You’ve booked a cruise, you’ve planned your on-shore activities, you’ve perused the crazy variety of onboard offerings—but you only have one suitcase. Be prepared with the most stylish items for every cruise occasion. It’s easier than you think. Just start with these suggestions to simplify your packing process:
1. Canvas Backpack
You might think that backpacks are all function and no fashion, but think again: Backpacks with nautical details in sturdy, textured canvas can enhance your outfit and come in handy for shore excursions and days spent exploring ports of call.
Summer Canvas Stripe Backpack, $30, ghbass.com.
2. Wide-Brimmed Hat
A wide-brimmed hat lets you make a bold fashion statement while also providing protection from the sun. Don’t worry, packing your hat takes up less space in your suitecase than you might think, especially if you opt for a soft, floppy version that folds up easily.
Renda Hat, $72, revolveclothing.com.
3. Neutral Espadrille
The espadrille is the ultimate shoe for any tropical trip, since it’s the perfect balance of comfort and style, whether you opt for a flat or a wedge. Pick a neutral color so you can coordinate them with any outfit.
Platform Espadrille, $20, zara.com.
4. Chic SarongTie a sarong around your waist like a skirt, or get creative and wear it like a dress. Either way, you have a comfortable, versatile item for a beach day or local sightseeing without sacrificing style — and you can use it as a bold scarf for breezy evenings, too.
Sarong Scarf, $57, revolveclothing.com.
5. Versatile Shorts
Pack a pair of chic shorts (think black, navy or an on-trend pattern) that you can wear on the beach as a cover up or throughout the day as an outfit. You can dress them up or down and wear them for many different occasions. The best part is, you’ll be comfortable all day long.
Indian Ivy Short, $58, revolveclothing.com.
6. Day-to-Night Maxi
The maxi dress is an ideal ensemble for an evening outing, but can also work for day. Choose a dress in a more casual fabric, like jersey cotton, which won’t look out of place on your daytime outings. For evening, simply switch from sandals to heels, add some accessories, and you’re ready to go.
Halter Strappy Back Maxi Dress, $40, us.asos.com.
7. Bright Sunglasses
Brightly colored frames and lenses are both on trend this season. You’ll be wearing sunglasses almost all the time on your cruise anyway, so why not bring along a bold and stylish pair or two to enhance your look?
Stella, $60, revolveclothing.com.
Pack an “arm party” of colorful patterned bracelets to add a point of interest to basic outfits—or better yet, find interesting jewelry on your travels. Make sure to check out the local shopping in the ports of call.
Hipanema Bracelet, $70, revolveclothing.com.
9. Colorful Leggings
From fitness classes to active adventures onshore, you’ll be glad you brought along a pair of leggings, especially if you pick a pair with sweat-wicking fabric. Colorful “athleisure” elements will turn your regular workout look into an outfit that looks sporty-chic in photos.
Coollast Women’s Leggings, $10, Target.com.
10. White Linen Shirt
A crisp, long-sleeved linen shirt is a light and airy way to score some extra sun protection on hot days. Plus, if you tie the ends together over a skirt or sarong (or on top of your maxi dress), you’ve got an instant island-worthy evening look.
Frenchi Spread Collar Shirt, $42, shop.nordstrom.com.
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