About a week before departure, consult
Today or Wunderground for the weather forecast. Just remember to prepare for the
I needed that sweater when I was out on the windy Atlantic at
doing the Macarena at the pool party ).
By the way... Hurricane, Shmurricane
Don't worry, they don't go there.
Luggage:Check with your carrier for luggage fees.
Check your cruise brochure and airlines for luggage weight
Try not to take too much because there may be a time when you'll have
carry your own luggage (going is not too bad--returning with an extra
pounds of gifts could be cumbersome).
- Durable cloth expandable bags with lots of pockets give you
- Try to limit your bags to one suitcase and one carry-on per
one garment bag per couple. You may have more luggage on your way
- Pack all liquids in Ziploc bags
- To prevent wrinkling, pack items individually in
dry-cleaner bags or
layers of tissue paper
- Pack little stuff inside big stuff to save room
- Carefully mark each piece with
name and business
address and affix your cruise line tags as directed
or straps are strongly recommended. Try the Austin House Tamper
Gard ... Each tag is individually numbered and when sealed, cannot be
If the seal is broken, then the luggage has been tampered with. For use
with zippered luggage. Single use only. Twelve tags in four assorted
Here are some additional tips to reduce and
by the new security screening:
- Consider what personal items you may be packing, keeping in
may be embarrassing if your bags are inspected.
- Put personal belongings in clear plastic zip-top bags. This
inspection time as the TSA screener will not have to handle individual
- Use Eagle Creek's Pack-It System of Folders, Cubes and
Sacs. These keep
items such as socks, toiletries, underwear, jewelry, and shirts
within your bag and make it a snap to repack if your bags are searched.
- Spread out books and documents within your baggage; do not
top of each other. The sheer bulk of such items may lead to a manual
- Wait to wrap your gifts. Be aware that wrapped gifts may
need to be
for inspection. This applies to both carry-on and checked baggage.
- Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of
in your luggage, as these are most likely to be inspected. Be sure to
them closest to the wheels to balance your bag and keep it from falling
- Do not put film in your checked baggage. Some baggage
will damage undeveloped film. All film should be kept in your carry-on
bag, preferably in a film-safe container.
- Avoid packing food and drink items in checked baggage.
Items such as
bars and cheese can look suspicious in x-rays and may lead to manual
- Be aware that items such as wooden matches, bleach, spray
lighter fluid and certain batteries are banned even in checked luggage.
The TSA website site offers a complete list of Permitted and Prohibited
Checked baggage allowances change
Click on the links below to get current information (while you're there, see if any fees apply for checked luggage).
Carry-On Bag Size Limits vary for
23 x 13 x 9 or 45 linear inches ... 40 lbs.
45 linear inches ... 40 lbs.
22 x 14 x 9 ... 45 linear inches . .. under 40 lbs.
22 x 14 x 9 ... 45 linear inches
22 x 14 x 9 linear inches ... 45 linear inches
21 x 16 x 8 (under seat); 24 x 16 x 10 (overhead) ... 45 linear inches ... 40 lbs.
- AirTran: 55 linear inches
Your agent or the cruise docs will inform you of what kind of dinner
is expected when dining in the main dining room. Tuxedos are not
required, but many gentlemen do wear them. Suits and ties for men
and cocktail dresses for ladies is always appropriate. Tuxedos
accessories can usually be rented. Simply call or fax down the
they ask for in the brochure, give them a credit card number, and it
be waiting for you in your stateroom when you arrive.
RCI suggests the following dinner attire:
| 3 / 4
| 6 / 7
| 8 - 13
| 14 / 15
2 / 3
3 / 4
4 - 9
||11 - 12
|Ladies: Sundresses or pants and
Men: Sport shirts and slacks
|Ladies: Dresses or pantsuits
Men: Jackets and ties
|Ladies: Cocktail dresses
Men: Suits and ties or tuxedos
On the mass market lines, think of it this way...
Formal night wear what you would wear to an
high school prom, or very ritzy restaurant
Semi-formal night wear what you would wear
to a nice restaurant
for Easter brunch, or to celebrate your promotion to assistant
Casual night you are taking your
wife and kids to
dinner at Outback, Bennigan's, or Steak and Ale.
The first night people will often wear what they
travelled to the ship
in--especially if they are still waiting for the luggage to get to
Thanks to Jeffrey Bennet Smith (as posted in r.t.c.)
Country club casual is along the lines of...
izod type collared golf shirt
topsider type shoes (without socks if you REALLY want
and perhaps a blazer thrown over the whole thing, but
depending on how cool it is.
What's it's not...
no suit and tie
no jeans or shorts
Thanks to Kate in NY (as posted in r.t.c)
Do not break in a new
shoes on a shore excursion...
