Time To Pack For My Next Cruise
Yes, I have. Not actually putting things into my carry-on (which is the only luggage I bring with me), but going over what I carried this last time. Since I use the self-serve laundry, did I need that many shirts, or could I eliminate two of them? That saves some space in the bag. I carried eight ties; would five, better matched, work?
The binoculars take up room, but they are necessary; so are certain, uh, pieces of clothing. Also necessary, for me, are the undated feature items from newspapers and magazines I’m cutting up that I’d like to read later, which means during the cruise, and they are put into 9x12 envelopes to be read and discarded.
Some odds and ends of things (nail clippers, my Many Days Medallion, for instance), will be placed on top of everything, thus to find their own level when the carry-on is packed and brought to the bus terminal. Previously, I had put them in a small plastic bag which took up dedicated room; I can easily find them when I unpack on the ship.
I do carry a small, smartly-designed Holland America Line bag for objects which I will need en-route and cannot access on each bus, but that hardly qualifies as even a carry-on or weighty baggage. My water bottle, a sandwich, medications; things like that. Travel light, run fast, get the first cab.