How to Pack for a 3 Day Cruise

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Going a cruise is super exciting, but also can be frustrating if you aren't prepared with the right wardrobe. As I mentioned in a previous post , I will be going on a Norwegian cruise press trip! The ship is sailing to Victoria, not far from my hometown of Vancouver B.C.

Planning well in advance, will alleviate last minute packing chaos.  I'm scheduled to leave in late spring, which is still a cool time of year in the Pacific Northwest. As we all know summer doesn't really arrive til July 4th, ha ha. With that in mind, I am sharing my best tips on how to pack for a 3 day cruise to Victoria.

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START WITH THE BASICS

Most likely if you are going on a short cruise, the luggage allowed on board will be limited. I know the itinerary I received for our trip, says only one carry on per person. Wow, this is a hard task for someone who loves clothes! It's also good to include items for warm weather, in case a heat wave shows up in the PNW!


Choose basic pieces you can mix and match to create many different looks:
  • Jean Jacket
  • Striped long sleeve tee
  • Leggings or Jeggings
  • Jean shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • Stretch cotton midi skirt
  • Short and long sleeved tees
  • Pair of Jeans
  • Outerwear coat
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CREATE OUTFITS FOR EACH DAY 

A fun thing to do is to use Polyvore.com and create sets for your outfits. You will love this platform for creating outfits for each day of your trip. On a 3 day cruise, most likely you will change twice a day. Of course you will need one or two glamorous outfits, for fancy evening events.


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SPACE SAVING TIPS

As mentioned before, a short cruise means you will have to pack light.  Doing things to save space, will be the trick.  Don't go overboard and only bring what you need.

  1. Roll outfits to save space.  This makes it easier to quickly grab an outfit
  2. Stash small items such as a swimsuit or scarf, between the rolls
  3. Tuck things inside your shoes
  4. Place shoes along the walls of your suitcase
CHOOSE A FEW ACCESSORIES

Accessories are the glue that hold all your outfits together , and they add a little bling that might not otherwise be there.  These are a few of my favorites to take on a cruise:
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Fedora or floppy hat
  • Slides or flip flop

Lastly, put your toiletries inside a large ziploc bag to protect your clothes. Also be sure to leave room for some souvenirs.  I hope these tips save you some time and space, when you get ready to pack.

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If you went on a cruise, where would you go?

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27 comments

  1. This sounds like such a fun trip! Great tips :)

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    1. Thank you Giulia , hope you are doing great in SFO!

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  2. I'm going on a cruise but a 7 day one! have to figure out what to bring since we wont be doing laundry or anything. Want to be comfy and stylish!

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    1. Hi Harmony, that sounds super exciting! I went on a 7 day to Alaska,,,where are you going? have a great time!

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  3. Being on a cruise is a dream for me. Sounds so cool. The water is so soothing! You are very lucky...

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    1. Awe Sonika, I hope you can go on one..the 3 day ones are def more affordable! I am blessed and thankful!

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  4. I wish to go on a cruise. It seems much fun and exciting as well. Loving this packing list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Nafisa...I hope you can sometime...the end of August is when you can get the best deals!!
      Valerie

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  5. Ooh that blue dress is so pretty! I'm not a cruise person as I get seasick, but I'm loving your style ;)

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    1. Ha I totally get that..my cousin got really sick on our cruise to Alaska....thank you so much!

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  6. I would totally do a cruise to Nova Scotia/Newfoundland! I know there are a few lines that run Boston to Quebec that aren't too long. The space-saving tips are great - and totally transferable to carry-on travel, too! And I LOVE that photo with the smaller boat (great composition!!)

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    1. Oh my gosh Katie, I would love that cruise! I am dying to go to Quebec...I am Canadian and have never been!!

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  7. A lovely guide. I've always wanted to go ona cruise but have been worried about what to pack, considering theres so much to see and do.

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    1. Yes a cruise is so much fun and full of activity, its hard to know what to bring...I hope you go on one soon!

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  8. A great guide to cruising! I have never been on a cruise although I am curious. I would love to visit the pacific islands!

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    1. Hi Georgia, Oh I would love to do a cruise there also! I hope you can go on one very soon!

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  9. This is a very simple, but great guide for packing! I will definitely have to try that website to help with outfits because I always struggle with that! Lovely photos by the way!

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    1. Thank you Lyndsay, I like to keep it simple..If I dont...stress piles on..lol

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  10. really keen to do a cruise someday soon, will definitely save this for later :)

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    1. Thank you, sure hope you can go on one soon!

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  11. I've never been on a cruise, but it's definitely something I want to try - looks fantastic! Thanks for the guide!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you get to go on a cruise someday soon!

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  12. So helpful. I hate packing and while I can pack lite, i always manage to look like a homeless person so this is a great way tp pack lite and look good!! Thanks!!

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    1. Ha ha Kely, you are always so funny! Glad it helped!

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  13. hi Val!
    ooo, I would go to the Carribean! Love your tips, rolling your clothes, and I do this with some of the wrinkle free dresses I have. and i dont think to tuck things into my shoes, great idea!
    Have a great time when you go, sounds fabulous! my brother and sis in law went on an Alaskan cruise a few years ago.
    have a great weekend
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. HI Jess, sorry I just saw your comment! Isnt Alaska so breathtaking?! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to go on another cruise soon! xo

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