Shelby's fabulous PACKING LIST

  • Shelby’s #1 Tip - Pack your passport/original birth cert (whichever is applicable) FIRST – everything else can be bought or borrowed but you are not getting on that ship without proper docs.

     -Travel alarm clock- Your cell phone will not always keep the right time EVEN though it’s on air plane mode and wake up calls are not reliable. If you have to get to a spa appointment or an excursion it’s really important that you have a battery operated alarm clock.

    -Cell phone & charger. Cell phone charges on board are always at your provider rates – it’s more expensive than you think it will be, I suggest giving your friends/family the ships 800 number they can reach you on board this way – if you need to phone them do so in port with a calling card, if it’s an emergency see the information desk on board and they will usually connect you for free.

    -Laptop is not really necessary unless you need it for work, you can use the ships computers. Wi Fi charges vary and you will get rates at the information desk and computer center, you can normally purchase packages from $30 and up.

    -Music! Ipod and speaker, getting ready is much more fun this way!

    -Hair dryer, although there is one in your room it is like drying your hair with a soft breeze, not going to cut it ladies.

    -Power strip extension cord, there is usually only one or two outlets in the room (American style). So you can’t dry your hair and heat the curling iron without a power strip.

    -Earplugs – noises on the ship are prevalent and not usual to you also, if you have a roommate they won’t likely go to sleep at the exact same time so this helps to keep you rested.

    -Eye Mask – Especially if you have a roommate! This way the light doesn’t wake you up – you are not likely to be on the EXACT same schedule.

    - Small flashlight, again, if you have a roommate this is helpful so you don’t have to turn on the light on while your roommate is sleeping.

    -Beach bag/backpack for travelling around in port.

    -Water proof pouch for credit cards , sail & sign card & money in when on beach and in water.

    -Books/magazines – it’s a great time to read and relax!

    -Camera/Underwater camera.

    -Cash in small denominations for tipping. All Caribbean ports accept U.S. Dollars – Europe is one of the few places that you will have to use a foreign currency.

    -Business cards to exchange with new friends! Instead of having to enter/write down all of your info right there at the one hour party.

    -Comfortable sandals, sneakers and dress shoes– you will be walking A LOT more than normal please be sure your shoes are comfy, not new. Some excursions, like zip lining, require closed toed shoes, do not walk around ports in flip flops, it’s uneven terrain and you will likely trip.

    -Sun hat

    -Swimsuits

    -Sunglasses

    -Swimsuit cover ups

    -Clothing for theme nights

    -Dressy clothes for dinner/evenings

    -Light jacket – sometimes Caribbean nights can be chilly

    -Dramamine, non-drowsy version - if motion sickness is a concern

    -Throat Lozenges, you will be talking and singing your heart out, you will lose your voice and these help!

    -Mini first aid kit (Band-Aids and ointment)

    -Chapstick/Vaseline

    -Lint Roller

    -Antacid

    -Over-the-counter pain reliever, they sell it on the ship at an outrageous price (same goes for women products)

    -Small Sewing Kit & Safety Pins

    -Tide Pen

    -Rain poncho

    -Plastic bag for packing wet clothes

    -Sunscreen – Tres, tres important!

     

    Travel documents:

    -Insurance Cards Travel and/or health insurance policy and phone numbers

    -Passport &/or Birth Certificate

    -Driver’s License

    -Boarding Tags for Luggage

    -Airline/Hotel/Cruise Tickets/Boarding Passes

    -Credit Card to link to your on board  cruise card

     My last tip is to bring a carry on with you and pack your first night clothes (makeup/meds/hair products etc)  in it – you will not necessarily get your carry on before the first party and most people want to dress to impress not come in the wrinkled clothes they traveled in, also in the off chance they lose your luggage it’s great to have one extra outfit & a bathing suit to hold you over. It’s my experience that packing a good carry on will ensure that your luggage arrives in your cabin early – if you don’t pack your carry on the luggage is late – this is Mr. Murphy’s law. Damn Murphy – Now, my SC friends are you ready to have the best vacation of your life!?

     

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