...It could ruin your
Your basic daytime attire would be similar to that at a smart
resort. You'll need just a few comfortable casual things for
Select mix 'n' match clothing and remember you'll probably buy
a few T-shirts along the way. Comfortable shoes are an absolute
The type of clothing you will need depends on the weather and the
mood of the cruise. Some cruises will be on the formal side while
others will have few dress requirements. If you are dragging out
some old comfortable favorites, try them on in plenty of time to alter,
repair or replace them. Try to respect that many religious
cannot be entered unless you are properly covered.
Essential Carry-on Items:
Passports, visas or other required ID
copies in case
Completed embarkation forms
Medications, motion sickness aids
AND a photocopy of your doctor's
along with the pharmacy receipt.
Money, traveler's checks, plastic
- Be sure to keep your pills in the original container you
got at the
- pharmacy. (The label will allay any suspicions on the
part of Customs
officers, and might well be a lifesaver if you were to fall ill or be
injured, and unable to speak to ambulance or hospital staff).
- Small children can be given some sort of decongestant
30 minutes before flying. This'll clear their sinuses a bit, and
help with those awful ear popping problems. (Thanx, Scott & Jane)
Keys (luggage, car, home)
Film...in a ziploc for
scanners are using stronger, smarter methods these days, it has been
from film which has passed through security have turned out hazy.)
Packing for the Really Casual Cruiser:
or other required ID
Packing for Ladies:
makeup mirror & case/rack
care items (moisturizer, hair remover, razor)
hygiene care, deodorant, tooth brush,
care items (clippers, file, polish, remover,
care items (comb, brush, shampoo, conditioner,
spray, gel, shower
nail polish for nail (and hosiery) repair
accessories (scrunchies, clips, bands)
(necklaces, chokers, bracelets, watches,
earrings, pins, rings)
(formal, tennis, walking, sandals, water shoes)
but not too many
'cause they're heavy to carry.
(don't forget the strapless bra)
(pajamas, gowns, robes)
or light jacket
Packing for Men:
Shaving items (razor, blades, cord, cream,
after-shave, styptic pencil)
or light jacket
(formal,deck, tennis, sandals)
attire (suit, shirts, ties, slacks, sport coats)
(watches, tie tacks, studs, necklaces, rings)
Special list for Jim and Candy:
| Nasal spray
the bedroom slippers
cut 1 week prior to cruise
| Mechanical Pencils
Packing for Children:
(if available onboard, are costly)
Quart-sized ziploc bags and a
travel-sized can of
Lysol for dirty diapers
Trial-sized hand sanitizing
for diaper bag (for
island excursions when washing your/his hands isn't an option)
A bottle brush &
dish detergent for
washing sippy cups
Swim diapers (last few items thanx
seat aid (strap to hold child in just in case
the one on the
you get at dinner doesn't work)
Help me out here
(cruise lines will try to
have one there,
better safe with it under the bed than sorry with baby IN your bed!)
pads for toddler's bunks (sheets get
wipes (thanx, Anna)
aspirin or Tylenol
for ear or eye infections (yucky
Benadryl (for rashes)
Baby Cold Medicine (thanx, Lisa)
shampoo (cruise lines have BIG people's kind)
stuffed with coloring books and crayons (to
occupy those long
hours on flights or in airports/lounges awaiting disembarkation)
boxes for excursions
swim aids (don't take up room in suitcase,
but are essential)
games (magnetic or self-contained)
light and extension cord
notebook for journal/diary
one-time camera for the things that are
important to them
Makes for a much more fun cruise when the little ones are happily
and provisioned! Last 15 items are courtesy of Randy
Proper Planning for Children Makes Traveling a Breeze
...courtesy of Tipworld
To keep your baby and other passengers happy while
traveling by plane,
try these ideas:
* Give the baby something to drink during take-off and
This will minimize discomfort to ears when cabin pressure
* Take your car seat if you can and strap in the baby.
This can be much
more comfortable for you and your little one.
* Pack distractions. A new toy or book is a great
* Use a backpack for essentials to keep your arms free
through the airport.
* Remember to pack for emergencies. Delays will cause
you to need more
diapers, and a change of clothes.
You may even want to schedule the flight around a time
when the baby
usually naps. That way, you may get some time to relax yourself!
