Top 10 Things to Pack on a Disney Cruise

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  1. plutojudy

    plutojudy When you wish upon a star.....

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    This was the first trip we used packing cubes (a tip from the DIS) and they are GREAT! Makes unpacking and repacking a breeze. I bought blue for my husband and pink for me.
     
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  3. mmcxiiad

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    I used to use plastic bags. What I found is you can't put as much stuff in them and there is too much empty space in the bag. If you put too much in, they rip. Plus they aren't ideal for getting things in and out. Then I found some mesh packing cubes. I have two different ones that I use. The first is made by rick steves.. These are great for any luggage and I use these in my rolling suitcase I take through the airport.

    The other one is made by tom bihn. If you aren't familiar with tom bihn bags, well, they aren't cheap but they are very high quality bags made in america. If you can afford them they are really worth it. We have 2 aeronaut bags with the custom fitting packing cubes. The benifit of these cubes is there is no unused space in the bag and you can get a crazy amount of stuff in them. We have packed a week's worth of clothes (and diapers) for our entire family with 4 kids (9, 6, 4 & 1.5) in only 2 of these bags. I can't rave enough about them. Again, not cheap but totally worth it.

    In either case the advantage of packing cubes vs any type of ziplock or plastic packing bag is you can really pack a lot more in them without having to worry about the bag ripping. And they are made of a mesh material so it is easy to see what is in them.

    After the trip, I take the plastic laundry bags in hotel rooms and line the packing cube and put all my dirty clothes in them. then when I get home, the bag goes strait to the laundry room.

    Regardless fo which type you use another great advantage is when you get the "full service treatment" from TSA (that is when they want to find something that is causing a problem as your bags going through security). Packing cubes makes it very easy for them to pull everything out and find the problem. Then when they hand you back your bag, it is very easy to not only get everything back in, but it is still very organized. And since the bags only contain clothes, they typically never have to opend then and mess with your unmentionables. Again, these are vital to travel!
     
  4. disneytheway

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    OMG. I always overpack and am scared that their wont be enough space to put our stuff.
     
  5. kshark1958

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    The DW and I just got off the Fantasy today and had a state room with verandah. Just the two of us. Their was plenty of room and outlets so we did not need a power strip or the over the door shoe hanger. Maybe with more then two in the room you would need these things. One thing that was useful to us was two water bottles.We bought two water bottles at CVS or the dollar store and when we needed water for things such as the movies or excursions we just took them to the soda dispensers on deck 11 and filled them with ice and water.The water on board is just as good as bottled water so their is no need to bring a case of water on board.
     
  6. Minnie321

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    Love it!!!:) We vowed that on our next cruise everyone gets one suitcase!!! This time we had five for three of us - okay one and a half had FE stuff in them - also not going to do as much FE stuff.
     
  7. footballmouse

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    This is the first I'm hearing about packing cubes. I just googled them. It looks like they are mesh suitcases to put in a suitcase. Am I looking at the correct thing?
     
  8. Minnie321

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    I second the over the door shoe holder, the power strip, and the pop up hamper. We kept everything in the over the door shoe holder -hung it on the shower door facing outward - that way if someone was in the shower you could get to it - we had one with 24 pockets and everyone of them had something in it. The power strip was great with three people - two of which were kids that charged I-pods and I-pads each night. The pop up hamper fit right under the desk - out of the way and great to keep the dirty stuff off of the floor. I also would second the flashlight - we gave them as FE gifts - and we happen to be on our cruise when the Carnival Triumph had their fire (passed right by them in the middle of the night - happened to be on the verandah - didn't know why they were just sitting there until the next day - that was dark ship - very few lights - wasn't sure it was even a cruise ship until we got closer) - so I am sure some of those people would have loved a flashlight so I will make sure I always have one. We did bring suction cup hooks for the shower, but we did not do too much swimming - maybe because it was February and a little cool on two of our three sea days - but my next cruise is May-June so I may need them more.
     
  9. dgmommie

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    Just off 8 nights on the Magic, four is us one room. Space was tight but we packed what we wanted (and had too much) because we were driving to Galveston, not flying. My recommendations - ziplock bags of all sizes for packing at the end - lots of little things to pack that we didn't start with. Small can of air freshener or Lysol for the bathroom after smelly BMs. Wish I had a fan because it got pretty warm in the room the last two nights, but not sure if any are allowed. A flashlight would have been great because the room gets really dark at night.
     
  10. Embraer

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    Prohibited Items, does an extension cord mean something other than a power strip?
     
  11. natandscott

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    I'm a little paranoid about this sort of thing, but I always bring a back up camera.... and a second spare battery for the first camera. To me, looking at pictures when we get home is the next best thing to being on the cruise :)
     
  12. Mom323

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    Check post 42 in this thread, she has a link to the packing cubes.
     
  13. DynamicDisneyDuo

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    Yes. A power strip is okay, an extension cord is not.
     
  14. Maryrn11168

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    We were going for Easter as well and I had baskets made for each of my kids by Shirley at The Perfect Gift and had her put some sand toys in the baskets. This way I didn't have to worry about travelling with all the toys, candy and stuff. Her website is listed under one of the stickey's at the top or search baskets by Shirley.
     
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  16. noahdove

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    I love the idea of the flashlight with the glow in the dark handles!!! I will be on the lookout for one. :)
     
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  18. dgmommie

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    Funny thing they are are on the prohibited list - Guest Services loaned us a really long one to use in the room last week, just a regular extension cord. Free to borrow, but they would have charged us if we didn't return at the end of the cruise.
     
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    Another thing that works well is to use the packages the some sheets or blankets come in. They are plastic, and have a zipper around them. An added layer of protection if anything leaks in your bag, or if your entire suitcase rips open, the contents are still held together.

    We have one duffel bag that bleeds when it gets wet (like on the tarmac when they are loading a plane) so the plastic cubes are great.

    Nancy
     
  20. nabi

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    OK, safety tats are my new go to thing!!
     
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