Our last cruise packing went really well. We had everything we needed, but a whole lot of stuff we did not need. This would not have been a huge deal, except that my 11 year old broke his wrist 2 days before the cruise and was sporting a cast. This left us a hand shorted. We took 2 rolling carry on suitcases, 1 regular rolling luggage bag, 1 rolling backpack, a overnight bag for electronics, my purse, and the two little ones had small backpacks for toys. Now, try lugging all that luggage while pushing a two year old, with the help of a one handed pre teen and an overexcited 6 year old. We managed but it was not ideal.
Now, that I have said that... we are going take about the same amount of bags and hopefully no broken limbs this go around. However, because we are participating the FE gift exchange aboard the Disney Wonder we will be dedicating one of the carry ons for toting the gifts we are bringing for our fellow cruisers. I could ship them to ship, but I am terrible at mailing things. So that brings us to the first challenge
Challenge #1: Take everything we need in one less suitcase. Pack all gifts in ONE bag.
Challenge #2: Scaled down travel space. We traded our roomy van for small gas saving car.
Challenge #3 Take less clothing. On the last trip, I confess we packed to many clothes. I did not even think about wearing
half the stuff I brought.
Challenge #4 Hot & Cold: We have never cruised in the winter. I have researched our ports and come to the conclusion it is a little unpredictable in January. We want to pack for a range of temperatures without overloading our bags.
There you have it. Our latest challenge. I plan to address each one in an upcoming post.