Do you overpack for a cruise?
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Posted Sep 26 2011 - 07:41 AM
We learned after 10 cruises how not to overpack like we did in the past. I remember a time when we took a suitcase just for shoes! Can't believe we ever did that.
It took me a long time, but even as a woman I can now cut down to the bare minimum, and not be lacking. I mean, I can always buy a Tshirt on the ship or in a port if I need one, so why overpack Tshirts? Neutral, solid colors can be mixed and matched. And if I wear the same outfit for both formal nights? Big whoop. When I stopped caring about what other people thought, then I also was able to cut back on what I pack.
And, room to spare in the suitcase means room to bring home purchases!
Posted Oct 11 2011 - 04:10 PM
I use to pack at least 3 different "outfits" for each day because I was never sure what I would want to wear. Now I don't care if I wear the same thing everyday!!
After our last trip, I made a list of what I wore. That is now in the suitcase. That is what I will pack for the next trip. I hope I can stick to it.
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Posted Oct 21 2011 - 06:47 AM
Funny DH overpacks Marylou.
I have it down to a science most of the time. The only real problem I have is when we do cold weather cruises........living in Florida it's hard to decide how heavy the clothes should be. Alaska is hard the Caribbean easy.
Posted Oct 21 2011 - 09:24 AM
The one thing I have a hard time with is shoes! It seems like I take so many pairs of shoes: sandals, walking shoes, flip-flops, water shoes, dress shoes and then possibly two pairs of sandals and dress shoes depending on my color schemes. I really need to "get it together"!!
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Posted Oct 22 2011 - 06:30 PM
I always plan to take just what I'll need but at the very last minute, I always through in a few more things that I never wear. But, I am getting a bit better about that. The shoes are the easiest part for me. I pack black sandals, white sandals, both for evening, and sneakers for the day since I rarely put on a bathing suit. If I should, I could wear the black or white sandals to the pool. But I do pack lots to keep me busy- book, small needlepoint and a sewing project.
Posted Apr 05 2012 - 01:27 PM
Karen still packs about 2 pair of shoes per day, and different evening wear for every day, even after 67 cruises. She starts laying out clothes a month before the cruise. Trying to take her on a trip where we are limited to one checked bag, like our island hopping trip to the Greek islands is a challenge. I usually have a few extra t-shirts and shorts, but that's about it.
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Posted Apr 25 2012 - 01:28 PM
I am way worse than my wife! She's pretty good about not overpacking, and the everyday stuff is easy, shorts, etc., but what gets me are the formal nights. Now I sell suits and tailored men's clothing for a living, so I actually enjoy breaking out my tuxedo for a cruise, and usually take another sport coat and slacks for the supper club night (totally overdoing it, I know, but my wife and I kinda like the more intimate date night feel, so it's nice to dress up). This of course means packing tux shoes and dress shoes, ties, shirts, etc.... I know, I'm nuts! lol
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