Updated on February 19, 2020 by Asher Fergusson
The Disney cruise line is known for effortless fun, highly-rated safety, and convenience for you and your family while on the high seas.
To ensure a comfortable and well-prepared trip, make sure you don’t forget anything on this list of my 17 Disney Cruise must-haves!
What to Pack for Disney Cruise – 17 Essentials
1. Neck Wallet
Especially when the ship docks at its port destinations, a neck wallet will be completely essential. Keep your phone, passport, wallet, and more safely tucked away in this organized and discreet pouch beneath your clothes. This will help you to avoid pickpocketing and petty theft during your trip, particularly in the more touristy destinations cruises are known for stopping in.
One perk of going on a Disney Cruise is that if you bring a refillable cup or water bottle, you can usually get free refills! This is an awesome way to save a little money on your vacation. Depending on where your cruise is traveling to, it may not be safe to drink the tap water in the various port destinations. A LifeStraw water bottle comes with a built-in filter to keep ensure your drinking water is safe and clean.
Especially if you’re traveling with children, packing cubes are an absolute must. With all the extra gear children require, you’ll want to be sure you don’t overpack when it comes to clothing and the basics. Packing cubes will help your family stay organized and will keep your luggage to just the essentials for a hassle-free trip.
While you’re out and about either on the ship or on land, the last thing you’ll want to do is stop and wait while you charge up your phone or camera. Bring along a convenient lipstick-sized portable charger in your beach bag, purse, or pocket to ensure you have an external power source on the go.
Disney cruise ships will use the same outlets and voltage as in the US and Canada, so if that’s where you’re traveling from you should not need a universal power adapter while on the ship. However, depending on your port destinations, if you plan to plug anything in while on shore you may need a special adapter for that country. This universal travel adapter has you covered in nearly every country in the world.
The majority of your time during the cruise will likely be spent in a bathing suit and enjoying a variety of water activities. Packing a stylish swimsuit cover up is essential, as you can throw it on over your bathing suit and walk around the ship or port destinations completely comfortably.
A VPN is great any time you’re connecting to WiFi in a public place, such as in airports, cafes, or on cruise ships. Make sure your sensitive information, things like credit card numbers and passwords, are protected from potential hackers by connecting to your handy VPN.
If you’re traveling with little girls, a princess dress is a must-pack. It’s a Disney Cruise tradition to dress up for dinner every once in awhile. Your princess will love fitting in with all of the Disney characters and taking pictures with them! This one comes in all sizes and is perfect for dinner dress-up.
In Kenya, you’re likely to be using your phone and camera throughout the day, whether it be for photos, navigation, music, or anything else. You won’t want to worry about your devices running out of battery at an inconvenient time, so toss this small portable charger in your backpack and use your electronics all day long.
10. Sturdy Suitcase
A good piece of luggage is important when you’re going on a cruise. It’ll keep your stuff organized, safe and contained day in and day out on your journey. This suitcase is perfect to stowaway on the ship, and is roomy enough to fit the variety of outfits you’ll want on board.
An invaluable item to bring with you on a Disney cruise is a waterproof phone case. Between splashing around on the ship’s many pools and soaking up the sun at the beach, you’ll want to make sure your phone is protected at all times. You also won’t have to worry about your phone’s camera getting wet as you capture your favorite Disney cruise moments.
Don’t embark on your cruise without solid travel insurance! Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you and your family are covered should anything go wrong during your trip. World Nomads is always our preferred choice, as they’ll cover the costs for lost or stolen items, emergency medical expenses, flight cancellations, and more.
If you overeat on the ship or eat or drink something in one of your port destinations that doesn’t sit well, don’t let it ruin your vacation! Be sure to pack activated charcoal caps which will absorb and expel toxins in your digestive system, keeping you healthy and comfortable throughout your trip.
Parents with babies know how important it is to bring a carrier! Your toddlers are bound to get tired walking around the big cruise ship and exploring the locations that you’ll be stopping at. Bring one of these ergonomic child carriers to solve any kid-fatigue issues.
15. Beach Toys
Your ship is likely to make many beach stops during your cruise! Although some sand toys will be provided, it’s a good idea to bring some of your own if you want to make sure your kids have fun in the sun. Just make sure to rinse them off on the deck before bringing them back into your room! These ones come in their very own backpack.
In the unfortunate event that someone in your party is prone to motion sickness, having a seasickness remedy is invaluable. Although they sell medicine on board, it’s better to stick on one of these natural motion sickness patches ahead of time. These ones have great reviews and are not too expensive.
You’ll collect plenty of wet towels and wet swimsuits every day on your Disney Cruise. Keep them from getting smelly and dry them out faster by bringing a clothesline with you. This one is awesome because you can hang it both indoors and outdoors and attach it nearly anywhere.
Other Disney Cruise packing list items not to forget
What do people wear on Disney cruises?
Keep it casual during the day. Bring swimsuits, tank tops, shorts, coverups and sundresses. Dining attire is “ cruise casual” in all main restaurants on the ship, so bring some casual-cute clothing. People on the cruises often like to get dressed up some nights, but of course this is optional!
What NOT to bring on a Disney Cruise
2) Homemade, precooked or other perishable food items – Disney wants you to spend your money on the cruise ship. You can bring packages snack food, but no homemade meals. You can make special requests ahead of time if you have dietary restrictions.
FAQs about packing for Disney Cruises
1) Can I bring my own wine?
Passengers (21 years of age and older) can bring onboard two bottles of unopened wine or Champagne (smaller than 750 ml) or six beers (smaller than 12 ounces) on embarkation day and in each port of call. Any alcohol must be hand-carried in a day bag or carry-on luggage.
2) How long is the Disney Cruise?
It depends on the cruise. Some cruises last for three days, and others up to two weeks.
3) Is there laundry service on board?
Yes. There is a 24-hour, self-service laundry room with washers, dryers, detergent and ironing equipment onboard all Disney Cruise ships. Wash and press services are also available on all ships!
4) Can you bring your own food?
You cannot bring pre-cooked or perishable foods. However, sealed containers of snacks are allowed.
5) Can you bring your own bottled water?
Yes, as long as it is carried onboard in your carry-on luggage. However, the filtered water that is provided onboard tastes fine as well. Be kind to the environment by bringing a refillable water bottle to fill up throughout your stay.
6) Should I tip servers and staff on the cruise line?
It’s up to you. Sometimes tips make sense – if you’ve received help with your luggage, for instance, or if you’re in the restaurants and receive good service. Other times it may not be as necessary. Either way, tips are appreciated!