Hello. Welcome to cruise-chat. Well, I did Alaska cruise last year, and Scotland in March a few years ago. Both trips I used travel space bags. The bags were you squeeze the air out of them, to compress you clothes. I used them for sweaters, and other non-wrinkle stuff, or easy to de-wrinkle stuff. They worked wonders. My huge, thick, furry sweater compressed very thin. I bought them at KMart, I am sure Walmart will have them, or someplace like them. I think the bags cost about $20 for a couple, but it was worth it, to be able to pack more. Be careful of the weight of your bag, cause it does allow you to pack more. I packed my bag with them, then weighed my bag, to check my limit. The airlines have the baggage limits, or pay a hefty fine if they are over. Just thought I would share this tip. Lil' Lori
Some souvenirs are shipped back almost of necessity: Alaskan salmon,for example, and for a time, ulu knives (large semi-circular knife) were too, though you can now carry the latter in your checked luggage on planes. If you buy a lot of things you can probably have them shipped (extra charge of course), and if you have time, you can mail them to yourself - I did that when I was in Hawaii a few months ago. US Postal Service, same as home!
Great idea Lil'Lori, maybe those are the answer to my uncoming luggage issue. My wife and 2 girls don't know the meaning of the term "pack light" and we are going to Alaska. Using the space bags for the sweaters and sweat shirts is a great idea.
Especially important when packing heavier clothes - the airlines are getting really strict about enforcing the 50 pound limit. Even if you pack light when leaving - you can be overweight when you return because of the sweatshirts and souvenirs from the trip....
Was thinking about Lori's space bag packing solution a bit more last night. When a question popped into my head. The bags are great for packing for the trip, but how to you pack AFTER the trip? Don't you need a vacuum cleaner to suck the air out of the bag? So how do you re-pack everything to come home?
Don't want to end up with a bunch of clothing that I can't get into a suitcase.
Jim, you could do what I have done several times with the same dilemma: buy another suitcase! You can usually find expanding tote bags in the onboard gift shops, or you may be able to buy one onshore somewhere. For example, Ketchikan has a "surplus store" which has all kinds of heavier clothing and also backpacks and other things - at least it did 5 years ago. I even was able to buy a small rolling carryon-size suitcase in a Walmart in Mexico once!