Just Cruisin’ – What to pack when going on a cruise! 35



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How exciting – you are about to go on a cruise! But what are you going to pack? Never fear, Starts at 60 Style have got you covered with our packing tips to keep you looking stylish on the tropical high seas.

First and foremost ensure that you are packing for the cruise destination. Go through the itinerary and start planning outfits around the places you will be going and the activities you will be participating in.  When I pack for any trip I lay out all of my outfits and their possible combinations on the bed to ensure that I have got everything covered – shoes and accessories included!

Keep it simple

When it comes to packing, stick to one base colour that you can co-ordinate everything else back to. That way all of your outfits and accessories will be able to mix and match. This makes it easy to create multiple looks out of a number of key pieces. You will end up wearing everything multiple times – but it will look different each time, because you will cleverly accessorize items differently and mix and match different pieces together.

Be prepared for all weather

Just because you will be travelling to a warmer climb, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to pack something warm. Out on the water it can get darn fresh & breezy. Also be prepared for rain. You don’t want to be going ashore and getting a favourite pair of shoes ruined. Take a collapsible umbrella, a light rain coat and comfortable shoes for walking that you won’t mind if they get wet and muddy.


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Kooringal ladies wide brim bianca hat

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Millers belle classic sunglasses

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Your travel outfit

Wear something smart and comfortable. Put on the shoes that will take up the most room in your luggage, but ones that you would be happy to wear for the next few hours.  It is also a good idea to wear that hat you didn’t want to get crushed in your luggage!

Carefully consider your carry-on luggage

This is so important as it can be hours before you will have access to the rest of your luggage.  In this ensure you have all of your travel documents, togs, sunblock, thongs, swimwear, a coverup and a change of clothes. Be sure to have any medications or toiletries that you might need.


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Colette by Colette Hayman tallulah print tote

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Millers graphic stripe top

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During the Day

Your on-board casual attire

There is casual, and then there is casual. On a cruise ship what they really mean is smart casual resort wear.  Remember you will be dining out a lot and some of the restaurants will have dress codes that will need to be adhered to.  Even though you will be travelling to tropical climbs, layering will be key to ensure that you have all temperatures covered!  You don’t want to be caught out in stinking hot humid weather with long polyester pants or shivering in something strappy.  If you layer your look, it will be easy sailing!  Also remember that decks can be slippery.  I would recommend  some low-heeled, rubber soled shoes for the ship.

Another thing to consider is what leisure activities that you hope to participate in.  Make sure you have the appropriate attire for these.

 Your on-shore casual attire

Consider where you will be going. If you are going to some cultural destinations, like a place of worship, you may need to dress accordingly with respect to the local culture.  Don’t forget to take adequate protection from the elements – like the sun and rain. Remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and other appropriate footwear  for all of your days activities onshore. Check your cruise for details.

Another thing to consider is choosing your bag wisely – you want to have your hands free to do lots of things and have all of your personal effects safe –  but you also want a bag that can carry a lot but isn’t too heavy and not so bulky that you will be taking out displays in the local marketplace! Try taking one of those fold up into nothing bags inside to carry any extra knick-nacks. Consider using a stylish back pack.

key items to pack

  • Minimum of two swimsuits
  • Sun shirt
  • Hat – broad brim and a cap
  • Sneakers
  • ¾ pants x 2
  • T shirts x 3
  • Layering tanks x 4
  • Sarongs
  • Great coverups
  • Jeans – maybe a pale colour and a dark colour
  • Shorts
  • Casual pants
  • Maxi skirt
  • Daytime frock


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Billini humble flat

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At Night

Temperatures drop in the evenings, so remember to bring something to keep you warm when you are heading out.  You will be dining out, seeing a show and having fun.  Dress for an evening you plan to enjoy!

key items to pack

  • Elegant, smart casual wear
  • Long jersey skirt
  • Long pants
  • Jersey frock
  • A few different fabulous tops
  • Cocktail wear
  • A cardi
  • A fabulous frock
  • stylish shoes


Don’t forget to pack these key accessories to spice up your look!

  • Scarves
  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Pashminas/wraps
  • At least two fabulous pairs of sunnies
  • At least one great handbag for day and one for evening – maybe a tote and a clutch.

Helpful tips

  • Socks, trakkie daks and a ¾ sleeve cotton tee – my standard lounge about and sleep wear for inside the cabin.
  • Spare coathangers – I don’t know about you but I always find that there are never enough coathangers. Try popping two or 3 plastic hangers into the bottom of your suitcase
  • Rolling your clothes instead of folding will help to alleviate any creases and allow you to fit in so much more.
  • Avoid things that need a lot of ironing – like linen or crisp 100% cotton outfits.  Opt for cotton & elastane blends, jersey, crinkle and quick drying fabrics.
  • If you don’t want things to crease wrap them in tissue paper – time consuming and fussy, I know, but it sure does work!
  • One thing I will say is don’t take anything that you would be devastated if you lost it. I have had hats blow off my head into the ocean and sunnies fall from my head.

Save some room

For all of the goodies that you are going to buy! Consider packing another empty duffle bag in your luggage that can be filled up towards the end of the cruise.


Have we missed anything in the style stakes for your cruise? Please share any tips you have in the comments below!

















Siobhan Beirne

Siobhan Beirne is a creative soul with extensive experience in both the fashion & beauty industries. With a keen passion for helping women to look and feel their best, Siobhan cannot wait to share her tips with you all.

  1. I note this comment was geared towards a tropical holiday, however, what about packing for current cool weather conditions for New Zealand ???

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    • We cruised to NZ in February 3 years ago and thinking it would be warm like our summers, we only took light clothing which was ok until we hit the South Island and nearly froze to death!!

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      • Same here. So it’s a must to take at least one warm outfit. I bought a light weight jacket on board Dawn Princess which my husband wears now walking the dog in winter.

  2. How much luggage are you allowed to take? This seems like an awful lot of clothes.

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    • There usually isn’t any restriction on how much you take, but remember cabins are smalll …. And if you’re flying to/from the ship there are airline restrictions.

    • Also, like airline baggage handlers the ship’s handlers are not permitted to lift any piece of luggage weighing more than 30/32kgs.

    • Very good advice Jenni Goodwin. Just been on a cruise where it says you are allowed 75kgs between two people. Remember though that if you are getting a plane home you are only allowed 23kgs. Colourful casual wear and a jacket, cardigan and a Good pair of walking shoes, sandals and couple of outfits for formal wear is all you need. Take note though that cruise ships aren’t as strict as they were as regards formal wear, well that’s what I found anyway.

  3. I am on my 14th cruise and take very little of this, hate those half mast pants, live in dress and shifts. one swimmer is enough. what about pegs and another travel clothes line, an alarm clock books writing things!!

  4. I just love clothes travel hints. They remind me of going on camps or starting school – mind you I am now really really good at this – except for shoes – I still take too many

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