Family Cruise Packing List

Family Cruise Packing List


Have you ever considered taking your family on a cruise? I must say cruise holidays are brilliant family holidays of all ages – as they offer plenty of activities and kids clubs that will keep everybody thoroughly entertained. There are so many choices too – from Disney cruises, the Caribbean, Norwegian cruises or you could even take an around the world cruise – the choices really are endless.

Cruise ships always offer fun onboard attractions such as amazing swimming pools with waterslides, dance classes, video games and arcades, table tennis, basketball courts and mini-golf. Not to mention the evening entertainment which includes shows and cabarets.


If you have never been on a cruise you may be wondering what you should pack for a family cruise holiday? Don’t worry – we are going to cover all of that in this article. One of my top tips, first of all, is to pack all of your essential items in a day bag – this includes things like medication, gadgets and important documents that you might need. Generally, cruise lines recommend you bring two pieces of luggage per person at a maximum weight of 50 pounds as well as a small carry-on bag.

Family Cruise Packing List


Important Things not to Forget on your Family Cruise Packing List

Tickets/cruise documents (these may be electronic)


Insurance documents


Debit/credit cards or cash

A wallet


Clothing for the Whole Family

Underwear – enough for the family




Hats/gloves/warm coat (if you are travelling somewhere cold)

Comfortable shoes/sandals/water shoes

Swimming costumes

Smart evening clothes

Comfortable day clothes such as leggings, shorts, lightweight trousers, t-shirts etc

Lightweight jacket

Sun hats


For Babies and Toddlers


Swim nappies

Baby wipes



Lightweight pushchair

Baby food/formula

Inflatables/arm bands



Sleep suits and comfortable clothing

Other essentials and toiletries

Mobile phone and charger

Camera and memory cards



Mosquito repellent

Hand sanitizer

Travel sickness medicine

Shampoo/shower gel

Swimming towels


Hairbrush/hair bands

Phew, that seems like a lot! Hopefully this has given a helpful insight into what to take along on a family cruise. Now go and enjoy the beauty of the sea and all that it has to offer on-board a beautiful ship. Happy cruising!




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Hi, I’m Anna, a travel loving wife to Tristan and Mother to 6 year old twins Poppy and Tabitha, their 3 year old sister Matilda, and together we are Twins and Travels.

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