual packets of OTC meds it takes up less room that many bottles.I also pack a small roll of tape.

    382. DONNA SCELZA
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      Spray lysol and hand sanitizer.

    383. Ken
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      The obvious one is medications (never forget my insulin!!) but I always pack a Leatherman PocketTool. It’s tiny, weighs next to nothing and can fix (at least temporarily) almost anything that might break while on vacation.

    384. Kim
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

      I always make sure I bring bandaides (well several different types of ouchie supplies). You just never know when you are going to get a boo-boo like a blister or cut on the coral when snorkeling. My cruise in 2010 on the Epic, I broke my hand and got pretty banged up from head to toe. That was the year I decided I would at least start bringing some supplies. ;)

    385. mark nei
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      i always pack a bungie cord long enought to strap my wet cloths on to the balcony or to hold the balcony door open when in port to veiw the islands all types of things it can be handy for

    386. Cate
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      A watch, water filter, ziploc bags, walkie-talkies especially if there ar emore than 2 of you!

    387. Cartricee Washington
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

      I always bring motion sickness meds to void off getting sick. Also, I carry other meds for headache, pains, colds, fever. I always carry me a pouf ball to shower with and my personal drying off towel, sunglasses and contact solution.

    388. Ric Tensfeldt
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

      I always bring a small flashlight, paper to write on and copies of “things to do” in port cities.

    389. Julie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

      My first cruise is in a week,and I will be bringing most everything recommended in these comments! Thank you fellow cruise critics!!!

    390. Jana Lord
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

      I make sure that I bring my EpiPen. Having an allergic reaction is a sure fire way to ruin a great vacation!

    391. sam campano
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

      I always pack a bathing suit

    392. Kim
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

      I take my husband!! Everything else I can purchase when I get where I’m going.

    393. David Gray
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

      When I travel, I carry a bottel of Motion Ease, just incase you get sea sick, great stuff. Before I leave on a cruise I print out the deck plan of the ship, so you know how the ship is layed out. With the highlighter you take with you, you can mark where your cabin is and the events on the ship.
      From the safty stand point, I have a neck lanyard with a small bright flash light to clip on it and hand sanitzer. One never knows when you will have the power go out as you are on deck.

    394. Jennie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

      Always take a power strip and a bottle of hand sanitizer.

    395. Jennie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

      I always pacl a power strip and a bottle of hand sanitizer

    396. elaine
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      I think I pack all of the above plus. But I do include crazy glue in case anything breaks ie: dentures, bridges, nails, clocks, etc.

    397. Linda Thomas a/k/a catladyesq
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

      Night lite; electrical extension cord; ziploc bags, rubber bands, flashlight; extra tote bag to bring items purchased home;mini medicine chest.

    398. Nancy Bradford
      October 11th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

      I always bring extra batteries, for the camera and the Kindle light. These can be very expensive to have to buy elsewhere.

      nlb1050@yahoo.com

    399. David
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

      I always pack a travel alarm clock with big numbers so I can see the time from across the cruise ship cabin.

    400. Deborah Todaro
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      I always pack zipper sandwich baggies. I use them to carry pills and money. They are waterproof.

    401. John Frazier
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      Large baggies are a must. You never know when you will need to place something in a sealable bag to keep from soiling everything else in your suitcase. Everything from shampoos to perfume will travel so much better sealed off from the rest of the suitcase.

    402. Rick
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

      We make sure to bring along a large plastic bag to keep the dirty laundry in. Keeps things nice and separate and makes the end of cruise packing a whole lot easier.

    403. Michael Webb
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

      air freshener and frebreze

    404. Walter
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      Crazy glue and 2 different color highlighters to highlight specific activities in daily paper.

    405. Don Wilder
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      Pepto Bismol

    406. Deborah K Lombardo
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      A rain coat, pack of singles for room service.

    407. Tony Sill
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      Always bring a small flashlight.

    408. Tabatha
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      Haven’t cruised yet, but from what I hear an over the door shoe rack is pretty helpful!

    409. Marla
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      I always bring a pocket size first-aid kit. Someone is always asking for a bandAids, asprin or aloe vera gel. I usually have to restock after every trip because I end up handing it all out!

