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Need advice on packing for January cruise Sydney to Auckland

Dec 6th, 2013, 08:29 PM
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Need advice on packing for January cruise Sydney to Auckland

Hi guys, I'm starting to organize my wardrobe for 5 days in Sydney and 10 day cruise to Auckland on Regent Voyager in January. I think it will be very hot in Sydney, but will need specific clothing for the ship and for outings in NZ. I don't want to overpack. It's all new to me and I would appreciate any advice you can give me.
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Dec 7th, 2013, 04:40 AM
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Take less clothes, bring more money!

Most people overpack and don't wear all the clothes they bring. You are going for only 2 weeks and you can easily do laundry on the ship or, if your budget allows, have your laundry done for you - on Regent if you give them laundry by 9AM you'll have it back by 5PM. same for most hotels.

A few days before you leave lay out all the clothes you think you'll need in your spare room. Admire them and congratulate yourself on your fine sense of fashion. Now comes the hard part - put half of the clothes back in the closet and pack the rest. The thing to remember is no one will really notice 9nor care) that you've worn the same "outfit" to diner a couple times

You'll need typical "summer" clothes for during the day (not a great deal of difference in daytime temperatures between Sydney and Auckland - average temps 80's F. vs. 90's F.) - shorts, or slacks and short sleeve shirts - the same clothes will be fine for when you are in Sydney and aboard ship or when going ashore - day time dress code on board Regent is pretty casual you'll see everything from shorts & t-shirts to "resort chic". For evening attire on board ship women usually wear simple dresses (sundresses are fine) or skirt & blouse or pants and blouse. Men need long pants (nice khakis work well) and shirts with collars. Many men will wear a sports jacket at dinner but you'll see some men with nice sweaters or just 'button down" cotton shirts. Refer to the Regent dress code info on the Regent website for more guidance.

For a 2 week trip you should be able to pack everything you need in one checked suitcase and a carry-on bag for each person. If you have more bags than that you are taking too much. For what it is worth, we did a 29 day cruise on Regent and packed everything we needed in one checked bag and one standard 21" roll-aboard each and we still had a couple of items we didn't wear.
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Dec 9th, 2013, 04:07 AM
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Wow! What a great answer. Please respond to my post about cruise from Sydney to PNG and back.
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Dec 9th, 2013, 03:28 PM
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Yes indeed, a great answer RoamsAround! Your advice about packing half of what you have laid out is what I am hoping to do. We have one large suitcase and one carry-on, which I am hoping to make work for our 19 day trip. I also purchased some plastic bags that you squeeze the air out of to make more room. You're right, we can do laundry onboard. I don't know if we can purchase clothing on the ship, I haven't seen anything about that. Did you like your cruise on Regent? It's our first time.
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Dec 10th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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I tend to agree in that for our cruise experience we pack less and less. You really don't need that much and can use the ships laundry or dry cleaning. On our last cruise on X we got two in cabin coupons for 10% off dry cleaning so it's not that much and with today's luggage restrictions you can go light and leave room for souvenirs.
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Dec 10th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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We've done about 6 or 7 cruises on Regent and enjoyed them all. Yes, they have some clothes available on board ship for purchase but selection is limited and prices are high - lots of Regent logo stuff. You can usually find clothing (of all kinds) at the various Ports so purchasing something you need isn't usually a problem.

By the way, we've tried using the "squeezable" plastic bags on a couple of occasions with mixed results.
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Dec 10th, 2013, 01:08 PM
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Do you mean the vacuum bags?
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Dec 10th, 2013, 01:22 PM
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I'm not sure which kind OP had.

"Vacuum bags" can also be "squeezed" manually - that's why I said we used them with "mixed results".

When packing at home you can use the vacuum to suck out much more air and the bags get compressed quite a lot. When you repack them at the end of the trip you usually don't have access to a vacuum so they don't compress as much and take up more room in your luggage. Also, they don't work too well on trips where you have multiple intermediate stops meaning you have to compress and uncompress the bags over and over again.

Some of those lower cost bags are only "squeezable".
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Dec 10th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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True. They do,work quite well when U have a vacuum cleaner.
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Dec 10th, 2013, 02:47 PM
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The bags I ordered said they could be used with or without a vacuum. I guess I will try them without at home and return them if they don't work well. Thanks for the input!
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Dec 10th, 2013, 11:32 PM
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It is true that you should not carry much clothes, you should carry lots of money and essential quality camera to capture your holidays. Visit to Sydney has a compulsion to visit Opera House and Bondi Beach, you can always purchase clothes from the places you go, carry less clothes.
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Dec 13th, 2013, 09:49 PM
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Yes, a good camera is a must! And that is one of the biggest reasons I travel - to do photography. Can't wait to capture our memories on our Canon!
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Dec 14th, 2013, 07:14 AM
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You may also consider a good pair of binoculars as well.
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Dec 14th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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I wish I could find a good pair that are small enough to pack, yet strong enough to make a different. Any suggestions?
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Dec 14th, 2013, 11:00 AM
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A particular brand no but I'll bet a store like Cabellas or REI would be a good start.

Also just had another idea, a military surplus store.
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Dec 14th, 2013, 09:15 PM
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Great tip! I'll look there for a Christmas present for my husband.
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Cool!
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