It’s about time for a cruise vacation, a tan, and planning your wardrobe for on and off-deck affairs. Of course, it would be more than ideal to take the entire closet but you’ll have to make due with a limited number of suitcases, dresses, swimsuits, shoes, etc. Don’t fret but keep a close eye on the packing tips below.
It’s easy to pack too much when using an oversized suitcase. To start, choose a modest-sized suitcase, so you’re forced to limit the amount of clothes. Next, choose your intended wardrobe and then consider slashing the number of clothes in half. Also, though tempting, limit the number of new items you buy for the cruise. You’ll want to take your new clothes, but along with existing items, you’ll only be adding to the packing anxiety.
Mix and Match
You don’t need a new top and bottom for each occasion; mix and match your wardrobe so you can wear one top later in the week with a different pair of jeans, pants, etc. Realistically, about eight items can create a month’s worth of outfits. Try and choose items that feature neutral colors to present more options.
Accessories add flair to any outfit and draw attention away from recurring items in the clothing cycle. For example, though you may be wearing the same top, you can wear it with a scarf one day to layer on top, creating an entirely new look despite the recycled item. Temporary tattoos are another unique way to add spice to your look.
You can never have enough pairs yet shoes are awkward to pack and will quickly take up space in your suitcase. Limit yourself to three pairs of shoes for the cruise vacation. Bring a formal pair, flip flops, and sneakers or less formal shoes for walking, etc. This may be the largest sacrifice you have to make regarding packing but it’s necessary if you want to have enough room for all necessary items.
Buy Travel Size
Buy travel size toiletries to save room and ensure you have all needed items throughout your journey. However, don’t dismiss the notion of purchasing some items as needed on your cruise vacation. Also, some items can serve multiple purposes. For example, you can wash your hair, body, and clothes with shampoo rather than buy separate soap and detergent.
Don’t Bring It
If you don’t need it, consider leaving it at home. That applies to electronics, makeup accessories, etc. For example, though many are essentially connected to their smartphones, you’d be surprised to know you can get along quite well without one for a limited amount of time. Such a sentiment also applies to a drawer-worth of makeup items. Bring only the essentials, presuming you can do without most, and buy items on the cruise as needed.
There’s nothing wrong with being a fashionista but you’ll have to modify regularly scheduled fashion behavior when planning a cruise. Condensing clothing saves money and makes traveling less stressful.
Michael Wilson is the Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club. He is passionate about all aspects of the business, but when he’s done working, Michael likes holidays with his family, gardening and watching his favorite sport of rugby.