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The Art of Packing for a Cruise: How to Pack a Capsule Wardrobe for a Hot Climate.

You have booked the cruise and are so excited to go on vacation, but then you have the dreaded task of packing for it! What do you pack for a cruise? Here I am going to walk you through it as there is an art to it.

Does anyone like packing? I don’t! I really do not enjoy it, but I do it a lot so I have become a good packer!

I pack for especially for cruising most of the time, so I am going to share with you, essential items you should bring and what you can leave at home.

Most women bring way too much with them when they vacation, then they end up wearing the same old things or what they feel comfortable in.

How many times have you shopped for loads of clothes, shoes and accessories before you go away and then either not pack them as you didn’t have room in your luggage or you didn’t feel comfortable in the new dress you bought! Any hands up?

When you travel it’s best to pack a capsule wardrobe if you are cruising, staying in a resort or even backpacking. It is better to bring less than more so you have space to bring back a souvenir or two.

 

Step By Step Guide:

  • Get the right luggage, if you start with a heavy case then you already taking less with you! So, get a lightweight case, with wheels and one that you cannot go over the airline weight restrictions (always check your airline website to see what their weight restriction is, as they do differ). My suggestion is to buy a lightweight, wheeled, medium-sized case. My favourite brand that I personally use is Eastpak I use this one: Eastpak TRANVERZ M Suitcase.

  • Invest in packing cubes they are a game changer when it comes to packing. They come in all different sizes so you can organise all your clothes, which makes it a lot easier when you get to your destination. Also, I like to then use them to organise my clothes in draws in the cabin/hotel room. It is much easier to pack and keep yourself organised. Then you can pack your underwear together, tops, dresses, jeans, etc. If your luggage is opened it looks neat and tidy and your bra won’t be the first thing airport security see! I recommend these ones as you get a selection of sizes: AmazonBasics Packing Cubes – Small, Medium, Large, and Slim (4-Piece Set)

  • Always check the weather before you go. Does it get cold at night? Is there any chance of rain? How hot does it get?
  • Are you going to any sites that require a certain way to dress? Some countries require to cover up in temples, churches, cathedrals and sometimes it is a custom that women do not show shoulders and knees. Always best to check first so you are not surprised.
  • Pick out the colours you like to wear. Then narrow it down to four or five colours. For example black, navy, white, beige and coral. Pick colours that can be mixed and matched to make different outfits. Don’t bring items of clothing that do not go with anything else unless it is a dress for a formal night.
  • You are going to need outfits for; joining the ship, breakfast and dinner, formal nights, tours/beach/walking around the city/town and leaving the ship.

Pick Out Your Clothing:

  • 3 Pairs of trousers (e.g. jeans denim/white & smart black trousers)
  • 2 Pairs of shorts/2 skirts (e.g. beige/navy/white)
  • 1 Casual dress (e.g. navy/coral one that goes with scarf or cardigan)
  • 7 Casual tops (e.g. navy/white/coral)
  • 5 Smart tops (e.g. black/coral/white)
  • 1 Smart dress (e.g. navy/coral)
  • 1 Long sleeve shirt (e.g. lightweight in white)
  • 2 Formal Dresses (e.g. black/colour and easy to pack)
  • 2 Vest Tops (e.g. white/nude/navy)
  • Sweater/Cardigan (e.g. navy)
  • Gym Tee and leggings (if you use the gym)
  • Bikini/Bathing Suit
  • Over up
  • Sleepwear
  • Flip Flops
  • Hat
  • Beach bag
  • 1 Pair of Heels (Nude)
  • 1 Pair of Ballet Pumps (nude)
  • 1 Pair of Trainers/Walking Shoes
  • 1 Pair Sandals (Flat)
  • Formal clutch bag
  • Scarves
  • Handbag
  • Backpack
  • Knickers
  • Bras
  • Sports Bra
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • Trainers socks
  • Lightweight Jacket/Rain jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Jewellery (that goes with everything)
  • Watch
  • Belt
  • Sunglasses & Case
  • Plastic bag – good for laundry

