15 Items to Wear on a Cruise That Won't Make You Look Like a Tourist

What to wear on a cruise



Nothing screams getaway more than a cruise. Whether you decide to sail away from your problems under the blue skies of the Caribbean, among the chilly yet still breathtaking views of Alaska, or wherever your cruise of choice takes you, a whole week with unlimited food, drinks, and zero obligations while exploring new countries is heaven sent no matter the destination. However, when it comes to packing, it can get tricky. If you focus too much on the pools and suntanning, you’ll underpack for the nightly events, and if you focus too much on what you’re going to wear once you arrive at each and every destination, then you might forget basic staples.

Don’t fret though. Who What Wear is here to help. All you have to do is keep on reading and scrolling to find our cruise 101, aka a packing list with 15 items that are must haves for any cruise. From a handful of frocks that will look great on the beach, the deck, or a ballroom to shoes that will most likely give you weird tan lines and trusty denim pieces that will save your life (and outfits) more than once, keep on reading so you can start relaxing even before you step foot on the cruise. PS: Don’t expect to find a swimwear section. Swimsuits are like underwear; you have to take them with you to a cruise or else!


No matter if you're going on a cruise in Alaska or the Caribbean, you need a few lightweight layering pieces that you'll wear on the deck, during a cruise night show, or simply to finish off your look. 

Swap out your standard denim jacket for this cool, unexpected option.

A quilted jacket is the perfect piece for in-between weather.


All hail denim when it comes to cruise outfits. A good pair of high-rise jeans and shorts go a long way thanks to their versatility and effortlessness. You can count on them to pair nicely with all your swimsuits.


Sure, you can't forget your flip-flops, but you also have to consider heels. Yes, heels because you can't wear your kicks or sandals for the captain's dinner on a cruise.

A heel you can handle no matter how much you dance. 

Bring along a simple yet elevated pair of sandals. 

An elevated take on the chunky sandal trend.


From flowy beach dresses to more formal frocks, make sure you pack a variety of dresses that will suit all your cruise activities. 

You can't go wrong with a floral print dress. 

You can never go wrong with a classic slip dress.


Since you're most likely packing light, make sure you take the right accessories to complement all your dresses, denim pieces, and outerwear. From a trusty pair of sunnies, a stylish beach bag, and simple yet stylish jewelry, these pieces will elevate your looks but not take up too much room in your suitcase. 

A cruise is a perfect time to break out your statement sunglasses.

Need a trusty carry-on? We got you covered. 

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Dale Chong.