Elina Furman Landauer's Cruise Packing Tips
Elina Furman Landauer, founder and editor of A-List Mom
and A-List Mom Travel
, knows a thing or two about packing for an at-sea adventure. As a globetrotting travel journalist and mom to a young son, she's packed her family for all kinds of trips, but she especially loves cruises!
Here are Elina's tips for putting your vacay packing on 'cruise control':
- Tighten Up the Toys! Bringing a couple of toys for the kids is fine, but don't go toy crazy. Most cruises have elaborate activity centers for the kids, and several have toy-loan programs to keep playtime fresh. A lightweight electronic device like a GameBoy or iPod is a good idea, especially if you're flying to your port.
- Stroll Smart! Got little ones? Skip your bulky stroller in favor of the umbrella version, which is easier to navigate in narrow ship hallways and easier to store, too.
- Make a Splash! Resist the urge to bring tons of daytime clothing on your cruiseespecially for the kids, who will be taking advantage of the water, water, everywhere! Think quick-drying fabrics, stylish rash guards for babies and older kids, and swimwear with cute cover-ups for yourself. Throw in a few nicer looks for evening, and you're good to go!
- Bring Memory-Makers!Always stash a small camera in your carry-on so you don't have photo regret. You might also want to give the kids ways to document the trip for themselves. Give them disposable cameras (waterproof is best!) and let them snap away!
- Include Essentials! Bring along any items you won't find easily on board, like your baby's favorite strained fruit in a pouch, or frequently used over-the-counter medicines ... anything that would be disastrous to be without for five days!
- Gear Up!! You don't need special gear to cruise, but there are some items you'll want to have to make the voyage more fab! From the best no-spill sippie to the cutest shopping bags to take into port, check out Elina's top 10 products to bring on a family cruise!