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  • Once your capsule wardrobe is selected, roll all tops and small items of clothing and place into the packing cubes. It is amazing how much more you can squeeze in. Fold all dresses and trousers and lay below the packing cubes.
  • One thing to remember when cruising there are washing machines and laundry service onboard, so if you are doing a longer trip or want to wash some of your clothes, you can.
  • Stick to a colour theme so you can mix and match, for example, my colours are black, navy, white, beige, coral. This makes it so much easier to make lots of outfits and takes the hard work out of dressing when on vacation.
  • Shoes, I love shoes, but not taking my whole collection! So, my advice is to choose a colour that goes with every outfit. I wear nude patent shoes, high heels and flats and I have a matching clutch bag as they go with everything. Pack lightweight trainers or walking shoes. Leave the wooden wedges at home!
  • Only take jewellery that goes with all of your outfits, but a necklace can change the look of an outfit as does a scarf.
  • Hair dryer and straightening irons or curlers, take travel size or light weight and remember your brush, comb and clips.

  • Beauty products, do not bring full-size products unless you are going to use all of it like sunscreen and after sun lotion. Always buy travel sized products or decant into 50 ml or 100 ml bottles or jars. There are so many empty bottles you can buy in all shapes and sizes now it is easy to decant and label. But always remember to label before you wash your hair with you face cream!

  • Take products that have multi-uses. I cannot live without while travelling Forever Aloe Vera Gelly it is a natural product that is so gentle. I use it as an after sun moisturiser, on mouth ulcers and insect bites as it is so gentle.
  • Make-up take just what you normally use and empty your make-up bag of make-up that you only use occasionally as you will probably wear less.
  • Remember your camera and charger, tablet and charger, phone and charger, earphones and plug adapters.

   

  • A tip for getting more in your suitcase is to pack it, then stand it upright and leave it to settle for at least a few hours. Then open it and squeeze in more.
  • Label your luggage with a luggage tag and also put a copy of your tag inside your luggage just in case it comes off.
  • Use TSA approved locks if travelling to the USA.

  • Weigh your luggage with a luggage scales.

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What You Must See if you Only Have 48 Hours in Dubai

What must you see if you only have 48 hours in Dubai? The desert and the skyscrapers!

Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. It is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. The Seven emirates are; Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.

I spent two days in Dubai and it was a diverse experience. The first day I went on a desert safari which took us to an old Dubai. The second day I was going up to the 125th floor of the tallest building in the world!

Desert Safari

The desert safari experience was very different to what I expected. We boarded the 4WD jeep and drove to the desert. It was strange going from the busy city to an empty desert, well it was empty until we reached the another 500 people on the same tour!

When we got to the entrance of the desert the driver deflated the tires we and we took some photos. We got back in the jeep and drove through the sand dunes and the only way can I explain the feeling is it is like being on a roller-coaster but in a jeep, that you think might crash! It was a lot of fun, but I was holding on for dear life!

After the sand dune experience, we stopped to watch the sunset. It was very tranquil watching the sun set into the sand dunes.

The Arabian campsite was done in style, we were greeted with Arabic coffee and dates. The campsite was a beautiful setting with Persian rugs all over.

There was an area to eat which had rugs and matching tablecloths. The rugs on low tables and cushions to sit on. The area was under cover like a tent, but with fabric draped.

There was an area to smoke shisha, we did and it was like a liquorice taste. You could ride a camel and have your photo taken and sandboard (like snowboarding). My husband went sandboarding and he came back to the ship with his pockets full of sand!

There were ladies painting the henna tattoos. I was feeling adventurous and had one painted from my finger to up my arm, but then I had live with it for ten days and it made me realise I never want a tattoo!

The food was delicious, we started with a large starter of traditional Arabic food that included shawarma (chicken grilled with tomato and onions in flat bread), fatayer (dough filled with cheese and spinach) and falafel (fried chickpeas balls).

