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I was also inquiring about the Kid's program and my son needing to be fully potty-trained. How do they handle asthma puffers and epi-pens?

Your son will need to be potty trained.  Regarding puffers and epi-pens, they do ask about this type of information when you register the child onboard, so I have to assume they are equipped and trained to deal with it.

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I have a whole list of hacks I use/bring on cruises.  My best one is to bring a night light.  The your whole stateroom and bathroom is completely dark at night and the bathroom light is either off or fully, bright on..no in between.  If you plug a small night light in the bathroom receptacle for shavers, it easily cures stubbed toes.  The ONLY caveat is that you have to get one with NON polarized plugs.  Polarized do not fit.  

 

Among other hacks, we bring clothes pins to keep the curtains honest...we like to sleep in, past sunrise and don't like the sun peaking in through the cracks in between curtains.  Magnets on the outsides of the curtains will keep them up against the wall as well (as someone mentioned that the walls are metal...they are).  A hanging shoe rack, you know those cheap plastic ones you can hang on a door?  Put that on your bathroom door and it will add a ton of storage for a lot of little things.  Baby power, when sprinkled on wet, sandy feet will dry the moisture and the sand comes right off.

 

I'll post a few more when I check my list.

Thanks! I haven't seen the tip about clothes pins keeping the curtains shut - great idea! And the baby powder idea is also an excellent tip. I've heard about the shoe rack, but I haven't been able to track one down. Looking forward to hearing some more!

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Thanks! I haven't seen the tip about clothes pins keeping the curtains shut - great idea! And the baby powder idea is also an excellent tip. I've heard about the shoe rack, but I haven't been able to track one down. Looking forward to hearing some more!

The shoe organizer has been suggested for years. However, ive been on two dozen cruises and have never had a need for one. What I do find valuable, though, is a hanging toiletry bag. I'm also a big fan of zip ties for securing luggage as they can easily be cut off by the TSA if needed and I know that someone has been in my bag if they're missing. With the TSA locks, there's no way to immediately know if someone has been through your luggage.

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The shoe organizer has been suggested for years. However, ive been on two dozen cruises and have never had a need for one. What I do find valuable, though, is a hanging toiletry bag. I'm also a big fan of zip ties for securing luggage as they can easily be cut off by the TSA if needed and I know that someone has been in my bag if they're missing. With the TSA locks, there's no way to immediately know if someone has been through your luggage.

 

I put duct tape on all my locks, ALL AROUND it.  If it's been pulled off, or has rips or holes, someone has attempted to get in, if not...no one has been in.  TSA is also supposed to leave a note in your luggage if they opened it up.  

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I have a whole list of hacks I use/bring on cruises. My best one is to bring a night light. The your whole stateroom and bathroom is completely dark at night and the bathroom light is either off or fully, bright on..no in between. If you plug a small night light in the bathroom receptacle for shavers, it easily cures stubbed toes. The ONLY caveat is that you have to get one with NON polarized plugs. Polarized do not fit.

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I've never brought hangers and have been fine, even on two week cruises. On a couple of occasions, I've needed more and simply asked the cabin steward and he/she provided them. To save space, I also tend to hang pants and shirts together. If you'd like to bring some just to be safe, any type will work and they won't delay your luggage if they're in your checked bags.

 

Juice boxes shouldn't be a problem, but carry them on.

 

Only the oldest ships might not have fridges. The Alkure does.

 

The type of bedding is indicated on the deck plans. Some cabins have a pull out couch, some have beds that pull out from the ceiling, and others only have the two regular beds.

 

Surge suppressing power bars seem to be the issue. If you can get a power block without this--just the extra outlets--you should be fine. Definitely put it in your carry on luggage.

 

They're pretty strict about kids being self-sufficient regarding using the bathroom. However, you can always explain the situation to the staff when you get onboard.

LOL I was thinking she meant the FOOD/SNACK Power Bar

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Just got off Allure 2 weeks ago.  AMAZING time!  My #1 tip... over the door shoe hanger for the back of the bathroom door.  We're a family of 4 and all our shoes, flip flops, sneakers fit in it.  It kept us from losing shoes and tripping over random shoes all week.  attachicon.gif13613611_10210086202300628_3498380682874286536_o (1).jpg

Glad that worked for you

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I have a whole list of hacks I use/bring on cruises.  My best one is to bring a night light.  The your whole stateroom and bathroom is completely dark at night and the bathroom light is either off or fully, bright on..no in between.  If you plug a small night light in the bathroom receptacle for shavers, it easily cures stubbed toes.  The ONLY caveat is that you have to get one with NON polarized plugs.  Polarized do not fit.  

 

Among other hacks, we bring clothes pins to keep the curtains honest...we like to sleep in, past sunrise and don't like the sun peaking in through the cracks in between curtains.  Magnets on the outsides of the curtains will keep them up against the wall as well (as someone mentioned that the walls are metal...they are).  A hanging shoe rack, you know those cheap plastic ones you can hang on a door?  Put that on your bathroom door and it will add a ton of storage for a lot of little things.  Baby power, when sprinkled on wet, sandy feet will dry the moisture and the sand comes right off.

 

I'll post a few more when I check my list.

 

Bad news!  Just got off the Freedom and the plugs are actually non-working plugs UNLESS the bathroom light is on.  So this eliminates the whole reason to bring them, at least to plug in the bathroom.  We ended up plugging it into the outlet on the desk and put a Cruise Compass in front of it. Provided just enough light to see the room when making a "midnight run" but not originally as planned.  

 

I suppose the newer ships have switched outlets like above, because every other ship I've been on, we could use the outlets with the bathroom light off.

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On 6/29/2016 at 8:23 AM, cwtom said:

Hi Members - I'll be sailing on Allure in September with a 4 year-old. Had a couple of questions about what you can/can't pack, and also wondering if there tried & true cruise hacks/tips that you can share! TIA

 

  1. I've read hacks about bringing hangers and wondering if metal hangers are ok, or do they need to be plastic. Is it better to put it in the carry-on to avoid luggage delays?
  2. Juice boxes for my son - If I wanted to bring a couple packs for him to take with us on excursions, any idea if this is allowed?
  3. Do all staterooms have mini-fridges?
  4. Do all staterooms have a pull-out bed, or are they only on the ones indicated on the deck plans? 
  5. Power bars - seems to be a lot of debate on whether they can or can't be brought on board. Safer to pack in my carry-on to avoid delays? Also seems like the smaller block type power bars are more acceptable.
  6. How strict are they on the "Kids must use the washroom on their own" policy for the Kids Club? My son needs some assistance using the toilet - primarily just putting his pants back on properly. 
  7. Any other cruise hacks/tips?

Thanks!  :D

I always bring

metal hangers to hang my clothes. Not enough for me in the room and then I just leave them.

 

 

 

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