In this, our first installment of Traveling Chic, We are going to talk about how I would like to dress as if I might run into my personal style star, Ms. Kimora Lee Simmons. Unfortunately, this philosophy can sometimes mean that I end up doing the absolute most. Case in point: While headed to Miami last year for a cruise with the Hubs, I wore my foolproof travel ensemble which included a pair of skinny jeans, a tee and blazer. Instead of taking my own advice and traveling in flats, I threw on some supermodel-esque 4 inch pumps and headed to the airport. Needless to say that between walking to the gates, going through security, waiting in line to check in on the ship, etc., I was damn near hobbling…and my flats were in my checked luggage!
The lesson here: When you’re getting ready to set sail on a cruise, it really is all about the carry-on baby!
Once you board the ship, it can take a while for your luggage to be delivered to your stateroom and you’ll probably want to go into vacay mode ASAP. Some strategic carry-on packing will ensure that you’re ready for anything from drinks by the pool to doing the dougie at the bon voyage party.
The Carry-On Strategy:
The daytime dress code on most ships is resort casual. If you’ll want to get out of your traveling clothes when you hit the ship, consider packing a pair of shorts and a crisp white button down. Finish the ‘fit with Fab flats and you’re golden!
Don’t forget a change of clothes for dinner. Sluggish luggage service won’t slow you down if you plan ahead! A convertible or multi-way dress in a jersey fabric will travel well and give you multiple outfit options without taking up a lot of space. On most cruise lines, the formal dinner isn’t until day 2, so being underdressed shouldn’t be a big worry.
Make sure that you have sun protection! It may seem like a no-brainer but it’s one of those things folks tend to forget (and you do NOT want to have to buy sunscreen on the ship). A big floppy hat and sunglasses are also easy and chic options.
Bonus Cruise Travel Tips:
1. Consider your cruise line and your ports of call when packing. Will you be on a super casual fun ship or a more hoity-toity vessel?
2. Most lines have at least one formal night. Check with your cruise line for specifics.
3. Plan for tours & excursions and pack accordingly (some excursions might require comfortable walking/hiking shoes).
4. Pack laundry helpers like wrinkle releaser, Febreeze, and Tide to go.
5. Save some room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
6. Staterooms are pretty small and lack storage space. Bring an over the door organizer for toiletries and other extras.
7. An alarm clock is especially helpful in inside staterooms where there are no windows. If you use your phone, make sure you turn off the cellular data to prevent incurring roaming charges.
8. Don’t forget the basics! Over the counter meds, memory cards and batteries can be expensive on board or in port. Consider packing ear plugs (especially useful if you travel during spring break like we did…Never. Again.).
9. Keep important documents like passport, ID’s, etc. with you (check with your cruise line for required documents). Once you board the ship, lock them in the safe.
10. Pack in clusters! Two bottoms + 4 tops = 8 different outfits! Add your multi-way dress for at least 7 more options!
By T. Espinoza
CEO at The Style Medic
I’m T. Espinoza, your Style Medic. I’m the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. I work with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and make smart decisions with her money by investing in her appearance because she understands that in a world where image is so important, you only have one chance to make a powerful first impression. My question to you is: Is your style in critical condition? I can help you take your style from flatlined to FABULOUS. Contact me for a FREE consultation and resuscitate your style TODAY. I promise it won’t hurt a bit.