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Clothes to Take For a Cruise - Cruise Clothing Basics


Understanding what clothes to take for a cruise can be a big factor on how you can be comfortable and stylish on your vacation.

Something that you need to be aware of is the luggage restrictions. Granted there are many cruise lines that don't limit the amount of luggage that cruisers may bring on board, you have to keep in mind that cruise cabins don't have huge closets. In addition, if you need to fly to the cruise port then you may encounter some difficulties on the restrictions by the airlines.

No matter how much luggage you bring, it's important that you pack some of the essential clothes and other important necessities in a carry-on bag just in case your other bags get delayed when embarking.

When you're thinking about what clothes to take for a cruise, the main consideration should be the cruise itinerary. Ports that have a tropical climate will need a different attire than an Alaskan trip, and the season of your trip can also determine which clothes are most appropriate. You can always do a quick research online for the suggested attire for each itinerary but when in doubt you can always ask your cruise travel agent.

One set of clothes per day is simply not enough if you want to cruise in style. There are many different activities that you can do on board a cruise ship and you're going to take advantage of everything inside if you're prepared.

Day Wear - Casual clothes are the fundamental for most days during a cruise vacation. Here are some of the things you can wear:

Slacks, jeans and shorts (depends on itinerary)

Shoes or sandals

Swimsuit (carry an extra)

T-shirts and other loose clothing

Needed undergarments

Some casual accessories like sunglasses and hats

Shore Excursions - When going on different ports, the type of activity will determine which attire is appropriate. Let's take a look at the following:

Shorts or pants with deep pockets to keep wallet safe