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What To Pack For A Cruise [20+ Vacation Outfits!]

February 20, 2019


Erin Schrader

It is finally here — the complete recap of the countless outfits I either packed for or wore on our recent cruise [it turns out one doesn’t actually need to pack 30 outfits for a 7 day cruise, who knew?] I had the hardest time knowing what I should take and shouldn’t take when it came to our Caribbean Cruise. Clearly bathing suits and coverups are a must, but what about excursion days? Or chilly evenings on the ship? How formal is formal night? The moral of the story is that while you need some options, you don’t need to take your entire closet…lesson learned. I’m hoping this post provides you some ideas on what to pack for your next warm weather vacation whether you want to get all gussied up or prefer to keep it casual.

Before we dive in let’s get the logistics out of the way to make this process easier on you – for sizing reference, I am 5’4, 125 lbs on a good day, typically a 2 in tops/dresses and 26 in jeans/pants with a preferred inseam of 26-28 inches. Bra size is 30DDD [I get it from my momma]. Hopefully, this helps when determining what size you’d need. Also, feel free to follow along here for daily outfits and check out this Pinterest board where you can also get some ideas! Which reminds me, you can pin any of these looks below to save for future reference! Simply click on the links below and you will be taken directly to the retailer where you can shop! Alright, fellow “I like to get dressed” friends, let’s begin!

ps. You can see ALL previous weekly roundup blog posts in one easy spot!

Travel Outfit Idea: 

Travel Outfit // Comfortable Travel Outfit // Travel Look // Spring Cardigan // Blush Tank // Travel Luggage // Carry On Tote

Swimsuits & Coverups [I would pack 3-4 options for 7 days]: 

Maxi Dress // Amazon Fashion // Amazon Finds // Amazon Dress // Maxi Cover Up Spaghetti Strap Low Back Harem Maxi Dress with Pockets – Amazon [TTS, wearing in S] // Sandal • Sam Edelman [Size up .5] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses

Wide Leg Jumpsuit [true to size, wearing in small] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses  // Flip Flops [similar] // Tote [similar] // Tote [similar]

Beach Cover Up // Swim Cover Up // Bathing Suit Cover Up // Swimsuit Cover Up // Crochet Cover Up Island Fare Cotton Crochet-Trim Tunic • LaBlanca [TTS, wearing in S] // Flip Flops [similar]

Swimsuit Cover up // Beach Cover Up // Amazon Finds // Amazon Fashion Adreamly Pom Pom Trim Beach Cover Up – Amazon [TTS] // Bikini Top [similar] // Scallop Hipster Bikini Bottoms  [similar] // Sandal • Sam Edelman [Size up .5] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses

Two Piece Bathing Suit // Leopard Print Swimsuit // Bikini Swimsuit // Full Coverage Swimsuit Bikini Top & Bottoms [similar] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses

One Piece Swimsuit // Under $25 Swimsuit // Flattering and Comfortable Swimsuit // Amazon Swimsuit // Swimwear // One PieceTempt Me Women One Piece High Ruched Monokini – Amazon [TTS, wearing in S] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses

Bikini Top [similar] //Scallop Hipster Bikini Bottoms  [similar]  // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses

Casual Day / Shore Excursion Outfits [I would pack 2-3 for 7 days]:
Amazon Short Sleeve Striped Tee [true to size, wearing in small] //  Rolled Denim Boyfriend Shorts • Caslon [Size down one] //  Sandal • Sam Edelman [Size up .5]

Formal Night Ideas [I would pack 2 for 7 days]: 

Sequin Dress // Formal Dress // Cruise // Spring Break // Vacation DressSequin Short Sleeve Dress [similar] // Sequin Short Sleeve Dress [similar] // Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal • Sam Edelman [TTS] // Similar Earrings

