Cruising is an affordable and inclusive vacation that’s a natural choice for families with kids. And, when you select a family-oriented cruise line, your kids will have an abundance of activities to choose from, so no need to worry about bringing along toys and games. Still, experienced family cruisers know that there are a few simple items you can pack to make the experience even better for your family.
Walkie-talkies. Cruise lines are beginning to offer apps that enable you to communicate with other family members onboard. But for now, if you want to be able to talk with your kids no matter where they are on the ship, your best bet is to bring some two-way radios, or “walkie-talkies.” Be sure to bring chargers or extra batteries, too.
Sticky notes. These come in handy when family members sleep in. If you’re ready to go up on desk for breakfast but everyone else is snoring, leave a quick note on the stateroom door to let them know where they can find you.
Highlighter. Each morning, look through the ship’s daily list of activities and events with your kids. Let them use the highlighter to mark the things you all want to do together
Hand sanitizer. You’re likely to find hand sanitizer dispensers located around the ship, but bring a little for your stateroom, too, and encourage the kids to use it often to help protect them against viruses. You might also want to bring a small pack of sanitizing wipes to help clean doorknobs, light switches and bathroom counters in between the daily cleanings by the crew.
Power strip. To help accommodate everyone’s need to charge up their essential electrical gadgets, pack a small power strip – but only if your ship allows them. Some cruise lines don’t allow the use of power strips or extension cords to avoid stress on their electrical systems.
Refillable water bottles and day pack. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re cruising in a warm place, so bottles you can fill with ice and water come in handy. Bring a small day pack, too, so you can take them with you on shore excursions.
For more ideas on helpful items to bring on your family cruise, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal travel expert.
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