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  • Hello - we are leaving in 25 days for our first Disney Cruise. Excited does not describe it!!! We have 5 kids ages 7-12 and I am overwhelmed with all the packing. Any tips on what to make sure to bring and what can be left behind?
  • - Asked by Julie from Wisconsin on 10/11/2010
  • Hi Julie,

    You should be beyond excited, and you've got quite a crew to pack for! Here are a few things I would pack that might make things a little easier:

    • Travel Clock - One that lights up, as the only clock in the stateroom is a dial clock that is not illuminated.
    • Night Light - Helpful for keeping the cabin dark enough to sleep, but light enough for you to check in on everyone.
    • Over-door Shoe Organizer - Very handy when traveling in a group. It is a great place to store things such as keys, lanyards, toiletries, makeup, and hair accessories without taking up the limited counter space.
    • Sticky Notes - To leave messages for each other, they're helpful in keeping track of everyone's whereabouts. 
    • High-lighters - Bring a different color for each member of your party to mark up your daily Personal Navigator to show what everyone wants to participate in.
    • Glow sticks/necklaces, pirate eye patches - Purchase them at a dollar store add a little bit of inexpensive fun to the Pirate themed evening.
    • Underwater disposable camera
    • Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets - My new favorite "must pack". Do a a few loads of laundry and you can really cut down on the amount of luggage you bring. These are the best way I've found to transport the detergent and softener.
    • Pop-up Hampers - By bringing one or two of these, you will be able to keep all the laundry sorted and organized inside the closet. It also gives you a convenient way carry everything to the laundry room.
    • Medicine Kit - Bring a supply of the basics. These things can be purchased onboard, but are relatively expensive and only available when the merchandise shops are open.

    Leave at home?  About 1/2 of the clothes you've set out to pack.  Honestly you will find that a couple loads of laundry will go a long way!  Happy packing!

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