We are gearing up for a 4 day cruise for my friend Taylor’s 30th birthday. I’m so excited! But after our cruise last year, I’m thinking about what to pack for this cruise (without overpacking).
Growing up, we went on cruises for several family vacations. I have to say, it really was the BEST vacation to me as a teenager. We had total freedom on the ship, tons of activities for our age group, and we got to island hop & tan. From my parents perspective, I understand why they chose cruises: they are crazy affordable (especially for Florida residents) and incredibly easy to plan. Think about it – you book one thing (the cruise) and you get to see several different countries. PLUS your lodging, food and entertainment is covered. It really couldn’t be more simple.
In my adult life, I’ve been on two different cruises. One was a week after I graduated from college with these loves.
|We were all so tan in 2008.|
The second one was last year. We took a cruise with 4 other couples and it was a BLAST!
- Formal dinners (cocktail dress, black tie)
- Casual dinners (sundress, business casual)
- At sea days (pool, relaxing, casino, shopping)
- Island hopping (hiking, tours, walking, beach, etc)
- Travel days (to and from the ship)
Last years’ cruise was when I realized I was consistently overpacking. For 7 nights, I brought a HUGE suitcase that was packed to the brim. It was WAY TOO MUCH. I knew it had to change.
For the last year, I’ve packed in nothing bigger than a carry on and it’s completely changed how I travel.
Here’s what I’m thinking for inspiration….
- Sandals that can be casual or dressy. They transition from the pool to casual dinners.
- Dresses that go from day to night. My little black dress and floral maxi can be dressed up with heels and a blazer or scarf.
- Bathing suit cover ups that double as a dress. I can lounge by the pool and hop back inside without feeling awkward or under dressed. Can also be worn on-island.
- Scarf & long sleeved shirt/cardigan. These ships are COLD. You might be in the sunshine during the day, but don’t be fooled – dinner and a show will always be sub zero.
- Swim suits that mix and match. I would never bring less than 2 suits on a tropical vacation (putting a cold, wet suit is the WORST). Choosing pieces that mix & match will give you options.