    410. Amy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      small flashlight, zip lock bags,small hand sanitizers, scotch tape, copies of passport, travel alarm clock with thermometer.

    411. Ruth
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      The one thing I would be upset to forget is a good pair of sunglasses. Sunscreen is a close second. I wouldn’t want to lose a moment of the trip because I didn’t take care the day before.

    412. Deacon C
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      A laundry bag, roll of quarters for the laundry, zippy bags & my Princess coffee card!

    413. James
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

      I have to bring Tobasco, my wife loves it and no other sauce is quite the same.

    414. Archie Lee
      October 11th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      I always carry a photocopy of my passport in my wallet. Should I ever lose my passport this will help expedite a new passport at the local US Embassy. Of course I keep my passport separately from my wallet.

    415. Lise
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      Ziploc bags, air freshener and an alarm clock

    416. Maria
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

      Ziploc bags and clorox wipes!

    417. Corey
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

      A refillable water bottle – it can be used in so many ways!

    418. Debbie Burch
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

      nightlight for the bathroom

    419. Terry O.
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      Power strip

    420. figmentdj
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      Water shoes. No matter how beautifully white and soft the sand is, there are things that can ding your feet (or worse) under the surface that can just ruin your day.

    421. Kristi
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

      I always bring an over-the-door organizer. Saves space and keeps everything off the floor during rough seas!

    422. Sandy Wells
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

      My ‘must-have’ item is a small corkscrew – the complimentary kind that cruiselines give you when you order a bottle of wine from room service. It’s small enough to be ‘legal’ in my carry-on bag. It actually came in handy on a Delta flight to Alaska – I was in first class & requested a glass of red wine; flight attendant came back very apologetically & said that catering had forgotten to load one for them! I pulled mine out & told her she could use it for the duration of the flight. Now THAT was handy!

    423. Bea
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

      Travel-size packages of all over-the-counter medications I keep at home. That way I’m prepared for tummy or intestinal troubles, colds, or headaches.

    424. Stu Robbins
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      All have a good flash light.

    425. ken
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

      sanitizer wet wipes,sanitizer spray for the bathroom and trojans.

    426. Stacy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

      Febreeze – it can double as a room freshener and clothes freshened. Power strip and my laptop so I can edit my pictures.

    427. Letizia Coppola
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

      Downy Wrinkle Releaser, since irons are NOT allowed on board. Works like a charm :)

    428. Caroline
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      Immodium. Sort of speaks for itself.

    429. Gordon Houle
      October 11th, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      Always have lots of Batteries, various sizes and a extra camera memory device and change it half way thru your vacation in case something happens . You won’t lose all your pics.

    430. Harvey Rosen
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

      Having a document size, plastic zip bag or tear-proof envelope with copies of ALL of my personal and travel documents in one place is very important to me. Include passport & visa, cruise docs and boarding papers, emergency contacts, travel insurance notes, air travel data, overnight hotel information, credit card/ATM numbers and help contacts, agent contact, spare itinerary, and more. Of course you will want this folder handy but secure and not packed away or open to theft. This replaces online and computer sources when they are not available or not working. Be ready for any question or problem, quickly!

    431. Tina
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

      Highlighter for the dailies so I can make sure I don’t miss out on any of the fun!!!

    432. CleoPetra
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

      In addition to many of the things mentioned above, we pack after sun lotion and hope we never need it :)

    433. Cindy L.
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

      Bonine and Sea-Bands are the most important things for me to take on a cruise. Next is clothes pins to hang out our swim suits to dry on the balcony. My tablet for reading my books and listening to music. And last but not least, a door stop to keep our door open for friends, both old and new, to drop in for conversation or a cocktail before dinner.

    434. uk00121
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

      Ziploc bags!! Smallest ones for souvenier sand/rocks/shells. Midsize for snacks and whatnot (breakfast buffet = picnic). Large ones for wet clothes or bottles.

    435. Juliet Gill
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

      Wire coat-hangers: they’re light and, packed on the outside, protect your stuff from getting squashed. With a few plastic clothes-pins, they provide great clothes-lines on ships that don’t have a laundromat, and come in handy if you’re short of coathangers in your cabin. At the end of the trip, just leave them behind.

