View Full Version : Packing List for Kids? Any one make one?

07-16-2005, 10:20 PM
I am putting one together for my kids. But would love to see others, mostly to see if you thought of something I missed. Especially from those who have done this.

We have never gone on a cruise and not sure how much to pack for them. My youngest are 5 - b/g twins.

SO far here is what I have for them.....

5 Shirts (shorts outfits for my DD)
3 shorts for DS
2 bathing suits
7 underwear
2 pants
1 windbreaker
formal wear
1 formal wear shoes/sock
hair accessories for my DD

Did I miss anything?


07-16-2005, 10:28 PM
Maybe its just me, but they might want to have tennis shoes and socks. I know from experience, for the Oceaneer's Club, its better to play in tennis shoes than in sandals.

07-16-2005, 11:00 PM
What about:
autograph books or pillowcases
nightlight unless you're going to crack the bathroom door open
lots of sunblock, sunglasses, hats and such

Looks like you got it all! Have a blast!

07-16-2005, 11:32 PM
How about if they have a special stuffed animal or blanket that they sleep with.

07-17-2005, 01:28 AM
Thanks I missed a few things.

Tennis shoes/socks are on my original list, missed it here.

Sunscreen is on my list.

Need to add:
hats, night light, pj's (can't belive I left that off!!)

no fav sleeping time animals or blankets. Ok DD has one, but it is HUGE and sleeps at the foot of her bed, and DS varies so it will be whatever he is into that week (so far baseball cards)


07-17-2005, 01:31 AM
on top of my list would be gameboy charger...hate to have them go into withdrawl.

07-17-2005, 01:36 AM
Just remembered- sunglasses, if they wear them. My eyelids got sunburned when I went to WDW and on the Disney Magic back when it did the land-sea cruise. I had to buy sunglasses there at sky-high prices to prevent my eyelids from hurting any further.

EDIT- I had a hat too, so its not just from the sun, but from the pavement, sand, water, etc.

07-17-2005, 05:49 AM
Don't forget some Disney Pajamas! :flower:

07-17-2005, 08:45 AM
If it is a 7 day, plan on doing laundry. Personally I don't want to waste a minute, and I will pack a casual outfit/day for each child plus 2-3 extra for spills. Kids tees/shorts don't take up much room! DD wants a different dress every night for dinner (like mother, like daughter), and the boys will have different shirts, but likely only one pair of dressy shorts/one pair dress slacks. Light colors are cooler when outdoors, but dark colors don't show the dirt as much! (and remember the ship is air conditioned! You might throw a sweatshirt in for each, just in case--or buy one on the ship if you need one!)
Maybe a waterproof disposable camera for each child so they can take their own pics!
Personally I am going to do the pillowcase route. I have seen some cute autograph books, but that involves waiting in line (another time waster). You can drop the pillowcases off w/ a sharpie at guest services, and they will return it to your room w/ all the signatures!
Happy cruising!

07-17-2005, 05:07 PM
Oh, I know another one. Extra underwear! The kids especially went through more than one pair a day. They would get sweaty, go swimming, change clothes, etc. - I think they went through at least 2 pairs a day. Of course you can do laundry, too, but it helps to have extras

07-17-2005, 11:55 PM
OHHHOOOWWWW!! Bump this potentially awesome thread! :cool1:

07-18-2005, 12:10 AM
I checked my list and came up with a couple more:

1.children's Tylenol or Motrin
2.Aqua socks or Beach socks that they can keep on in the water
3.light sweater or jacket for the dining room and/or theater - sometimes it can get cold, especially if you are sunburned or have been out in the sun all day!

07-18-2005, 09:53 AM
On that note, I never go anywhere without a thermometer.

A night light
extension cord

we travel with stacking cups - they take up little room in the suitcase and can be used for the bath, pool, sand, and for a toy. They are awesome.

We also always have along the write on/wipe off coloring books and pens to keep everyone amused during long waits either at dinner or in the airport.

My biggest luggage suckerupper is books - we take lots and lots of books.

07-18-2005, 10:39 AM
Great thread!!!!! :cool1: I can't believe I forgot about water shoes..... I was thinking with the pools on the ship I wouldn't need them.........
forgot all about the excursions ~ and in the ocean - maybe I should pick some up for myself and DH as well as the kids??? Do you all wear water shoes???? :confused3

07-18-2005, 12:06 PM
I try to keep the water shoes on my kids, especially at the beach. They also help from slipping around the pool too.
My DH and I wear them at the beach only. If we don't use our fins, we will wear them while we snorkel. I would suggest getting some if you are going to do a lot of beach activity.

07-18-2005, 12:18 PM
my kinds wear water shoes everywhere - pool, beach.

07-18-2005, 01:40 PM
How about clothes for the pirate party. :earsgirl:

07-18-2005, 01:48 PM
Oh yeah... the pirate party pirate:
When exactly is the pirate party??? (7 day eastern) and what does everyone wear??? (including adults) TIA!!!

