Amy Spagnola


What to Pack for a Cruise Vacation

If you're preparing for a cruise vacation or just intend on doing some tropical traveling this fall, there's quite a bit of packing and prep needed for a sunshiny hiatus. On a cruise, there are elegant evenings aboard and fun pool time--each with drastically different wardrobe requirements. In addition, if you plan on working out or attending fitness classes, you'll also need a bunch of exercise clothes. Be mindful of the fact that a non-European or Alaskan cruise will likely require more fun, flirty and flowy fabrics. Don't plan on taking your favorite velvet midi dress or that beloved cardigan as the dress code is more nautical themed and should be airy and light.

Here are a few suggestions for packing for your upcoming cruise vacation.

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#1.) Cute Coverup
Whether it has crochet or fringe details, a classic coverup will serve you will throughout your cruise. Whether island hopping or staying aboard and hitting up the pool buffet, you'll find yourself wanting to wear a coverup as a dress. Shop for something with a jazzy print or brocade sleeves to be a style standout. A lace-up, tassel kaftan or fringe coverup should be just the ticket for remaining cool, comfortable and chic by the pool.

#2.) Timeless Tropical Dress
Forget the heavy sweaters, long dusters and oversized tunics, for a trip on salty seass, it's imperative to have a slew of easy, breezy and colorful dresses. Forget all the things you typically gravitate towards-like minimalist and monochromatic. A cruise vacation is all about limes, lemons, pinks and yellows. Leave the gray, black and brown threads at home.

#3.) Lacy and Loud Pumps
While you're building your cruise wardrobe, mostly you'll want to pack comfortable sandals, easy mules and slip on sneakers except for the few nights when there's a captain's dinner or other onboard occasion. For those special nights at sea, it's important to have a pair of fun and festive pumps to pair with any of your tropical dresses or short and t-shirt sets. If you can't stand to bring heels, try mule slides, wedges or flip flops in rainbow colors.

#4.) Sporty and Sassy Clothes
While eating on a cruise will become like a job (#buffetallday) it's still important to pack exercise clothes for spin or Zumba classes on the ship. For sea days, a walk around the track (if available) or some time on the treadmill will keep all that margarita mush in check. Go ahead and favor bright and peppy clothing--it will make you a style standout in the exercise room, not to mention the bright colors will make it easier to get motivated to workout those sea legs.

#5.) Bikinis for Days
Almost as necessary as underwear--it will be essential to pack one, two or maybe even three swimsuit options for your future cruise. Be sure to have more than one swim selection in case you gain a little weight over the course of the trip. Also, consider packing a one-piece as well as a few bikinis as it may be more practical to wear shorts and a one-piece while galavanting around the ports.

#6.) Bold Beach Bag
While most people will carry aboard purses, luggage and even totes, it's still important to have a beach bag for shopping and lounging on the beach during dock days. Carrying all the essentials in a easy with a rope handle or straw bag. Try and opt for something with a cute saying like 'Beach Please' or a bag embellished with pom poms, tassels or fruit for a some carefree vacation vibes.

#7.) Statement Earrings
Forget the delicate chain necklaces or the of-the-moment long pendants with stones and gems, a cruise is a time for celebration should be a jovial journey. Focus on grabbing bright and beautiful dangly earrings in a chandelier style. Palm tree hoops and beach-y studs are also fun options for some travel time ear candy.

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