Little Black Dress // Event Dress // Summer Dress // Flattering Dress // Ankle Strap Sandals // Vacation DressSquare Neck Midi Dress [similar] // Yaro Block Heel Sandal • Sam Edelman [TTS] // Similar Earrings

Ruffle Trim Wide Leg High Waist Long Jumpsuit [size up if in between, wearing in small] // Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal [true to size] // Similar Earrings
Casual Evening Outfits [I would pack 5 for 7 days]: 

Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit // Vacation Outfit // Jumpsuit // Spring Break Outfit // Summer JumpsuitSimilar Jumpsuit // Similar Jumpsuit // Strapless Full Bust Underwire Bra • Wacoal // Sandal • Sam Edelman [Size up .5]  // Panama Hat [similar]

White Jeans // What to Wear with White Jeans // Non Sheer Jeans // Comfortable and Flattering White Jeans // Off the Shoulder Top // Summer Top Gibsonlook Top [Similar, size down] // Low Rise Ankle Jeans [Similar] // Wedge Sandal [similar] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses // Wacoal strapless bra

Embroidered Yoke Tee [similar] // Jen7 Release Hem White Jeans [true to size] // Wedge Sandal [similar]

Maxi Dress // Denim Jacket // Best Maxi Dress // Comfortable Maxi Dress // Summer Dress // Vacation Dress // Black DressMaxi Dress • Loveappella [TTS] // Sandal • Sam Edelman [Size up .5]  // Similar Earrings  // ‘Samantha’ Denim Jacket • Mavi Jeans [Size up if in between, wearing in S] // Similar Clutch

What to Wear with White Jeans // Liverpool Jeans // The Best White Jeans // Summer Top and White Jeans // Ruffle Shoulder TopFlutter Sleeve Top [Size down if in between, Similar] // Penny Ankle Skinny Stretch – Liverpool [TTS] // Wedge Sandal [similar]  // Similar Earrings

Transitional Outfit // Spring to Summer outfit // Layering Cami and Cardigan // Lightweight Cardigan // Spring Cardigan Downtown Cami • Express [TTS, wearing in S] // Abby Mid Rise Soft Stretch Skinny Jeans • Liverpool [Size down] // Cardigan [similar] // Wedge Sandal [similar]

Lace Tank with Skinny Jeans // Liverpool Skinny Jeans // Spring to Summer outfit // Transitional Outfit // Blush ClutchSimilar Top // Similar Top // Abby Mid Rise Soft Stretch Skinny Jeans • Liverpool [size down] // Wedge Sandal [similar] // Similar Clutch // Similar Earrings // Wacoal strapless bra

Similar Romper // Wedge Sandal [similar] // DIFF Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses // Similar Clutch

Gibsonlook Top [Similar, size down]  // Rolled Denim Boyfriend Shorts • Caslon [Size down one] // Wedge Sandal [similar] // Wacoal strapless braTank [similar] // Wedge Sandal [similar] // Abby Mid Rise Soft Stretch Skinny Jeans • Liverpool [Size down, wearing in Petite Length for 5’4″] // Similar Clutch // Similar Earrings // Wacoal strapless bra

Warmer Layers [I would pack 1-2 sweatshirts or cardigans as it gets cooler in the evenings]:

Sweatshirt // Yellow Sweatshirt // Boyfriend Shorts // Roll Cuffed Shorts // Summer Shorts // Comfortable Shorts // Summer OutfitSimilar Sweatshirt // Similar Sweatshirt // Rolled Denim Boyfriend Shorts • Caslon [Size down one]


Two Piece Pajama Set // comfortable PajamasLingerie Moonlight Pajamas • Nordstrom [TTS, wearing in S]

Off The Shoulder Top [similar] // Gibson x Living in Yellow Cozy Skye Joggers [true to size, wearing in XS]
Beach Accessories:
Sun Hat [Similar]
And that my friends, is a warm weather vacation roundup WRAP. The only thing left to do is to grab your sunscreen and GO! I’ll see you on the beach somewhere…..

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