    436. michelle
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

      a windless lighter

    437. Susan Jackson
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

      disinfectant wipes and pocket Kleenex

    438. jean hidden
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

      Playing cards (to play rook, spades, hearts, solatare) to use when waiting to get on ship, off, or for fun with the family on cruise days and my Kindle and a good paperback book.

    439. Jon Asmund
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      I pack a waterless stain remover pen thing.

    440. RAllen
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

      Small flashlight, sunblock; & pain medice

    441. Debi Mondello
      October 11th, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

      Binder clips to hold the curtains together. It helps keep the sunlight out when I’m napping!

    442. Louis Csak
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

      I always put a portable jump-starter in my car when I park at a port just in case my battery goes dead. On a Norwegian cruise, our balcony overlooked the parking lot and right next to our car was a Honda SUV from Pennsylvania and they left their headlights on. I alerted an officer on the ship but they refused to make an announcement. We actually met the people who owned the car at the Martini bar and we gave them a jump start when we got back home.

      Also, a laptop for storing your pictures and a clock screensaver which you can get for free at:

      http://www.filecluster.com/downloads/Luminescent-Clock-ScreenSaver.html

      Saves packing an extra clock.

    443. frank
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

      A small LEATHERMAN because it can do so many things

    444. LaVada Blue
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

      First and foremost, my husband who is just the joy of the cruise. Next item packed would be my vitamin enriched facial wipes which several purposes.

    445. Linda Embry
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      One of the most important things I bring on each cruise are things to say “Thank You” to the hard working staff. Daily notes of appreciation, chocolate bars, bags of candy and dollar bills that I leave each day (in addition to the gratuity at the end of the cruise) for the room steward who works so hard to keep my cabin nice and also for the staff from room service. They are so appreciative of the unexpected kindness and it makes my day to be able to do something nice for them.

    446. Richard Hall
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

      Take a one-hole-punch for your ship id card so you can hang it around your neck on a string for easy access.

    447. Stacey
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

      Plastic bags of all sizes. If you going on an excursion and you have kids, some breakfast cereal just may save you and your kids from the crankies! Larger bags are great for holding wet suits or keeping clothes dry when visiting a beach, and they are great for using them like “space bags” to help get that little extra bit in the suitcase.

    448. Rachel
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

      I’m a travel agent and I send a small travel “Scentsy” brand air freshener to my booking clients for their cruise as a “thank you” gift. People seem to love it because they don’t think to bring something like that to “spiff” up a stuffy cabin…and of course it is a breezy ocean scent.

    449. Elissa
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      Because I travel with kids, I always pack a first aid kit with every kind of medicine, bandage, etc. While there are other must-haves, this is the #1 thing I put together before a trip.

    450. Dominique
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

      I like to pack plastic baggies, I have young kids and they always want a little snack either in the stateroom or when we get off the boat. The plastic baggies allow for you to take some extra bread or cookies from the buffet and eat later on. My husband and I enjoy it too because the snack can hold you over while enjoying the port and waiting for food in a restaurant while on shore.

    451. Linda Steinbauer
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      I always pack a flashlight and glasses cleaner.

    452. Maurie Womble
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

      Double-sided tape for loose hems. S-shaped shower curtain hooks to hang on clothes hanger for hats, scarves, necklaces, etc. And a copy of all my vital information to keep in the safe in case originals are lost.

    453. Nancy Johnson
      October 11th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      Tootsie Roll pops for the kids in the Ports and the adults ask for them too. They make smiles on everybody’s faces.

    454. Patricia Starr
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

      My hubby and I like to exchange personal cards with people we have met on travels. I print our cards and include a photograph as a reminder. I wish others would do the same. :-)

    455. John Szabo
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

      Always pack (bring) US dollars in small denominations for tipping.

    456. Jo Anne
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

      I always bring band-aids and hydrogen peroxide. Band-aids are always hard to find or expensive. Hydrogen peroxide can be used for a mouthwash, a gargle, a disinfectant and great for cuts.

    457. JAN ANGLEMYER
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

      I always bring my seasick bands and medication. Plus a small empty suitcase for purchases, etc.

    458. Jodi
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

      Oil of Olay dry face cleaning clothes.

