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How to Pack For Your Next Hawaiian Cruise

7 July 2009

Hawaii Cruises

I know personally the worst part of going on a cruise is the packing. You never know how much you should bring. Most time I end up over packing and never wearing half of the clothing I brought. I have learned “the hard way” by forgetting some essential items and then having to purchase it at double (or more) the price on the cruise ship or in a port of call.

Cruise Customs are changing

Many passengers look forward to dressing up in the evening; others truly dread it. But these days you don’t have to be high fashion to enjoy your cruise. Dress codes have loosened up along with dining options. I would check your specific cruise line for the amount of formal nights, semi formal nights and the dress code for the common areas on the boat.

Day wear

Bring quality swimwear, as you’re likely to spend a lot of time in or around the pool, especially on warm weather cruises. For women, sarongs, cover-ups and sundresses are necessary, since most cruise lines require that you wear more than a swimsuit in the dining rooms.

Evening wear

Most cruises will have one or two formal evenings a week. Men are expected to wear a dark suit or sports jacket. Women should wear an evening dress or a dressy pantsuit. For evenings that are less dressy, women can get away with silky tops and trousers. Be sure to pack a dressy sweater or jacket, especially for the newer cruise ships, whose air conditioning can be quite powerful.

Versatility counts

Remember you can always wear clothing more than once. Bring outfits that will easily mixed and matched this way you’re not over packing or paying high feeds to have your clothing cleaned.  If you’re concerned about running out of clean clothes, don’t worry.

The easiest way to plan your packing is to make a list of all the items you need to bring. I found through experience that makes life so much simpler when you have guide of what to bring for every occasion. Remember to pack based on your cruise and what activities you plan on taking part in while on your cruise.


  • Cheltenham said:

    The best way to pack light is to bring things that you can mix and match for formal and day. If you are happy to lounge around the pool all day, you only need a few items of swim wear, rather than a multitude of day outfits!
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  • Buenos Aires travel said:

    I wouldnt carry a suit if I book a cruise! I wouldnt wear a suit during my holidays. Like Cheltenhan said I would try to mix casuad and something a little more formal.
    .-= Buenos Aires travel´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  • Cruise Travel Tips said:

    Nice tips about how to pack on hawaiian cruise.

    i have a similar list for what to pack on a cruise vacation at http://www.cruisetravel-tips.com/cruise-travel-expert-guide/what-to-pack-on-a-cruise-vacation.html
    .-= Cruise Travel Tips´s last blog ..Cruise vacation versus ordinary vacation =-.

  • Tina said:

    Great tips! 🙂
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  • Holiday rentals said:

    good advantages for traveling people like us, good tips, thanks!!

  • TrophyHunting said:

    Lovely blog.. makes me wanna visit the hawaiin islands..

  • vacations trip said:

    Great tips!!
    Can use this, thanks.

  • Hangers said:

    Hawaiian Cruise is one of my all time dream! I enjoy traveling and same with you, I had experienced over packing my things and never used almost half of them. The tips above are a great help for those who have the hard times in what to bring in a cruise.

  • Cheap Air Tickets India said:

    It is our common tendency, we want to pack each and everything we like and this makes our luggage bulky. Always try to pack things that you really need while going on cruise to avoid problems in luggage handling.

  • Hawaii said:

    It’s my favorite cruise destination, but I haven’t got the chance to visit it yet…