Expert Packing Tips for Your Next Cruise
Packing for a cruise requires thought and proper planning. You will need dressy clothes, casual options, bathing suits, shoes for multiple occasions and more. Your stateroom storage options might be limited so it is best not to over-pack. Use these essential cruise packing tips to help you bring the right things on your next voyage.
Walking – Cruise excursions can require quite a bit of walking. If you are looking for something a bit more stylish than your running shoes, try these packable sneakers from Plae. They are lightweight, fit like a glove, and designed to compress flat so they won’t take up much room in your suitcase. Plus they are waterproof making them the perfect shoes for a cruise.
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Evening – It is never easy to walk around on a moving ship in high heels. For evenings, I prefer slightly lower, chunky heels that still look great. These Naturalizer Strappy Sandals have a solid heal and work great with both dresses and pants. Plus they have a cushioned insole so you can wear them all night without your feet hurting.
I have finally found a reasonably priced designer with dresses that make me feel pretty. Eliza J makes fabulous, feminine dresses that are perfect dinner onboard a cruise. Their fit and flare maxi dresses look good on just about everyone and are easy to pack. Simply steam out any wrinkles once you arrive.
At this point, I am more comfortable in a one-piece rather than a bikini. But that doesn’t mean my bathing suit has to make me feel frumpy. I love this flattering swimsuit from La Blanca. It has just enough coverage (but not too much) and the built-in tummy toner makes me feel confident whether I am swimming in the pool or lounging on the sundeck with a cocktail.
How to Pack for a Cruise
I only pack in a roll-on suitcase. It is true. No matter how long my trip is, I make it fit. I make sure that all of my toiletries are TSA compliant and that I have enough for a week or more by using these tips. The thought of losing my luggage before a cruise makes me a little crazy. How will it catch up to me once we are at sea?
Packing Cubes – I use compression packing cubes to make clothes lay as flat as possible to pack in my one suitcase. Plus they keep me organized. Usually, I stay in a hotel for one night prior to embarking. I just pack that day’s outfit separately in one cube. That way I don’t need to dig through my suitcase and make a mess to find what I want to wear.
Luggage – I have several carry-on bags but the one I use the most is my Delsey 21″ Expandable Spinner. This hard-sided suitcase has spinner wheels which makes it glide effortlessly through the airport. I feel like sometimes I walk a million miles connecting from one terminal to the next. It also expands just in case I buy a few things while I am cruising.
Travel Backpack – I am in love with Flip & Tumble reusable shopping and travel bags! This lightweight foldable backpack is perfect to keep in your suitcase. It rolls it up into its top flap and folds down to be only 1″ thick. You never know when you might need a backpack for an excursion or a day at the beach.
Additional Packing Tips
There are a few other things I always keep packed in my suitcase, like over the door hooks which are especially helpful in small cruise cabins. Compression socks are essential for long flights. VIM & VIGR make super cute ones that are extremely comfortable, reduce swelling and help with circulation.
I also use Stitch Fix, a professional online styling service, several times a year to help me build out staple pieces of my travel wardrobe. The stylists get my taste and my budget. Some of my best pieces have actually come from them!
Do you have any tips for what to pack for a cruise? I’d love to hear them!