    459. Kay
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

      Magnets for notes, activities info, etc (they work on the walls as well as the door!) Battery candle for bathrm nitelite. Insulated travel mug keeps iced tea cold while sunning. Power strip-extension cord, clothespin, highlighters & over-door shoe holder.

    460. Judy Jones
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

      Duct tape, not only for torn luggage, fixing a myrid of broken items, removing lint or dog hair i missed while packing, but also for blisters i get walking on the shore excursions! It comes in alot of colors too!

    461. Diane
      October 11th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

      I always pack a small container of lysol spray. I always spray down the cabin before using the facilities.

    462. Robert
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

      Power strip!

    463. Susan Clark
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      I always take Downy Wrinkle Release since irons are not permitted. It does a great job getting wrinkles out.

    464. Dawnice
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

      Elastic band shorts! We eat so much we need something to fit by the end of the cruise that’s comfortable!

    465. Mari-anne W.
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

      Besides a small pad of Post-It notes, I always take a small purse to carry necessities, one just big enough to carry my key card, comb and lipstick. My current “onboard” purse also has a space for my pocket-size camera and a little space for any gambling money. It saves my husband from carrying these things for me.

    466. JOAN
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

      I always pack antiacid meds. You never know when you will have tummy problems either on board or on an excurision.

    467. Lorraine
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

      I never cruise without my Dramamine – I take one in the morning and one at night if I need it or not. It works and I can enjoy my cruise no matter what the weather is…

    468. talliana
      October 11th, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      I always pack my inhaler and allergy tablets. I try to stay away from perfumes and strong cleaners at home, but on the ship you are exposed to so many different scents and foreign items that you don’t know how your body is going to react.

    469. Bonnie Heflin
      October 11th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      I always carry a highlighter so that I don’t miss out on the important information about the cruise events and safety matters in case of an emergency.
      I also visually check out where all the exits are on the ship!

    470. Phil
      October 11th, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

      Immodium. This is why. They don’t sell it on the ship. Why? They tell you its free…just go down to the doctor’s office: it’s all there. Why? They quarantine you as soon as you request some: they tell you it is CDC rules. Happened to me on 1st cruise (rookie mistake) just before Jamaica. Its the Carribean, its freeking hot and you eat a lot. Little loose, want to be preventative: DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF GOING TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE, you’ll spend the next 2 days locked in your room watchingthe beach party from your balcony (if u r lucky!)

    471. Jill Gundaker
      October 11th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.

    472. Doug Barber
      October 11th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      Aspirin and sewing kit

    473. Doug Barber
      October 11th, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

      sewing kit and aspirin

    474. Jessica
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      I pack my kids and if I am feeling super nice I pack my husband too :)

    475. Carl Johnson
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      We visit our physician a few weeks before cruising, obtain and fill prescriptions for Cipro and Metronidazole and take them. When we get home, meds are donated to a free clinic. We also bring pepto tablets and common (but expensive shipboard) OTC meds. Have never needed any of this ever while cruising, yet we look at them as we do cruise insurance…only the people without complain when they need it most.

    476. Robert
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      Business cards with your email and other contact information on them. It’s an easy way to keep in contact with other cruisers you’ve enjoyed time with!

    477. Julianne
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      I will definitely pack an alarm clock. I don’t want to miss anything on my first cruise.

    478. Claire
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

      A fully-loaded-no-fooling-around first aid kit for my sister who is prone to every possible contingency.

    479. judy
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

      I always pack my Laptop so I can Blog my trip to friends and family.

    480. Cheryle MIller
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

      These work great and friend always tell me thanks for telling them these hints. I go to a 2nd hand store and get some tennis shoes and sunglasses. If the sunglasses get lost – who cares? (Son once lost $200 sunglasses in a river- not fun) If you do excursions that need closed toe shoes or go to the beach you can wear the tennis shoes and throw them away at the end of the cruise, no packing sand home. I also take an empty plastic container (like a mayonaise one) to put sand/shells into and put into a large zip lock bag. That way no smelly suitcase when you get home!

    481. Lisa Swanson
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

      I bring a couple disposable bags for shoes and dirty clothing.

