By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 2/20/2020
Posted: 1/2/2008 6:00:00 PM
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What should one bring with one to a foreign country? Will the kitchen sink fit?

For the most rabid Paul-o-phile only, my packing list for the cruise.Having been on a cruise once already—and having noted, at the time, things we missed—here's my checklist for this cruise:


  • Passport
  • Cruise ticket packet, Sail 'n' Sign paperwork
  • Wallet (license, credit card)

Car Trip

  • Clothes to wear while driving, then leave in car (shorts, T-shirt, sneakers—but I'm keeping the sneakers)
  • Baseball cap (for that masculine, less bald look)
  • Overnight bag with clothes for ship, bathing suit (in case), ditty bag
  • 2 DVDs for trip there, 2 for trip back, 2 more to be sure

Ditty Bag

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash
  • Contact lenses, cases, solution, eye drops
  • Shaving cream, razor
  • Deodorant
  • (Don't need soap, shampoo; motel and ship will supply)
  • Prescription meds
  • Small first aid kit (in case the ship's doctor isn't cute)
  • Nail clippers
  • Swimmer's Ear Solution


  • Formal night: Uncomfortable shoes, dress socks, polyester slacks, jacket that doesn't fit me, dress shirt, noose (I mean, tie), elastic belt
  • Casual nights: Jeans, 2 Hawaiian shirts, 2 pair white socks, 2 handkerchiefs
  • Days: 2 pair shorts, 2 T-shirts big enough to fit a yearling calf, sandals
  • (No underwear; I haven't worn briefs since I was in high school)
  • 3 Workout shorts and tank tops (seriously; this ship has a rock climbing wall)
  • Fleece (pullover for night)
  • Windbreaker (just in case)
  • (No rain gear; if it's raining I'll stick to the rock wall for fun)


  • CPAP Machine
  • Extension cord, power block (staterooms usually have just one outlet)
  • Laptop w/wireless
  • Cellphone charger (so phone won't be dead when we get back)
  • Digital Camera, rechargeable batteries, recharger
  • Business cards with email to give out to all my new cruise friends
  • Binoculars in case any dolphins decide to race us

DVD Selections

  • Moulin Rouge (2002)
  • High School Musical 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 3
  • Mulan
  • Scooby Doo, Where Are You?