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PostSubject: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:11 pm

Of course, everyone has kids of different ages, but I thought it would be fun to have a thread where everyone could post things that they bring along to help make their family cruise go a little more smoothly. I'll start out with a couple:

**Bag of small toys

I started this on our first family cruise. I bought a giant box of Happy Meal toys from EBay and tossed them into a small tote bag. Every night I brought it out in the dining room, and ONLY in the dining room. My kids (ages 3 and 5 at the time) loved playing with new toys and this helped keep them entertained (and more importantly, in their seats) during a 1-2 hour dinner service.


**Door stop

Although my youngest child PT'd a couple of months before our first family cruise, I've always been worried about nighttimes on a cruise ship. I dread the thought of a child waking up and having to navigate an unfamiliar room in the dark and then deal with that heavy door to the bathroom. Of course, we tried leaving the bathroom door open, but on a rocking ship it usually just slams shut anyway. So after our first cruise I began bringing a foam doorstop/pinch guard like this:



It allows the kids to get in and out of the bathroom with minimal fuss and it's much quieter!



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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:43 pm

My traveling medicine cabinet is my must have - everything from bandaids to cold medicine!
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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:43 pm

That's true, especially in foreign countries where you don't know what kind of medicines are available!
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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:25 am

Let's see, on our last cruise on the Emerald Princess I took all medicines, favorite toys, and the Game Boy!!!! That saved the day!! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:45 am

A Game Boy? Where did you use it? Most of the time my kids were so occupied they didn't need anything like that. Did you use it on the airplane, or waiting to board, or at dinner?
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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:23 pm

with the teenage set a portable DVD player came in handy at airports, in cruise terminals and on long flights.

also for the slightly older set, journals or travel diaries, lots of one time use cameras if they don't have digital cameras (especially water resistant one time use cameras).
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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:53 am

Helen,

The Gameboy saved the day at dinner. My youngest was able to sit through the entire dinner without making a fuss!

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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:18 pm

I can see my kids being so interested n the Gameboy that they don't eat!!! Very Happy I guess with the ambient noise level in the dining rooms, it wasn't too loud?
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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:25 pm

For my girls their favorite blanket from home is a must. They'll sleep anywhere if they have their blankies. We also bring our 4yo's leapster. It's great for the plane and for at night. Both girls go to bed at the same time but Arlana isn't always tired yet. She plays the leapster until she falls asleep. Oh yes, and a night light!

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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:15 pm

ITA about the night light, especially in an inside cabin!
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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:16 pm

Hadn't considered a night light, but it sounds like a great idea. Our girls will be in an inside cabin & they are truly dark! Adding that to my packing list.

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PostSubject: Re: Must haves when cruising with kids?   Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:18 pm

Must haves for us:

portable medicine cabinet, lol
daughters "Ella" this elephant goes with us everywhere... because she might get lonely at home, lol

my youngest could care less about game boys and such...

My older kids... actually the youngest now too... ipods, portable dvd player sometimes, school assigned reading books... and they must have their gameboys ds's.
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