I didn't have a lot of solid help making my packing list for Semester at Sea, and now that I see it below, I realize I really over-packed, even though relatively speaking, I brought about half of what my roommate did. When you've got a cabin that moves where you move, there's no real issue with packing too much, until you are forced to carry everything you have accumulated off the ship at the final port. As a rule of thumb, take half the clothes you think you need, and that's probably still too much. The following list is the untouched version from my pre-departure days, and comments separated by // are additions and insight made after the trip's completion. If you are an SAS alum, feel free to e-mail me or comment your suggestions on how this list could be greatly improved.

Semester at Sea Packing List

  • $1 bills (250)

  • $10 bills (10)

  • $20 bills (10)

  • $5 bills (20)

  • 2 copies of passport photo

  • 4 copies of passport front page // only needed one, though I never lost my passport agenda

  • airbourne

  • aloe vera

  • aspirin

  • athletic shorts

  • band-aids (20)

  • bathing suits (two, one to ruin)

  • battery powered alarm clock // something easy to reset as you constantly cross time zones

  • beach towel

  • big bottle body wash

  • big conditioner

  • big shampoo

  • big world map for wall in cabin

  • blue button up shirt

  • bobby pins

  • bras (6) // too much?

  • camera battery chargers (2)

  • camera

  • ipod connector camera

  • dslr camera

  • usb connector

  • capris // I now find these sort of pants hard to tolerate wearing or seeing

  • carabiner

  • casual dress

  • cell phone from home to be used in Puerto Rico and Hawai'i (American territories, baby)

  • chapstick (2)

  • cipro (for traveler's diarrhea) // ooooh yes...essential

  • clothes pins (10)

  • cold medicine

  • copies of credit card (2) // don't know if I needed these

  • cover up

  • day calendar // this was just for the jokes on the Far Side themed calendar

  • deodorant (2)

  • doxycycline (anti-malarial)

  • dramamine (32) // for me, too many, but I was only mildly seasick

  • dress for ambassador's Ball

  • dress up fun pants // yes, I really pack ridiculous clothing for comic relief on all trips

  • driver's license and copy // can't remember what all these copies were for

  • duct tape

  • dvds (10)

  • euro outlet adapter

  • extra d50 battery

  • face lotion & scrub

  • face wash (2) // this is something I have trouble finding in other countries

  • fanny pack // not necessary

  • flash drive

  • flip-flops (2)

  • fold up bag for end of trip

  • hair brush & hair things (24)

  • hairspray

  • hand sanitizer two small and a refill bottle

  • headphones (2)

  • ipod

  • ipod usb connector

  • iPod wall charger

  • IU playing cards (3) for homestay gifts

  • jacket

  • jeans (2)

  • laptop

  • laptop charger

  • laptop mouse

  • laundry bag

  • long-sleeved shirt layers (2)

  • luna Bars (30) // wonderful for when I missed breakfast or when trekking

  • magnets (40) // surprisingly could have used more

  • make-up

  • melatonin // absolutely essential - changing time zones constantly is tough

  • moccasins, slippers or flip-flops for walking around ship

  • money belt // I'm over money belts

  • mosquito repellent with deet // go for 25%

  • nail clippers/files

  • nalgene

  • pad of post-its // for harrassing your roommate, if she/he turns out to be awesome

  • paper and binder

  • pashminas (2)

  • passport/yellow book/visas

  • pencils (11)

  • pens (9)

  • phone charger

  • prilosec otc (14)

  • q-tips (200) // I really did count all my toiletries, especially two-per day Q-tips

  • razor and refills (4)

  • retainers (2)

  • rubber bands (5)

  • SAS paperwork

  • scissors

  • sharpies (3) // probably didn't need three

  • sketch paper

  • skirts (2)

  • sleep shirt

  • sleeping bag liner // I got crazy mileage off a liner from Target for $20

  • small calculator

  • small camera

  • small camera usb connector

  • small notebook (2) // for the practical stuff and getting around in port

  • socks (7)

  • sports bras (2)

  • sticker sheets (3) for the kids // no, don’t do again

  • Sudafed (12)

  • sunglasses // hallelujah for polarized RayBans

  • sunscreen

  • sweat pants // can be purchased on the ship

  • sweater

  • sweatshirt // also conveniently purchased on board

  • tank tops

  • toothbrush/toothpaste (2 of each)

  • travel pillow

  • travel size bath stuff // just one set, which can be refilled with big bottles

  • travel wet wipes (10)

  • t-shirts (8)

  • tums

  • Tylenol pm

  • umbrella

  • underwear (18) // I should have just cleaned as I went, hence the clothing line

  • usb sd card reader

  • vitamins

  • walking shoes (2) both pairs ok to ruin

  • ziplock bags (9)