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The Art of Packing for Colder Cruise

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Guest Post by Lucy Williams Global – The Travelling Wife – Cruising Around the World

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Packing for a cold climate is daunting as you are thinking how I am I going to fit everything in my suitcase! Here I am going go through step by step on how to pack for a cruise with a cold climate, such as Alaska, Iceland or the Baltic.

I’m always packing for cruising, so I am going to share with you, essential items you should bring and what you can leave at home.

When you travel it’s best to pack a capsule wardrobe. It makes life easier when you want to enjoy yourself rather than taking hours deciding what to wear.

The key to packing for a cold climate is to layer and invest in some thermal layers and a light pack away warm jacket. I can’t live without my Uniqlo quilted jacket that packs away into a little bag.

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Here is my step by step guide:

  1. First get the right luggage, if you start with a heavy case then you already taking less with you, So, get a lightweight case, with wheels and one that you cannot go over the airline weight restrictions (always check your airline website to see what their weight restriction is, as they do differ). My suggestion is to buy a lightweight, wheeled, medium-sized case my favourite brand that I personally use is Eastpak.
  1. The second is to invest in packing cubes, they are a game changer when it comes to packing. They come in all different sizes, so you can organise all your clothes, which makes it a lot easier when you get to your destination. Also, I like to then use them to organise my clothes in draws in the room. It is much easier to pack and keep yourself organised. Then you can pack your underwear together, tops, dresses, jeans, etc. If your luggage is opened it looks neat and tidy and your bra won’t be the first thing airport security to see!
  1. Do not bring heavy sweaters with you bring layers. They much easier to pack and keep you warmer. I would layer a vest, tee, sweater and jacket. It is a much better way to dress in a cold climate as then you can remove a sweater or tee and it is easier to pack more vests and tees than heavy sweaters. I love the Japanese brand Uniqlo as make thin thermal tops and merino wool sweaters and cardigans. Merino wool is great as it is light in weight but very warm.
  1. Always check the weather before you go. How cold does it get? Is there any chance of rain?
  1. You will need outfits for joining the ship, breakfast and dinner, formal nights, tours/walking around the city/town and leaving the ship.
  1. Pick out the colours you like to wear, then narrow it down to four/five colours. For example black, navy, cream, red and blue.
  1. Pick colours that can be mixed and matched to make different outfits. Don’t bring items of clothing that do not go with anything else unless it is a dress for a formal night.
  1. One thing to remember when cruising there are washing machines onboard, so if you need to wash your clothes after a tour you can.
  1. Pick out clothing:
  • 2 Pairs of casual trousers
  • 1 Pair of smart trousers/skirt
  • 7 Casual tops (long/short sleeve)
  • 5 Smart tops
  • 1 Smart dress
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt
  • 2 Formal Dresses
  • 4 Vest Tops
  • 4 Light Weight Sweaters/Cardigans
  • Gym Tee and leggings (if you use the gym)
  • Bikini/Bathing Suit/Over up/Flip Flops (if you use the swimming pool onboard)
  • Sleepwear
  • Warm Hat, scarf & gloves
  • 1 Pair of Heels
  • 1 Pair of Ballet Pumps/Flats
  • 1 Pair of Trainers/Walking Shoes
  • Formal clutch bag
  • Light Weight Scarves
  • Handbag
  • Backpack
  • Knickers
  • Bras
  • Sports Bra
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • Trainers socks
  • Lightweight Jacket/Rain jacket (I love Uniqlo, as they roll up and come with a bag)
  • Umbrella
  • Jewellery (that goes with everything)
  • Watch
  • Belt
  • Sunglasses & Case
  • Plastic bag – good for laundry

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  1. Once your capsule wardrobe is selected, roll all tops and small items of clothing and place into the packing cubes. It is amazing how much more you can squeeze in.
  1. Fold all dresses and trousers and lay below the packing cubes.
  1. Shoes: Choose a colour that goes with every outfit for the evening. I wear nude patent high heels and flats and have a matching clutch bag as they go with everything.
  1. Pick lightweight walking shoes as otherwise, they will weight down your suitcase.
  1. Jewellery – only take what goes with your outfits, but a necklace can change the look of an outfit as does a scarf.
  1. Hair dryer and straightening irons or curlers, take travel size or lightweight and remember you brush, comb and clips.
  1. Beauty products, do not bring full-size products unless you are going to use all of it. Always buy travel sized products or decant into 50 ml or 100 ml bottles or jars. There are so many empty bottles you can buy in all shapes and sizes now it is easy to decant and label. But always remember to label before you wash your hair with your face cream!
  1. Take products that have multi uses.
  1. Makeup – take just what you normally use and empty your makeup bag of what you only use occasionally.
  1. Remember your camera and charger, tablet and charger, phone and charger, earphones and plug adapters.
  1. A tip for getting more in your suitcase is to pack it then stand it upright and leave it to settle for at least a few hours. Then open it and squeeze in more.
  1. Label your luggage with a luggage tag and put a copy of your tag inside your luggage just in case it comes off.
  1. Use TSA approved locks if travelling to the USA.
  1. Get your Free Packing Checklist by clicking here to make packing easier.


I hope this helps you on your next vacation.

Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

Guest Post by Lucy Williams Global – The Travelling Wife – Cruising Around the World

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