Travel Capsule Wardrobe Alaska Cruise Edition:
Packing Light for an Alaska Cruise and visit to Vancouver in the Summer
In my younger days, packing involved grabbing everything I even thought I might want to wear out of my closet and cramming it, hanger and all, into the biggest suitcase I could find. These days, after a lot of travel, both personal and professional, my packing looks significantly different. Many times I travel with only a carry-on, and other times I don’t, but I love the ease and flexibility of packing a relatively small number of garments that can be made into many more outfits. While I certainly don’t wear all of the possible outfits, I love having choices and not being locked into one specific outfit per day. I love having the flexibility to dress appropriately (and well!) for unplanned activities. My goal is always to be able to style each garment as part of at least 3 outfits. Occasionally I’ll give myself a pass for an item that is more “specialized”, but I still find at least 2 possible ways to wear it. Like I said, I don’t always wear each thing three times, but look for at least three possibilities. The thing is, I don’t like boring. While I appreciate the versatility of the gray-black-white capsule wardrobe, it is just not my style. I also don’t want to feel like I’m wearing the same things day after day.
I ran across [this] great blog, and was inspired by M.K. to try creating similar travel capsule wardrobes for myself. Based on [this post] I packed for our early spring trip to Europe, and was very happy with the outfits I ended up with.
Our next adventure is a 8 day cruise to Alaska. Naturally, I wanted to follow the same method when designing a travel capsule wardrobe Alaska Cruise style. But wow, this was more of a challenge! The cruise itself is 8 days, and each of those days I’ll need a casual outfit for day and a dressier one for dinner, with two more formal dinners. During the day, some days we’ll be staying on the ship, and other days we will be off the ship exploring and doing activities, for example whale watching, hiking, kayaking, or dog sledding (on a glacier!). We’ll also be spending a few days before and after the cruise exploring Vancouver. Fun, right?! We are super excited! But, the widely varying climates and activities make efficient packing a bit more difficult. And I don’t want to wear wintry clothes even though some of our destinations will be cooler. Oh, and did I mention that I love color and pattern? Not to worry! I’ve got this covered.
Looking for these (or similar) pieces for yourself? Try the links below.
Yellow bead necklace: same
Anchor scarf: from local boutique, similar
Gold watch: from local boutique, similar
Black lace overlay blouse, Ann Taylor: similar
Uggs Topsiders: similar
Navy crochet Toms: same
Brown waterproof riding boots, Clarks: same