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Are you planning to go on a Disney Cruise? If it’s your first time on a cruise, you may not know this but your stateroom may not be available. This is something I did not realize when I did my first Disney Cruise. I knew, but I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I could be. Now that I’ve been on the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream, I can share the carry-on essentials that you need.
I recommend a backpack or carry-on bag filled with items (listed below) you may need when you first arrive on the ship. You may not see your luggage for some time, so make sure you have everything you need.
2.Passport, ID, Cruise Documents
Check your passport expiration dates and also the pics of your children. Make sure your little one’s pictures are up to date. There are a few rules about that and you don’t want to get stuck. You’ll need all of these documents to board the cruise. If you fail to have them, you will not be allowed.
If you are going to the Bahamas and you are from the United States, you only need a birth certificate. But it’s fun to get your passport stamped.
4. Credit cards and cash.
Hopefully, you don’t pack your wallet in your onboard luggage. You will need this to pay for parking if you drive to the port. You’ll need to present your credit card to set up your onboard spending account, and you’ll want a few small bills ready to tip the porters who will be schlepping the rest of your bags.
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Pack this in your carry-on. You will not be able to get to your luggage until the afternoon or later. So be prepared!
9. Seasick Medicine
Whether it’s Dramamine, the prescription patch or the wristbands, make sure you have seasickness medication with you and not in your luggage. Some of the medicines recommend taking before the ship starts moving. Don’t wait!
10. Sippy Cups
The ships only offer small paper cups. Instead of refilling, bring your kids sippy cups. You can fill them and have them for your room or for an excursion off the ship.
11. Yeti Cups
Fill up your cups with soda, iced tea or lemonade.
12.Wine and Alcohol
Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.
The water on the ship is gross. You can bring a case of unopened water. A lifesaver at 2:00 AM when you need to make formula you’re dehydrated.
14. Rolling Suit Case
You’ll need to put all your alcohol, soda water and wine in a carry-on suitcase. Make sure that it’s manageable and easy to maneuver throughout the ship.
There is food everywhere, but you may need to give your child a bag of goldfish or a granola bar in case of an emergency.
16. Dish soap
Bring a travel size cleaning products or on the go travel kit. You can use it to wash your cups, wipe down tables on the upper deck or sanitize the remotes and phones in your stateroom. Using the bar soap is kind of gross.
17. Ziplock baggies
Bring a change of clothes in ziplock bags. Put wet bathing suits in after changing.
When you check-in at the port, you are given a card which is your key to your room along with other information like your meal time. One way not to lose this is to pack lanyards for your cruise. If you are a frequent cruiser, you will receive a Castaway Club lanyard or if you are a Club Level.
19. Camera, cell-phone, laptop and other valuables
Don’t forget extra chargers, a Go Pro for those cool underwater shots, SD cards for all of those photos you may take and power cords. It might be a good idea to get a waterproof case for your phone. You never know when you walk in the pool with it in your pocket.
20. Bring Your Patience
Traveling with kids can be a bit hectic. As moms, we want everything to be perfect. The perfect photo, the perfect outfits and more. But once you get on the ship whatever you have with you is what you will be carrying around until your stateroom is ready. Go get lunch, grab a cocktail with an umbrella and have patience.
PACKING TIP: Disney Cruise Line allows guests to check in two pieces of luggage, and to carry on an additional day bag. The carry-on bag must be no larger than 22″x14″x9″, similar to airline carry-ons, as it will need to fit through a security check on your way into the port terminal. As you pack, keep in mind that the less bags the better, because you’ll need to store them in your stateroom. While there is plenty of under the bed space and closet space for a few bags, I wouldn’t bring eight pieces of large luggage for my family of four, as we’d have a hard time fitting it all. Check out the packing tips on Disney Cruise Line’s website to help you get started! – Per The Disney Mom Panel