How to pack for a cruise…for a baby, toddler or child

Cruising is no longer the sole preserve of the recently retired. In recent years more and more cruise lines have started to focus on the 'family friendly' markets as people decide to take their children cruising with them. However taking a child, toddler or baby on a cruise isn't as easy as taking them on a land based holiday, (don't worry, it's still not hard!), it just needs a little more planning. Below you'll find everything you might need when you're cruising with a baby, toddler or child.

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Baby

Baby lotion

Baby monitor – Important if you want to sit out on your balcony in peace.

Baby wipes

Bibs

Blankets – The cruise line will provide these but baby might prefer their favourite from home

Clothes – One outfit for each day plus three extra as spare – T Shirts, shorts, jeans, jumpers, baby-grows etc. for any accidents.

Cotton buds/cotton wool

Dummies

Favourite Teddy

Favourite toy/s

Hand sanitizer

Medication – If required. Remember to bring enough for the length of the cruise

Nappies

Pram/pushchair

Pyjamas/baby grows

Shampoo – The cruise line will provide this but you may want to bring a 'no more tears' shampoo

Soap – Same as above – pack a baby sensitive soap

Sun lotion – Obviously the higher the factor the better for a baby

Swimming costume

Swimming nappiescheck your baby will be allowed into the swimming pool here

Tissues

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Toddler

Baby monitor – Important if you want to sit out on your balcony in peace

Baby wipes

Bibs Blankets – The cruise line will provide these but baby might prefer their favourite from home

Clothes – One outfit for each day plus three extra as spare – T Shirts, shorts, jeans, jumpers, etc. for any accidents

Cotton buds/cotton wool

Dummies

Favourite Teddy

Favourite toy/s

Hand sanitizer

Medication – If required. Remember to bring enough for the length of the cruise

Nappies

Pushchair

Pyjamas

Shampoo – The cruise line will provide this but you may want to bring a 'no more tears' shampoo

Soap – Same as above – pack a child sensitive soap

Sun lotion – Obviously the higher the factor the better for a toddler

Swimming costume

Swimming nappies – some cruise lines won't allow toddlers into a pool unless they're out of nappies – you can see which cruise lines lets toddlers into pools here

Tissues

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Child

Baby monitor – Important if you want to sit out on your balcony in peace, (depending on your child's age)

Baby wipes

Clothes – One outfit for each day plus extras as spare – T Shirts, shorts, jeans, jumpers, etc. for any accidents

Electronic devices – iPhone, iPad, Nintendo DS, Kindle etc.

Favourite toy/s

Hand sanitizer

Medication – If required. Remember to bring enough for the length of the cruise

Nappies

Plug extension – All those devices will need charging! Make sure you've enough plug sockets to charge them all!

Plug adaptors – Different cruise ships will have either American, English or European sockets – You can see which plug sockets your cruise ship has here

Pyjamas

Sun lotion – Obviously the higher the factor the better for a child

Swimming costume

Tissues

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Wallet – This way your child can carry their own room card and spending money with them


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