Sail in Style | How to Pack for Travelling
Embarking on a cruise is an exciting adventure filled with sun-soaked days by the pool, breezy afternoons on the deck, and the promise of exotic ports of call. However, the question of what to pack can be a daunting one. Striking the perfect balance between style and comfort is key, considering the various activities onboard and onshore excursions. In this guide, we'll delve into the art of packing for a cruise, with a special emphasis on clothing choices that are both practical and chic. If you're looking for the perfect Merino pieces keep on reading below or head straight to shopping here.
Things to consider when packing for a cruise?
Before diving into your suitcase, take a moment to understand your cruise itinerary. Different destinations and cruise lines may have varying dress codes and weather conditions. For instance, a Winter Tasmanian cruise demands warmer layers, while an Island adventure calls for breathable fabrics and swimwear. Researching the climate and planned activities for each port of call will be your compass for a well-rounded wardrobe.
Choose Versatile Basics
Start by packing versatile basics that can be mixed and matched for various occasions. Lightweight, breathable tops and bottoms are essential for daytime excursions and onboard activities. Consider a mix of neutral colors for these basics. All neutral basics may seem like a good idea for mix and matching but remember you're on a holiday, have some fun with what you wear too & throw some colour in there to brighten things up!
The Cap Sleeve Stripe Top worn by Linda and Denise. This is a comfy tee that can be styled up for the cruise restaurant or worn casual by the pool over swimwear! Linda wears it paired with Leisure Pants in black and Denise wears it with our Comfy Pants. David is also wearing our Comfy Pants with the Merino Polo Shirt.
Casual & Active
Like being active and comfortable? Pop in pair of Merino Leggings, either 3/4 or Full and wear for your morning exercise than again for any casual excursions where comfort is required. Team with a Merino singlet or t-shirt and then dress up with a linen or cotton tunic or dress over the top!
Leesa wears our 3/4 Sleeve Tunic top & Full Length leggings. Luke wears a T-Shirt & 3/4 Leggings out for a run & then as thermals later. Taylor wears a Crop Top & 3/4 Leggings for a spot of yoga & then later a light cotton top to go sight seeing in.
Cruise evenings often involve a range of activities, from casual dinners to formal nights. Pack a variety of outfits to accommodate these occasions. Smart-casual dresses for casual dinners, while cocktail dresses or suits might be appropriate for more formal events.
The Long Shift dress paired with our Serappe and some fancy heels makes the perfect formal outfit. The Long Shift dress is also reversible with a lower neckline so you have 2 different looks in one! The Pocket dress is a great option for tropical cruises as it is lightweight, comfy and looks really chic too.
Don't Forget a Cardigan
While the inside of the cruise ship is climate controlled it can certainly get chilly and windy on the deck! Choose a Merino cardigan or wrap that has all the warmth you need without the weight and bulkiness.
Our Lightweight Wrap Cardigan is perfect for travelling as it packs compact and offers a nice layer of warmth. If you're looking for a wrap that can be worn in many ways, then the Serappe would be perfect for your cruise holiday.
For sunny days by the pool or beach excursions, good swimwear is a must. Pack at least two swimsuits to ensure you always have a dry one available. If you like the idea of quick drying and all natural swimwear then you must try our Merino pieces. Our Crop-Top with a Singlet for sun protection and paired with our Panel Briefs make a great swimming option. Check out the images below!
A stylish cover-up like our 3/4 Sleeve Tunic Top and a wide-brimmed hat can add flair while providing protection from the sun.
Choosing The Right Fabric
Selecting the right fabrics is crucial for comfort, especially in varying climates. Opt for natural and breathable fabrics like Merino wool. Merino wool is a natural fiber renowned for its exceptional qualities. When it comes to travel, Merino wool clothing offers several advantages:
Merino wool has a unique ability to regulate body temperature. It keeps you warm in cooler temperatures and cool in warmer climates, making it ideal for cruises that may encompass a range of weather conditions.
Unlike cotton, Merino wool can absorb moisture without feeling damp. It wicks sweat away from the body, keeping you dry and comfortable during active pursuits or warmer days onshore.
Merino wool naturally resists odors. This is a game-changer when you're on a cruise and might not have immediate access to laundry facilities. You can wear Merino garments multiple times without worrying about unpleasant smells.
Merino wool has a natural elasticity that helps it retain its shape, reducing the likelihood of wrinkles. This is particularly advantageous when living out of a suitcase.
Our special Merino wool is lightweight and compact, making it an excellent choice for travelers. Its natural resilience means it bounces back to its original shape, even after being compressed in your luggage.
Packing for a cruise is an art that involves balancing style, comfort, and practicality. By incorporating versatile basics, swimwear, evening attire, and, notably, Merino wool pieces, you can create a wardrobe that meets the demands of both onboard and onshore activities. Merino wool's natural properties make it an exceptional choice for travelers seeking comfort, style, and adaptability in their clothing. So, set sail with confidence, knowing that your suitcase is filled with outfits that not only look good but feel good too. Bon voyage!
Comment by a Seasoned Traveller, Merino Lover & Happy Customer, Lou.
I only ever take carry-on and wool is the secret. You can layer it .. and it dries overnight when you finally need to wash it (coz it lasts for days without getting wiffy). I take wool wash soap. It’s by far the best way to travel. I achieve variety with silk scarves and matching earrings (light weight variations) so my same same clothes don’t keep looking the same every day.