How to Pack for a Mediterranean Cruise (plus outfit ideas!)

It’s finally here!

Come this weekend we will be jetting off for a week in the Mediterranean.

I feel like I’ve been talking about this trip for AGES and it’s finally here!

As much as I’ve planned and prepped, I have to admit – I still don’t really know what to expect. This is my first European cruise, and only 2nd cruise I’ve ever been on (the first being a 4-night cruise in the Caribbean for my bachelorette weekend, where my priorities were completely different!).

So as I pull out our suitcases and go over my packing list for the millionith time. I thought I’d share what I’m actually packing in terms of clothing, because we all know it’s all about the outfits when you’re on holiday.

How to Pack for a European Cruise

For Travel Days

For me, the most stressful part of traveling is the actual travel part. Whether you’re flying, driving, training, or a combination of the three – no matter how much you prepare it always feels so hectic.

Which is why when it comes to my travel outfits, I try to be as comfortable and streamlined as possible. The foundation of my outfit is usually pretty basic – t-shirt and leggings, t-shirt and jeans, or in this case an all black midi t-shirt dress.

To add a little personality I’ll throw on a jacket in a pop of colour or printed scarf. But other than that, I don’t overthink it. Mainly because I’m too busy overthinking how we’re navigating to and from our final destination.

For The Ship

The ship will be our home away from home for the next week, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be freely walking around in t-shirts and sweatpants (or no pants which is usually the case in my household).

It’s important to be comfortable, but still, ya know, cute. Light cotton dresses and sandals will be my go-to as they can easily transition from day to night on board. And though I’m not entirely sure I’ll dare to wear them, I’ve packed a couple of colourful swimsuits for when we’re spending time poolside.

For In Port

We’re actually making a lot of stops on this cruise. We’ll be visiting 5 different places spread out between Italy, Greece, Montenegro, and Croatia within the 7 days.

Again my main focus is on dresses rather than separates, mostly because the ease they give me when styling the bump. I’ll play around with prints and pops of colour, because the scenery is going to be lit and you know there’s going to be photo ops galore!

3 Essentials to Consider

Overall these are the 3 essentials I took into consideration for our Mediterranean cruise:

1. Footwear

When it comes to your shoes I think a combination of comfort and style is key. A simple gold or nude sandal that can be easily dressed up for night or down during the day is a must. Plus a pair of closed-toe shoes, whether they’re trainers or slip-ons, are a great option for active excursions or days in port where you’re doing a lot of walking.

2. Versatility

To make any travel wardrobe go far, versatility is the name of the game. Bringing items that can be worn in a variety of ways will help keep you from overpacking. And saves you space for any goodies you may pick up on your travels to bring back home.

3. Accessories

To help stretch your travel wardrobe and keep it versatile, pack in all the accessories! Jewellery, scarves, sunnies, hats. These things shouldn’t take up much space in your luggage so therefore you can bring the lot and change up your look with ease.

And that’s it folks! Get ready for lots of vacay photos popping up on Instagram come this weekend.

See you by the sea!