By the time you read this post, I’ll be en route to NYC with 2 kids in tow.
Yes, it’s THAT time…
The THD crew is headed East for the annual-NY summer extravaganza. This year, we’ve upped the ante a bit and made a bold move to add on a 7-night Bermuda cruise with the whole family, in addition to our regularly scheduled NY agenda.
(The kids don’t know about the cruise part — so shhhhh!)
For the past few weeks, my guest bedroom has been transformed into a packing/staging room where some serious organizational work has been taking place. Packing is pretty stressful in itself, now add on organizing the packing into 2 separate travel legs to ensure that we have everything we need for both parts of our trip!
Yeah, it’s no joke.
That being said, I was up for the challenge!
Today’s post is all about the cruise. Cruising has come a long way since I last boarded a ship in 2006 — less structure, more activities, more dining options and hopefully, more fun! Oh, and yes, definitely more kids in this case. There are 7 of us traveling together this time around — my squad rolls deep.
I tackled this trip as I would packing for any destination:
First, determine how the day is going to be broken up. In this case, I expect a casual pool/beach scenario for the first half of the day, followed by a more dressy vacation/resort inspired look for evening. Let’s not forget a gym ensemble, as well — gotta work off those vacation cocktails somehow!
Once my day was broken up, I could then focus on the individual parts — considering color palette, layering options and accessories to create the ideal cruise packing list.
Now, let’s get to it!
Our days aboard the NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY will hopefully be filled with lots of pool time when at sea and lots of beach and island adventure time when docked in Bermuda. I’m hoping to start each morning with a great workout (hello, FLYWHEEL!) followed by fun and sun on deck. Swimwear and coverups will probably make up the majority of my at-sea daywear, with a few comfortable and lightweight separates for those days on the island.
Swimwear // This category is probably the most challenging for all of us. With 2 kids and a fairly active schedule, I opted to stick to more athletic-inspired (a.k.a. sturdy) bikinis for this trip. The less fuss, the better. I picked up this CLOVER CANYON suit, as well as this LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ 2-piece on clearance at NET-A-PORTER earlier in the season and I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of both!
In total, I packed 4 swimsuits — 2 of which are reversible!
Coverups // Who wants to spend a ton of cash on a piece of clothing that gets covered in sunscreen, sand and chlorine on the regular? Not this girl. I’ll splurge on the swimsuit, but save on the coverup. My coverup collection consists of random finds from stores like H&M, FOREVER21 and ASOS. The key is to think outside the box and consider items that may not technically be coverups, but work nevertheless. I will be packing 4 coverups in my bag.
Sunglasses // Between covering up last night’s sins, protecting your delicate eye area and shielding you from the tropical sun’s glare — sunglasses are a MUST. I plan to bring 2 pairs with me: my trusty RAY BAN AVIATORS for more active days and my oversized PRADA frames for lounging.
Shorts // I’ll be honest, shorts are not my favorite. I’ll wear a skirt any day over a pair of shorts. There are however, a few pairs of shorts I can’t part with — like my favorite BOYFRIEND DENIM SHORTS. I packed a total of 3 pairs of shorts this trip and I guarantee that will be plenty. I also threw in this LAYERED RUFFLE MINISKIRT, which is casual enough to style for day.
Tees + Tanks // I tried to limit the number of tees and tanks I packed to only 5 — grey, white, black, striped and graphic. This is probably the category that I always end up overpacking, so I kept it as stripped down as possible.
Workout // Here’s my dilemma: I sweat. A lot. I need enough workout gear to get me through the week, without completely filling my suitcase with dry fit and spandex. As a solution, I decided to create a capsule workout wardrobe filled with pieces that all mix and match to stretch my possibilities to the max. So 3 pairs of leggings (one is reversible), 4 sports bras, and 4 tank tops later I think I’m all set. I’m also going to be bringing mini single-use packets of detergent so I can do a quick wash in the cabin bathroom sink. Not the ideal scenario, but I’ll make it work.
Dresses // Although cruising is much more casual than in years past, it’s still fun to get a bit dressed up sometimes. For vacation nights, I like to keep my outfits as comfortable and lightweight as possible so no heavy or overly structured materials. Obviously, my favorite MAXI DRESS of all time is coming along — in addition to a few other fun pieces. In total, I’m bringing 5 dresses.
Separates // Who can travel without a pair of jeans? WHITE JEANS are practically a vacation staple. I threw in some feminine off-the-shoulder tunics as well to wear on their own, or over the jeans. A denim jacket was also a must — that cruise ship AC is frigid!
Shoes // Generally, when traveling I try to limit my packed shoes to only 3: a SNEAKER, a comfortable FLAT/POOL SLIDE and a neutral HEEL. This time around, I couldn’t resist throwing in my favorite PLATFORM ESPADRILLE WEDGES for a grand total of 4 pairs of shoes. They’ll be perfect for nights on deck when I need a bit more stability/balance — not to mention, their ridiculously comfortable and super cute. I’ll willingly sacrifice suitcase space for super cute shoes.
Handbags // All you really need is a large tote for beach/pool and exploring and a small crossbody for night. For a bit more variety, I use leather pouches in my large tote to sort some of my power cords, makeup, etc. Those can then be repurposed as clutches in a pinch!
Jewelry // Vacation is the time to ditch the fine jewelry and pack a few bold, statement pieces to complete your look. Bright earrings, an eye grabbing necklace, or a fun cocktail ring all can add personality to your travel wardrobe. In addition to my standard diamond studs and wedding/engagement ring, I’m packing: 2 necklaces, 1 cuff, and a pair of oversized tassel earrings.
Ok, did I miss anything? Anyone else cruised this NCL itinerary before? Also, if you’ve got any great Bermuda recommendations, please send them my way! We’ll be docked there for 3 days so that leaves us plenty of time to explore and relax!
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