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Gulfcoast of Florida!
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I always pack an extra zippered duffle bag...folds up nice and comes in handy when you buy all that stuff in the ports and there's no room left in your luggage to put it. Another great item is the large ziplock bag. When going ashore, I put a damp facecloth in there so I can wash my face and hands and feet at the end of the beach stop before hopping in the cab back to the ship. This also works out nicely if it is a really hot day and you just need to cool off a bit while on that walking tour or bus tour--put some ice in the baggy!
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A book To Serve case we have a run-in with an Italian Land-mass...

Just kidding, I bring my little travel clock regardless of where I travel to, and a little flashlight.
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Cold meds! 4 days into our cruise I started feeling like, my head was getting stopped up. sure enough that night I woke up and couldn't breathe. Had to pay 14 bucks at the ships store for a box of cold meds . I shall pack my own this time. You never know with 3000+ people on board.

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Originally posted by Time2CruiseAgain
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Oooh smart!
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Pretty much all of the above...
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I have read on these threads that some power strips can be confiscated. We usually take a three prong extension. Gets the job done and does not require a lot of space.
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Amherst, NY
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Originally posted by ccruisequeen
Britta water pitcher, or individual water bottles. If water safety/taste are desired, it saves packing a case of bottled water!
I bring a pack of baby wipes for my beach bag.
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Wooden clothes pins: keeps wet swimsuits secured to the clothesline in the bathroom, weighs down the bottom of the shower curtain so you don't get too molested, keeps open bags and packets closed, and is great for securing a note and tip someplace where the cabin steward can see it. Also makes an adequate binder clip for various papers (Fun Times, maps, shopping tips, coupons, etc.)

2-3 extra swim suits: Suits don't dry very quickly in the cabin, and I can't stand putting on a cold wet swim suit.
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Originally posted by Philly Steve
I have read on these threads that some power strips can be confiscated. We usually take a three prong extension. Gets the job done and does not require a lot of space.
I've heard that too, that's why I made sure mine was new and also a surge protector. Figured I had less of a chance of getting it confiscated and mine made it through no problem.

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Gotta have my clorox wipes and lysol!
Snacks for the room
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extra magazines - the ship ran out of them on my last 7 nighter and I wish I had brought a couple extra from home

sea sick meds - they are very costly in the ship store!
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Clifton, NJ
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Binoculars, Lots of singles ( one dollar bills) for tipping,
under water camera, collapsable cooler, insulated mugs ( 2 for coffee and 2 for cold drinks), zip lock bags, books, magazines and DH.
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Bungee cord to keep balcony door open...AND sunscreen.
I have never had a balcony, but will have one this time. How come the door is so hard to stay open? Where do you buy this bungee chord?
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Tampa Bay, Florida
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If I had to list one must-have item for my cruise, it would be a good book or two. Love to read up on deck and also at night before going to sleep. I usually bring paperbacks and then donate them to the ship's library before I leave.

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Originally posted by bobsfamily
Very happy now to pack each other!
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New York
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Must have items for me are my camera, extra memory chip because I intend to take tons of photos and videos, extra batteries, and my underwater camera housing. Plus a possitive attitude is a good thing to pack too.
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Febreeze to go!
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Lynchburg, VA
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Originally posted by TriciaEMTB
Power strip. I have a lot of stuff to charge.
We cruised out of Charleston Dec 30, 2011 and my power strip was confiscated :/

I had a letter that stated I would get it back the last night of the cruise. Needless to say, I never saw it again.

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