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The Art of Packing for a Cruise: How to Pack a Capsule Wardrobe for a Hot Climate

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You have booked the cruise and are so excited to go on vacation, but then you have the dreaded task of packing for it! What do you pack for a cruise? Here I am going to walk you through it as there is an art to it.

Does anyone like packing? I don’t! I really do not enjoy it, but I do it a lot so I have become a good packer!

I pack for especially for cruising most of the time, so I am going to share with you, essential items you should bring and what you can leave at home.

Most women bring way too much with them when they vacation, then they end up wearing the same old things or what they feel comfortable in.

How many times have you shopped for loads of clothes, shoes and accessories before you go away and then either not pack them as you didn’t have room in your luggage or you didn’t feel comfortable in the new dress you bought! Any hands up?

When you travel it’s best to pack a capsule wardrobe if you are cruising, staying in a resort or even backpacking. It is better to bring less than more so you have space to bring back a souvenir or two.


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Here is my step by step guide:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 cabin/hotel 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 see!
  3. Always check the weather before you go. Does it get cold at night? Is there any chance of rain? How hot does it get?
  4. Are you going to any sights that require a certain way to dress? Some countries require to cover up in temples, churches, cathedrals and sometimes it is a custom that women do not show shoulders and knees. Always best to check first so you are not surprised.
  5. Pick out the colours you like to wear. Then narrow it down to four or five colours. For example black, navy, white, beige and coral. 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.
  6. You are going to need outfits for; joining the ship, breakfast and dinner, formal nights, tours/beach/walking around the city/town and leaving the ship.
  7. Now it is time to pick out your clothing:
  • 3 Pairs of trousers (e.g. jeans denim/white & smart black trousers)
  • 2 Pairs of shorts/2 skirts (e.g. beige/navy/white)
  • 1 Casual dress (e.g. navy/coral one that goes with scarf or cardigan)
  • 7 Casual tops (e.g. navy/white/coral)
  • 5 Smart tops (e.g. black/coral/white)
  • 1 Smart dress (e.g. navy/coral)
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt (e.g. lightweight in white)
  • 2 Formal Dresses (e.g. black/colour and easy to pack)
  • 2 Vest Tops (e.g. white/nude/navy)
  • Sweater/Cardigan (e.g. navy)
  • Gym Tee and leggings (if you use the gym)
  • Bikini/Bathing Suit
  • Over up
  • Sleepwear
  • Flip Flops
  • Hat
  • Beach bag
  • 1 Pair of Heels (Nude)
  • 1 Pair of Ballet Pumps (nude)
  • 1 Pair of Trainers/Walking Shoes
  • 1 Pair Sandals (Flat)
  • Formal clutch bag
  • Scarves
  • Handbag
  • Backpack
  • Knickers
  • Bras
  • Sports Bra
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • Trainers socks
  • Lightweight Jacket/Rain jacket
  • 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. Fold all dresses and trousers and lay below the packing cubes.
  2. One thing to remember when cruising there are washing machines onboard, so if you are doing a longer trip or want to wash some of your clothes, you can.
  3. Stick to a colour theme so you can mix and match, for example, my colours are black, navy, white, beige, coral. This makes it so much easier to make lots of outfits and takes the hard work out of dressing when on vacation.
  4. Shoes, I love shoes, but not taking my whole collection! So, my advice is to choose a colour that goes with every outfit. I wear nude patent shoes, high heels and flats and I have a matching clutch bag as they go with everything. Pack lightweight trainers or walking shoes. Leave the wooden wedges at home!
  5. Only take jewellery that goes with all of your outfits, but a necklace can change the look of an outfit as does a scarf.
  6. Hair dryer and straightening irons or curlers, take travel size or lightweight and remember your brush, comb and clips.
  7. Beauty products, do not bring full-size products unless you are going to use all of it like sunscreen and after sun lotion. 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!
  8. Take products that have multi-uses.
  9. Make-up take just what you normally use and empty your make-up bag of makeup that you only use occasionally as you will probably wear less.
  10. Remember your camera and charger, tablet and charger, phone and charger, earphones and plug adapters.
  11. 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.
  12. Label your luggage with a luggage tag and also put a copy of your tag inside your luggage just in case it comes off.
  13. Use TSA approved locks if travelling to the USA.
  14. Weigh your luggage with a luggage scales.
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Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

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

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