How I Packed to Take Our 7 Month Old on a Cruise

When we started thinking about taking Rylan with us on a cruise I started looking online to see if there were any tips from people that had taken an infant.  I wanted to see what they found useful, how they did it, etc.  I really only found one or two helpful things so I thought I could help someone out by writing about our experience.  I am going to structure this as a little series and I figured the best way to start would be with packing.

The Husband and I love to travel.  We take a few vacations a year and we have gotten to where we can travel very light (we can be gone for 2 weeks using a carry on and a backpack each).  Adding a baby to the mix really killed the idea of “travelling light”!  haha  Anyway, I’m sure as he gets older we’ll have no problem pairing him down to the necessities but as an infant they just require a lot.

So here we go!

Packing List

Gear

 

Diapering

  • Desitin
  • Wipes (2 packs + partial pack in Diaper Changer)
  • Diaper Changer
  • Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags
  • 52 Diapers + 5 Diaper in Diaper Changer

 

Feeding

  • 4 Playtex Nursers
  • Drop In Liners (75 ish, more than I need but better safe than sorry)
  • Extra Nipples (2)
  • Gerber Baby Food (10 servings)
  • 2 Cans of formula in a zip loc bag
  • 1 container of oatmeal cereal in a zip loc bag
  • 4 spoons ( in individual zip loc baggies)
  • Bibs (seriously about 20…he’s teething)

 

Bath & Toiletries

  • Baby Wash (Travel Size)
  • Lotion (Travel Size)
  • Baby Powder (Travel Size)
  • Hooded Towel
  • Wash Cloth (2)
  • Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes (Travel Size)

 

Sleep

  • 5 Sleepers
  • 2 Receiving Blankets
  • 1 Larger Blanket

 

Clothes

  • 8 Different Outfits
  • Light Jacket
  • Going Home Outfit
  • New Balance Shoes
  • Sandals

 

Swim

  • Trunks
  • Rash Guard
  • SPF
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Swim Diapers (I only took 4 because I knew we wouldn’t be in the water much)

 

Toys

  •  Several small toys


How I Packed Everything

Fever Reducer, Desitin, Vaseline, Thermometer, Nasal Saline, Gripe Water, Bulb Syringe, QTips, Nail Clipper, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes and 2 Pacifiers (He doesn't use a Paci but better safe than sorry!)

Fever Reducer, Desitin, Vaseline, Thermometer, Nasal Saline, Gripe Water, Bulb Syringe, QTips, Nail Clipper, Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes and 2 Pacifiers (He doesn’t use a Paci but better safe than sorry!)

 

 

 

 

Baby food, Playtex Liners, Playtex Nurser Bottles (I brought 2 more), Formula, Spoons, Teething Rings, Oatmeal Cereal

Baby food, Playtex Liners, Playtex Nurser Bottles (I brought 2 more), Formula, Spoons, Teething Rings, Oatmeal Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Changer/Pad that holds wipes and diapers with an Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bag Dispenser

Diaper Changer/Pad that holds wipes and diapers with an Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bag Dispenser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diaper Changer/Pad Open

Diaper Changer/Pad Open – This has been one of the handiest purchases I’ve made.  Many times if I’m running a quick errand this is all I take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathing Supplies: Travel sized toiletries, hooded towel, washcloths & extra Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags

Bathing Supplies: Travel sized toiletries, hooded towel, washcloths & extra Arm & Hammer Dirty Diaper Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Bibs

20 Bibs – He’s teething and drooling massive amounts because of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys

Toys (Packed in the Stroller Organizer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Diapers (Packed in Checked Luggage)

52 Diapers (Packed in Checked Luggage)

Evenflo Baby Carrier and Baby Bag I will be using.  I chose this one to take instead of my usual diaper bag because it isn't structured and I can pack it if I need to.

Evenflo Baby Carrier (Packed in the Checked Luggage) and Baby Bag I will be using. I chose this one to take instead of my usual diaper bag because it isn’t structured and I can pack it if I need to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets & Laundry Detergent "Pods" (All Free and Clear)

Large Blanket, 2 Receiving Blankets & Laundry Detergent “Pods” (All Free and Clear)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim stuff: Sun Hat, 4 Swim Diapers, SPF, Rash Guard & Trunks (*Not pictured: sunglasses)

Swim stuff: Sun Hat, 4 Swim Diapers, SPF, Rash Guard & Trunks (*Not pictured: sunglasses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes, shoes and light jacket

Clothes, shoes and light jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepers, Going Home Outfit & Socks

Sleepers, Going Home Outfit & Socks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started packing with the food: baby food, formula & oatmeal cereal.

I started packing with the food: baby food, formula & oatmeal cereal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I added the bottle liners

Then I added the bottle liners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next came the sleepers

Next came the sleepers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothes

Clothes

 

More clothes

More clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicines & SPF bag

Medicines/SPF Bag & Towel/Washcloth Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toiletries, spoons, extra nipples & teething rings

Toiletries, spoons, extra nipples & teething rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large blanket on top with straps to secure.  Top mesh panel has all swim stuff.

Large blanket on top with straps to secure. Top mesh panel has all swim stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibs went in the large front pocket

Bibs went in the large front pocket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small front pocket was reserved for quick access things: pain/fever reducer, pacifiers & wet ones.

The small front pocket was reserved for quick access things: pain/fever reducer, pacifiers & wet ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the bag after it was packed.  It wasn't overly stuffed or bulging.

This is the bag after it was packed. It wasn’t overly stuffed or bulging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the baby bag I put the Diaper Changer/Pad, Receiving Blankets & Desitin

In the baby bag I put the Diaper Changer/Pad, Receiving Blankets & Desitin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packed and ready to go!

Packed and ready to go!