Three Tips for Packing Lighter for Your Cruise

Ever had to pay an overweight fee for your suitcase at the airport? I have! In fact, I have always been an over-packer but managed to just skirt the line until we started to cruise. Between formal night, excursion gear, and your must-haves for keeping your stateroom more organized; it's no wonder it's easy to overpack when cruising! So, how has this "pack rat" not paid an overweight fee since 2015 in spite of flying more than 20 times since? Allow me to share my three tips for packing lighter for your cruise!
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Cruise Formal Night Dresses for Under $100!

I am an unabashed bargain hunter, but I also love a glamorous dress! Consequently, I am excited to share my tips for finding a gorgeous cruise formal night dress for under $100! There are many places you can find quality on a budget, but it requires work. I've scoured discount stores, sale racks of department stores, and even catalogs. I've even gone the eBay route which is a little hit and miss. If you go that route, you ideally know the brand, are positive the dress is flawless, and the seller has a solid return policy in case it doesn't work for you. Also, I want to see photos of the actual dress, not the one they found online from the original retailer.
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How to Pack for a Cruise to Alaska

Growing up in Alaska and living in Seattle, I am used to trying to look somewhat stylish when it's chilly and/or wet. However, I realize not everyone is from a cooler weather part of the world so you might need a bit more guidance when knowing how to pack for a cruise to Alaska. Now that we've been on our fourth Alaska cruise, I thought it was time to blog with some suggestions. First of all, I have to give a caveat that what is considered "warm" to one person may be considered cold to someone else. For me, if it's 65 degrees or better, it's warm. But YMMV.
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What to Expect on Your Alaska Cruise

[caption id="attachment_347" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fishing with my mom in Alaska in the 1970s.[/caption] Even though I spent much of my childhood in Anchorage visiting glaciers, going fishing, and ice skating at recess; I am still in awe of this beautiful state. I never tire of hearing my fellow cruisers gasp when they see an eagle or catch a glimpse of a whale. However, the wild and wonderful nature of Alaska is exactly what makes it difficult to know what to expect on your Alaska cruise. When you consider the world of cruising, warm and sunny destinations are far more common. It's no wonder that going on an Alaska cruise sparks a lot of questions from future cruisers. Will it be cold? Will I see snow? Should I bring a bathing suit or shorts? Now that I have been fortunate enough to go on several cruises to Alaska, I am thrilled to share my experience and knowledge with you!
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What to Pack for a Cruise: My List of Essentials

Whether you consider it a dream or an inconvenience, much of what we consider normal or take for granted on land is stripped away on a cruise ship. You can't drive to the corner store to pick up something you need, your cell phone's only real function is as a camera, and neither your cash nor your credit cards have any value on board (but I still would recommend keeping those safe). Weird, right? Consequently, cruisers have come up with lists of items that make life on a ship just a little bit more like home. While I don't claim to have anything truly innovative, the following items are on my list of what to pack for a cruise.
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