    482. Janice
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      I always bring a few old pillowcases for dirty washing as they can go in the machine as well and they don’t take up much room and a small money box for change for the next cuise.

    483. Brenda Ridgway
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

      I always pack a gel cold pack and add it to the fridge. Comes in handy for kids bumps and bruises, headaches after few too many drinks or if you need to cool down quickly after too much sun.

    484. Bill Cochran
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

      I brought a sewing kit and a first aid kit, for all of life’s small emergencies

    485. Rosemarie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

      Travel Laundry Clothesline for all our wet stuff-we love to snorkel AND our collapsible soft-sided cooler-for all those fabulous day trips!!!!

    486. Lphillip
      October 11th, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

      This will be my first cruise, but when traveling I always carry plenty of extra ziploc bags – like to put the TV remote in one to keep sharing germs down to minimum!

    487. Christine (Gardner)Stansfield
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

      A Powerstrip, for ereaders,cell phone,I pod,ect.

    488. Mike Mandrea
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      A powerstrip.

    489. Debbie Carter
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

      I will be going on my third cruise next spring. Many years in between the 3 though. The one thing that stands out to me is a shawl or sweater for the dining room. They always seem to be freezing cold!

    490. Joanna Matthews
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

      We like to pack a first aid kit, flashlight, room spray, and an alarm clock.

    491. Carlene Hopkins
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

      always bring a scarf or lite wrap for those cool lounges. t

    492. Kristi
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

      I always bring some Pepto, since my husband inevitably finds something made with peanuts, which upset his stomach. Also an alarm clock, so I can get up for my early excursions.

    493. Travis
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

      After forgetting our passports and driving 18 hours in a day to get them, we always make sure they’re with us before we leave!

    494. david riggs
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

      always bring a three ring binder, plastic inserts, hilighter and placed the daily activities newsletter and any photos in this binder. also bring a friendly business or should i say a card with name address and email etc.
      great way if one is setting at a large table
      for guest to recall his or hers dining mates.
      most important, a small bungi cord to use as a method of opening the balcony door etc. enjoy the ocean air when sleeping. the necessities, beach shoes, sun tan screen, quality wine opener and a couple decks of playing cards since cruise lines no longer provide these.
      oh yes we do purchase our favorite libations through the cruise line and the bottles are always in our stateroom etc
      happy cruising

    495. Lisa Berber
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

      Those little foam earplugs to muffle noise in the halls or a snoring cabin mate.

    496. Renate
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

      Air freshener…for the bathroom

    497. Melissa T.
      October 11th, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

      Hand sanitizer is a must on a cruise or any trip!

    498. Elizabeth Norris
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

      Bathroom spray! and Toilet seat covers for in port!

    499. Carl
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

      My WIFE!!!! LOL No I always bring a bag of fake sugar splenda,

    500. Marilyn Witt
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

      Credit card and camera.

    501. Lori
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

      My camera – with extra batteries and memory cards!

    502. Kathie
      October 11th, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

      I will take my first cruise next month! I think Downey wrinkle releaser would be a necessity, since ironing is not allowed.

    503. Lynda
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:04 am

      I take my wonderful husband and he takes his leatherman!

    504. Ann Marzano
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:06 am

      I always bring inflatable hangars. Inevitably I will want to rinse out some clothing item or dry a bathing suit. The inflatable hangar separates the fabric and greatly reduced drying time. It can be hung almost anywhere too

    505. Susan
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:17 am

      I always bring an ultrathin rain poncho

    506. Steven
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:25 am

      I need my tide detergent.

    507. Heidi
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:48 am

      I always bring ziplock bags for bottles of liquids

    508. Kenneth Light
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:14 am

      I always bring a plug-in nightlight to avoid furniture and items left on the floor.

    509. Dan
      October 12th, 2012 @ 2:43 am

      Hand sanitizer

    510. Ron Vogel
      October 12th, 2012 @ 2:59 am

      We always pack a power strip when we travel or cruise. Need it for the laptop, nightlight, cell phone chargers, camera charger, etc….

    511. Linda
      October 12th, 2012 @ 7:27 am

      My iPad.

    512. Sabina May
      October 12th, 2012 @ 7:40 am

      Air freshener, a travel power strip, and bottled water.

