You may have been looking forward to your Disney cruise for months or even years. Now it is time to think about what you should include on your Disney cruise packing list.
We all know not to forget our swimming gear in the Caribbean, warm clothes in Alaska, and a great guidebook for Europe.
However, did you realize that some items that you pack for your Disney cruise can actually save you money?
Those items that you forget to pack and then need to buy in the sundry store on board can all add up.
Here are some suggestions of what to pack for your Disney cruise to save you money on board.
Even in Alaska, you will need sunscreen! You can be sure that they will sell it in the store on your Disney ship.
However, it will be much more expensive than the sunscreen that you bring with you.
I am very selective about the sunscreens that I use. Not all are created equal.
I like this mineral sunscreen SPF 50 which is lightweight, water-resistant, and not too greasy. It is light enough to use on your face as well.
For kids, this is a really good mineral spray sunscreen that is a green and purple foam with a 100% natural apple scent. It actually makes getting sunscreen onto your child a fun activity rather than a huge hassle!
Bring Your Own Wine
Disney cruise lines have one of the most generous policies of any cruise line with regard to taking your own wine onboard. Most cruise lines prohibit it completely.
However, you can save a lot of money if you take advantage of Disney Cruise Line’s alcohol policy.
Each adult over 21 can bring up to 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne onboard a Disney cruise. Each bottle of wine should be no larger than 750 ml.
As an alternative, you can bring up to 6 beers of no more than 12 ounces for each can or bottle.
You are allowed to drink wine or beer in your stateroom. If you drink it in the restaurant you will be charged a corkage fee of $25.
For more information about the Disney Wine Package to see how much you will save if you bring your own, Click Here.
This allowance applies when you board the cruise and at each port of call.
The wine or beer has to be packed in your carry-on luggage.
Don’t put it in checked luggage.
Security will find it and it will be held until the end of the cruise. Or the bottle will break and you will have red wine all over your suitcase. Neither outcome is great!
We use this 2 Bottle Neoprene Wine Bottle Toteto keep the bottles safe in our carry-on luggage.
If you are taking beer bottles onboard a Disney cruise these Beer Bottle Sleeves are also really useful.
Disney has a lot of beverages included with the basic price of the cruise. It includes many different types of soda and coffee. tea and hot chocolate.
This is available on the pool deck from the self-service machines and also in any of the restaurants and the buffet.
However, one thing which is not included is bottled water.
The water from the faucet in your stateroom is perfectly safe to drink, but we know that many people prefer bottled water.
Disney cruise lines allow guests to bring as much bottled water on board the ship as they can carry. It has to be unopened and in carry-on luggage.
You can bring as much water on board a Disney cruise as you want to.
However, you do need to give some thought as to how best to transport your bottled water onto the ship.
A pack of just 12 bottles of water is pretty heavy and bulky.
Make sure that you have a wheeled Carry On Bagto either put them in or balance them on top of.
Also, remember that your Disney cruise stateroom is not going to be ready until at least 1 pm.
This means that you could have a couple of hours on the ship balancing those water bottles on your carry-on.
Just bear that in mind when you choose how to transport it.
However, you will save a considerable amount of money if you bring your own bottled water.
SD Memory Card
You can buy an SD card onboard, but it will be at a premium price.
Also, you will have a limited choice. It is much better to remember to bring your own.
We think the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB Memory Cardis a good buy.
Travel First Aid Kit
It is a good idea to always travel with a basic first aid kit. There is a doctor on board for more serious issues but if you just want a band-aid it can be frustrating to learn just how much they cost in the store.
Water Proof Pouch
This can save you a whole lot of money. Keeping your phone or other electronic items safely out of the water is highly important! Losing your phone in the ocean on Castaway Cay is not going to be pleasant.
Make sure that you keep electronics safe in a Universal Waterproof Pouch Cellphone Dry Bag Case.
Sea Sickness Remedies
No one really wants to think about this, but a minority of guests do experience seasickness. If you are one of those people there are many remedies that you can choose to help alleviate your symptoms.
These Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wristband for Travel work very well for a lot of people.
They are a great solution if you want a remedy without taking medication.
Another solution that works really well is the Motion Sickness Patch. These small circle patches offer a completely natural way of combating seasickness.
I prefer to pack light and do some laundry on a cruise. There are plenty of laundry rooms on Disney ships. They do sell detergent, but I much prefer to bring my own.
Not only is it cheaper to bring your own laundry detergent, you also know exactly which brand you are getting.
It’s not great to find out you are sensitive to laundry detergent when you are on board!
I like to bring individual Laundry Detergent Pacs. They are easy to pack and do not take up much room in your suitcase.
There are irons on board the Disney ships in every laundry room. You are not allowed to bring your own iron on board due to the fire risk.
However, one very handy product I recently discovered is Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus.
This spray, which is available in travel-size bottles, works miracles on creased clothes, so you may not need to walk down the corridor to iron your shirt after all.
If you are planning any snorkel activities or excursions it can save you money to take your own Snorkel Set with you.
You may want to consider bringing your own snorkel gear if you are spending the day on Castaway Cay. You can rent snorkel gear for $32 for adults and $16 for ages 5 to 9.
However, you may find you save money buying your own set.
Another item we highly recommend that you pack for a visit to Castaway Cay is a pair of Water Shoes
All of the beaches on Castaway Cay have sharp stones which can be really uncomfortable to walk on.
Get some inexpensive water shoes and you will be really glad that you brought them with you!
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.