If you are preparing for a Disney Cruise, you probably are making a list off the things you will need to bring. While there are certain things you will be able to buy on board, there are certain items you are better off packing in your luggage.
The importance of packing well is that you won’t have to buy things you forgot on the ship. While Disney Cruise line has a few shops, the price you pay for the things you forget can really add up!
Do yourself a favor and use this packing list for a Disney Cruise as a guide.
While you can purchase sunscreen on board the cruise ship, you will pay more than you would had you brought it.
You will be spending a lot of time outdoors and you need to protect your eyes. Make sure that you have sunglasses with polarized lenses packed!
One of the benefits of going on a Disney Cruise is going to their private island, Castaway Cay! You can purchase sand toys and inner tubes there, but if you have your own, you might as well bring them to avoid the extra charges of renting or buying these kinds of things.
If you are travelling with little ones who aren't as comfortable in the water, you might want to bring your own set of water wings for Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay and the Cruise Ship both provide the use of flotation vests for free, but they aren't that comfortable for little ones.
Yes, you are most likely planning a cruise during warm weather, but in the evenings the wind may pick up or you may find that the restaurants are a little cool.
Having a cardigan sweater or lightweight jacket to throw on (especially for little ones) is great to have just in case.
There are laundry facilities on the cruise ships for you to use. Not that anyone wants to do laundry, but it is nice if you have a few Tide pods or individual load Tide packs packed just in case you need them.
We also know that sometimes you just want to wash the chlorine or salt water out of your swimsuit. These sink packs are perfect for freshening up a suit.
You can bring bottled water & snacks on board the Disney cruise ship to keep in your cabin. This way you will have something to take with you on your excursions or just to have in your state room.
Whether you go to the beach at Castaway Cay or take an excursion, you will want to have a great bag with plenty of pockets to carry off board with you.
The most important items on your Disney Cruise packing list are your cruise documents!I suggest putting all documents in a document bag so you don’t end up losing anything during your check in process!
A waterproof case to hold phone, key cards, money, ID is great to have at the pool and when you go on excursions.
Even if you don’t normally get sick, you should be prepared for motion sickness anytime you cruise.
These towel clips are multi-functional. They keep your towels attached to your chair when it’s windy & is great for putting things to dry on balcony chairs. You can also use them to secure curtains!
You don’t have to buy fancy ones, small inexpensive binoculars will do. These are great for sitting on your balcony or checking out Castaway Cay and other destinations you might go to.
These are great to give you a place to put all those dirty clothes. I love this collapsible hamper because you can just throw it into your suitcase at the end of your trip!
While there are irons in the laundry room, when it comes time for dinner, it is hard to get your hands on it! Bring a small bottle of Downy Wrinkle release to spray your clothes. It will release those creases in no time!
What you will need for a cruise to the Bahamas is going to be different than a cruise to Alaska.
One thing that we always share with our readers is to make sure you bring layering items no matter what type of cruise destination you might have. While the outdoor temperature might vary, the inside of the cruise won’t.
It can get chilly during dinner and shows so be sure you have a light weight sweater or sweatshirt in case your body can’t adjust to the temperature.
Besides that, you are also going to want to make sure you have the right clothes packed for formal night.
What to Pack for Formal Night on a Disney Cruise
The main things to consider are how many nights you are cruising along with making sure you pack appropriately for the formal night on your Disney Cruise.
Shorter cruises may not have a Formal Night, but those travelling on longer cruises definitely will.
Formal night does not mean what it used to. You don’t need sequins or a tuxedo. For women (and girls), it is perfectly fine to wear a sun dress and for men (and boys) a pair of khakis and a button down (or polo) shirt.
Make sure that you don’t forget to pack appropriate shoes for the formal night too! This is something that is so easily forgotten.
Packing for a Disney Cruise can be overwhelming so we hope that our list helps you remember to bring things you might not have thought about.
Am I missing anything? If you have something to add to our Disney Cruise packing list, please comment below!