We started the tedious job of actually putting stuff in the suitcases today. Six weeks is a long time for clothes planning. Several nights on the cruise are “chic” nights. To get into some of the restaurants they request guests dress up somewhat. Of course, everyone has their own opinion of what that means. For us, we’re shooting for a business casual look. Also, we eat in “Blu”, a specialized restaurant open only to Aqua Class guests, and it requires long pants and collared shirts as a minimum, already. No shorts, t-shirts allowed, so this dictates packing clothes that can meet this minimum.
In an effort to reduce packing bulk and weight, we’re sticking with a just a few colors in clothing. For me that’s black or dark grey slacks, blue jeans for tours excursions, and navy or black shorts for the warm weather activities. It also helps us limit our shoe choices. I’m taking one pair of black dress shoes for slacks, etc. I’ve also got sport shoes for touring in jeans or shorts, and sandals for the beach week and around the ship in the warmer weather. I’ve got a few dress shirts for looking nice on the ship. I’ve also packed polos and button-down shirts for warmer weather and casual wear. I have one sweater and a light jacket for layering when the weather is cooler in Sicily, Athens, and Petra.
Clothes selection, final condo prep, financial details check, and making sure we have all our paperwork fill up the rest of the day. Finally the suitcases are packed enough to weigh, and begin the final adjustments to what is going where. For us, limiting our bags to one checked bag and one roll-a-board each, is a challenge. At the same time we’re trying to stay below the 50 lbs. weight limit on the large bag. Six weeks is a long time to cram into just a few bags.
SUCCESS! We made the weight. We’re close to the limits, but have extra room in our roll-a-boards if needed. We get to bed at a decent time, and sleep well, knowing we’re packed and ready.