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CRUISE PACKING LIST FOR KIDS

Cruising is a great vacation option for families. Figuring out what to pack, however, can be one of the hardest parts of heading off on a family cruise. Here’s a list of everything to consider bringing along on your family cruise vacation.

First, let me make two suggestions. Pack a carry-on bag containing your cruise and travel documents, passport, credit cards, cash, medications, any valuable jewelry, a bathing suit, shorts, top, underwear, your first night's dinner outfit, reading material, sunscreen, and anything else that is critical to enjoying the cruise. Make sure to include the same items for your children. This way, your valuables will stay with you in case your luggage is lost or delayed and you can enjoy your time after boarding the ship, as luggage can take hours to arrive in your stateroom.

If you’re traveling with kids, make sure to bring along a travel backpack with fun items (see the link below.) If you’re cruising with infants and toddlers, put plenty of diapers, wipes, ziplock plastic bags, and infant formula in your carry-on luggage.

Here’s a suggested kid’s packing list for a one-week cruise. Feel free to modify it as necessary and let me know about anything I might have forgotten so I can add it to the list.

Travel Documents

  • ___ Child's airline tickets or e-tickets
  • ___ Child's passport, visa and other proof of citizenship
  • ___ Notarized statements from spouse/ex-spouse if traveling alone with kids under 18
  • ___ Notarized forms if traveling with grandchildren/kids under 18 who aren't your own
  • ___ Child's cruise documents
  • ___ Pediatrician's name and phone numbers (daytime and emergency)
  • ___ Current pictures of your children (just in case)
  • ___ Address book with names and addresses of child's friends for postcards

Medicines & Sundries

  • ___ Child's prescription drugs or other important medication (in carry-on bag)
  • ___ Benadryl
  • ___ Antibiotic cream
  • ___ Anti-itch cream
  • ___ Children's anti-diarrhea medication
  • ___ Band-aids
  • ___ Children's Tylenol, Advil, Aleve and/or aspirin
  • ___ Pedia Care
  • ___ Baby/Children's Sunscreen
  • ___ Sunblock for lips
  • ___ Sunburn gel
  • ___ After sun moisturizer
  • ___ Diaper rash ointment
  • ___ Anti-bacterial hand cleaner for diaper bag
  • ___ Children's insect repellant
  • ___ Stain remover stick and Woolite for clean-ups
  • ___ Ear Planes for plane trips
  • ___ Baby shampoo
  • ___ Infant/ child's thermometer
  • ___ Drops/antibiotics for eye/ear infections
  • ___ Deodorant
  • ___ Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss
  • ___ Brush/comb
  • ___ Hair barrettes, scrunchies or hair bands

Baby/Toddler Items

  • ___ Diapers and swim diapers (check if cruise line offers diaper delivery service)
  • ___ Baby wipes
  • ___ Pacifiers (several)
  • ___ Ziplock bags (many for diapers and other messes)
  • ___ Sippy cups and plastic bottles (keep one in carry-on)
  • ___ Dishwashing detergent (trial size) for washing sippy cups
  • ___ Baby formula
  • ___ Port a crib if needed
  • ___ Booster chair or booster seat aid
  • ___ Umbrella stroller or baby backpack (check to see if strollers can be rented)
  • ___ Bibs
  • ___ Diaper bag
  • ___ Sun hat
  • ___ Blankie and/or favorite stuffed animal
  • ___ Inflatable swim aids
  • ___ Extra changes of clothes

Additional Items for School-Age Children

  • ___ Kids' electronic equipment and batteries
  • ___ 2-way radios or walkie-talkie equipment (2-5 mile radius) for staying in touch
  • ___ Children's books and magazines
  • ___ Glasses (bring extras) or contact lenses
  • ___ Contact lens cleaner
  • ___ Sunglasses
  • ___ Favorite stuffed animals, toys and travel games
  • ___ Travel backpack filled with activity books, games, and other items
  • ___ Portable DVD player, extra batteries and movies
  • ___ Portable gaming system, such as a Game Boy or PSP
  • ___ iPod, MP3 player or CD player
  • ___ Disposible camera
  • ___ Travel journal
  • ___ Extra changes of clothes

Other Helpful Items

  • ___ Ziplock bags (both quart and gallon)
  • ___ Rain gear
  • ___ Snorkeling gear
  • ___ Nightlight and extension cord
  • ___ Small flashlight
  • ___ Juice boxes
  • ___ Kid’s jewelry and makeup (as needed)

Kids' Cruise Clothing (generally 2 formal nights and more casual/informal evenings)

  • ___ 6-7 t-shirts (cotton is best)
  • ___ 6-7 pairs of shorts (cotton is best)
  • ___ Bathing suits
  • ___ Cover-up
  • ___ Outfits for casual/informal night dinners
  • ___ 2 outfits for formal nights
  • ___ Long pants, jeans or leggings (especially for Alaska cruises)
  • ___ Long sleeved shirts (depending upon season and itinerary)
  • ___ Underwear (1 set per day plus at least an extra set)
  • ___ Socks (1 set per day plus at least an extra set)
  • ___ Pajamas
  • ___ Sandals/flip-flops
  • ___ Sneakers
  • ___ Sweatshirt (or several if going to Alaska)
  • ___ Water shoes
  • ___ Dress shoes
  • ___ Light jacket
  • ___ Rain jacket or poncho
  • ___ Fleece (if going to Alaska)
  • ___ Belts
  • ___ Hat, baseball cap or visor
  • ___ Gloves (if going to Alaska)

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