Everyday Cashmere’s 4 tips on how to pack for a cruise
The perfect cruise wardrobe requires careful planning and cool, comfortable clothing. Everyday Cashmere’s Jen Hart shares four tips on how to sail in style.
1. Plan ahead
One of the wonderful things about cruising is that you need unpack only once and can plan your wardrobe around your chosen activities. Regardless of whether it’s cruise casual or black tie, aim to be prepared.
Start with the ship’s dress code and have a clear understanding of what the requirements are. Cruising is a more casual affair these days, but some liners still require more formal attire at night.
Pick outfits that can be versatile. A silk pant suit, for example, can be worn as one, separated into two pieces for a luncheon or teamed with a skirt or casual pants for shore excursions. A little black dress is always appropriate for cocktail wear.
Remember you’re on holidays. Lightweight and drape styles are freeflowing and comfortable. Our most popular piece for cruising is the silk and cashmere Pilar Wrap Cardigan, which doubles as a jacket and can be worn three ways.
Be creative at home before you leave; lay out all your clothes, try on different looks and photograph them. It will help with the packing.
2. Shoes are a girls best friend
Cruising involves walking, on the ship or on shore. Best to take day shoes – I personally love the white-sole look – along with sliders and heels, but not too high so your heels can double for luncheon wear.
3. Layer your look
Shore tours can start early and evening temperatures can vary wildly. Pack a scarf and a lightweight jacket that rolls up. Think layers that can be peeled off … and don’t forget your sunhat. Expedition and adventure cruises usually provide specialist outer wear, allowing you to layer up in pants and tops underneath, ideally made of natural fibres. Our Merino Slouchy Zip pants are a cruise staple: Merino adjusts to your body temperature, stays cool and warm when you need it, and is easy to wash and dry overnight.
4. Dress it up
A cashmere scarf and dress-to-impress jewellery are light to carry and the easiest way to look different every night. I always travel with a cashmere scarf and a travel wrap, both large enough to wrap in different ways. Our classic Cashmere Shrug is another popular piece as you can wear it five different ways: as a cowl neck with black silk pants, a scarf, a pop-over poncho with linen pants and a V-neck.
Cruising is often combined with add-on destinations, so subscribe to the less-is-more philosophy of luggage, so you can easily move around pre- or post-cruise.