About a month ago we were fortunate to go on a weeklong cruise. Our family has a tradition of going on one of these adventures anytime someone in the family graduates. My brother graduated with his Master’s in December (WOO JOHN! I’m so proud of you Bubba!) so we all hopped on a giant boat and cruised down to Mexico to celebrate.
Because of this awesome graduation tradition, we have gone on quite a bit of cruises (and people wonder why we stay in school! 😉 ). That being said, I’ve become really efficient at packing for these trips. I also have only ever brought a carry-on suitcase and backpack. With a parent in the airlines, we’ve never been able to bring anything larger than a carryon since we fly standby. Furthermore, I just don’t think a giant suitcase is necessary for one human for only 7 days.
In case you’re a first time cruiser and don’t know what to expect, let me start by explaining what usually goes on while cruising somewhere warm. For us, this is pretty much how the schedule goes daily:
Of course every day can vary but that’s generally how it goes for us at least. I’m sure some people have completely different schedules. We really use these trips to relax as much as possible. Some days there’s a whole lotta of nothing going on for us.
Now, as for what I pack in my suitcase I try to keep it pretty straight forward. I pack lots of dresses because it’s one piece and BAM! I’m dressed. There are usually one or two nights that are considered “formal nights” meaning men in button down and slacks, women in a nice dress, etc. Some people get really really fancy for these dinners but it honestly really depends on the cruise. This one had two formal nights so I packed two formal dresses and 1 pair of heels and got along just fine.
One last thing to mention – cruises normally provide laundry services so that’s always an option! We did end up doing our laundry once to wash our workout clothes because they stunk… Bad.
I hope this helps! As usual, let me know if you have any questions!