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Old 11-20-2019, 09:36 AM
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We are going on a cruise next week and I’ve been thinking about the little things to pack with a backpack that are legal to take with me to help in an emergency of various types. Whether it be on the boat or in Port in a foreign country or over water etc.

Obviously there are lots of little items that I would love to be able to take like knives and things but I won’t be able to. Have any of you put together a bag for a cruise? Or have any good ideas for things to take that I may not be thinking of?

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Old 11-20-2019, 09:37 AM
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Taking a few small flashlights. Battery extenders. Solar charger. First aid kit.
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Mustang survival suit.
Hazmat suit with powered respirator.
Roll of Ebola hazard tape.
Emergency PLB Beacon from ACR.
Night vision goggles.
Flippers. Rebreather. Spear gun. Batman Shark repellent spray.
Halligan tool and sledge hammer.
Sulphametaxazole trimethoprin.
Epi Pens
VHF Marine radio
Messenger line launcher
fishin stuff
shrimp net.
Toilet paper
paracord
duct tape
skeeter spray and headnet and hammock with bug net and rain fly.
Prophylaxis meds for TB, Yellow fever, disco fever, disco duck fever,
jungle fever, strongyloides worms, guinea worms, alka selzer, meds for th heartbreak of psoriasis, global warming capsules.
Signal mirror, Emergency Exorcism equipment, candles and live chickens for Voodoo rituals.
Jury rig sails and rigging.
Sextant and Bowditch
Perimeter alarms
Caltrops
Plasma Torch.
opiod antagonists.
Benadryl.
3 ways to make fire.
Water purification systems
Door wedge lock/alarm combo.
Harpoon.
Lifeboat
100 gallons bleach.



Couldn't get me on a cruise ship at gunpoint.




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Old 11-20-2019, 10:06 AM
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I can tell you what not to take, a Leatherman tool. Ask me how I know!

Your bags are screened, (just like at an airport) and they will hold any bag that contains any of their prohibited items. They will call you down to the Purser's Office and have you open the bag and take the offending item out at which time they will "hold" it for you during the duration of your cruise (assuming the item is legal).

https://www.carnival.com/help

Most items they will return when you get off the ship the last time. (I did get my Leatherman back )
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We went on several cruises while we lived in Florida ( cheap trips) and this is what I would pack:
water bottles ( you cannot get bottled water there, and might need some where you are going, like Mexico, plus if people start getting sick, I would drink bottled).
go to a travel doctor and get a heavy duty 3 day antibiotic like they would give you for India , this will kill most diseases you might catch
smuggle in some very high proof alcohol ( I will leave that up to your imagination) and have a shot after each buffet meal, this has worked for us, never got sick
food that is packaged and won't make you sick in case you do get sick ( granola bars, peanut butter, crackers , apples, bananas, fresh fruit are not usually available whole)
flashlight in case power goes out
use good hand sanitizer before you eat anything
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Rope and a flashlight
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Stay at home, you are missing the point of a vacation.
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Best way to be safe is to avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations.
Be reasonable with your alcohol intake.
Keep alert in ports.
Be aware that the laws of the countries you visit apply to you. (we had 3 people get arrested in Jamaica for buying pot. Cost them 20 grand each and they missed the rest of their cruise. And everyone was warned by the ship staff)
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latex gloves

an anti diahrerra med

more latex gloves

tylonol for fever

more latex gloves

hand santizer and rubbing alcohol -- wipe your room down every evening [if you can figure out when your room is tended to -- then after that].

more latex gloves

plastic utensils

and just in case more latex gloves
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IT WOULD help if you said WHERE you would be going, since prep for a Caribbean is different if you are doing a cruise along the Red Sea or other such places.

My sister is a cruise nut, does a couple a year and she has gear specific for whatever parts of the world she is headed to.
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Likely wouldn’t be much different than what I carryon when flying! I’d buff up my travel med kit and bring a couple cases of bottled water if that was an option.

A flashlight that takes common (AA or AAA) batteries and spare batteries. A USB backup battery/charging kit.

A few (2-4) common/useful tools if they’re allowed and you’re handy with them.

