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Cruise Esentials



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If you have never been on a cruise before, it is very, very easy to forget things that veteran cruisers would pack in their sleep. It is important to remember that during a cruise you are often living on a boat for days at a time, and if you forget something, chances are you will have to buy it on the ship or at a port of call for a much higher price for the convenience. So, to help you remember the essentials, here is a list of things that you absolutely should have packed in advance, as not to cost yourself a fortune on the trip.

Check with your cruise company in advance for exact paperwork necessities, but generally, in your carry on, you should have:
• airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
• cruise documents
• passports and visas
• driver's license and back up photo ID if a passport is not necessary
• medical insurance cards and medical history
• copy of prescriptions and list of all medicines you are taking
• credit cards and traveler's checks. Make sure that you keep your receipts for your traveler's checks separate from the checks, and call your credit card companies to let them know that you will be spending outside of your normal area. Make sure you have contact information in case anything gets lost or stolen
• pre-paid phone card
• emergency numbers at home
• currency conversion chart
• wallet and money belt to keep important documents secure.
• a watch, you do not want to get left behind when the ship takes off to the next stop!
• glasses, contacts,



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and any necessities to care for them.
• sunglasses
• guidebooks and other port of call information
• foreign language phrase book or dictionary
• maps
• reading material, books that you have wanted to read but have not had time for.
• business cards with email address to give out to new cruise friends
• home and email addresses of friends/relatives back home - for sending postcards, emails, or souvenirs
• photo album
• prescription drugs and any other essential medications in carry on bag
• ear plugs or "ear planes"
• small first aid kit (band aids, Q-tips, vaseline, dramamine, antibiotic cream, bandages, anti-diarrheal medication, cortisone
• cream, aspirin/tylenol/advil), sunscreen
• germicidal hand cleaner



In your luggage:

• cell phone and charger
• laptop computer, as long as it is not for work! Do not forget that you are on vacation!
• binoculars, for deck sightseeing
• camera, if it is not digital, make sure you have lots and lots of film. If it is, make sure you have lots of batteries, and extra memory cards.
• ipod, or other portable listening system for walks or lounging
• small travel alarm clock - battery operated
• night light

Your packing needs will vary depending on how long you are traveling for, age, medical conditions, whether you have kids with you or not. Just make sure that you keep the essentials in mind and are not caught unaware, and of course to have fun!

 

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