What to pack for an Alaskan Cruise (with a baby)
My husband and I embarked on a 7-day Alaskan Cruise on the Holland America Eurodam in May. To everyone’s surprise we brought our 7 month old son with us. I spent weeks trying to figure out what to pack for this trip. And that was just for my own suitcase. I really started panicking when I began to pack for my baby and husband. I truly hope this blog post saves someone, anyone, out there the time and energy it took me to plan our packing for this Alaskan Cruise.
If you are traveling sans baby, obviously just ignore the baby gear But everything else is a necessity!
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My Husband’s Suitcase:
Hat (Waterproof), Fleece, Men’s Rain Jacket, Tennis Shoes, 5 sweaters, 2 pairs of jeans, 3 button down shirts, socks, underwear.
- Water bottle
- Baby’s magic Merlin Sleepsuit (James started sleeping through the night once I started using this. Would NOT have left without it!)
- Sound machine
- Formula (2 cans)
- Diapers (7 per day)
- Baby food
- Saline Boogie wipes
- My makeup bag
- Passports/credit cards / cruise boarding docs
- Phones / chargers
- Change of clothes – 1 for me, 2 for baby
- Ipad / laptop
- TOYS (new toys that baby has never played with before)
- Hand sanitizer / antibacterial wipes
- Baby Monitor
- Travel Crib/Tent -( this is the one we used) It was small enough to fit into James’ Checked luggage. I found it on Amazon. Hands down best travel crib for a baby!! We had the option to have a crib provided but based on reviews they would take up all the space in the entire room…Not what you want when you have limited space. I would set my travel crib up on the fold out couch so during the day we could put it away and have room to walk around.
- Baby bathtub- (this is the one we used to save space in luggage)
- Baby shampoo
- Baby food
- Baby meds
- Doggie-doo bags (for dirty diapers)
- Dish washing soap
- Diaper rash cream
- Mini diaper bag or back pack for port days
- Stroller / Car Seat & base
- Baby carrier – this is the one we use and I LOVE IT!!
- Burp cloth/bibs
- Baby hats/gloves
- Hair straightner/curling iron (they had blow dryer in the room)
- Baby blankets
- Baby’s lovey
- Zip lock bags for baby’s dirty clothes and yours
Final Tip for What to Pack:
Pack as light as you can! We over packed. The above list only includes what we actually needed and used. Once you arrive to your room on the first day, unpack immediately, and store your luggage under the bed for space.
This worked for us, but I imagine you might pack very differently if you don’t have kids with you. I truly hope this list helps! Let me know if you have any questions! Happy and Safe Travels,
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