Know What to Wear in a Cruise

Most cruise lines in their brochures or itineraries will indicate the type of dress passengers are expected to wear in a particular area of the ship or event. Reviewing the guidelines of what to wear on a cruise not only gives you an idea about what you might need to add to your wardrobe but also about the atmosphere aboard the ship. If you see more areas of the ship and activities requiring formal and informal attire as opposed to casual dress, you might want to look at other cruise lines if you plan to bring children or teens that balk at dressy clothes.


Formal – Cruise lines often require formal attire in dining rooms and in many evening activities. For men, this means at the least a dark suit and tie, if not a tuxedo. Formal attire for women means an evening gown or cocktail dress.

Informal – Informal attire for men refers to a sports coat and a collared shirt, and for women, this means a dress one would wear to an upscale restaurant or cocktail party.

Smart Casual or Resort Casual – The word casual has different meanings for different people, but in this case it does not mean jeans and a t-shirt or short-shorts. For men, this designation of attire means something along the lines of khakis and a polo shirt. Casual attire for women means sporty dresses, capris and a polo shirt, or skirts and a blouse.

Swim Wear – While this appears self-explanatory, swim attire does not mean cutoff jeans or a thong bikini that leaves little, if anything, to the imagination. A rule of thumb to see if a bathing suit is appropriate for a cruise is to decide whether you would be comfortable wearing it in front of your seven year old cousin. Additionally, remember to bring along a cover up since many cruise lines frown upon passengers walking through the ship in their bathing suits.


Five Steps to Having a Safe Hike with Your Dog


Exercise is a necessity for both you and your dog. Hiking is one of the best ways you can get your whole body moving while having a good time with your dog. Keen to how you can hike safely and successfully with your pet? Check out these insights.

1) Know your and your dog’s limit – Make sure you’re used to walking with your dog. This will help you and your dog hike without difficulty. Start intensifying your walks by making them longer and include hills if possible so the two of you can build up your stamina. It’s also advisable to take your dog to the vet just to ensure that he will be able to accompany you comfortably when you’re ready to hike. Dogs are people-pleasers and they never want to let on that they are injured or in pain, so they will endure it for as long as they can.

2) Be Prepared. Just like a good pair of hiking boots are essential to you, your pup needs to have his essentials to ensure happy trails and happy tails. Be sure to bring collar and leash, proper ID tags, first aid kit, vet’s phone number, sunscreen, orange vests, appropriate dress and pet backpack.

3) Bring water and food. Just like you need to fuel up and hydrate for a workout, the same holds true for your canine companion. Bring plenty of water and a pet travel bowl that he can drink from and offer it often along the way.

4) Be aware of your surroundings. You’ll likely encounter the usual suspects of the wildlife world, such as squirrels and maybe a deer or two. Keep your eyes open for common canine offenders, including porcupines and skunks. These animals are not as easily scared off by your dog and may become agitated.

5) Mind your manners. Clean up after your dog on the trail. Use a leash to ensure that other hikers, other dogs, as well as the flora and fauna around you will remain undisturbed. If you’re both on a more leisurely hike, let others moving at faster pace pass you easily.