Oh hey guys! We got back from our Mexican cruise this past weekend, so I’m still getting adjusted to life as a landlubber, so no outfit post for you all today, but instead…I thought you might like to see a Style On Target cruise packing list!
I needed some help on what to pack for the cruise, and I ended up creating this after not finding a lot! It’s kind of similar to my Hawaii What to Pack post, but since cruises have very specific wardrobe needs, I figured I could update it to reflect that a bit. For this cruise, we’re going on a 5-day cruise with two stops, so we’ll be on the boat for a good portion of the time, but I’ll need a good mix of on-boat clothes and off-boat clothes. I can personally guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a beach tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane.
Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)
- Pop of Color Tee: Casual and cool and works to give you some excitement to your basic shorts. Tuck it into a skirt for a casual, but dressy dinner outfit or pair with shorts for exploring!
- Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and probably can’t last 5 days without. Wear it with the shorts and your light jacket. Or wear it with your graphic shorts. Or with everything (too much?)!
- Graphic Tee: Perfect for site-seeing. They work with shorts, skirts, and jeans. Easy peasy, right?
- Breezy Embroidered Top: Classier than a t-shirt, but not too heavy for those tropical temperatures.
- Light Jacket: This could be denim or a rain jacket or a anorak jacket. Take one. Trust me. Beaches get chilly at night, plus it can double as a blanket on the plane.
- Shorts (navy, chambray, and print): These can be used for casual day looks, paired with a color tee and statement necklace for night, or as a swimsuit coverup. Oh, and it’s HOT in the tropics. Shorts are a need.
- Skirts (stripe and blue): Skirts are great, because they’re instantly classier than shorts, even when paired with tees. How cute would your breezy top be paired with a skirt?
- Dresses (1, 2): For a fancy dinner (elegant night) or a casual dinner on the beach. Plus, you can always throw a t-shirt over it, knot the tee, and then you have another outfit!
- Two Swimsuits (how cute is this anchor one?!): One to wear Day 1, one to wear Day 2. Continue to alternate, because there is nothing worse than a wet, cold swimsuit (am I right?)!
- Beach Hat: Perfect for “Days at Sea” when you’ve got a book in one hand and the sun in your face!
- Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse is pricey, but you can find more affordable ones. It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!
- One or Two Pairs of Sunglasses: I always suggest bringing two pairs because my husband and I are notorious for losing them in the ocean (I mean, we’ve been on two beach trips together and have lost a pair on each vacation!). We’re embarrasing, we know.
- Sneakers: These are the shoes you wear when you’re exploring ruins or using the on-boat gym. Lightweight and in a neutral color. This pair doesn’t scream tourist. Don’t pack these and wear them on the plane to save room!
- Sandals: This gold braided pair from Target is perfect because it’s classier than the Birks, small and easily packed, and adds some interest.
- Espadrille Flats: I just included these, because I brought them on our trip, and I love how made every outfit better!
So that’s it for my cruise packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries (hello sunscreen and motion sickness pills! #glamourous), books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more person to person needs anyway.
Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?