I learn something every time I cruise. And each time I sail, I think to myself, “I am so glad I packed this!” or “I wish I had this on board with me.” I also see what my fellow cruisers are using on the pool deck and what they carry with them on Port Adventures and onto Castaway Cay. So without further ado, here is the DCL Prep School – Amazon.com Shopping Guide!
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I didn’t even know lanyards were used outside of the world of Disney for years. I thought they were exclusively for pin trading and holding Key to the World cards. If you are planning your first Disney cruise, you will want a lanyard to hold your KTTW card. Castaway Club members will be given a lanyard with card holder upon checkin, as will DVC members.
Funko Lanyards: I will admit, I am a little obsessed with these adorable lanyards.
If your are participating in a Fish Exchange, you’ll need a Fish Extender. Here are a few popular options on Amazon.
Delta 4-Pocket Wall Organizer
This is a favorite among families participating in Fish Exchanges. On my last cruise, it was by far the most popular DIY Fish Extender I saw. What is fabulous about the Delta, is that you order the organizer in tact, and you get to personalize it yourself. Note: You will need to add a ribbon to hang the organizer outside your stateroom.
Click here for my Beginners Guide to Fish Extenders.
If you’d like the same organizer in pink… here you go!
Before your cruise, you will need to think about the battery life of your cell phone. This is vital for those who use their phones as cameras. And now that the DCL Navigator App has begun to replace the paper copy, I find I am on my phone a little more than I used to be onboard. With no access to outlets outside of your stateroom, I suggest a portable charger like these.
-Or in White-
No matter which itinerary you sail from Alaska to the Caribbean to Europe, you will spend time in the sun. I am not usually brand loyal on many toiletries, but I have a few folks in my family with super sensitive skin, and through trial and error (painful error) we have discovered that Banana Boat and Neutrogena products rarely irritate their skin. If you have skin sensitivities talk with your dermatologist about sunscreen options.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the small tubes for cruises. Perfect to throw in a bag, or to send with your teen before they spend time on the Vibe Sun Deck. The small size makes these best for faces and touch ups – or consider them for Fish Exchange gifts.
This one goes on thick. I adore it. The kids squirm away during application, which means it must work. This is the one I make them use before we head out for the day. Yes, it says for “baby” but I love this for the whole family.
The value of this goes without saying. You are sweating. Your kids will not sit still to dry off enough to reapply sunscreen. You need a sunscreen that will stick to damp skin. This is my go-to spray for the pool, Walt Disney World and Disney Cruises.
Swim diapers are a must for splashing around in the onboard Splash Zones and swimming on Castaway Cay.
DCL Prep School Tip: Pleas note – Maritime law prohibits the use of swim diapers in onboard swimming pool. Children MUST be potty trained to swim onboard. An accident in the pool means the pool must be completely drained and cleaned – a process which takes hours. Not a happy scenario.
So, your little one isn’t potty trained. There is still lots of splashy fun to be had onboard! Amazon.com offers lots of eco-friendly swim diapers, too, but for travel, I highly recommend disposable swim diapers like these:
When lounging at the Quiet Cove Pool or in my cabana on Castaway Cay, I am never far from my kindle. I am an avid reader of anything from YA Fiction to Historical Fiction and even Romance, and when I though I had left my Kindle at home during my last cruise, my heart sped up until I found it nestled in my laptop case.
For those who want an E-reader to read, not act like a super tablet, I recommend the Paperwhite. I love it for the simple fact that my eyes think the screen is a page in a real book. I love that it is easy to read in bright sunlight. I am told I read too much. I say there is no such thing. Apparently Amazon agrees, as every kindle has enough storage for thousands of books.
With one exception, it has rained on every single cruise I have ever taken. It rains in Alaska. It rains in the tropics. It rains in Europe. Y’all, there is a good chance it will rain on your cruise, too. The good thing is, that DCL does a phenomenal job of sailing around the rain whenever they can to minimize its impact on your day. But, it’s still best to be prepared for a bit of rain.
These are cute and come in both youth and adult sizes.
This is a good option for Port Adventures. It says it has a 60 mph wind rating, but I might reserve this for use on land. Weather in the tropics and British Isles gets quite blustery. Multiple Colors Available.
Cosmetics organizers and toiletry bags are a must for any traveler. Staying organized on a cruise is vital. You don’t have much space, and you need to keep it clutter free. To that end, I always travel with at least 2 hanging toiletry bags – one for accessories, one for make up and bath supplies. I hang them in the closets, which are located across from the split bathrooms.
I had to add this section in honor of Shannon from WDW Prep School, and her love of glow sticks. These are great for night time deck parties and hanging out on the pool deck at night.
LED Pirate Skull Spinner Wand: Perfect for Pirate Night fun!
I will update this page from time to time with new items from time to time.
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