How in the actual what and how do I pack for Alaska Disney cruise?
Can I just start by saying the Alaska Disney Cruise is the Olympics of packing. We indeed needed 4 pieces of full size luggage which was our family’s first. I’m blessed to have a husband that recognizes and appreciates all the work and planning that goes into trips before they even begin... right hunny? 😜
1. Pack children’s outfits in labeled Freezer size Ziploc bags. I labeled each one ‘Wednesday Skagway excursion ‘, Tuesday ‘formal night’, etc and included socks, undies, bibs, hair accessories, or whatever was needed for that exact outfit. This way the outfit was completely ready, foolproof for my hubs to locate and a huge time saver. There were actual times when we would board the ship from a port and have only 10 minutes to get our entire family ready for dinner, so this was a huge time saver!
2. You can do laundry on the ship and use your 'Key to the World' card to pay, so I advise doing this for workout clothes or anything you cannot easily pack multiples of. We attempted to do laundry in our bathtub the good old fashioned way, but the items took forever to dry and gained an unfavorable scent.
3. I kept my outfits very simple. During the day I wore black yoga pants, workout tank and then would layer as needed. There were times I was actually hot and just wore the tank, leggings and boots.
4. I packed two swimsuits for our daughter because she wanted to swim most days, but only one for us. The ship almost always had the hot tubs running (at a reasonable kid temperature), but the pools were not always open and they are not heated.
5. Kiddos are not allowed to swim in the pools unless they are fully potty trained, however there are splash pad areas.
What to pack....
1. Winter jacket- preferably water resistant and faux down style that can pack up small
2. Rain jacket
3. Water resistant hiking shoes/boots
4. Two pairs of jeans (or one denim and one black denim pair)
5. button up flannel shirt
6. Sweatshirt to wear while you hang out on your balcony and look for whales
7. Black yoga pants (literally I wore these every single day on the ship)
8. 1 formal evening outfit
9. 1 semi formal evening outfit
10. 1 Frozen party theme outfit
11. Casual outfits for the other 4 dinner nights (attire is defined as 'cruise casual' and denim is allowed)
12. one bathing suit and cover up for hot tub and pool on ship
Optional: rain boots (we got really lucky with weather and I did not need these, but more often than not it is very rainy)
13. Sneakers- there is a running track on deck 4 and a fully equipped gym on deck 9
14. Rain boots (Hunter style) or waterproof hiking boots
15. sandals for the pool
16. one pair of shoes that can be warn for formal and semi formal evenings
17. one evening attire pair of shoes (I wore black booties with a 2 inch heel)
19. Hat - beanie style is great
1. Diapers (we used two full packs and our son was 7 months at the time)- you can request a diaper genie for the room
2. Wipes (we went through 3 packs)
3. Disposable changing mat - we changed him on beds or floor in stateroom so was nice to have him lay on these for everyone’s sanitation
4. Baby wash- adult soap is provided, but not baby soap
5. Diaper rash cream
6. Infant thermometer and infant fever reducer in case
7. Toothbrush if teeth are present or may appear during trip
8. Pouches (I always travel with a few prune pouches in case constipation happens)- our son is eats solids and does baby led weaning so was able to eat kiddo meals we would request without salt, but you can also request pureed meals if needed. Pouches were helpful for excursion trips.
10. Pajamas- I packed him 5 pairs for the 9 days we were gone, we also did laundry
11. Socks to keep feet warm for non walkers
12. Winter hat (I brought two in case one got wet from rain)
13. Winter onesie outfit with fold down mittens to cover hands
14. Stroller and/or baby carrier - we used our Ergo 360 most times, but there were times stroller was nice for our oldest kiddo
15. waterproof winter jacket
16. sweatshirts/sweaters for top layer
17. solid white onesies for bottom layer
18. solid plain cotton pants (I like these from Primary best)
19. optional: bathing suit and swim diaper (only allowed in splash pad area unless potty trained)
20. formal evening attire
21. semi formal evening attire
22. Frozen theme night outfit
23. four casual evening outfits
24. I packed these noise canceling headphones for Max since we had booked a helicopter tour
2. Waterproof hiking boots
3. Socks - a few pair of whool socks are handy for cold weather days
5. Pajamas - we were gone 9 days and I packed 5 total pajama outfits
7. Down like water proof winter coat
8. 2 hats- I liked having a spare and it was helpful since one got completely soaked during our outing in Vancouver
10. one formal evening outfit
11. one semi-formal evening outfit
12. Frozen theme night outfit
13. 4 casual evening outfits
14. daytime comfortable wear for excursions and oceaners club
15. two bathing suits and cover ups
16. sandals or waterproof shoes to wear to the pool
17. I packed one full princess dress ensemble for Olivia to wear. She wore hers the day she went to the Bibbitti Bobbitti Boutique and Princess Tea.
1. Magnets and other flare to decorate stateroom door. This is so fun for the kids and makes locating your room easy for them.
2. Snacks. This cannot include fruit or nuts due to custom laws. Particularly for the day you board the ship since during muster station drills, custom lines, etc. the kiddos become hangry.
4. Ponchos for all family members ...Amazon carries a mixed sizes and colors variety box
5. Lanyards that can hold your key to the world card
6. Refillable water bottle. There are hydration stations on the ship and this avoids extra bottle water fees.
9. Standard plug headphones for in flight entertainment
10. Emergency med pack- bandaids, nuskin, Bonine, motion sickness bracelets, infant and children fever reducer and pain meds, adult fever reducer and pain meds and cold/flu medicine.
11. Camera- I don’t leave home without mine
12. Fanny pack- I know I’m a nerd, but love my Herschel fanny
13. Autograph book and Sharpie to capture character autographs
14. Sunscreen- when the sun is out, it is strong
15. Collapsible, waterproof backpack- we used ours every day we left the ship for snacks, passports, diapers, etc.
Take a deep breath. You're about to go on a trip of a lifetime. All the packing stress is well worth it...I promise!
Love and gratitude,