Daydream about the days when you threw sunscreen and a bikini in your bag 10 minutes before you left for a vacation, but now that you're a parent, you have to plan ahead. And pack a lot of stuff. Planning for a cruise can be tricky: you've got limited space but tons of activities to plan for! Ah, but that's why we've got our little packing cheat sheet for you!
Tickets? Check! Passports? Check! Emergency contact list? Check! You better double check that you've got all the proper documents on hand BEFORE you board (we like to pack them IN our carry-on bag the night before we leave so they don't get lost in the morning shuffle when we're desperately trying to get out the door). You should also check with your cruise provider to see if the kids need passports or birth certificates with them.
You're on a ship. With a pool. On water. Chances are your stuff is gonna get wet. Plastic bags are perfect for making sure those spare diapers and afternoon snacks stay dry. They're also good for storing dirty laundry, so you don't reach for yesterday's underwear by accident.
You have 2.7 seconds to get your kid sunscreened up before he wriggles free and dives into the poolspray-on sunscreen to the rescue! We especially love the continuous spray cans that cover every inch while our little inchworms wriggle around! Get the maximum SPF you can find (kids' skin is extra delicate) and bring a few bottles because that stuff can cost a fortune on board.