    513. Jane Smith
      October 12th, 2012 @ 7:53 am

      After our first cruise resulted in substantial bruises on our shins from the coffee table, we always pack a glow nightlight so we can find our way around the cabin without disturbing our ability to sleep.

    514. Debbie Burch
      October 12th, 2012 @ 8:52 am

      Magnifying mirror

    515. Diane
      October 12th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      I always bring a note with where we parked the car along with a picture of and a list of what’s in each suitcase – in case it doesn’t make it – they always want a description of the bag and a few items inside. I keep this with our passports so it is always handy. Going home we pack each bag with his stuff or her stuff so we know what’s in each – but on the way we always pack half his and half mine so we each have some clothes if a bag doesn’t make it.

    516. David
      October 12th, 2012 @ 9:56 am

      I bring a 4 foot length of thin magnet, which I place on the wall in a giant “U” form. Keeps the daily paper, invites, notes where we can find them and the cabin stays tidy. I also have to carry small, plastic Glad-type disposable containers as they are perfect to hold extra cookies/snacks for shore excursions. Can’t live without snacks:)

    517. Tim B,
      October 12th, 2012 @ 9:59 am

      A highlighter marker, so I can highlight everything I want to do in the daily planner paper.

    518. Paul
      October 12th, 2012 @ 11:46 am

      Tolerance is the only thing you really need when traveling. Accepting the inevitable little things that aren’t what you expect make travelling exciting and only add to the adventure.

    519. Chimey Nangchen
      October 12th, 2012 @ 11:50 am

      I have lived in rural India and Nepal for many years, and I am hoping that the cruising experience will not contain more “desperate” situations than I have encountered before. I think the same logic would apply here. Your best friends are your Mag-Lite and your Swiss Army knife! The small Mag-Lite has a screw-off top that converts to a candle. Now you can even convert your AA Mag-Lite to an LED Mag-Lite that saves battery life and give you more power. Another must for any travel out of the USA is having copies of all your travel documents. Passports do get lost and if they need to be replaced having a copy of your current passport, including any pertinent visa pages, makes it easier for any Embassy or Consulate to replace it. Also necessary is a printed list of important family/friend contacts including address and phone number. We rely on our Smart Phones to retain this information, but Smart Phones lose their “smarts” if they get dropped, go underwater in a pool or on the beach, and when they are misplaced or stolen. Prescriptions should be carried in their original containers. If you are going for an extended time, like I did in India and Nepal (years) you don’t really need to bother having a copy of your doctor’s written prescription as most small “Chemist’s” shops overseas will not honor prescriptions written by US doctors. You might do some research as to possible substitutions for prescription drugs you take in case you need to purchase those meds overseas .and they are not carried in particular countries or places. Expect things to be different and less organized…expect to be “inconvenienced” in that your regular routine will cease to exist. Always take care when you on onshore NOT to go to questionable places, take drinks and even flower gifts from unknown locals…and above all be kind and keep your manners above reproach. You are an ambassador for the US and need to show respect for a culture which is probably quite different from your own, but is special to those who live it. There is no “better way to do things” there are just differnt ways to do things and each has their own charm. Be gentle with yourself and others.

    520. Jean M
      October 12th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      Pack meclizine HCI 25 mg for travel sickness. Without it, I would not be able to cruise. I’m so thankful for this product.

    521. Paul Kasel
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

      Swiss Army knife. Tiny scissors and tooth pick are a must.

    522. Ray Guttendorf
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

      Pepto bismol

    523. Leeann
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      I always bring sunblock and allergy meds

    524. Rich
      October 12th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      A leathermans tool (multi-tool)

    525. Debbi
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      We always bring our white noise machine. Some nights the halls can be loud and the machine helps drown out the unwanted noise.

    526. Pat
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

      in addition to most already listed.. Vanilla Linen spray

    527. Susan Ferguson
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

      WD-40

    528. Gail
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

      I pack a mini flashlight, address labels, universal charger squid and my iHome so we can enjoy ‘special music’ in our stateroom.

    529. Michael
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

      While we haven’t been on a cruise yet, we have traveled quite a bit. One thing we ALWAYS make sure to bring is any prescription medication. Make sure you have everything refilled BEFORE you leave home, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of temporary transfers to new pharmacies and all the ensuing insurance headaches.

