Cruise Packing List: All Aboard

Cruise Packing List

Ahoy, Ladies! It’s cruise season. Grab your gal pals, or your main squeeze and travel the world’s most exotic locations. While most cruises don’t put limitations on your luggage count, a small cabin’s closet doesn’t leave much room to overpack. We have some suggestions on how to manage your packing list in our Clever Capsule Wardrobe for Stylish Travel article, but here we will go more in depth about cruise wear, and offer some ideas of cute outfits to stay cool, calm and chic.

Here are some things to take into account when you pack your Cruise Wear:

  • Don’t Forget Your Swimsuit. Take one that is activity-appropriate, like snorkeling and beaches, but also pack one that is a more high-fashion look, because there’s a lot of time to spend above deck and take on-board swims. Remember that swimming is an excellent way to get in some exercise, so be sure to spend some time in the water.
  • Cruises Offer a Mix of Environments. From formal to super casual, you want to pack a range of items. A simple day dress can easily be dressed up for cocktail hours, just by adding the right accessories.
  • Keep Your Makeup to a Minimum.  Going back to the idea that there isn’t a ton of in-cabin space, keep your makeup kit to a minimum. Remember that a little black eyeliner and a bight color pop shade on the lips can easily vault your day look into your night look, in two easy products. Otherwise, it’s best to keep concealer and foundation light, opting for a BB or CC cream. And don’t forget the bronzer and highlighter!
  • Don’t Carry Your Purse. This is because of safety, lowering the chance of your entire life being stolen on-board or trips ashore in a foreign land. Plus, a tote with some sunscreen, a book or magazine, and other items is more practical. Pair that with a cross-body, just for your cellphone and debit card/ID. When no tote is needed, this tiny cross-body is ideal for all the walking you’ll be doing!

#ShopTheLook: Our suggestions for easy, please-y cruise wear:

3 Daytime Dresses-Comfy, Airy and Stylish

Boden, Imogene Jersey Dress, $70NEEDS NEW LINK

Like you on holiday, this summery dress is very relaxed. Cotton modal makes it soft and breathable, while the scoop neckline and flirty frilled sleeves deliver structure. Pull on over a bikini and pair with metallic sandals to look laid-back.

Eileen Fisher, Bateau Neck Dress, $228NEEDS NEW LINK

Resort dressing is perfected with this simple and chic shift in a lightweight weave in a sophisticated neutral shade.

Tommy Bahama, Mahana Linen Shift Dress, $115NEEDS NEW LINK

The tropical leaves and flowers of this Polynesia-inspired linen dress are a subtle reminder of the islands’ hold on our imagination no matter where we are.

Shorts and Easy to Mix ‘n’ Match TopsJag Jeans, Gracie Bermuda Shorts, $59NEEDS NEW LINK


Polo Ralph Lauren, Relaxed Linen Blouse, $128NEEDS NEW LINK


Gibson x Hi Sugarplum! Scottsdale Oversize Button Down Tunic, $59NEEDS NEW LINK


Ted Baker London, Tutti Frutti Halter, $109NEEDS NEW LINK


These dresses are perfect, day to night!

Boden, Octavia Jersey Midi Dress, $150NEEDS NEW LINK

Baublebar, Granita Tassel Earrings (Set of 2 colors), $28NEEDS NEW LINK

Boden, Freya Linen Shirt Dress, $130NEEDS NEW LINK

Madewell, Raffia Tassel Hoop Earrings, $32 NEEDS NEW LINK

Everlane, Japanese GoWeave Wrap Dress, $100NEEDS NEW LINK

Kendra Scott, Elle Earrings, $55

Comfy Shoes

Everlane, Double Strap Block Heel Sandal, $155

Everlane. Block Heeled Sandal, $155

Everlane, Crossover Sandal, $88

Born, Trang Sandal, $90

Treasure & Bond, Miles Slide, $60NEEDS NEW LINK

Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoes, $40

Beach Bag + Glam Items

Sole Society, Oversized Millie Tote, $70 NEEDS NEW LINK

Bold stripes pattern a roomy textile tote with a slouchy silhouette that makes it perfect for packing full of your everyday essentials.

Chanel, Bronzing Makeup Base, $50  NEEDS NEW LINK

The velvety finish of this light cream-gel bronzer leaves your skin with a beautiful sun-bathed look. Wear it on its own, or for a hint of outdoors radiance, over or under your favorite CHANEL foundation.

NARS, Lost in Luster Palette, $49NEEDS NEW LINK

A limited-edition, must-have face palette featuring four eyeshadows, one blush and one highlighter, too.

Coola, 4 Piece Organic Suncare Travel Set, $40

A travel-friendly pouch of essentials that help prepare you for sun-drenched destinations.

Estee Lauder, Double Wear Zero Smudge Liquid Eyeliner for Women, $35NEEDS NEW LINK

This unstoppable liquid eyeliner gives you an ultra-defined line plus 15 hours of staying power.

Chanel, Stylo Sourcils Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil, $33NEEDS NEW LINK

A long-lasting, easy-to-apply tool for precise application and buildable intensity.

Bare Minerals, Complexion Rescue™ Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream, $32

A BB cream, a CC cream and a tinted moisturizer that leaves you with beautiful sheer-to-medium coverage and a radiant, smooth finish.

Clinique, Beach Bag Beauty Kit, $18NEEDS NEW LINK

A perfect beauty kit to get you beauty ready, whether you’re at the poolside, the beach or on the go.

Base Coat, Cleansing Mist Hand Sanitizer, $16NEEDS NEW LINK

With crowded cruises and island stops you need this in your bag, an antimicrobial essential oil blend with witch hazel.

Burt’s Bees, Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract, $6NEEDS NEW LINK

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract cleanse your face in one easy step without ever having to rinse. They are specially formulated for all skin types. They gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Infused with white tea extract, calming cucumber and aloe, they leave your skin feeling smooth and naturally clean. They are 99.1% natural, dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested and contain no parabens, phthalates or petrolatum. Since no rinsing is necessary, you can use these disposable wipes anytime, anywhere.

Travel Organizer

HASSLE-FREE TRAVEL: Forget about packing-stress and say hello to hassle-free travel. With all the compartments in this hanging toiletry bag, staying organized is a breeze. After all, who likes to rummage through their toiletry bag to find their razor or shampoo? We sure don’t! With no less than six zippered pockets you will always have the perfect place for all your toiletries and cosmetics, and the XL 360⁰ Metal Swivel Hook allows you to can hang it anywhere for easy access. $32 on Amazon

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth 24 oz. Bottle, $35

Nordstrom, Cashmere & Silk Wrap, $99

Brixton, Joanna Hat, $44

Herschel Supply Co., Belt Bag, $21NEEDS NEW LINK

Downy Wrinkle Release (2pk), $13 

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