GENERAL HINTS.Whenever you travel by plane it's a good idea to have a carry-on bag that contains items essential for your well being or items you'd find difficult to replace. Included would be your cruise documents, airline tickets, proof of citizenship papers, jewelry, camera, keys (home & luggage), money and medicines. Take enough medicine for an extra day away from home in the remote chance of a travel delay. DO NOT CARRY KNIVES, SCISSORS, KNITTING NEEDLES OR OTHER OBJECTS THAT COULD BE INTERPRETED AS A WEAPON IN YOUR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE. IF YOU CARRY SYRINGES FOR MEDICAL REASONS, YOU WILL NEED A LETTER FROM A MEDICAL AUTHORITY EXPLAINING THEIR NEED.
DO NOT PACK UNEXPOSED FILM IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE AS THE NEW SCANNING EQUIPMENT IN PLACE AT MOST AIRPORTS WILL DAMAGE THE FILM. Carry all film in your carry-on luggage.
New airport security procedures require more stringent check of your carry-on luggage.
Your carry-on luggage will be electronically screened and possibly searched as you go through airport security. Placing small, personal items in plastic "baggies" will allow the security personal to view the items without touching them. Do not lock your checked baggage. If your checked bags are identified for screening, the security personal are authorized to break the lock. We recommend using inexpensive "cable ties" available at any hardware store. As an alternative, there are a number of new baggage locks that are "Approved & Recogzined" by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration).
The current rules can be found here .
Accepted and Recognized Locks
The list below identifies locks that are “accepted and recognized” by TSA, which means that TSA screeners can open and re-lock these bags for security screening instead of cutting the lock. TSA screeners have tools for all TSA accepted and recognized locks that enable them to open the lock without damaging it if a physical inspection is required.
Some of the locks listed below are specific brands. Other names on the lists are manufacturers that produce a wide variety of locks, only some of which are accepted and recognized by TSA. We recommend that you check the packaging to ensure that it has language similar to "accepted and recognized" by TSA if you plan on using the lock for air travel. Most locks on the market are not TSA-recognized. This list will be updated periodically to provide the latest list of brands that are TSA accepted and recognized.
- Aegis Brands Travel Sentry locks
- American Tourister Accessories
- Atlantic Luggage
- Austin House Travel Essentials
- Briggs & Riley Luggage
- Brinks Travel Sentry locks
- Brookstone Easy Check
- Delsey Luggage
- Eagle Creek Travel Safe
- eBags Travel Sentry locks
- Franzus Travel Smart
- Kenneth Cole Luggage
- Lewis N Clark Travel Sentry locks
- Magellan's Travel Sentry locks
- Master Lock Travel Sentry locks
- Pacsafe by Outpac Travel Sentry locks
- Prestolock SearchAlert
- Restoration Hardware Travel Sentry locks
- Royal Traveller by Samsonite Accessories
- Samsonite Accessories
- Samsonite Luggage
- Sharper Image Travel Sentry locks
- Sunco Luggage
- Target Embark Travel Sentry locks
- Tumi Luggage
- Voltage Valet Travel Sentry locks
TSA also has the ability to open luggage from some other luggage and/or lock manufacturers not listed above, although time pressures may require screeners to cut these locks rather than open them because there are many manufacturers, each using multiple master keys. It is very important to TSA that your baggage makes it onto your plane, and we will do everything possible to balance that need with security and customer service considerations. Screeners will always strive to open a bag, if required, without breaking the lock.
If appropriate, cross-pack your luggage with your travel companion. Although we trust our bags will arrive with us at our destination we all know that delivery can be delayed; having a change of clothes in your companions luggage will ease the trauma.
Undergarments and knits take only a third of the suitcase space they normally occupy when they're compressed. Simply fill the largest size zipper top kitchen storage bags with these articles and force all the air out before zipping them shut.
Ensure that a card or piece of paper is tucked inside your bags with your name/address/phone and destination (Carnival Victory, Port of Miami for example) prominently listed. Exterior bag tags can become "unattached" on "lost baggage"; if the contact info is inside the bag it may make it easier for it to be delivered to you in a timely manner.
Most bags look the same coming down the conveyer belt! Make your bags stand out with a colorful bow on the handle or brightly colored tape affixed in unique patterns along the side panels and top.
Try to coordinate outfits around a central color so you can mix and match items and consider taking items you can use to layer outfits instead of taking heavy limited use items. Create different looks with accessories.
For wrinkle free garments, leave them on their hangers, cover them with dry cleaning bags, and fold over once before placing them in the suitcase. Unpacking is a snap and there's no need to bring along a travel iron.
Use every bit of luggage space. Women's shoes will fit inside men's. Stuff socks and other small items inside larger space wasters. A tote bag that folds into its own zippered pocket is handy as a shopping or beach bag and invaluable when it's time to pack the souvenirs that are preventing your suitcase from closing.
There is no shipboard limit to the amount of luggage you can bring, however the airlines will restrict you to 2 pieces of checked luggage and one carry-on. If you follow the guidelines above, you will find sufficient closet and drawer space for your belongings once you arrive in your cabin. If there are more then 2 of you sharing the cabin then you should think about packing light! You will have to store your luggage in the cabin. In most cases your bags will
fit under the beds. Collapsible luggage works well aboard ship for that reason.
We always include a suggested packing list when we send your cruise documents to you.
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Although you'll have a standard 110v electrical outlet in the bathroom, you may find only one additional outlet in the cabin. If you plan on using several electrical devices at the same time you might consider packing a small extension cord or 3-way extension plug found at any hardware store.
We don't know what it is about duct tape, but we have taken a bit of it along on most of our cruises and have found a use for it almost
Just because you are going on a Caribbean Cruise in July doesn't mean you should leave the sweater at home! You'll probably need it on the airplane; and there will be times aboard ship where you'll probably want to wear one Oftentimes, the air conditioning in some of the public rooms (especially the show lounges) will be set to levels which can be uncomfortable to some.
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