8 Things to Put at the Top of Your Disney Cruise Packing List

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Heading on a cruise with the main mouse? Here’s the 8 things you’ll want to be sure to remember and put at the top of your Disney Cruise Packing List.

We recently returned from our second Disney Cruise and everyone’s first question is “How was it? Are they really worth it?!?” It’s true, they’re definitely expensive and an investment for most families. We started planning our second one as soon as we got home from the first, which should tell you something for sure. It took 2 years of planning and saving to get back on the boat and even though it wasn’t our first time, I found myself reading blog posts and searching Pinterest for packing tips. There are a lot of helpful packing tips out there, but I decided to condense them into one post and share the top things that you should not forget when you’re planning your Disney Cruise packing list.


While it should be on your list, sometimes the most obvious is often neglected. You can buy sunscreen on the boat, but it’s over priced so put it on your list now! After a few days of splashing in the pool and building sandcastles on Castaway Cay, you’re going to need it. For our family of four, I usually pack 3 full bottles.

Carry-On Bag

This may be my biggest tip because you’ll turn your luggage over to the cruise personnel who will deliver it right to your room. The only problem? It could be 6 o’clock in the evening before it gets there! So be sure to have all your personal items that you may need with you in a tote bag.

Insider Tip: Wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you can head straight to the pool… after stopping at the buffet in Cabanas first, of course!

In my carry-on tote you’ll always find a change of clothes for the girls, medicines I need for the day, hairbrush, sunscreen, and my phone case.

No Beach Towels

While this isn’t something to include on your packing list, it’s something to definitely remember. Do NOT worry about packing beach towels. They take up a ton of room in your bag, which is precious room especially if you’re flying to your port and Disney provides you with pool towels not only when you’re hanging out on the ship, but also when you port at your destinations.

Insider Tip:  You can also leave the shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion at home too. These are provided in your staterooms and I love them. If you love them too, you can even buy bottles to take home from the gift shop on board.

Waterproof Phone Case with Lanyard

The Disney Cruise Line has not yet adopted the Magic Bands system. Instead they use a plastic, credit-like card as your room key. You use this card for everything so you want to keep it close. On that same notion, you’ll want to keep your phone close too… for all those picture-perfect memories. I love the waterproof phone case sleeves because they can hold both!

Cup or Water Bottle

The Disney Cruise Line is one of very few cruise lines that offer free soft drinks. They do have paper cups available by the drink machines, but they’re small and disposable. Be sure to take your own reusable cup or water bottle.

Pirate Night Outfit

During every Disney Cruise you’ll experience one night full of Pirate festivities. It’s one of the most fun nights for our family and we always try to take clothes to match the theme. You’ll see LOTS of variety within costumes – some people go all out, some are homemade like ours, and others just go in regular casual wear for the night.


My family actually enjoys a Disney Cruise more than Disney World! You see, you have the best of Disney World all at your fingertips, but you also have one thing that Disney World doesn’t… Castaway Cay! Disney’s private island is by far the reason we’ll continue to keep coming back.

If you’re a runner, or even if you’re not, consider participating in the Castaway Cay 5K. Bring your sneakers and run, or walk [because walkers are definitely welcome too!] while enjoying the beauty of Disney’s private island.


You’ll definitely want to remember your medications. While a cruise is definitely relaxing, there’s a lot of walking involved on the boat. I remember that from our last cruise and was sure to bring along Curamin® Stop Pain Now. It’s a dietary supplement that I’ve been using to help deal with the chronic pain of my recent diagnosis of Costochondritis.

While my chest doesn’t hurt all the time, when I have a flare up it is really bad and the last place I wanted to have a flare up was on a boat in the middle of the ocean! Before our trip, I headed to our local Vitamin Shoppe to pick up a bottle of Curamin® Extra Strength for the peace of mind of knowing I wouldn’t have to deal with the pain while we were on vacation.

I’ve been choosing to use Curamin® because it’s a safe, effective, non-addictive herbal formula, which differs from over-the-counter pain medications and prescription drugs that can sometimes have negative side effects.

If you also suffer from chronic pain, don’t just mask the pain like I did for so long, get to the source of it. You can find Curamin® at health food stores nationwide. Be sure to check their store locator for your nearest location. Don’t let your chronic pain deter you from doing the things you love… I definitely don’t now!

I really think that anyone, any age, would enjoy a Disney Cruise. As with any vacation being prepared is one of the best ways to make sure your cruise is an enjoyable experience. Be sure to bring all the necessities and leave the fun up to Disney!

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