The main course was a huge barbeque of lamb, chicken and vegetarian options with humus and salad. The bar was an open bar, that was all included in the tour ticket, you could have wine, beer or soft drinks.

After the meal, we were entertained with a belly dancer performance. It was a magical night and I recommend this tour if you go to Dubai, as it is a unique experience.

After the performance, it was time to go back to the ship, we drove back through the desert, stopped to inflate the tires and drove back through the lit-up city.

City Tour

On the second day, I toured the city and it was very different to the desert with a few tents. Dubai is a big building site, everywhere you look there is a crane or a half-completed building.

They are building a new cruise ship terminal that will have a shopping mall, hotels, apartments and offices. Then there are skyscrapers being built everywhere there is a space.

From the ship, we drove through the modern city of skyscrapers straight to the Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa is 829.8 meters tall and has 163 floors. Inside the Burj Khalifa are the viewing floor, the Armani Hotel, apartments, a night club, restaurants and a mosque.

The entrance to the building is in the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. It has over 1200 shops, an ice rink, an aquarium, a cinema complex and lots of restaurants.

We went up to the 125th floor to the viewing floor. Going up in the elevator only took 1 minute and the pressure felt like taking off on an aeroplane. The elevator was fun going up as there were lights flashing like you were going into space.

The whole experience from lining up to walking to the elevator to being on the 125th floor was fantastic. There was information to read, videos to watch and you can have professional photos all over the place.

Whilst on the viewing deck on the 124th floor a sandstorm was happened, I was wondering why it was so windy!

The viewing deck has just glass walls so you can look down at every angle. It is strange-looking down at skyscrapers, you do not realise how high up you are until you get up there.

As there was a sandstorm, the visibly was not as good as it could have been but I could still see, the photos just do not do it justice.

After coming down from the 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa I had some free time to walk around the Dubai Mall, but it is so big you need all day.

But I did win some free tickets to the aquarium tunnel and underwater zoo experience as it was the International Day of Happiness1

We then drove to another shopping mall, the Mall of the Emirates to see Ski Dubai. It is an indoor ski resort where you can ski or snowboard. It is like a real ski resort with ski lifts and has a temperature of -4*C. Again, this is a huge mall!

Next, was to view the Burj Al Arab Hotel which looks like a sail. I went for afternoon tea and lunch here around eight years ago, and it is a spectacular seven-star hotel.

To enter the hotel, you need to have a reservation for one of the restaurants or be staying at the hotel otherwise they will not let you in.

The last sight to see on the city tour was the Jumeirah Mosque which is one of the most photographed sites in Dubai as it typical Middle Eastern architecture.

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In the evening, we went back to the Dubai Mall to go to the platinum suite at Reels Cinema to watch a movie. We watched Beauty & the Beast in 3D.

The movie was very good and it is a great experience as you get a comfy chair that unfolds so you can put your feet up and you get a blanket and pillow, it’s like being home.

Also, before you go in or during the movie you can order a whole meal and drinks, not just popcorn and hotdogs!

After the movie, we used my free tickets to the aquarium tunnel and underwater zoo which was a lot of fun seeing the fish up close.

Outside of the mall is the Dubai Fountain which is the largest choreographed fountain system in the world and at night there are shows. The water is illuminated by 6600 lights and 25 coloured projectors and the water shoots up into the air up to 152.4 meters!

We watched a show at 10 pm and there were loads of people, so go early to get a good spot to watch. I’m only 5.2” and didn’t get a good view, but the atmosphere was incredible with the Arabic music. My husband held my phone up to video it for me, so I watched it later!

I had a fabulous time in Dubai and it is amazing how this modern city is built on a desert. Add it to the bucket list if you have not been.