A small bag of snacks to get you through a hiccup in the trip.

Biggest thing is to read and know the rules you will be dealing with both the cruise lines and any country you visit and fit your kit within those criteria!

Almost forgot to mention a water filter! https://sawyer.com/products/sawyer-squeeze-filter/

I have one in my travel kit, but mostly do bottled water. They make one that even removes viruses if that’s a concern!

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Number 1 is a good small pocket flashlight for each person, the Fenix e12 is a good choice.
Small 1st aid kit.
Motion sickness patches even if you don't normally need them.
Some cash money.
notebook and pencil.
walk the ship and find out where other items you might want are kept or sold.
I have had no problem carrying aboard a small SAK in my shaving kit.
I don't know how old you are but if you can bring it off a short cane/walking stick could be handy, both for walking or poking things. Don't spend a lot of money for one tho, just incase. OR
instead of the cane/stick carry a full size umbrella. The Braley can be used for anything a cane can.
Almost forgot, a compass can be handy when off the ship in port, even a small watchband compass.
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I was on a cruise once when the ship caught on fire. A breathing apparatus might have been handy had things gotten some worse.
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A basic first aid kit with motion sickness meds X10. Our cruise back to port ran into heavy seas. The crew was not able to keep up with the passengers vomitting steps from the porcelain bowl. Airplane bags in the ship's elevator. The ship's infirmary ran out of dramamine. Trying to eat as the mom's nearby discussed their children projectile vomiting... lest just say, i WILL NEVER GET ON A CRUISE SHIP AGAIN! Your experience will or might be better.
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Rope and a flashlight
I understand the suicide in order to avoid the cruise nonsense. But what is the flashlight for?

Why not just jump/fall over the side?
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I have been on a Carnival cruise to Alaska and have another to Mexico soon.

You just have to accept if things really go to crap no matter what you bring with you it will make no real difference.

The one thing that could make a real difference is a bunch of cash. Thousand plus.

A decent flashlight would be nice.

Also the Carnival coffee SUCKS so I am planning on bringing folger coffee tea bags.

On the bright side the world is fairly stable right now for danger.
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Wow, hard to imagine a cruise ship not stocking enough Dramamine. Almost like they don't care about your well being.

Ginger and Ginger ale actually are more effective, at least for my brother in law. We used to go out on all day charter fishing boats and he was prone to motion sickness. Also the Dramamine kind of knocks you for a loop to where you aren't enjoying anything anyway.

my main concerns are these ships are always in the news because of disease, food/water poisoning, fire, power outages, and poor captain decisions that put everyone aboard in danger (pressing on through bad weather, etc). And it is all out of your control. And most anything meaningful you can do to prepare for it is not allowed. Doesn't fit my idea of a relaxing good time.

I don't get seasick, but many people do. Wading through vomit in a pitching ship would still not rank high on my list of preferred activities. I love the water, but would much rather go out on my own boat or charter a nice sailboat in the Virgin Islands. How do you even enjoy the water on a cruise ship? You are so far above the waterline you might as well be in an airplane.
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I don’t get it. Why do people go on these cruises?
Let me see
1. Take a ride on an extremely crowded floating beer can
2. Safety record of these cruise companies....questionable
3. Spend 2 days at sea so you can spend a few hours on shore taking pictures and buying cheap souvenirs
4. Visit 3 ports ...spend a total of 12 hours on shore so you can go back and tell your friends that you are now an expert in these countries
5. What the hell is there to see out on the ocean.
6. You got people here on this thread telling that you should bring cases of bottled water with you. Lol. I’m still laughing at that one. No room in the luggage for clean underwear...because it’s full of bottled water

You guys should really learn how to take a vacation trip.

Taking a cruise is just a waste. Only thing you get out of it is that you can go back to your office cubicles and show everyone the pictures of your “cruise”.
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Pay attention during the Lifeboat Muster Drill.
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Taking a cruise is just a waste. Only thing you get out of it is that you can go back to your office cubicles and show everyone the pictures of your “cruise”.
https://www.fakeavacation.com/

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