Was there anything you packed for your children and ended up not needing or had too much of???
What was the one thing you wish you had packed or brought more of???
I look forward to everyone's answers
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Too many shoes! OMGosh...I swear I packed 7 pairs per child for a 4 day cruise.
Not enough warmer clothes like sweaters, long shirts or pants. After dinner I like to change the kids into something comfortable to go to the kids club in. Well you can't put them in shorts cause the A/C is just too cold at night to have them wearing shorts and t-shirts. So I ALWAYS forget to pack more long sleeves.
was this on a western caribbean cruise? I would never think of that I am thinking sandles and swim suits. Thank you! Will do.ALL of them are cold at night in the Carribean. We are leaving for Western Carib in 50 days (but who's counting...lol) and long pants/long sleeves are going with us.
Think of it this way. At night, especially at formal night, some men are dressed in tuxedos and they drop the A/C for them to be comfortable which is FREEZING to little girls in dresses.Yeah but the difference is I have a 7 year old GIRL who loves to dress up, so no problems convincing her.
I love to read your posts, they are always so informative!! I was wondering if you would be willing to post any pics of your kids dressed for formal nights, if you take them. I am having a hard time convincing my 7 yer-old that there will be other kids dressed up, so maybe if he saw a pic of some other kids he would believe that they do dress up. We are planning a trip in August, can't wait! If you aren't comfortable posting pics of your kids, I certainly undersand(:
Thank-you, crusinmama06 for posting those pics of your daughters, they are adorable!!! This will thrill my 10 year-old daughter, I will keep working on my son(:Oh well then this might thrill your 10 year old too...lol...I was showing my online mom's group (who will be going with me in August) the clothes for my 7 year old for the next cruise in April. I started buying clothes for her and this is where we are now. I think I have an addiction that I need to work on. Yes, there are SEVEN swim suits. You wanna talk about over packing?
We have cut way back on the shoes.Thanks for this!!!! Great info
My kids live in the pool and tend to spend much of their day in swimsuits. So for our son we pack quite a few swim trunks with t-shirts to match. That way he is ready for the pool or beach quick. And trunks are much lighter and smaller to pack than shorts. He takes a few pairs of shorts as well. Daughter takes several suits (hates pulling on wet or damp ones) and a few different sundresses to pull over. This takes care of our daytime wear.
We find that they truly only wear their flipflops or pool type shoes and then a pair of nice shoes for dressing up for dinner. I do have them wear their tennis shoes on the plane so they have them if we know we will be doing a lot of walking that day. Sometimes they wear them, sometimes they don't.
My kids also take tons of showers. One in the morning and always after swimming/before dinner idea. So we tend to run low on underwear and pack several extra nowadays.
DS sleeps in boxers and a t-shirt and dd sleeps in a lightweight nightgown. We set the AC at a comfortable sleeping temp and they have a blanket on their bed if they need it.
Mine live in shorts year round (we're in California) even in the rain or "colder" temps. So we pack one sweatshirt, one long sleeve shirt, and a pair of leggings or jeans. (If we are flying they tend to wear these on the plane...)
We match up 2 shirts per shorts/skorts. As they tend to get their shirts dirty or spill on them. And the bottoms can be worn a second day if needed since they don't usually wear them for long. We also cruise for close to 2 weeks each time so we have to cut back somewhere!
When dd was little we took a different dress for every night... that has changed! She now takes one or two really nice things (acceptable for formal night and other nights) and then she has some things she can wear to dinner for smart casual or whatever one night and then wear around the ship the following day (cute skort with matching top, etc.).
DS takes 2 pairs of dress slacks (usually black and blue so they hide spills if they happen) and 3 dress shirts to alternate. 3 pairs of dress socks and again, he wears them no more than 2 hours at a time and takes them off to wear again.
My son is 13 and daughter is almost 11. They have cruised 8 times each.
one bottle of spray on - NO RUB - sunscreen! This will be the most important item you pack! It dries quick and you don't have to worry about rubbing it in and then needing to wash your handsJust be careful with the no ruib sunscreen. My kids don't have fair skin, so they don't burn. But I noticed them getting considerably tanner with the no rub sunscreen then with the zinc blocks like NO AD and Banana Boat. So if you have fair skinned children, stick with the zinc blocks.
Great! Thank you I do not like that stuff on my hands. Spray on perfect
Just be careful with the no ruib sunscreen. My kids don't have fair skin, so they don't burn. But I noticed them getting considerably tanner with the no rub sunscreen then with the zinc blocks like NO AD and Banana Boat. So if you have fair skinned children, stick with the zinc blocks.DD and I are both very fair (me more so than her -- my college roommate claimed I was so fair skinned that I glowed in the dark!). The spray-ons can be effective but must be reapplied more often - and religiously after getting wet.