Seasonal or Alaska Packing:
always peel them off as the temperature rises. To prepare for
from 40s to 90s, add:
Peter Berlin has some excellent advice (MSWord format):
jacket with removable lining
Waterproof shoes or boots
that covers your ears or scarf (wind kicks up)
Packing for Everybody:
glasses (and extras)
strip (for multiple chargers and turbo hair
(flash, video, panoramic,
film and batteries
camera, battery charger, cables &
battery, power cord
contact lenses (and extras), solutions
curling iron, hair dryer
& travel coffeepot
pack, tote bag
bags for wet or leaky stuff
fold-up luggage or bags for the goodies you
totebag you don't care if you lose
/ Writing Stuff
Notepad or Laptop
materials, address book or labels
bottle for excursions
kit, tweezers, scissors, lint brush, safety
envelopes already filled out
bills are good for unusual tips
equipment (so you know whose mouth was
money, less clothes
ties for luggage
(you'll find generic maps in your cabin)
for car rental or dining onshore
reclining beach chairs
(for curtain-gap-closing) thanx
tape (if you have an outside cabin you
curtains never fit
so the sun does come in very bright and early. Taping
curtains together gets you
some extra shuteye! It also works
for a quick hem job...see more tape tips below)
Using tape, you can survive almost any
emergency at sea:
1. Repairs the hem of your dress
2. Tape the curtains closed to keep out the sunlight
3. Make your own lint brush
4. Keeps extension cords out of the way
5. Emergency hinge repair for your camera
6. Keeps long shoelaces from tripping you on the treadmill
7. Make sticky notes out of the ship's stationery
8. Belly button lint remover
9. Tape bingo cards to the table in rough seas
10. Keeps your eyelids open to stay awake for the midnight buffet
11. Foils the pick-pockets at Martinique
12. After too many midnight buffets, make your own girdle (does anybody
remember what a girdle is?)
13. Use as a *mute function* for the noisy kid at your table
14. Tape yourself to the toilet during rough seas
15. Do-it-yourself bikini wax
16. Garters to keep your stockings up (inside joke)
17. Instant hand cuffs
18. The rowdy kid in the cabin next door... tape him to the wall
19. Makes a great strapless bra, it lifts and separates
20. Done correctly, it can be used as a contraceptive device
Becca <-----didn't even mention taping the
door key to my forehead
cuz I can't ever keep up with those darn things.
From George in NY: We have been using them for a couple of years
now and they are great BUT since so many now use them I would recommend
that you not be cheap in your selection. Good ones are not inexpensive.
This year I made a similar suggestion to a friend traveling with us.
other traveling companions and ourselves use Motorola Talk abouts which
were in excess of $100 a piece when originally purchased. Our other
found radios that looked very similar and offered one the most
features, multiple channels, and the alledged same 2 mile range for $50
a pair. As usual you get what you pay for. Although they looked the
they did not operate anywhere near the quality of our radios. Often
could not get through. Good quality is more important now since, again,
many now use these onboard, and quality filtering electronics and so
will make them much more valuable to you.
Things You Shouldn’t Forget to Check Before Traveling
been planning this trip for months, and now you’re finally ready to go.
Hold on a second though. Before you open up that door, double check to
make sure you’ve covered all of these areas.
Be sure that every single window and door is locked before embarking on
your journey. Purchase timers so that the television and lights go on at
certain times of the day. Additionally, set your home alarm and have
signs in the windows and lawn letting people know there is an alarm
present. Many alarm companies
also offer fire protection in which the alarm signals a call to the fire
department. You also don’t want your home to appear empty or to be
empty. Have a trusted family member or friend come over every single day
to check on the house, collect mail and to be alert to any dangerous
Who is going to be taking care of your pets while you’re away? Perhaps
you are boarding them. In that case, call up the boarding facility the
day before to ensure that they have your reservation. It goes without
saying that you want to pick a facility with an excellent reputation.
It’s unlikely that you’ll leave dogs home alone, but you may do so for
other pets. Ask a trusted family member or friend to come over each day
to take care of the pets. Leave a list of instructions for the person, and make sure that he or she understands the importance of not letting the pets get out of the house.
One of the worst moments of travelers’ journeys is when they arrive at
the airport only to realize that they have forgotten their tickets. As
soon as you sit down in the car, be sure that these are still on your person.
Checking in the house isn’t enough because you could easily misplace
them between your kitchen and the car door. This same rule applies for
licenses, passports and any other documents that you need for your trip.
You also don’t want to arrive at the bus stop or airport to discover that some of your items are simply too large. All types of public transportation have rules and regulations
available to the public. If you don’t see this information listed on
the establishment’s website, call to ask. There are also a number of
items that you are not permitted to bring on certain modes of
transportation. For example, you’ll likely have to bring travel sized
bottles of shampoo and conditioner with you. Containers with more than a
certain amount of liquid are generally not permitted on planes.
All of these preparations can make a person anxious to travel!
However, once you’ve covered all of them, you can rest your mind knowing
that everything has been taken care of. You’ll soon be on the road or
in the air, and you’ll know that a trusted person will be checking up on your house and pets every day.