Complete Disney Cruise Line Packing List

Disney Cruise Line

DCL Packing List

Hooray, we’re going on a Disney Cruise! But what are we supposed to pack? Can we take power strips or over-the-door organizers? Do we need a hairdryer? Let’s dive right in and talk about it. The staterooms on Disney Cruise ships may be larger than the other guys, but they’re still smaller than your typical hotel room, so you’ll want to pack sensibly and leave the kitchen sink at home. 

You will check any large luggage at the curb with the porters when you arrive at the cruise terminal on embarkation day (that’s the day the cruise starts). So you’ll want to make sure that you pack a carry-on bag with essential items that you might need until you will be reunited with your luggage later in the day, usually several hours afterward. 

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Carry-on items:

  • Medications in their original containers
  • Passport and travel documentation
  • Camera and accessories (batteries, film, etc.)
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses and a small bottle of contact solution if you take out your contacts for swimming!
  • Bathing suits – towels are provided on the deck near the pools
  • Sunscreen – we mention this a few times because it’s important
  • Reading material
  • Lanyards for carrying your Key to the World card which serves as your door key, ID, and allows you to charge purchases to your room. 
  • Each adult over the age of 21 can bring 6 cans of beer or 2 bottles of wine. These must be carried on to the ship and not be in your checked luggage. 


  • Bathing suit
  • Bathing suit cover-up
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses, a hat and other protective wear
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight pants
  • Jeans (if doing any heavy-duty hiking)
  • Sundresses
  • Sandals and sneakers (comfortable shoes for Port Adventures)
  • Gym clothes for the onboard gym and if you plan to run the complimentary 5K on Disney’s Castaway Cay.
  • Snorkel gear if you prefer to bring your own; it is available to rent on Castaway Cay and on many Port Adventures
  • Cell phone and/or tablet with Disney Cruise Line Navigator app installed
  • Cell phone and/or tablet chargers 
  • Pajamas
  • Light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Restaurants and theaters can be chilly too. 

Dining Attire:

  • Main Dining – Dining attire is cruise casual in all 3 main dining restaurants, meaning no swimwear or tank tops. Guests often like to dress up, but this is optional.
  • Adult Exclusive Dining at Palo – To preserve the elegant ambiance of this restaurant, you are asked to adhere to a dress code when dining at Palo. We recommend dress pants or slacks and a collared shirt for men, and a dress, skirt or pants and a blouse for women. Jeans may also be worn if in good condition (no holes). Please no tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Themed Nights – Cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean have a pirate night, where guests like to dress up. Most guests will also dress in costumes one night for Halloween on the High Seas itineraries. On 7-night sailings and longer cruises, the ship offers themed nights a formal night.
  • Check the DCL Navigator App to find attire advice for each night’s dinner.

Pirate Night Attire

  • Pirate costumes – you can wear a full costume, a pirate-themed t-shirt or anything in between.
  • Pirate booty – bring your eye patches, earrings, and hand hooks and you’ll fit right in!
  • Pirate hat and wig
  • Glow sticks or light up wands


  • Sunscreen – make sure to bring plenty for everyone and that you reapply often. They do have sunscreen for sale on the ship and at Castaway Cay, but it does come with a premium price. 
  • Seabands, Meclizine, Dramamine- if you are worried about motion sickness or prone to it make sure to pack motion sickness relief. 
  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste/ Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup and makeup remover (great for removing face paint!)
  • Moisturizer
  • Hairbrush, comb and other hair care products. There are hairdryers in each cabin. 
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Wrinkle release spray
  • Poo-Pourri
  • A battery-powered push light so you don’t blind yourself and your family with the bathroom light in the middle of the night. 

Don’t forget these if you are taking small kiddos

  • Bottles and/or sippy cups
  • A small bottle of dish soap and brush to wash them in the sink
  • Pacifiers
  • Wipes and diaper cream
  • Swim Diapers- infants in swim diapers are not allowed in the pools onboard any cruise ship, however, they can play in the splash area which they love.
  • Beach tote and sand toys for the beach at Castaway Cay
  • Goggles

Extras and fun additions

  • Magnets for your door – these make your door easy to find and are a great way to show your Disney spirit! 
  • Magnetic Dry Erase Board or Sticky Notes– If you have older kids or members of your party that might be going in and out of the cabins you may enjoy having a dry-erase board or post-it notes that can attach to the stateroom door to make it easy to keep track of everyone. This is especially helpful when they head to the pool deck and may not be close to their phone.
  • Reusable water bottle or beverage tumbler – the cups on the ship are small so bring a larger container and eliminate excessive trips to the soda fountains. 
  • Glow Sticks- Kids love glow sticks on pirate night and they are cheap and easy to pack so we always bring them along. 
  • Pins for trading – There will be opportunities for pin trading so bring your own or purchase them from the shops onboard. 
  • Autographs – there are so many great ideas out there for collecting character autographs, but these are a few of our favorites – 
    • Autograph book
    • Pillowcase with fabric markers
    • Canvas tote bag with fabric markers
    • The mat from a large photo frame
    • Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters

Now let’s talk about the do not pack list:

  • Bottle sterilizers and warmers (A limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers are available upon request through Guest Services)
  • Extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors
  • Streaming Devices (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, etc.)
  • Over-the-door hanging organizers
  • The following beach/pool items are not allowed:
    • Boogie Boards
    • Inflatable floats 
    • Inflatable pools
    • Pool noodles
    • Rafts
    • Surfboards
    • Wave boards
  • Remote-controlled devices
    • Airplanes
    • Drones
    • Helicopters
    • Other toy vehicles (cars, etc.)
  • Balloons and kites
  • Coolers and/or Ice Chests that are larger than 12” x 12” x 12”. Coolers that meet the size requirements must be brought on as carry-on luggage.
  • In order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all Guests and Crew, Disney Cruise Line has a zero weapons policy, so don’t pack any. 
  • These store toys are an exception: 
    • Store-bought Light sabers
    • Plastic toy ‘pirate’ swords
    • Plastic store-bought toy “Mjolnir” hammers (Thor’s hammer)
  • Highly flammable liquids and combustible substances, including liquid oxygen
  • Illegal narcotics/drugs including synthetic, designer drugs, and medically prescribed marijuana.
  • Scissors with blades exceeding 4” (scissors with blunt ends and no longer than 4 inches are allowed)


Post written by adjunct Professor Leah Ferguson, edited by Professor Heather Adamczak

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