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Essential Disney Cruise Packing List

Make sure you have everything you need for your upcoming Disney cruise vacation! Check out this comprehensive Disney cruise packing list, with suggestions of items to pack for both adults and families with kids. Here is my ultimate Disney Cruise packing list. A well-packed suitcase ensures that you have a fun and stress-free vacation on board the magical Disney cruise ships!

Disney Cruise Packing List

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Cruise Packing List Clothing Must-Haves

Travel Documents and Personal Identification. This is the most important thing to have ready. Double and triple-check that you have everything you need to board the ship. Pack these in your carry-on in a spot that is readily accessible as you go through the port. These documents may include the following:

  • Passports, Visas
  • Personal Identification- Driver’s License, Birth Certificates
  • Port Arrival Time
  • Boarding Passes

First Aid Kit – You should being all your needed medications along with some basic First Aid items. Don’t forget a few motion sickness remedies! I decided to craft myself a cute bag for the items.

Basic Clothing – Pack your basic clothing as a start. Think about the weather that is common for your cruise route and destination and also for the time of year. I like adding my destination to my weather app so I can get an idea of the temps. If you are unsure, dress and pack for layers.

My rule of thumb is to pack a general outfit for each day plus one and one dinner outfit.

  • Panties/Underwear
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Shoes (comfy daily ones) (rubber-sole shoes for Port Adventures)
  • Shorts/pants
  • Sundresses
  • Tops
  • Pajamas

Swimsuits – While vacationing at Disney World I will usually pack one swimsuit. For my cruise, I packed 3. I go through quite a few outfit changes and I don’t like putting on a wet swimsuit. For my plus-size princess friends, I love the Disney-themed swimsuits from Torrid and Hot Topic. I also love the swimsuits from Old Navy. Don’t forget a swimsuit coverup as well.

Dress Shoes – While I usually avoid dress shoes at Disney World since they are not super comfy to do all that walking, I liked dressing up for meals and wanted to ditch my tennis shoes. I brought one pair of dress shoes and a pair of pretty sandals.

Floppy Hat – At Disney World, I usually carry an umbrella to protect myself from the sun. On the ship, I used a floppy sunhat visor.

Water Shoes – The sand at Castaway Cay can have shell pieces in it and it is always good to wear water shoes in the water. Ever since I got stung by a stingray a few years back I always wear water shoes. You can get a decent inexpensive pair on Amazon.

Light Sweater – Even though my cruise was in late April and the temperatures can get steamy during the day, at night, especially on the ship the air can get a bit crisp.

Dress-Up Clothes – The regular rotation dinner meals are cruise casual but if you are dining at Palo or Remy, dressing up is required.

  • Palo Dinner & Brunch Dress code for women is dress, skirt, or pants with a blouse. For men dress pants or slacks and a collared shirt are required, a jacket is optional.
  • Remy Dinner dress code is a bit stricter and you are encouraged to dress to impress. Ladies are to wear a cocktail dress, evening dress, pantsuit, or skirt/blouse are required. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes. For men, a jacket is required but ties are optional.
  • For Remy Brunch or Dessert, the dress code is a bit more relaxed. For the ladies, a dress or pantsuit is required. Men are to wear dress pants and a shirt.

Pirate Costume/Outfit – At Disney parks, adults are not allowed to dress up but on Pirate night during your cruise, dressing up is encouraged.

Robe – This suggestion is for my fellow plus-size friends who are planning on using the spa. The Disney cruise line typically offers a “one size fits most” robe that of course doesn’t accommodate so if you don’t want to feel out of place bring your own white fluffy robe. Some guests were able to obtain a “plus” robe but it is one of those your mileage may vary situations.

Toiletries to Bring on Your Disney Cruise

One of the perks of a Disney cruise is that there are some toiletries that you do NOT have to pack. Unless you need a special body wash, shampoo, or conditioner, Disney’s amazing line of products are available right in the shower. Not a little toiletry size either, this is important to me since I have long, thick hair and toiletry sizes get me one use each.

General Toiletries to Not Forget:

  • Deodorant
  • Shaving needs
  • Makeup (if you wear it)
  • Lotion
  • Dental Care Items – toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash
  • Hair Care items (if you use them)

Safe SeaSafe Sea is a special sunblock that also prevents stings from most Jellyfish, Man-o war, Sea Lice, Sea Nettle, Atlantic box jellyfish, Rhopilema, and Fire Corals.

Sunblock – Since Safe Sea is a bit more expensive I bought regular sunblock for when onboard the ship.

Aloe After Sun Care – Sunburns can sometimes happen so it is always good to have some aloe on hand.

Disney Cruise Essentials for Families with Children

Remember to label your children’s belongings and pack them separately for easy access.

Costumes – If you want an added magical experience for your child, consider buying one (or more) princess or pirate costumes before the trip, and then make an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique onboard for a magical makeover.

Sand Toys – While Disney does sell some sand toys and goggles on Castaway Cay, it is much cheaper to pick some up before your trip.

Swim Diapers

Autograph Book & Pens – Many characters sign autographs. If you are looking for creative autograph-collecting ideas please check out my list of creative items to get autographed by Disney characters.

Portable Gaming Devices or Tablets – These will be for downtime and while waiting for experiences like shows and meals. Disney does charge for WiFi so keep that in mind.

Travel Games and Activities – If you want to avoid screen time, pack a small number of travel games or activities.

Comfort Items – If your child has a special lovey, plush toy, or blanket. Please bring that along.

Favorite Snacks – While there is a lot of food aboard the ship your child may feel best with some of their favorite snacking items.

Other Items to Pack Just for Fun

Rubber Ducks – Cruisers hide and find little rubber ducks aboard ships. To learn more check out the Cruising Ducks Facebook Group.

Door Magnets– These help you find your room better when all the doors look the same.

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