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The Ultimate Cruise Packing Checklist (+ Helpful Packing Tips)

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Going on a cruise and not sure what to wear? Unsure about all the packing essentials you need to bring? Then you’re in the right place.

The great dilemma of any woman’s life is how she is going to present herself to the public, especially what to wear on a cruise.

A cruise is the ultimate catwalk. There are opportunities to wear lounge chair wear, swimwear, walking wear, dinner wear, workout wear, formal evening wear and of course, on shore excursion wear.

It can be overwhelming figuring out what to pack for a cruise, so to help you out, we’ve prepared this guide on the ultimate cruise packing list so you can load up the essentials.

Safe and sound in the Grand Caymans

What to consider when packing for a cruise vacation

caz and daughters' posing on cruise deck
Casual outfits for sun and adventure

To help you start packing, here are a few questions to consider. After all, no two cruises are the same, and what you pack largely depends on your destinations and the cruise liner you’re traveling with.

For example, if you’re embarking on an Alaska cruise, you can expect cold temperatures and more adventurous expeditions, or an Avalon waterways cruise in Europe is a small, intimate cruise with a luxury feel.

By answering these questions, you can adapt your packing and cruise outfits for any destination and length of cruise.

Grab a coffee and a pen and start planning your list for your cruise.

1. What will the weather be like?

The ultimate question when deciding what to wear on a cruise is what will the weather be like. Cruise wear is governed by what the sun, rain and wind are doing!

Of course, you don’t have a crystal ball, but the weather forecasts should help with your cruise planning.

Before our Carnival Vista Western Caribbean Cruise we had our eyes peeled to it thanks to the arrival of Hurricane Irma!

2. How long is the cruise?

There may not be any chance to do laundry on a cruise, so consider the number of days to know how many pairs of undies and change of clothes you need.

Be sure to consider day wear (activities based) and evening attire (casual and more elegant evenings).

3. What type of cruise activities am I doing?

Good planning is essential for a happy cruise.

Research your cruise for the kind of activities they offer and what outfits you’ll need, not just for the boat but your on shore excursions too.

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