Packing For a Caribbean Cruise and My Number 1 Tip
I’m here to show you how packing for a Caribbean cruise doesn’t have to be stressful. I had a request to talk about what we packed for our vacation and I even took photos of each of our items. Of course Nancy, Charlotte and I all included the 7 essential things to pack for a cruise that I just blogged about.
Quote of the day: “Going on a trip. Need about 4 outfits. I’ve packed 35 just to be safe.” Unknown
I also wanted to include a packing list I came up with years ago. I use this for all my trips just to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. Click on the link and download it. When you print it, make sure to check the option to fit on one page . I print a new one for each trip and cross off what I don’t need while putting a check mark next to what I’ve already packed. This can be especially helpful if you are packing over a couple of days. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what you’ve packed and haven’t packed.
Then again, Rob and I always try not to stress about packing. As long as you have your ticket and some money, you can almost always purchase anything you’ve forgotten. We check our bags for the convenience of not having to lug it through the airport and I don’t stress about the little things.
I’ve posted before about some tips for packing for a trip. While I’m not an expert by any means, I’ve definitely gotten better and now I also analyze my results.
Tip #1: Try to plan and try on your outfits ahead of time as much as possible. For example below is what I did for this cruise. I printed out our daily calendar with the excursions listed. Then I tried on the outfits the night before and when I liked what I saw in the mirror, I made notes next to that day. As you can see, we are planners.
I also like to change clothes for dinner. And there is a good reason for this at least on this trip. In the Caribbean where it’s a hot day outside, you could get sweaty. I would say most days, we came back from our excursions and took a shower before dinner that evening. Personally I don’t enjoy washing things out either. It’s my vacation and the last thing I want to do is laundry.
Tip #2: Start your packing with your shoes. I usually take 3-4 pairs of shoes, and make sure that all my items go with these shoes.
Considerations for our Cruise
We did hang out in Denver for 2 days before our cruise, so we had to be conscious of that with our packing. Luckily, knowing this we had left some winter clothing at Nancy’s before we moved . The hard part was the difference in the temperatures of where we were to where we were going.
The other aspect of this cruise is it was over New Years Eve. And I wanted all of us to really dress up for that evening. The hard part about that it would be hard to make our NYE piece/s versatile.
Jodie’s Packing for a Caribbean Cruise
Shoes: 4 pair and flip flops. The sneakers were for the airport and our couple of days in snowy Denver.
Bottoms: I had one pair of pants, 2 skirts and 1 pair of shorts. Having the same color shorts and skirt makes it easy to mix and match too.
Tops: 11 tops although a couple were camis to wear under other pieces.
Dresses: 5 Dresses and 2 could be cover ups over my swim suits.
Toppers: 2 Kimonos and 1 lightweight jacket
Swim & Scarves: 2 swimsuits and 4 scarves
Accessories: 1 hat, 2 small purses, sunscreen (of course), 2 necklaces, 4 pairs of earrings and 4 bracelets.
Would I Consider my Packing Successful?
Absolutely. My best idea was I ordered a Fashom box right before our cruise requesting pieces for this trip. And I loved and purchased all 5 items from that box. I’ll explain more about them in the posts about the clothing we all wore. If you use my link to Fashom above, you will receive a $10 credit to your account to use on an item (and your styling fee for your first box is free). You can see my post all about this service here.
What I wished I had taken
There are two things that I wished I had packed for this trip. One is twice as many undies. Because of the fact that we did get hot on our day trips, and then usually showered before dinner, I would have liked to have extra ones.
The other item is a travel steamer. Cruises don’t have irons in the rooms, and my friend suggested this one. However it was too late for me to get it before we left.
Nancy’s Packing for a Caribbean Cruise
Shoes: 4 pair and flip flops. Nancy didn’t have many comfortable sandals so she brought mostly closed toe shoes.
Bottoms: 2 pairs of capris, 1 pair of shorts and 1 pair of leggings pictured with the scarves. Nancy used the trick of having the same colored capris and shorts also.
Tops: 13 tops (2 pictured in the toppers photo).
Dresses: 1 Dress and 1 skirt.
Toppers & Scarves: 1 Kimono and 2 scarves.
Swim : 2 swimsuits and 1 cover up.
Accessories: 1 hat (not pictured), 4 necklaces, 1 purse, 4 pairs of earrings and 5 bracelets.
Would Nancy Consider her Packing Successful?
Nancy did wear almost everything she took so that was successful. She didn’t have as many skirts or dresses but that is partly because she said she doesn’t wear them on trips. Not living in a tropical place, she didn’t have a lot of tropical looking clothes like so many other people but she did the best she could. As an aside, I will say that any box service (like the Fashom one I used and talked about above) would be perfect if that’s the case. Especially because it’s not always easy to shop for these pieces when they are out of season.
Was There Anything Nancy Didn’t Need or Wished She Had Brought?
Nancy said she wished she had taken more than a white sweater as a topper since she needed it a lot in the cool air conditioning and it went with everything.
On the other hand, she feels like she took too many wraps. Nancy doesn’t use them like my mom and I do so she didn’t feel like they went with her outfits as well as the cardigan. They were more for her swimsuits. I do think scarves and wraps can be very useful, but they are like anything. The more you wear them, the more you figure out how to wear them.
Nancy also didn’t like having the hat because it was hard to pack and in the way all the time. Which is exactly the opposite of what I said in the 7 Essential Things to pack for a cruise post. It goes to show we are all different. I did suggest that she bring her visor instead, but for some reason she didn’t pack it. Her surprise was that she enjoyed wearing her skirt more than she expected.
Charlotte’s Packing for a Caribbean Cruise
Shoes: 3 pair and 1 pair of water shoes (pictured with swim).
Bottoms: 2 pairs of capris, 1 pair of pants, 3 skirts.
Tops: 8 tops.
Dresses: 1 dress and 3 tunics (1 not pictured here and 1 used as a coverup)
Toppers: 2 toppers and 3 scarves
Swim: 2 swimsuits
Accessories: 2 belts, 2 purses, 2 necklaces, 3 bracelets and 8 pairs of earrings.
Would Charlotte Consider her Packing Successful?
Absolutely. Do you know my mom replied that she did consider the packed things successful especially since she took my suggestion and tried everything on before hand? Seriously….if you don’t believe me, at least believe my mother.
Was There Anything Charlotte Didn’t Need or Wished She Had Brought?
My mom had another pair of shoes out to bring and at the last minute decided not to pack them. Looking back, she wished she had left them in the suitcase.
Charlotte didn’t come to the hot tub with us as much, so she feels like she didn’t need the second swimsuit. While that’s the case in looking back on the trip, I still think it’s better to have two in your suitcase. Especially since they don’t take up a lot of space.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
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