Although men and women may see this list differently, I believe this list will meet the needs of both, especially when you consider what they each may already have in their pockets, purse or fanny pack. Everything noted here would easily fit into a lightweight backpack (day-pack), like the kids use for their book bag in school these days. And, to make things easier for all, I will suggest that everything that you both need is laid out on the bed, then packed into the two backpacks so that each of you is carrying an equal amount of weight; maybe the guy will carry a little extra. Yes, I am over 60 and I am a gentleman. 🙂
The essential carry-on bag –
|book or Kindle/deck of cards||hand lotion (3 oz or less in Ziploc bag)|
|smart phone or cell phone||germicidal hand cleaner (in Ziploc bag)|
|lightweight jacket/windbreaker||bottle of water|
|ear plugs||MP3 player|
|sunglasses/reading glasses if needed||Ziploc bags|
|shorts, shirt/blouse, sandals||watch/jewelry|
|mini flashlight/binoculars||folding tote bag/fanny pack|
|pen and notepad||sun screen (3 oz or less in Ziploc bag)|
|international diver’s strobe light (if you are worried about falling overboard)|
|your money, except for a few small bills, should be in your money belt.|
Each person should have his or her own passport, identification, money, etc… in their own carry-on bag. In fact, the money, except for a few small bills should be in your money belt. Don’t include aerosols; use pump sprays in your carry-on bag.
If you stayed the night before departure in a hotel, then you may want to transfer some stuff from your luggage to your carry-on bag and vice versa. Depending upon the flight and the amount of time I expected to be sitting in the airport, I may have had my phone chargers and even a portable DVD player or mp3 player and charger in my carry-on bag for the flight. On the other hand, my pocket-knife or mini-Leatherman would have been in my luggage. I will put the chargers and DVD player back in the luggage and the pocket-knife in my pocket so that my carry-on is lighter and only has what I will need until my luggage has arrived at my cabin.
When I get on the ship and find my cabin, I will change into my shorts, short sleeve shirt and sandals, maybe grab a book, and head up on deck to enjoy the departure. Only when it is time to dress for dinner, will I actually wonder if my luggage is in my cabin. If it’s not, then it will be casual dress for dinner, with a quick check with the cabin steward to ask about the luggage.
You will see that the laptop is not on the above list. If I do have to bring it, it will be in my backpack. I am trying to leave it at home. I can do most everything I need to do on the smart phone, except easily update my websites. I can even update my blog with my smart phone. If I save enough money, maybe I will add a tablet or notebook to the list. Have I missed anything? Is there something you would add to this checklist?
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As you might guess, this document is a compilation of information from our travels as well as from other travelers. I hope it has been of value to you. Check out the important links below.
- Packing Checklist
- Parent Authorization Letter For Unaccompanied Minors
- Medical Treatment Authorization Letter
- Travel With Minors-Permission Letter
Don’t hesitate to email us when you return from your trip with any suggestions that will make this document better for you and your fellow travelers!