For those you you ladies who pack less by mixing and matching, what would be a good rule of thumb about what to pack and how much of it? For example, if you pack 2 slacks, 1 black and 1 khakai, what kind of and how many tops would you pack for each? Same question for shorts and skirts. Would you plan to use the same tops with both shorts and slacks? Etc. I want to have enough, but run out of clothes clean enough to wear.
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I only packed one pair of black pants and a black skirt. I brought 5 dressy tops that matched both. I found that I wore shorts all day and didn't need any other pants, plus it was too hot. For a 7 day cruise to the western carribean I took 2 formal dresses (one long and one short), 1 pr. black pants, 1 black skirt, 5 dressy tops, a dressy sweater, 4 pr. of shorts, 7 t-shirts, 3 bathing suits, a coverup, 1 pr black dress sandals, 1 pr. sandals, 1 pr water shoes. We wore jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers down (we're from the northeast). I found I had plenty of clothes. Hope this helps.
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I took wwwwaaaayyyy too many clothes las time and have pared it down this time for a 7 day cruise to:
black pants/2 shirts (one dressy for a formal night, one more casual)
formal night dress
2 casual dresses
2 pairs of capris - one top for each
5 pairs of shorts and 7 shirts
big t-shirts for lounging around my room
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of dressy shoes
I AM going to get all my clothes in one suitcase, with dresses in dh's garment bag.
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For day, I bring shorts in Khaki, black and navy; capris in khaki, navy, black and white. Add severaal tops in solid colors of white, black and red; tops in prints that match one or more bottoms. I also bring a couple pair of floral/print capris that go with white tops. I bring flat sandles in black and white. Accessorize with a small purse in a neutral beige.
For evening, I bring two formal outfits (usually one long black skirt and two dressy tops, one in pink and one black/silver) and strappy black shoes and plain black clutch; informal I bring one "little black dress" and accessorize it with the same things I used for formal night. For casual evenings I wear the capris with a dressier top like a white tank/shirt in a sheer fabric; I might throw in a sundress to wear with the flat sandals.
I find one bathing suit plenty. Plus I bring a couple of large t-shirts, walking shorts and my walking sneaks.
I try to bring as little toiletries as (womanly) possible. I bring travel size shampoo and use the hotel/ship's stuff. The largest thing I bring (my "luxury" item) is my own hair dryer because I can't stand the ones attached to the wall. I keep the makeup pared down to two lipsticks, one mascara, one blush and one eyeshadow. Sunscreen is the most important item in my kit. Add to that a nightgown, undies, and pantyhose and I'm ready to go!
Hope this helps. I think the key is to pick basic colors for the bottoms and then mix and match different colors/patterns/fabrics for your tops. By keeping your evening wear based on black you can't go wrong. Take just one black dress and change it completely with accessories if you want. Dress it up or dress it down.
you can get 2-3 nights wear out of one pair of pants - just change the top each evening.. I myself prefer sundressess and sheath dresses and 1 pair of pants for casual wear, sundress/sheath dress take up very little room, just hang them in your garment bag. I pack 2 formal outfits, 1 pair dress shoes, 1 pair white casual flat sandals.
Day time - 2- days maybe 3 on a pair of shorts - i change tops daily, -i bring half t-shirt type and half sleeveless or halter style depending upon how hot it gets. I wear my sneakers when traveling and i pack 1 pair of water sandals
2 bathing suits with a cover-up.
This is for a 7 day Caribbean cruise.
I packed one pair of nice dressy black pants and wore them at dinner with FOUR different dressy blouses/shirts. I packed 1 nice sparkly long dress for formal night, a 'little black dress" for the 2nd formal night and a casual knit dress for the other night. I just rotated and wore my black pants every other night. I only wore my dinner evening clothes for maybe 2 hours so I never felt "skumky" re-wearing the pants 4 times. A lot of people re-wear their day wear, but we were so busy during the day running around, and it was so hot, I just didnt feel comfortable trying to wear my day wear more than once, so I brought a clean pair of shorts and shirts for each day and skimped on the evening wear.
All you really need on board ship (except for dinner) are a few big T-shirts and shorts. Honestly! You find you will go everywhere in them. They can go over your swimsuit for the buffet/cafes, to the dining room (not dinner) and to the casino. For dinner your black pants are great...on casual nights use casual tops and pack a couple of really dressy tops for formal nights. You might want to bring a more cocktail type dress and shoes just for fun tho...I found that in Mexico things were very laid back -in Bermuda it was dressier - but your shorts and tops are fine there too..maybe not your "I'm With Stupid" shirt, but your solids. Break the bank on the swimswuits. You will spend lots of time in them. Cruising is wonderful. Have Fun!
Thanks everyone. This is helpful. I was trying to figure out what evening wear could be reworn and what shouldn't.
I've been debating whether to take one formal that isn't black in addition to my black one. I can wear the same shoes with my black slacks, black skirt, and black formal, but would have to pack a different pair of shoes if I take the non-black formal. Is it worth taking an extra pair of shoes or should I just stick to all black? The black formal has a jacket. I can make it look quite different by leaving off the jacket one night and adding different accessories. I really like the idea of mixing and matching in order to pack less.
That sounds like a good plan - that way you have more room in your suitcase to bring home all that stuff you didn't think you were going to by but couldn't leave those exotic ports without lol. TTFN Jennifer
I have realized i am spending way too much time on my clothes and not my destination, so in reading the infomation on all these message boards over the last two weeks, two weeks to go and still shopping!! I have decided that I should stop worring and just go with what I feel comfortable with ,not my idea of what "people " may be wearing. I have the sugested black pants and dress with asortred tops, sparkly and not , for formal and informal. The sugested number of shirts and Ts. Capris for dressy casual and what I hope are acceptable tops for the diningroom. I am stuck on cardigans or jacket for deck and dressy casual, but as this is the wrong season and I only have one white cardigan, that will do.
I am ready. Panama here I come. I am now looking foward to cursing and reserching the destinations!
It will all be wonderful Take the basics and have a good time Linda.