Ditch the dryer
Double check that the ship or hotel you’ll be staying at has a blowdryer and leave yours at home. It takes up valuable real estate in your bag.
Leave your iron at home. Most ships and hotels have an iron and ironing board in the room. Double-check then leave yours at home.
Pack for the weather
You do not need to bring clothes out of season for your destination. You can check average temperatures and extended forecasts here, then pack accordingly. Wear your heaviest/bulkiest items on the airplane to save room in your luggage.
We suggest 1 shirt for every day and 1 pair of pants or shorts for every 2 days. We also suggest limiting your swimsuits to 2-3 – you can wash them in the sink and hang to dry. If you are traveling in a balcony cruise ship cabin in warm weather, you can set them outside on your chair and they’ll dry in no time. If your trip is longer than 1 week, pack for a week and have your room steward or hotel laundry service take care of your laundry. You can also bring along these handy detergent sheets and take care of smaller items (swimsuits, undergarments, lightweight tops, etc.) yourself.
Coordinate your colors
Pack around a neutral color so you can mix and match. For example, brightly colored tops can be paired with white shorts. No one will notice if you wear the same white shorts twice as your bright top will be different.
Write it down and lay it out
Calculate how many of each item you will need for your trip based on the weather and guidelines above. Then go through your closet and lay out these items. Make sure they are clean, fresh and ready for travel. If any items are “Dry Clean Only,” leave them behind. You want to pack items that are wrinkle-resistant and low-maintenance.
Cube it or lose it
Have you ever heard of packing cubes? Have you ever had the TSA or Customs agent rifle through your bag and wonder how everything was going to squeeze back in? If you had packing cubes you would almost invite them to go through your things (we said almost!). These handy zippered soft boxes keep your clothing neat, organized and make fitting everything in your suitcase (and taking it out and putting it back in) a breeze. No more packing headaches!
Stuff your socks inside your shoes – they don’t take up extra space and they help your shoes keep their shape. Then stuff your shoes into shoe bags like the one seen here. They’ll pack neatly into your luggage next to or underneath of your other packing cubes and any dirt or smells from them won’t affect your other clothes.
You don’t need a month’s worth for a week
Unless you are traveling for an extended period of time, we do not recommend bringing full-sized toiletries. Any liquids or creams over 3 ounces cannot go in your carry-on bag. Save yourself the headache and the checked luggage fees by bringing 3 ounce bottles filled with your favorite shampoos, conditioners, body wash, face wash, face cream, etc. Don’t waste money on travel sizes of your favorite (or not so favorite) items. Pick up these handy 3 ounce bottles here and reuse them for all of your trips.
Treat yourself to a sturdy carry-on bag and aim to fill it…and nothing else. Use the tips above to pack smart and pack light. Then use your packing cubes to neatly fill a carry-on bag. You’ll look brilliant as you walk off of the plane with your luggage in hand and head to your ship or resort while everyone else is waiting for the baggage carousel to start moving…and realizing they have to pay baggage fees on the way HOME too! * Check your airline’s website for bag dimension limitations.
Traveling has a tendency to throw off our schedules and routines. Between airlines sucking the moisture right out of our bodies, to baking a bit under that beautiful Caribbean sun, we need to stay hydrated even more so when we travel. Bring a water bottle with you as a convenient way to stay hydrated without multiple trips to the drink station to refill those teeny, tiny cups.