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Do you overpack for a cruise?

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#1 gogetter

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Posted Sep 05 2011 - 08:26 AM

Wifey always seems to........lol......

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Posted Sep 26 2011 - 07:41 AM

We learned after 10 cruises how not to overpack like we did in the past. I remember a time when we took a suitcase just for shoes! Can't believe we ever did that.

It took me a long time, but even as a woman I can now cut down to the bare minimum, and not be lacking. I mean, I can always buy a Tshirt on the ship or in a port if I need one, so why overpack Tshirts? Neutral, solid colors can be mixed and matched. And if I wear the same outfit for both formal nights? Big whoop. When I stopped caring about what other people thought, then I also was able to cut back on what I pack.

And, room to spare in the suitcase means room to bring home purchases! :wink2:

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Posted Oct 11 2011 - 04:10 PM

I use to pack at least 3 different "outfits" for each day because I was never sure what I would want to wear. Now I don't care if I wear the same thing everyday!!

After our last trip, I made a list of what I wore. That is now in the suitcase. That is what I will pack for the next trip. I hope I can stick to it.

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Posted Oct 20 2011 - 01:33 PM

Wifey always seems to........lol......

After my first five cruises I realized...way less is more.

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Posted Oct 21 2011 - 06:31 AM

Always take half the clothes you thought you would need and twice the money.

I have packing down pretty well (finally after 40+ cruises) but DH still packs like we may be stranded on Gilligan's Island and overpacks.

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Posted Oct 21 2011 - 06:47 AM

Funny DH overpacks Marylou.

I have it down to a science most of the time. The only real problem I have is when we do cold weather cruises........living in Florida it's hard to decide how heavy the clothes should be. Alaska is hard the Caribbean easy.

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Posted Oct 21 2011 - 09:24 AM

The one thing I have a hard time with is shoes! It seems like I take so many pairs of shoes: sandals, walking shoes, flip-flops, water shoes, dress shoes and then possibly two pairs of sandals and dress shoes depending on my color schemes. I really need to "get it together"!! :blush:


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Posted Oct 22 2011 - 06:30 PM

I always plan to take just what I'll need but at the very last minute, I always through in a few more things that I never wear. But, I am getting a bit better about that. The shoes are the easiest part for me. I pack black sandals, white sandals, both for evening, and sneakers for the day since I rarely put on a bathing suit. If I should, I could wear the black or white sandals to the pool. But I do pack lots to keep me busy- book, small needlepoint and a sewing project.
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Posted Apr 03 2012 - 12:53 PM

My 9th cruise is here in 25 days, and it probably took me 7 cruises to really get it.
I no longer do it, but it was bad before! I attribute it to my first four cruises were all to Alaska, and you do need a bit more when going there.

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Posted Apr 03 2012 - 01:07 PM

Wow, four cruises to Alaska. We've only been able to do one, which was on the Holland America Statendam. We would like to do another someday.

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Posted Apr 05 2012 - 01:08 PM

I would go again!
We are on the west coast, so we have Alaska, and Mexico itineraries we can do without flying.
We have sailed to Alaska with Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Celebrity. All were awesome.

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Posted Apr 05 2012 - 01:27 PM

Karen still packs about 2 pair of shoes per day, and different evening wear for every day, even after 67 cruises. She starts laying out clothes a month before the cruise. Trying to take her on a trip where we are limited to one checked bag, like our island hopping trip to the Greek islands is a challenge. I usually have a few extra t-shirts and shorts, but that's about it.

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Posted Apr 25 2012 - 01:28 PM

I am way worse than my wife! She's pretty good about not overpacking, and the everyday stuff is easy, shorts, etc., but what gets me are the formal nights. Now I sell suits and tailored men's clothing for a living, so I actually enjoy breaking out my tuxedo for a cruise, and usually take another sport coat and slacks for the supper club night (totally overdoing it, I know, but my wife and I kinda like the more intimate date night feel, so it's nice to dress up). This of course means packing tux shoes and dress shoes, ties, shirts, etc.... I know, I'm nuts! lol

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Posted Apr 26 2012 - 11:22 AM

I used to, but I have gotten much better with every cruise that we take.



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Posted Apr 27 2012 - 07:13 AM

I guess practice makes perfect. :laugh: :laugh:

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