Because your luggage will be boarding the ship before you do and there’s sure to be a wait until you meet up with it again, pack a backpack with everything you’re tyke needs while waiting to reconnect with your stuff.
Even if your toddler isn’t regularly using a stroller anymore, it’s smart to bring one, since constantly walking the length of a big ship can be tiring for little legs.
Check beforehand to see if your cruise line offers laundry so you can pack lighter.
Even if there isn’t a “formal night,” on your ship you may want to have kids pack dressier outfits for a family photo op with the ship’s professional photographer.
Give each child their own backpack containing daily essentials for port-side trips. Little ones love the “big kid” responsibility of carrying their own belongings.