Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Frend Family Cruise: What I wore and some packing tips

Me in a vintage 50's-60's dress
Me in a vintage 50's-60's dress
Me in a vintage 50's-60's dress
Dress: Vintage/thrifted; Shoes: Old Navy; Clutch: Von Maur; Earrings: Francesca's; Ring: Forever 21

Tee: Walmart; Shorts: Forever 21; Shoes: Old Navy; Hat: Forever 21

Mickey Mouse tee skinny jeans scarf cardigan silver flats
Tee: Walmart; Cardigan: Joe Fresh; Scarf: Forever 21; Jeans: American Eagle; Shoes: Old Navy

Top: The Limited (really old); Cardigan: Joe Fresh; Skirt: Thrifted; Necklaces: Kenneth Cole and Von Maur; Earrings: Francesca's; Shoes: Old Navy; Clutch: Von Maur

Obviously this isn't everything I wore while on the cruise, but this is a good cross-section of the types of outfits I did wear. So with that, here are some of my tips when it comes to packing for a cruise:

-Don't overpack, but don't underpack either! 
On our first cruise, I overpacked way too much and I ended up not wearing half of what I brought. This time I really took stock of what I was putting in the suitcase, I planned on one casual outfit during the day and one more "formal" outfit for dinner each night. Laundry facilities are available on most ships, but if you know you aren't going to take the time to do laundry, make sure you pack enough in case something gets really dirty or damaged.

-Pack items that will work with more than one outfit! 
Being able to mix-and-match will certainly stretch your wardrobe. My black cardigan was worn almost every day, same goes for my Mickey Mouse tee, and my black maxi skirt. If it can't be worn at least twice, then it might not be worth packing (obviously there are exceptions like my vintage dress I wore for formal night, if it's super special or unique it's probably worth making space in your suitcase for it).

-Plan for all types of temperatures and weather, regardless of your destination!
We were sailing to the Caribbean in late October, so the weather was expected to be very warm, which it was. However we did have one day where it was rainy and cloudy, which if you're like me and very sensitive to temperature and humidity levels, I got a little chilled. Plus, I found that all the inside spaces of the ship (the theatres, the main dining rooms) were way too cold for my liking. I was freezing at dinner every single night, while my husband and his parents were just fine. My black cardigan became my best friend at dinner.

4 comments:

  1. You looked great! I always overpack but it's because I don't like to re-wear things, but I guess if I was limited on suitcase space, using items more than once (even if it's layered) is the way to go.

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    1. Layering is your friend, especially if you are like me and am sensitive to temperature. I was amazed at how cold I was if we weren't outside by the pool. I've made a mental note for the next one, and plan my dinner outfits so that I can put a cardigan or blazer on top to stay warm.

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  2. I like to dress for dinner, so I too will be planning a day outfit and an evening outfit. There is a fine line for under packing and over packing. I hope to find that magic middle this trip.

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    1. Yeah, I'd almost say I underpacked for this trip as far as daytime outfits go. I ended up wearing my Mickey Mouse tee more often than I'd care to admit. And also there was the fact that I was cold all the time, I needed a sweatshirt or something for the day if I was inside. Outside by the pool I was fine, but I swear they have the AC cranked on high for the rest of the ship.

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