Your countdown has hit 0 Days! It’s cruise day. You are scrambling to leave your house or hotel room, but you have one more bag to pack… your day bag.
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What is a Day Bag?
The best analogy for a day bag is this:
A day bag is to cruising as a carry on is to flying.
You didn’t know there would be SAT prep here. Just kidding. We’re not that kind of prep school.
But yes, I want you to think of your day bag as you would a carry on for a flight.
What MUST Be In Your Day Bag
- Cruise book or Port Arrival Form (must have the barcode)
- Proof of citizenship: Passports, photo ID, original birth certificates, etc.
Recommended Reading: Important Passport Information for Cruisers
Medications: I wouldn’t pack any medication you will need in your luggage. If there is a delay in your bags getting to your room, you will want all of your medications with you.
Also be sure to pack any feminine care items you will need as well. The gift shop will not be open in port.
Electronical Supplies: Yes, I just made up the word electronical, but you know what I mean.
- cell phone
- and all cords and chargers
I put these in the MUST category because I wouldn’t place any of these in your checked bags. Don’t expect your luggage to be handled with kid gloves. It will likely get tossed around a bit. If it’s fragile, pack it in your day bag.
What CANNOT Be Packed In Your Luggage
There are certain items that are allowed onboard but not allowed to be packed in your checked luggage. These must be packed in your day bag.
Alcohol: Disney Cruise Line permits a limited quantity of beer and wine to be carried on to the ship. See: Coolers, Food Storage and Carry On Alcohol Rules but it must be carried on by guests 21 years or older.
Other Liquids: Bottled water, formula, breastmilk, and other beverages must be carried on. Remember above where I talked about luggage getting tossed around? Suitcases are also often piled one on top of another. If a bag with liquid is crushed, and the bag beneath it isn’t waterproof, you have one big mess on your hands. Please carry on your liquids.
Baby Care Items
Each child is different, so be sure to have what you need on hand. Remember, you will not be allowed in your stateroom until 1:30 pm, and your luggage may not arrive until 5:00pm.
If you have an early Port Arrival Time, please note that you will likely not be boarding the ship before 11:30am. The only snacks in the terminal are in a vending machine, so a granola bar or small snack may not be a bad idea.
Cabanas (the buffet on the pool deck) and the pool side quick service food counters will be open. And the 24-hour beverage station has milk and water (and coffee for mom and dad).
Disney Cruise Line uses desalination and filtration to create its drinking water. Honestly, I find it to be quite nice. It is up to you if you want to bring bottled water onboard, but I don’t typically recommend it.
DCL PREP SCHOOL TIP: If you have a medical need for distilled water, Disney Cruise Line will provide it at no additional cost. Please visit this site to submit your request:
This one is at the bottom of the list for a reason. If you want to head to the pool right away, I would rather you wear your swim suits under you clothes. Or guys, just wear your swim trunks instead of shorts.
The pool area is the hub of activity, and there are only a couple of bathrooms. Having your swim wear on will get you to the fun more quickly.
This one receives an honorable mention on the list. Ports can be pretty windy, especially Port Canaveral, where a good part of your waiting may be done outside.
Once you are onboard, the pool deck can be extremely windy. A brush or hair clips like this one will come in handy.
That Is It!
Really, that is all I want you to carry on. Pack as light as you can.
- Travel Documents
- Proof of Citizenship
- Medications/Personal Care Items
- Baby Care Items
Remember, you won’t be able to access your stateroom until 1:30pm, so someone has to carry around or stay with your day bag at all times. Keep it light!