What To Pack For A Disney Cruise – Top 15 Hacks and Tips

One of the most common questions I hear is “What Should we pack for a Disney cruise’? Having been on many Disney and (dare we say it) even some cruises with other lines, we have mastered the fine art of packing for a cruise. There are just some items that will make things even more enjoyable and easier if you pack them to take on your Disney cruise

Here we share our hacks and tips for some great items to pack and take on your Disney cruise.

What To Pack for a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 1

Water Bottle With Spray


A great feature of a Disney cruise is that there is free soda, ice and water available 24/7. The not so great feature is that you have to go to the pool deck to get it. So to save you trips up to the pool deck numerous times a day it is a great idea to take your own water bottle. It also comes in very handy for shore excursions – no need to purchase the water bottle packages sold on the ship.

It is a good idea to get a bottle combined with a spray (unless your child insists on using this feature rather too much)! The weather can be humid and hot and it is nice to have a water spray available.

O2COOL Mist ‘N Sip 20 Oz Hydration Bottle

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 2

Charger For Multiple Devices


We all know how many things you have to charge these days – but Disney doesn’t seem to have caught up with this and does not provide enough wall sockets. The solution? We bought one of these chargers which means you can charge almost any USB devices quickly using only one socket. We use it at home all the time now too and are very happy with it.

USB Charger With 4 Ports

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 3

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel


It gets hot on a cruise! We found this invaluable for keeping cool on our latest Disney cruise. We wet them with cold water and took it everywhere with us to cool us down. It was particularly welcome on Castaway Cay as it was a very hot humid day.

We only bought one as we were trying them out but liked them so much ordered more when we got back and will use them in the Disney parks as well.

Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 4

Coffee Mug


The same idea as the water bottle of course but here you can carry hot beverages. Disney has free coffee on the pool deck – it’s not the greatest but if you need your caffeine fix it does the job. The Disney cruise also has a very large selection of teas available at the drinks dispenser so the mug is useful for this too.

Reusable To Go Mug

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 5

Shoe Organizer


The Disney cruise staterooms are well designed but one thing we do have difficulty finding a place for is shoes. You can solve this with a shoe organizer. We know that some people like to take a Over the Door Hanging Folding Organizer for toiletries but we find with the split bathroom there are plenty of places for bathroom items to be stored. And that is with my daughter’s huge make up collection too!

Shoe Organizer

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 6

Packing Cubes


These are for me, essential to packing and organizing for any Disney trip. It is so much easier to pack certain items all together for each family member so you know where they are as soon as you get your luggage delivered to your stateroom! No more trying to find a pair of socks at the bottom of a suitcase.

This set it also nice as it comes with a laundry bag, but you can also use the plastic laundry bag that will be lift in your stateroom.

4 Set Packing Cubes – Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 7

Clothes Pegs


You will have a lot of wet swimming gear on a cruise! There are 2 retractable washing lines over the bath in the stateroom but you will soon fill these up! If you have some spare space in your suitcase take some washing line pegs and you will find you can fit a lot more on those lines!

Soft Grip Pegs

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 8

Travel Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets


One way to save on the amount of luggage you take on your cruise is to accept that you will do some laundry during the vacation. Disney makes this easy as there are washers and dryers on many of the stateroom decks.

We always prefer to take our own laundry detergent such as Tide Pods Free and Gentle Detergent to save costs and also to save on the chances of being allergic to the cruise washing powder. The pods are easy to put in your luggage and also don’t run the risk of getting washing powder all over your suitcase if it spills!

These Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets, 50-Count are a great idea as they take up almost no space and can work for quick washes in the sink.

It is also a good idea to take some Dryer Sheets not only to use in the tumble dryer but you can also use them in your laundry bag and suitcase to keep them smelling fresh.

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 9



Your Key to the World is your key to everything on your Disney cruise. It is used for charging everything in the cashless world onboard, as well as being your room key. So it is important to keep it safe. Of course you can just keep your key in your pocket but we find we change clothes frequently in the day and always seemed to be wondering where we had put our key!

It is just easier to keep them in a lanyard – we then have a rul that everyone’s lanyard is hung up in the stateroom as soon as we walk in. My daughter is the only one who refuses – and she is the one always at Guest Services picking up a new key!

If you are a member of the Castaway Cay Club you will be given a lanyard as you board but personally we like to take our own as these are not very high quality. It can be fun of course to have some Disney themed ones.

Disney Set of 3 Mickey and Friends Lanyards with Detachable Coin Purse

Disney Cruise Tip 10

Clothes Hangers


There is plenty of hanging space in a Disney cruise stateroom but there never seem to be enough hangers. It is a good idea if you have space to take some plastic ones yourself so you don’t have to compete for who gets to hang up all their clothes!

Light-Weight Plastic Hangers

Disney Cruise Tip 10

Sea Bands


No one wants to talk about it but sometimes sailing can mean feeling sea sick. With the modern, very stable Disney ships it is unlikely you will experience it, but if you do you will want to be prepared. We have sailed in storms and very close to hurricanes and no one in our family has ever felt sea sick but just in case we do pack sea bands!

Sea-Band Adult Wristband

If you want to follow the more traditional route then pack Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief

Disney Cruise Tip 11



Staterooms on a cruise are dark so if you have a child who has difficulty with this then you may want to bring your own nightlight. An alternative is to prop the bathroom door open with a towel and leave the light on, but we think having this Disney Frozen themed night light will be a whole lot more popular with the kids!

Projectables Disney Frozen LED Plug-In Night Light

Disney Cruise Tip 12

Highlighter Pen


This sounds like such a simple item but it is something we find so useful. We know that you have the Disney Cruise Navigator App now and we use this a lot. But we still prefer each evening to look at the paper edition of the Navigator and mark out with a highlight pen the things that we want to do for the following day.

We like to have different colors so each family member can have their own.

BIC Brite Liner Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 5-Count

Disney Cruise Tip 13

EBook Reader


Yes we know it isn’t essential but it is so nice to have – and with the Kindle Fire now priced at less than $50 it just too good a deal to pass up. There is so much to do on a Disney cruise, but you will want to find some time for relaxation. We now just bring our Kindle and of course it saves on packing heavy books as well as allowing us to access the internet and email.

Kindle Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB $49.99

Disney Cruise Tip 14

Pirate Costume And Accessories


Every Disney cruise has a Pirate Night and it is a lot of fun to channel your inner Jack Sparrow. They do sell pirate costumes for the kids on board but they are priced pretty highly so you may want to be prepared and take something pirate themed with you. Not everyone dresses up but it is a whole lot of fun if you do!

You can find inexpensive accessories right up to deluxe pirate costumes for all members of the family.

Disney Pirate Costume Ideas

Disney Cruise Packing Tip 15

Magnetic White Board


A white board is really useful to put on your stateroom door so that you can leave messages for the rest of your party. There is now the Disney Cruise App which allows you to text on board which is very useful but not everyone either has, or wants to carry their phone around with them all the time. It’s sometimes just a good idea to go back to the no technology option and use a white board!

White Magnetic Marker Board

Do you have any tips and hacks for packing for a Disney cruise?

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Very helpful tips. I haven’t thought about the need of all those stuff. It’s great to be prepared and to know what I need to pack for a Disney cruise. Thanks for sharing!!

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