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Essential Info

  • Weather: 23*C – 42*C Sunny/Few Showers/Very Humid/Sand Storms
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham
  • Top Tip: Remember when walking around Dubai to respect their rules; shoulders and knees to be covered and no kissing or display of affection.
  • Recommendations: Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water, always keep a bottle in your bag. Bring a scarf for the desert so sand does not blow into your face. Wear clothing covering knees and shoulders like these:

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Relaxing in Phuket, Thailand
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Phuket in Thailand is the perfect place to relax in the sunshine. I didn’t want to leave the fabulous resort we went to for the day. After all the tours this was a lovely day to just do nothing!

We went to the Duangjitt Beach Resort & Spa, it is very close to Pantone Beach. We had the option of staying at the resort or go to the beach. I just relaxed by the pool all day, under an umbrella. Sometimes having a dip in the pool to cool down as it was very hot around 31*C and humid.

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There was a spa on site so you could have a massage or treatment. There were three swimming pools, but we had a private pool just for our small group and it was paradise as it was so peaceful.

We had lunch in the hotel restaurant which was quite a western lunch not the Thai lunch I was hoping for, but it was very nice.

The town of Phuket had lots of bars, restaurants, shops, massage parlours and nail bars all very close to Pantong Beach.

Essential Info:

  • Weather: Warm all year round 25*C – 33*C
  • Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

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Three Places You Must See in Singapore in One Day

What can you do in one day in Singapore? A lot! You must visit these three places; the National Orchid Garden, Chinatown and the Jurong Bird Park.

Singapore is a beautiful, clean country, but hot and humid! Most people love where they live, but the common feature everyone talks about is the weather, hotter or cooler! Our tour guide was saying how she loved living in Singapore, but not the humidity!

I visited the Botanical Gardens to see the National Orchid Garden, Chinatown and the Jurong Bird Park.

National Orchid Garden 

We first went to the Botanical Gardens to visit the National Orchid Garden. If you like flowers this is the place to go, it is beautiful from the moment you walk in. It has the world’s largest collection of orchids with over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids.

The greenery and the different colours of the orchids were amazing, I saw the traditional colours of white and pink, then there were yellow, orange, purple, red, peach, green, mixed colours and even black.

All the different species of tiny flowers to very large and different petal styles. I loved it! My husband thinks I took way too many photos of flowers though!

The garden was laid out very nicely with bird cages, water features, arches covered in plants, animal sculptures and it was wheelchair friendly.

The mist house displays the new orchids and the cool house has the mountain orchids (this was especially nice to cool down in!).

There was a VIP section with orchid hybrids named after Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, Margret Thatcher, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate and much more.

The Botanical Gardens are on set on 52 hectares and to see it all you need to be there all day. Next time I’m going for the day.

After the seeing the orchid garden we drove to Clarke Quay for a traditional Chinese lunch. Clarke Quay is full of bars and restaurants that cater to all tastes.

Chinatown

Chinatown is old Singapore and is where the ethnic groups lived. It is full of old streets, low buildings, temples, street markets and food outlets. Surrounding Chinatown is skyscrapers.

We visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple which is a Buddhist Temple. In here you need to cover your shoulders and knees.

My tip for entering these temples is to bring a big scarf or sarong and tie it in a knot at the top then hang it over your clothes to cover your shoulders and knees. Then you can wear what want or just wear long loose clothing.

Inside the temple was beautiful bright colours of red, pink, yellow, gold and a big solid gold Buddha.

We continued walking down the streets to the Sri Mariamann Temple the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore that was built-in 1827. Outside of the temple was decorated beautifully with colourful people. It was the only temple where Hindu’s could get married in Singapore.

I only got a taste of Chinatown, but you could be there all day, there is so much history. The streets are divided into temples, food, shops and markets.

Jurong Bird Park

For the last part of my tour, we went to the Jurong Bird Park. There were 5000 birds with 400 species and it is the largest bird park in the world.

I saw Penguins, flamingos and lots of colourful birds. I’m not a big fan of birds, but I really enjoyed the park.

There were four large free-flight aviaries so the birds can fly freely around and there are shows that you can watch the birds and their trainers.

The park is large and is set on 20.2 hectares there is s a train you can take around the park and it is geared up for kids and adults.

