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Family Cruise Vacation Packing List

Tips for Packing for a Caribbean Cruise

Here is a list of items you want to be sure to include on a warm weather cruise, most likely to the Caribbean, with your family. Pay close attention to the list of items you don’t want to buy on board—prices will be high and choices slim if you forget them.

Moms of babies and toddlers, note that swim diapers are not on this list. Most cruise lines don’t allow them. if your child is still in diapers plan to spend more time  around the splash pad and not much time in the pool, where he or she won’t be allowed to swim. Find out what play rooms and programs they have for kids too young to use the kids club and when babysitting is available. Pack more or fewer toys depending on what they can offer.

If you plan special shore excursions make sure to pack any footwear, clothes or gear you’ll need. I think it’s nice to carry your own snorkel gear. If your cruise doesn’t provide ID bracelets bring lanyards for your keycards. You’ll need them all the time for everything and women and kids in particular often don’t have pockets in their clothes. My husband and I were regretting all those conference and trade-show lanyards we tossed out as we were pricing $8 lanyards in the gift shop on an NCL ship.

Remember to use luggage you can easily stow away in your tiny state room.

And let us now if there is anything we forgot when packing for a cruise with kids. Happy sailing!

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