What to Pack for Italy and a Mediterranean Cruise

What to pack for Italy and a Mediterranean Cruise Packing List Fall October #travellight #packinglight #travel #traveltips

Tank/Cami • Oasis | T-shirt • J.Crew | Striped Shirt • Madewell | Flowy Blouse • H&M |
Button-Up • Madewell | Pullover • H&M | Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M |
Casual Dress • Madewell | Shirt Dress • H&M | Black Dress • H&M | Denim • H&M |
Black Pants • Mango | Light Jacket • H&M | Swimsuit • Victoria’s Secret |
Scarf 1 & Scarf 2 • Azalea | Hat • Azalea | Sunglasses • Kate Spade | Sneakers • Adidas | Sandals • Sol Sana | Flats • Free People | Tote • Sole Society | Crossbody • Zac Posen

This week I have a request for help with what to bring for a 3 week vacation spanning both Italy and a Mediterranean/Greek Cruise in October. There are many obstacles to this kind of trip because the temperatures can vary so greatly at this time of year. Across Italy may experience cooler temperatures while many port stops on the cruise has the chance of being quite hot the more south you go. The solution to this is to try to bring layers.

This list is a guideline just use these ideas as general suggestions, casual dress, t-shirts, jeans, sneakers, are just what they say. Every person’s favourite jeans, or sneakers will be different. What I did want to do is to try to stick with the suggestions she provided of style and colours, so I tried to keep within the parameters of those.

Scarves are versatile as swimsuit covers (if large enough) as well as head and shoulder coverage for religious sites. They are easy to pack as well as easy to keep in a purse to bring sightseeing. Cruise ships typically have a pool or two on board so a swimsuit is never wasted suitcase space.

I included an extra dress in this list because of the cruise. Many cruise ships have formal dinners ranging from smart casual to formal. While some fellow cruisers may use this opportunity to dress in a ball gown, a little black dress is completely appropriate. Your cruises itinerary should list what level of formal you should expect. As for shoes, heels are instantly dressy but can be difficult to maneuver on a moving ship deck. That will also most likely be the only place you wear them since walking along cobblestones and hills aren’t very high heel friendly. A nice pair of wedges or just strappy sandals will suffice with a LBD and some jewellery. I try to think about versatility when I choose, but in reality if you wanted to trade a pair of shoes in for some heels then do what works best for you. There are no rules.

Have you ever packed a ball gown for a cruise? 

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  1. Nicely done, Ms. Sara, nicely done. It’s obvious you put great thought into this wardrobe and its interchangeability as well as sleek style and practicality. Cheers, Ardith

  2. Thank you so much for putting this together for me Sara! I love everything about and now feel confident to pack for my trip. Can’t wait to see the outfits!

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