    530. Joanna
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

      I always bring a small flashlight for each of us. Those inside cabins get very dark.

    531. marise
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

      We always take a digital clock so we can see the time should we wake up in the middle of the night and not have a clue what time it is. Those inside cabins are very dark;)

    532. Donna
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      Downy wrinkle releaser when there are no irons and sudafed for diving.

    533. Jeff
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      I always pack some sea sickness pills (non drowsy type)

    534. Pat Ethier
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      Camera, memory cards, battery……..everything else can be bought someplace. I use the camera from start to finish, and those memories can never be “bought” anywhere. And you can buy a new camera, but one that you KNOW is always best.

    535. Claire
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      I always bring my own coffee, Seattle’s Best, ISN’T

    536. Kristie Valone
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      I bring tape to hang decorations on my cabin door and wrinkle reducer!!

    537. Cindi
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

      We always pack safety pins and a minature medicine cabinet. You just don’t want to be caught with nothing while at sea especially if your sick. Safety pins avoid you packing tape or needle and thread. There is nothing a pin can’t fix :)

    538. Susie Baum
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

      Burn Gel, has come in handy both cruises and sure will on next one in April!

    539. Suzanne
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

      We always pack a highlighter so that we can highlight the activities on the daily lists so that we can plan our day and not miss the things that we want to do.

    540. Shari Koeper
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      Our pillows! Can’t sleep w/o OUR pillows.

    541. Kathleen Gras
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      A waterproof watch. I normally use my cell to check the time. Having a watch helps me be on time to activities.

    542. Debby Couture
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

      An ipod and Ipod dock. Always gotta have good music.

    543. Susan
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

      plastic container with lid. Great for taking your lunch for going ashore.

    544. Claire
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

      We always bring an extension cord so we have flexibility with the power outlets in the cabin.

    545. Margaret
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

      I always bring my own bar of Dove soap….I like to use what I am used to using at home. And plenty of energy so as not to miss a thing!

    546. Jessica Garrison
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      We always bring 6″ cable/zip ties ~ handy to use to hang things from the room to decorate or even balcony, we’ve made a little laundry line to hang wet clothes… My husband used the zip ties to fix our shower head in the bathroom so it stayed upright…. Tons of random, helpful uses you get from having them :)

    547. Hoyt Maisack
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

      I always pack an extra cary on bag for the stuff My wife buys on the cruise.

    548. John
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

      I use a CPAP machine so I always take a power strip and an extension cord because there is rarely an outlet available next to the bed.

    549. Debbie Campton
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      Flashlight

    550. Brian garrison
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      Glow sticks ~ fun to brighten up a dark stateroom so you dont have to turn the lights on in the middle of the night if you have to use the bathroom!!!

    551. David
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

      Ditto on the miniature medicine cabinet, plus a small surge protector plug (which has saved my electronic gadgets already).

    552. Jackie Siegel
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

      Highlighter to mark the daily activities. There is always so much to do on a cruise that I end up having to prioritize and plan out route between events.

    553. Cordelia
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

      All of the above: medicine bag with imodium, neosporin, band aids, tylenol, aleve,antibiotic,steroid dosepak, zyrtec; sewing kit, power strip, clothes steamer; camera and batteries

    554. Trisha garrison
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

      We buy bright colored fabric before our cruise and make a banner to hang from our balcony ~ always neat to see your room from land and hear other people notice it too :)

    555. Anne Sharkey
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

      Clorox clean up wipes to sanitize door handles, phone, remote, etc.

    556. Angela Crouch
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

      advil

    557. Mike Suessle
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

      A powerstrip for all the electronics. 1 plug is not enough.

    558. Susan Willis
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      Ginger gum!

    559. Scott
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

      OTC med kit: Antacid, ibuprofen, Ginger Pills for sea sickness(a must have) etc….

    560. Jan meleo
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

      I always bring linen spray to freshen the bed

    561. Susan Willis
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

      Poo-pourri bathroom anti-odor spray!

    562. M. Adamson
      October 12th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

      A ham radio rig to listen to the marine radio chatter. :)

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