Packing for Nicer (Dress) Travels…

So as I have mentioned in previous posts, most of my family is out traveling at the moment (I literally dropped my father off at the airport this morning) and I am sitting here at home writing to all of you.

My parents bid and won a trip on a Viking Cruise down the Danube river, but with this excursion there comes a whole new set of travel issues. My dad asked me to help and then suggested writing this post talking about the packing issues that come up with a cruise that usually don’t effect your travel planning; specifically clothing.

If you haven’t taken a cruise before – especially one with a company like Viking – you may not know about the dress codes. Cruises are an uncommonly fancy travel extravaganzas – I mean dresses, pearls, cardigans, the whole deal. While these dress codes don’t generally span much beyond the dining room, the age group of the normal cruise crowd tends to keep to collard shirts and khaki pants. From what my dad was told from others who have taken this cruise, my parents (at 51 and 52) will be among the youngest on this trip.

With excursions like these, you aren’t going to just stay on the boat which makes keeping to dress codes a little difficult. Firstly, the clothes you want to wear when you are running around a city may not be the ones that you’ll see on the ship. Secondly, you may not have much time between excursions to get yourself together before it’s time for dinner. Lastly, even if you do have the time to run back to your room and prepare for dinners, you may not have room in your luggage for both average day travel clothes and your nicer dinner clothes.

So what do you do (especially you young ones who don’t generally wear travel khakis)?

For once in dressing news, ladies have it pretty easy. Because we always have to think about making clothes move easily from day time to night time, cruise clothing obstacles are nothing new. Dresses and skirts are easy when it’s summer and hot and cardigans with a few pieces of jewelry can make you instantly dinner ready.

But for men (because these issues are much further and far between), this can be a bit rougher. My father is 51 and, again, definitely young for this kind of trip, so for the last two weeks, we have been on a mission to find clothing that will work both for the occasion and for someone as laid back as my father.

We ended up at Target (our go-to shopping stop) which was having an amazing men’s sale. In the end, we left the store with three pairs of golfer’s pants and 5 golfer polo shirts. These pieces are great because while they conform to the dress code of the country club crowd (and you guessed it, these crowds overlap quite a bit) but are designed for days spent moving around. Beyond what we bought, we threw in a pair of jeans, a few t-shirts, and a pair of button-ups for those day when either they won’t be eating in the dining room or when there is time to change.

Getting these pieces to work after flying half way around the world can be a challenge – button ups, slacks, and suitcases do not mix. Luckily, my dad found this new way of packing as advertised by NBC which is meant to stop your nice clothes from wrinkling beyond repair when there isn’t time to iron your clothes.

So while I’m here and everyone else is out exploring the world – and later they’ll tell you all about it – have a wonderful week and travel well, even if it is vicariously,

This is Leave on the Wind, helping you soar.

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Packing for Nicer (Dress) Travels…

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