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What are the most unusual items you pack for a cruise?

What are the most unusual items you pack for a cruise?

Mar 31st, 2013, 12:48 AM
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I found a very lightweight over-door shoe organizer at the Dollar store to take on our cruise and a cheap nightlight that I won't bring home. Also got a little outlet expander.

I'm bringing an insulated coffee cup and my favorite Tazo chai tea to make my own latte in the morning.

Someone suggested a magnetic clip to hang up/hold various little papers and the daily schedule.
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Mar 31st, 2013, 08:26 PM
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We brought a collapsible cloth hanger to hang small laundry to dry in the cabin's bathroom, and also an outlet expander.
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Apr 2nd, 2013, 08:35 AM
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We only do 1 cruise a year and it's Halloween so naturally we pack our costumes and make up.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 03:42 AM
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Halloween cruise! Waht a great idea! We try to avoid travelling during peak holiday seasons so we try not to travel around sping break, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. We did managed to be on a ship during Easter one year and they had faboulas giant Chocolate easter eggs (at least 2 ft tall) on display and raffle off to the passenegrs as giveaways.
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Apr 4th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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This reminds me, On my Queen Mary 2 cruise we were asked to bring a masquerade mask for the masquerade ball. I found a beautiful black and gold one.
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Apr 13th, 2013, 07:41 AM
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An alarm clock. I don't know why I need one while I am on vacation but I pack one anyway. Don't trust wake up calls on hotels and never used wake up call service on a ship (do they even have one?)
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Apr 13th, 2013, 12:34 PM
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sally-parker-I also always take an alarm clock.Ships have wakeup calls, but I've found them not always reliable. Don't ever want to miss an optional excursion I've paid extra for!
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Apr 14th, 2013, 02:02 AM
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I have never taken anything weird or unusual on a cruise. Just my clothes, toiletries and me!
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Apr 15th, 2013, 12:29 AM
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1965, other than an alarm clock, I also pack an egg timer at times.
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Apr 15th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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sally-parker-That's a new one for me. What do you do with egg timer? Is it the old fashioned hour glass type, or like a cooking type timer?
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Apr 17th, 2013, 04:59 PM
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Hour glass type, small and non intrusive. Use it for multiple purposes. Flip it when hubby step into washroom. Flip it when we need to get moving and must hurry to leave the cabin. Somehow, it creates a sense of urgency and helped us moving along on a faster pace.
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Apr 17th, 2013, 09:57 PM
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Don't know that it is unusual, but I often bring watercolor paints, brushes and paper.
DH sometimes brings a Ham radio.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 05:59 AM
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sassafrass-Makes me wish I was artistic. Do you keep your paintings or give them as gifts? Sounds lovely.
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Apr 18th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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1965, No, I rarely give paintings away, though I do sell sometimes. I'm a retired Art teacher and still do workshops once in a while. I think everyone is artistic and creative in some way. Most people never get a chance to discover it.
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Apr 19th, 2013, 07:37 AM
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Not sure about my artisticness. When I taught 4th grade and we were doing a unit on dinosaurs, I was trying to illustrate some point I was making, and I had to resort to drawing a stick dinosaur. Not a pretty sight, but made the kids laugh. My daughter still teases me about it. On a recent Mothers' Day card she listed top 10 reasons she loves me, and one of them was that I once drew a stick dinosaur for my students.
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Apr 23rd, 2013, 03:46 PM
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DH brings his own travel pillow - a temper-pedic and fancy noise cancelling headphones. I could have used those on our last plane trip when a woman with a horrible piercing voice talked non-stop for 5 hrs along with a baby sobbing loudly on the other side of the aisle. In fact, I am going to buy myself some before my next long flight.

He used to bring a leatherman all in one tool. It came in very handy once when all of my son's clothes got stuck in a washer in Paris. He managed to get it open and rescue the clothes. Now, we can't take it in carry on, and usually travel that way. We also take a small flashlight (never know when the power may go out) and I take my fancy gourmet teas for a treat on the plane or in my hotel before a cruise. On cruises there are generally a nice selection of teas, so I don't bother with it there. I also take my favorite protein bars, in case of long plane delays with only junky snacks available.

The other thing that I do -it's not an odd thing to pack, but it's a travel safety thing to me - I know some people think I am paranoid... I wear closed toe shoes and wear natural fiber clothes on a plane. I read in a survival guide somewhere that synthetics can melt onto your body in a high heat plane fire and cause severe burns even when you might otherwise survive. The closed toed shoes because I don't need a suitcase dropped on my bare toes, but more importantly, if you have to evacuate a plane by climbing over a seat & debris in a crash, you want your feet protected. I know, a little crazy, but whatever.
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Apr 24th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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My "flying" shoes are closed toe, just because they're comfy and slide on/off easily at security. I never thought about the safety factor. Good tip.
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Apr 27th, 2013, 09:09 AM
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Closed toe shoes. YES! I have to remember that. I don't think it is paranoid. It's just good common sense.
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Apr 30th, 2013, 11:31 AM
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Last cruise we packed painters tape to keep the drawers "baby-proofed" from our one year old.

Binder clip to keep the curtains all the way closed.

Travel alarm clock.

Blowup pool for our son since he couldn't use any of the pools onboard.
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May 4th, 2013, 01:36 PM
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Blownup pool? They actually let you use it?
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