More than 20 million people go on a cruise vacation every year, and they all bring bags and suitcases with them. Whether you are heading to the Caribbean for two weeks, floating down a European river for just four days, or taking a journey to New Zealand and the South Seas for a month, or you just found a quick deal online for a quick week getaway, you need to know how to pack for a cruise vacation without lugging along excess baggage.
These tips can help you pack smart for your next cruise.
Research Weather Where You’re Going
Cruises can take you anywhere around the globe these days, so it is essential that you research not only the temperatures but potential precipitation and wind factors of wherever you go. It’s hot in the tropics, right? But a night in the Bahamas could be just 70 degrees and require a sweater or jacket. European river cruises commonly have changeable weather, especially if you travel in the spring or autumn.
The best way to prepare for weather conditions is to bring pieces that layer easily. A t-shirt might be perfect at the poolside bar, but a light cardigan and pashmina on top can keep you cozy as the sun goes down. These easy-to-pack layers mean fewer suitcases and more comfort.
How Fancy or Casual is the Cruise?
Some cruise lines have black-tie dinners every night, while others focus on a more ‘come as you are’ idea. Understand the requirements and expectations before you pack for your cruise vacation.
Many pieces can pull double duty for both casual and fancy wear. A silky tank top works with shorts and sandals for a pina colada by the pool, but also works for a fancy dinner with a long skirt and sparkling jewelry.
Pick a Palette for Style and Practicality
Not only can you choose pieces with multiple style purposes, make sure everything matches so you can create more outfits that look different even if you recycle pieces. One of the best ways to do this is by picking a neutral palette when you pack for your cruise. Are you heading to a sandy beach? Think white or pale tan as your base neutral that everything goes with. A more sophisticated cruise through historical cities? Maybe black or charcoal gray will be your go-to shade.
If you eschew neutrals, you can still make your whole cruise wardrobe match. Pack your bags with bright colors that complement each other beautifully. An electric blue skirt looks great with a red blouse and a nautical-themed scarf. It also pairs with bright yellow for a sun and sea style.
No matter where you plan to go on your next cruise vacation, it is possible to pack without taking too many suitcases and bags along. Find out how hot and cold, wet or dry it gets where you are going. Think layers instead of bulky sweaters and coats. Match your outfits with a neutral or bright palette so pieces do double duty without compromising style. You will have fun, look great, and not get sore arms from lugging around excess baggage.