The one thing I didn’t do very well this time was cover myself in insect repellent. I got bitten in every spot I missed! So, if you go to Singapore, cover yourself with it! It is very hot and humid, so I recommend wearing long loose clothing.

In Singapore their hobby is shopping so there are shops everywhere especially shopping malls for the air conditioning! We drove through Orchard Road that is 3km of shops and shopping malls that had all the big designers’ shops.

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  • Weather: 22*C – 32*C Sunny/Showers/Very Humid
  • Currency: Singapore Dollar
  • Top Tip: Wear loose long clothing or bring cover ups for shoulders and knees and use lots of sun lotion and insect repellent and drink lots of water.

                     

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What You Cannot Miss in Sanya China - Lucy Williams Global

I didn’t know what to expect in Sanya, China. I have been to Shanghai, but Sanya was nothing like Shanghai. Sanya is in the south of China and is a holiday destination for the Chinese.

It is worlds apart from Hong Kong, as no one speaks English, very few signs are in English and there are no western toilets, just a hole in the ground!

Now if you like holidays that are more on the edge this is the place for you. I went on a tour and the tour guide spoke English, but he could not help the toilet situation!

You are probably reading this and thinking she really has toilet issues! If you are a man it’s easy, if you are a woman you need to take off your shorts/trousers off to go and be ready to squat. Anyway, I’ll stop talking about toilets now!

Sanya has a long sandy beach that goes on for miles and it reminded me of Hawaii with the manicured grass and palm trees. There were lots of big hotels on the seafront. It is warm all year round ranging from 26C to 32C.

I’m sure in a few years’ time Sanya Bay will be a tourist destination for Westerners as it is beautiful and has great weather.

Nanshan Cultural Resort

While I was there for the day I went to visit the Nanshan Cultural Resort. It was like a Buddhist theme park without the roller-coasters! It was fascinating to see and we were the only western people there.

It has the 4th tallest statue in the world the ‘Guanyin Statue of Hainan’ which is 354 feet tall (108 meters) which is taller than the Statue of Liberty.

It is a monument to the Buddhist goddess of mercy and it is three statues in one. One that faces inwards towards the city of Sanya and the other two looking outwards towards the South China Sea.

The three faces represent peace, wisdom and compassion. It took over six years to build and it is quite a new statue and was enshrined in 2005.

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After seeing the Big Buddha in Hong Kong and thinking that was big, the Guanyin Statue is 74 meters taller! It could be seen from such a distance and as you get closer it is amazing how tall it really is and it does not look like three statues in one.

You can only see one side when you look straight on, it is only when you go out further away and see it from an angle that you get to see the second statue.

The resort was very big and there were little trains that took you around and golf carts and as the trains or golf carts got close to people walking by they played ‘jingle bells’ music and said something in Chinese (probably move out-of-the-way), that was strange but I suppose jingle bells is not a Christmas song to them as they do not celebrate it. Very odd!

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The Nanshan Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in the Hainan Province. There were many temples there with different Buddha’s.

One with a laughing Buddha and one had three Buddha’s representing past, present and future. To get to each of these temples there were lots of steps, so you get a workout in while at the Buddhist resort.

As you can see from the photo of the statue it is placed out to sea and the resort is located on a sandy beach with the mountains behind. There were elephant statues around the beach area of the resort in different poses.

It was very clean with beautiful flowers and manicured grass and there were shops & food outlets all around the resort.

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Lunch

We had lunch a vegetarian lunch while at the resort but it was the strangest lunch I have ever had. We had fake pork, beef, lamb and prawns!

I think they were made from gelatine as it was quite rubbery. We did get some real vegetables and soup and fruit, but not quite what I was expecting after the lovely vegetarian lunch we had in Hong Kong.

It was a very interesting day and if you are a Buddhist it somewhere very special to go to.

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  • Weather: 26*C – 32*C
  • Language: Chinese
  • Currency: Renminbi (RMB)/Chinese Yuan (CNY)

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