I love dressing for formal nights. I enjoy the stepping out and taking pictures. However, Iwould love to take one less peice of luggage. I wish I could get it in the small suitcase I planned on carrying. Do u have any ideas other than carrying a dressbag.
My wife uses a jumpsuit recommended by one of the former staffers here that you can scrunch up into the size of your hand. Dress it up with jewelry for either formal or informal. Formal doesn't mean bulky.
Scale back a bit. You don't need ball gowns! Pack a pair of dressy black pants in a slinky knit. They should pack flat and not need ironing. Then you can add evening tops for however many formal nights on your cruise. ONE evening bag for the whole week, ONE pair of evening shoes for the whole week.
I must admit over the years I have scaled back on gowns, etc. I don't wear ornate anymore, maybe I just got over it. Don't get me wrong, I still love to dress up, but it's different. Anyway, that said I always take at least four hanging items and slide a dry cleaning bag over them. This compacts them and just shake them out when you unpack. Also helps if your luggage sits in the rain on a runway somewhere. Trust me, this happens too often.
I use the rolling method for everything I pack, it keeps out the wrinkles and saves space too. For a long dress, just fold in half lengthwise, then roll from the small end. Hang it up once you get there, and voila! Formal night!
I normally bring a garment bag and I bet I could fit all my clothes if I tried. It would be too heavy though.
I like that rolling idea. I think I will try it.
I wouldn't be surprised if they make suitcases that will hold gowns in one section. They seen to have something for everything, don't they?
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Cut back, cut back? Are you all mad? No, no, no what you want to do is pack all you formal wear on hangers into a nylon suit carrier and pack this into a hardshell case Upon arrival in your cabin, hang all the gear up in the bathroom and leave the shower on hot for a while until it steams the room up. Once it does close the door and go explore! When you come back you will have lovely uncreased clothing which you just transfer straight into the wardrobe. Works a charm.
What do you mean this isn't how they eat onboard?
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