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What to Pack for a Disney Cruise

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Going on a Disney Cruise is a dream for many families and individuals. From the excitement of meeting beloved Disney characters to the thrill of exploring exotic ports of call, there’s no shortage of fun activities and experiences on board. However, to make the most of your Disney Cruise, it’s essential to pack efficiently and effectively. In this blog post, we’ll provide tips and guidance on what to pack for a smooth sailing experience.

1. Travel Essentials

  • Photo ID
  • Passport and Entry Visa
  • Documents for Minors
  • Disney Cruise Documents
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Day Bag


The first thing you should pack for any trip is your travel documents. This includes your passport, boarding pass, and other necessary paperwork. You’ll also need a lanyard for your “key to the world,” which serves as your room key, onboard charge card, and ticket for boarding and disembarking the ship. Toiletries and medications are also essential items to pack. Make sure to bring any prescription medications you need and over-the-counter remedies like pain relievers, allergy medication, and motion sickness remedies. When you board, your stateroom won’t be ready yet, so ensure you have all the essentials handy in a day bag, as your bags will be taken to your room. At the beginning of the voyage, and at each port, guests 21 years and older are allowed to bring alcohol on board. Either up to 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne no larger than 750ml, or up to 6 beers, no larger than 12 ounces. These beverages have to be packed in a carry-on, not checked bags or luggage. 

2. Clothing

  • Casual clothing for daytime wear
  • Swimsuits and cover-ups
  • Layers
  • Rain jacket
  • Formalwear
  • Footwear
  • Hats
  • Nightwear
  • Costumes
  • Underwear


Regarding clothing, your cruise location and the time of year will influence what to bring. However, for any cruise, there are a few categories: swimwear, casual wear, formal wear, outerwear, and footwear. Pack a few different options for swimwear, including cover-ups and water shoes. For casual wear, opt for comfortable and breathable clothing suitable for daytime activities and dining. For formal wear, check the dress code for themed dinners and special events, such as Pirate Night, and pack accordingly. For outerwear, bring a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings or excursions. Finally, pack suitable shoes for various onboard activities and shore excursions.

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3. Toiletries

  • Prescriptions
  • Motion sickness relief
  • Pain relievers
  • Sunscreen
  • After-sun products
  • Specific personal care items


In addition to travel documents and clothing, there are a few other essential items to pack for a Disney Cruise. Sun protection is crucial, so pack sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Disney Cruises provide shampoo, conditioner and soap, but they do not provide sunscreen. Pack all needed medication in their original bottles, and bring any pain relievers and other personal items such as contact lens solutions, sanitary products, etc. If you have never been on a ship, pack some motion sickness relief, such as Dramamine, just in case.

4. Disney-Themed Items

  • Themed costumes
  • Autograph book
  • Water toys


One of the best things about a Disney Cruise is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Disney magic. Consider packing Disney-themed items, such as costumes for children and adults to participate in onboard costume events. Bring an autograph book to collect signatures from Disney characters, and consider starting a pin trading collection. Finally, don’t forget to pack iconic Mickey ears for photo opportunities.

6. Entertainment and Technology

  • Smart Phone with the Disney Cruise Line App
  • Multi-port charging device
  • Headphones
  • Charging cables
  • Tablet/e-reader
  • Book
  • Colouring/activity books


While there’s plenty of entertainment and activities onboard a Disney Cruise, bringing additional entertainment options is always a good idea. Consider bringing a camera or smartphone for capturing memories and e-readers, tablets, or portable gaming consoles for downtime. Don’t forget to bring chargers and adapters for your electronic devices, and consider bringing books, playing cards, or travel-sized board games for offline entertainment. Taking your smartphone aboard is also a way to help ensure smooth sailing during your cruise. The Disney Cruise Line App holds all of the information you need for the cruise, including your dining rotation, stateroom number, onboard account, and the Daily Navigator to keep track of events. You can also message other passengers you are linked to via the app, which is a complimentary service.


7. Miscellaneous Items

Finally, there are a few miscellaneous items to consider packing for your Disney Cruise. Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and reduce waste, and pack non-perishable snacks for in-between meals or shore excursions. Consider bringing travel-sized detergent or stain removers for onboard laundry facilities, and set aside a budget for onboard shopping and souvenirs.


Packing for a Disney Cruise is all about being prepared and organized. By following these tips and guidelines, you’ll be well-equipped for a magical and memorable cruise experience with Disney. Remember to customize your packing list based on your preferences and needs, and don’t forget to have fun!

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