Is anyone spending their holidays on a boat? Well, I’m here to share with you the drama of packing! As you may know, when prepping the suitcase for a cruise, there is one rule: less is more. Small spaces force us to reduce to a minimum the luggage. So much sacrifice (taming the inner monster that takes possession of all women at the crucial moment, the one that makes us pour our closet in a small suitcase because “You never know, I might need that, let’s say I go dating /meet someone …” is a difficult task) will be rewarded with infinite spaces, silence, interesting readings and amazing views of the horizon, away from the crowds of August.
Following are a few points to keep in mind while packing (I usually pack at 2 am the day before departure, as I am the queen of procrastination …).
1-A soft bag, there is no room on a boat for rigid suitcases. Remember, space is limited.
2-Swimsuit of all kinds, bikinis and one pieces. You will live in a bathing suit, after all.
3-Flip flops and flat sandals. They will be your best friends, along with swimsuit and beachwear( see point 4).
4-Caftans, comfortable cover ups, will allow you to move around in and protect you when sailing from the sun and wind.
5- A bunch of nice dresses to wear in the evening for dinners in town.
6-No need for jewelry and accessories, just stick to the basics: one pair of your favourite piece of jewellery, one large bag to use tou’ll use for sightseeing and a small clutch for the evening.
7-Beach towels galore! Only a bathrobe and a set of towels, you can do laundry in town if necessary.
8-Essential beauty products are shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, sunscreen, after sun lotion. Please note that water is precious on a boat, so avoid washing your hair if you don’t dock in port for one night, I’d rather spend a night with salty hair (beach waves are so cool and you get the real deal and don’t have to fake it with salt spray) then throw all the shampoo foam in the sea and pollute. Protecting the environment is everyone’s business.
9-A pair of sunglasses will be enough for the whole holiday.
10-A panama hat to shade you from the sun.
11-A windproof jacket, such as K-Way (fcheck out their collaboration with Maje) or Miu Miu FW14.
12-A sweatshirt and a scarf for the cooler evenings spent on the boat.
13-Lots of books! I like catching up with all the eading I am behind in the summer!
What else, have I forgotten something? Oh yes, happy holidays!