Headed on a cruise in the coming months? Then we certainly envy you. With the temperatures dropping lower every day, a warm-weather getaway via a cruise ship is the ultimate winter vacation. Ahh, the beauty of sitting poolside, sipping on Piña Coladas and fully relaxing on the water. But while the final destination is the perfect spot to unwind, actually getting there, well, that's another story. You'll have to go through the usual packing stress, with many cruises having a strict "one bag per person" policy.
Of course, you don't want to lug an oversize, 50-pound suitcase on board, so it's best to go with a carry-on bag. While the storage space is certainly more limited, a smaller travel bag will prove far more convenient in the long run. As for what to actually bring with you? We've curated a list of all the thing to pack in a carry-on for a cruise. Ahead, shop our selection, and get ready to sail away in style.
This is a no-brainer. If you're going on a cruise headed to a warm-weather destination, you'll likely be spending 90 percent of your time in a swimsuit.
This perfectly doubles as a top, too.
The cutest two-piece there ever was.
Be fierce in this leopard-print one-piece.
An Elegant Slip Dress
After hours spent at the pool, you'll likely find yourself heading to a fancy dinner (or a show) on the boat. For this occasion, pack an elegant silk dress. It's lightweight, doesn't take up much room (great for a carry-on), and can be styled in so many ways.
An LBD is a must.
The prettiest jewel tone.
Wear with sandals or sneakers—your call.
For casual days of exploring, a sundress will always be a great go-to. Plus, it can easily be dressed up or down with the addition of a few simple accessories.
This one has subtle nautical vibes.
The perfect little white dress.
A Verstaile Pair of Sandals
What's a warm-weather vacation without a pair of easy, versatile sandals? You can pair them just as easily with the slip dress as with the sundress and you can wear them to the pool or to dinner. Best of all, they don't take up much space in your carry-on.
How amazing are these?
Try a pair with a super-cool heel.
Easy, effortless slides to wear day and night.
Block out the UV rays and protect your eyes with a stylish pair of sunglasses. Trust us—this is one accessory you'll be so happy you packed.
Check the pearl detailing, though.
Everyone will ask you about these.
Try a funky shape.
A Straw Bag
Both practical and stylish, a straw bag is a cruise essential. Carry it poolside or during dinnertime.
Meet your favorite straw bag.
Scoop this one up while it's on sale.
Circle bags are big.
No cruise trip is complete without a pair of statement earrings. Pick a bold, colorful style to go along with the beachy, summery vibes of your vacation.
Try a pair of geometric shape earrings.
These certainly aren't for the faint of heart.
Poppy orange earrings are perfect for a cruise.
Next up, shop the best travel makeup bags to bring with on your next vacation.