The idea of going on vacation is so much fun. I love getting everything together and ready for big trip. We make a big checklist of all the items we want to bring and figure out what should go in our carry-on and what should be in our suitcases. I found going on a Disney Cruise there were a few items that were pretty specific, and wanted to share why they are must pack.
Of course you have the staples of clothes, swimsuits, sweatshirts, and basic toiletries, but some items are special for a cruise so I pulled together a list of those that I found super helpful while out to sea or spending a day off the ship. Lets not forget to have some fun with the awesome Disney Themed American Tourister luggage either. It makes finding your suitcase so much easier and it’s just plain old fun.
When it comes to packing all of our clothes, I can’t stress how these cubes keep everything organized and easy to pack. I love that we each have our own color and can easily unpack and repack when needed. The staterooms are small so you’ll want to unpack your suitcase and store it under the bed. Pulling out the cubes and placing them in drawers is so simple and then easy to repack.
Gallon Ziploc Bags –
I would rather be safe than sorry and bringing a few extras for either wet clothes or a bunch of small items makes packing up at the end a lot easier. I also keep one in my day bag because you never know!
Waterproof cell phone case
Risking your cell phone near the water isn’t something I want to do so this is a great way to keep it dry and ready for action. It also helps me to find it easier in a bag.
Refillable Water Bottle
I highly recommend bringing your own water bottle and getting one that can handle both hot and cold drinks. I liked filling mine up with ice and water and being able to take it back to my room for the night or off the ship for the day.
Travel Power Source/Surge Protector
Outlets are limited in your stateroom and power strips aren’t allowed so I recommend getting this Belkin Surge protector you can easily charge your phones and computers and use it for all your travel needs.
Clothespins & String
This may seem strange but when we got back to our room after spending time at the pool or on the island it was nice to be able to hang up our suits to dry. So having a string and ting it up in the bathroom was great.
I’m going old school, but you’ll have a hard time finding a clock on the ship and there’s a lot of things happening and you’ll find that you won’t be using your phone as much so having a watch will help. I also recommend it be a waterproof watch so you can jump into the water and not worry about taking it off and forgetting it.
This is probably the most important thing. Don’t forget to bring lots of sunblock. You’ll find yourself outside a lot and it’s important to reapply so make sure you bring enough. If you’re using a spray bottle I would say you’ll need one per day.
Since this was our first family cruise I purchased seabands for each member of the family. Having these gave me peace of mind and while we didn’t need them I’m glad I brought them.
I know no one like to think about being sick while on vacation, but I know from experience that keeping some acetaminophen for the kids and fever/pain relief for adults is key. We used both on our cruise and it was nice to just grab them from our toiletries instead of seeking out the gift shop or doctor on board and wasting time and money. We also kept burn, cut, scrape and bug bite ointment. I like to err on the side of caution and be prepared.
You’ll want to have a bag you can throw on and go. It could be a backpack or a tote bag, but something you can throw in a few items for your day on the beach or exploring an island.
All of these items made our cruise even more enjoyable and work for other travel as well so having them on hand is so nice. What would you add to the packing list?
Disclosure: I attend Disney Social Media Moms Land and Sea conference where I paid a discounted fee to experience Disney Cruise Lines and received an American Tourister suitcase. All thoughts are my own.
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