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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?

May 29th, 2014, 07:34 AM
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We are thinking about taking a chair in a bag so we can sit out in the walk way while at sea and enjoy the view. It is too hot for us to sit in the pool area. Any thoughts
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May 29th, 2014, 07:10 PM
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What do you mean by walkway? Ships with a true promenade usually have chairs. if they do not, could you just move an exisitng chair. I would not lug a chair along and also wonder if they would let you sit in walkways.
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May 30th, 2014, 07:42 AM
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We have done 24 cruises, a few yrs ago they started removing the chairs from the breezeways and have not returned them. I am not sure where we would grab a chair from.
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May 31st, 2014, 07:01 AM
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Just reading this post and I must add the last "new" item I added to our last two cruises.. From the $$ stores I take those little fold up rain covers..One of the thing Parrot Pop used to take was a folding cane that opens to a seat….great when you have to stand in long lines.
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Jun 4th, 2014, 01:29 AM
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A magnet - I like when it greets me after a day out. Also for my husband who attempted to open a different cabin. Yes, he can read numbers. No, he was sober.

2 highlighters of different colors - I like to mark the daily schedule as "must attend" and "if I have time"

Water bottle(s) - heard so many times "I wish I'd bring one too!"
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Jun 4th, 2014, 06:09 AM
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Update for Eschew. I find Starbucks via packets pretty good so no more French press. .
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Jun 6th, 2014, 04:31 AM
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Dayenu, please explain about the magnet....
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Jun 6th, 2014, 09:10 AM
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Lots of $1's for drink tips (they like cash), I bring Petoskey Stones (rare) to give and share about my hometown. (Did that in Hawaii and they loved it.) Most importantly, I bring a scented plug in that I've never tried. I use it on the ship and keep an extra of the same one at home. After the cruise, I plug it in and the scent takes me back to the ship!
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Jun 6th, 2014, 12:05 PM
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JaneB - not sure what is there to explain. The cabin doors are metal, I just take a magnet off my fridge at home, and put it on the cabin door. I bring something cheap, just in case I forget it on the door.
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Jun 6th, 2014, 01:07 PM
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Oh...great idea. I'm going to do that! You may have explained it earlier but I did not read all of the above responses. . Thanks for the great tip.
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Jun 7th, 2014, 03:58 PM
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I keep a small bag by my bed when we travel that includes: travel alarm (I'm too lazy to learn how to program their clock), Princeton Tec impulse flashlight (palm-sized LED), Kleenex pack, pen, Post-Its, mini highlighter, cough drops and Tums. At night I drop my eyeglasses into it so I always know where they are and don't have to fumble around for them in a strange place.
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Jun 14th, 2014, 11:07 AM
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Magnet, nightlight, duct tape, wristlet purse. Always. The doors (and most of the cabin) is metal, so you can stick the magnet anywhere to hold up the daily newsletter, tickets, etc.

It gets VERY dark on the open seas, so a nightlight (or electric candle) in the bathroom is always nice to have.

Duct tape - I actually used it 6 times on my last cruise. You can tape something to the inside/outside of the door for your cruise partner, use it to hold drawers closed when they start slamming open and shut in rough seas, use it to hold the connecting door on the balcony shut until it's fixed (yup, last cruise). I wrap it around a pen so it takes up zero room.

Wristlet purse - it holds my key card, camera, comb, and keeps my hands free.
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Jun 14th, 2014, 11:14 AM
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Cheezz's post reminded me - I have a tiny cross-body purse that I always bring for days at sea, dinners, buffet. It holds the camera, cabin key, Kleenex, and 1 page of daily planner.

It does not get in the way at dinner and in the buffet line, and adjustable strap allows to make it shorter/longer as needed, so it looks good on formal nights. Takes almost no space in the suitcase.
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Jun 14th, 2014, 11:32 AM
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Halloween cruise! What a great idea!

yeah it's kind of our tradition.

Few years ago we acually got married on Halloween evening on a cruise.

My Black Bride and me, the Matrix/vampire/punk rocker took our vows at the the bottom of the Grand Atrium.

Our dear friend that has authority to marry, dressed as a priest, his GF was a Playboy bunny.

Our best man and maid of honor were Chucky and Chucky's bride. Few other friends were dressed in some weird costumes.

The people were looking and thinking "who are these people"?

The captain actually came down and took pictures with us. I guess the CS desk must have called him.

We're going this year to celebrate our anniversary and have some fun on Halloween night. It's my wife's favorite party holiday and I love it too!
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Jun 19th, 2014, 09:08 AM
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Wow! This thread got legs! Started this thread more than a year ago and is still alive.

My latest useful item turns out to be something that I have been lugging around for a long time and think nothing of it. It is the mini power bar.

The latest twist on my power bar is the one that came with USB charging ports. Now, through one single plug, I can plug in 3 things, plus charging 2 USB devices such as cell phones, iPod, iPad etc for a total of 5 items at the same time. I also don't need to carry the various charging adapters anymore.

I have to admit, I have never put 5 devices onto the power bar yet. But I usually uses 4 spots: 2 camera battery chargers (me and DW), a cell phone and an iPad makes 4.

Make sure your USB charging port output is rated at 2.5v or higher or else it won't charge some devices such as blackberry phones and newer iPads.
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Jun 20th, 2014, 08:12 AM
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I always bring an alarm clock (it lights up only when I press the button), an insulated bag for my water bottle (I bought it on a cruise years ago and can't live without it), cloths pins, and our yahtzee game. Someone suggested pool noodles for floating in the water on trips to the beach, lightweight, flexible and easy to pack. May do that on our next cruise.
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Jun 22nd, 2014, 02:18 PM
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Lysol wipes to wipe everything done--I know this has been the topic of another discussion. I also bring the sensor light, baggies for whatever and bed bug detectors. I usually bring hair conditioner as that is usually not provided.

I do need to mention re closed toe shoes when traveling in case of an air evacuation from a plane--you must remove your shoes before exiting down the slide.
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Jun 22nd, 2014, 06:07 PM
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Jan47ete, Where do you buy a bed bug detector?
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Jun 24th, 2014, 03:55 PM
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BuggyBed at Home Depot.

Saw the entrepreuers on Shark Tank, they got a deal and product is very comforting.
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Jun 25th, 2014, 10:10 PM
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Thanks jan47ete, I will have to check it out.
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