07-18-2005, 01:58 PM
I'm an overpacker, but I would also bring: bugspray/wipes, & color bath tablets for our 3yo dd.

07-18-2005, 02:06 PM
swim suit coverup
birth certificate or passport
medical insurance information
Aloe for sunburns
chewable sea sick med
band aids (yes the ship will have them, but will you have access to them when off the ship)
children's cold medicine
shampoo/conditioner/soap if they require a certain type
hair brush
tooth brush
safety pins
lip balm
bug spray
little pack of toilet seat covers you can get at target (you can also get little packs of toilett paper if you're worried )
personal fan
cup with lid to put drinks in to carry around the ship and for in the room
rain gear
paper/ pens etc. to let kids draw write if they need to be kept busy for a while. My 6 year old loves to have a little pad of paper and pen to scribble on, keeps her buys for hours, especially in the car.
scissors, cause my daughter is always find something that needs to be cut with scissors.

07-18-2005, 03:08 PM
where was this list when I sailed? :flower: Great idea.

My boys wore their water shoes at both the beach and the pool. It kept the slipping down to a minimum. And I have a real issue with them going into bathrooms in barefeet. :rolleyes1
I only brought 2 pairs of pj's each for a 4 day cruise and should have brought more. It gets hot and my guys got very sweaty while sleeping. Next time less shorts, more t-shirts and pjs for each day.

07-18-2005, 04:35 PM
Yes, we all wear the beach shoes anytime we go to the beach - not necessarily at the pools. We keep them on even in the water unless we are wearing snorkel fins.

Here's another idea (although not necessarily just for kids)...I take one of those suction cup small plastic shower shelves along. With 5 of us there is never enough room in the shower to keep all the shampoo, soap, razors, etc.

I also have a hanging rack with clothespins hanging from it that I can hang in the bathroom to dry bathing suits on.

07-18-2005, 05:14 PM
Here's my packing list for everyone (7 day). I got specific on the clothes, so ignore that. Sometimes I pack it all, sometimes not.

DCL Packing List:


____ Granola Bites/Bars ____ Gold Fish/Chz & crackers
____ Oatmeal ____ Juice boxes

Day Clothes:

____ shorts ____ shirts
____ bathing suits ____ blk/wht sandals
____ sox ____ beach sandals
____ underwear ____ sneakers
____ bathing suit shorts ____ jacket/sweater
____ PJs ____ pants

Night Clothes:

____ dot dress ____ nylons
____ flower dress ____ dress shoes (DH)
____ stripe pants ____ beige top
____ formal dress (3 piece) ____ formal suit
____ black pants ____ tops for blk pants (dinner)
____ dinner shoes ____ dress heels
____ suits ____ ties
____ khakis ____ button down shirts
____ belts ____ dress sox


____ toothpaste/brushes ____ hair dryer
____ brushes/comb
____ makeup remover (eye/face) ____ QTips
____ cotton squares
____ glasses
____ contacts ____ makeup
____ sunscreen ____ lipbalm
____ barrettes/holders ____ shampoo/conditioner/shower gel
____ razors ____ moisturizer (face/body)
____ cologne ____ gel
____ deodorant
____ make up ____ shaving cream


____ Passporter book ____ sunglasses
____ dining grid/DCL info ____ jewelry
____ Hats ____ camera
____ camcorder? ____ tix/docs
____ dollar bills ____ passports/birth certificates
____ cell phone/charger ____ highlighters
____ extension cord? ____ wipes?
____ zip lock bags ____ post card addresses
____ Eyedrops ____ Light Sticks?
____ Band-aids ____ Pull ups
____ Baby shampoo/soap/lotion ____ Sunscreen
____ camera battery charger ____ Magna Doodles
____ Eyedrops ____ swim bubbles
____ sleeping animals
____ sand toys? ____ books
____ meds ____ comb (boys)


____ shorts ____ shirts (day/dinner)
____ pants ____ suits(semi & formal)
____ sox (dark, too) ____ beach sandals
____ sneakers ____ bathing suits
____ PJs ____ jackets
____ underwear ____ good shoes

A Litle Pixie Dust
07-18-2005, 05:20 PM
I always make a list for my daughter..I did not see on your list - a cover-up for the bathing suit. Especially nice when they want to stay out in the sun but not in the water.

07-18-2005, 06:05 PM

07-18-2005, 11:19 PM
another idea that really helped me out was buying alot of gallon size ziploc bags before packing. In each bag i would place a top and bottom, underwear, and socks...this way every morning my kids would just grab a bag and it was all ready for them...this was also great because we kept the used bags to hold damp clothes and little treasures for the trip home...this idea truly was a life saver...it made it very easy to unpack and kept the kids clothes from getting all mixed up...we had one of those trunks in the room that had 3 shelves so i put each childs bags on a different shelf...it was great! i also included for each child bags of extra socks, underwear, and swimwear too...

07-19-2005, 02:09 PM
I really like this idea.

Bumping to get more. :Pinkbounc