Dive Into These Caribbean Cruise Essentials

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Before you’re ready to set sail, make sure you have all your fun-under-the-sun essentials packed.


When it comes to picking a swimsuit, invest in one that’s fun, flattering and functional.



If it’s a two-piece you’ll be packing for your cruise, consider one that fits the latest trends, like the high neck top, which offers a sporty feel and stays in place whether you’re surfing or splashing in the waves. This one from Xhilaration at Target is a steal for under $40.

The Itty Bitty Bikini


If you dare to bare, Mi Ola dubs its two-pieces “sexy bikinis that stay on,” because whether surfing or splashing in the waves, its innovative design keeps them in place, thanks to the creators’ background with surfing. Tired of bikinis that wigged and worse, she created this line with stay-put power. For 2016, barely there bottoms, like the Casita Boythong, are on trend. Pair these with the Tira Halter Top.



The high-waisted bikini is incredibly flattering to the figure, which explains why it’s been around since the bikini got its start. Give yours a modern-day twist with Beach Riot’s Atlas Ionean Bikini from the Orchid Boutique. Cut-out details on the bottom give this bikini a trendy feel, and yet still keeps troublesome tummy areas covered.



Who says a one-piece can’t be as sexy as a bikini? With the right cut, a maillot can be both stunning and figure flattering. Miami-based swimwear brand Peixoto, which has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, offers great cuts. Try the Flamingo in the popular shade cobalt blue to wow at sea.


If it’s a classic one-piece that keeps everything in place that suits your style, consider this Roxy one-piece from Zappos. Not only is a great price, it ships quickly, which means you’ll definitely have it in time for your trip. And be sure to try the coral shade. It’s a little known fact coral is a great hue that works for all skin tones.



If you’re looking to keep it covered on your way to and from the beach or pool, slip these different types of cover-ups on for size.



If you’re into changing up your cover-up, invest in a pareo. Whether worn as a skirt, a dress or both, this is the most versatile of wraps to wear atop your swimsuit.  Add a little color to your look with this Maaji Max Fuchsia Pareo Cover-Up.


The kimono has recently taken over at the beach and pool. This cover-up is a great way to still show off your suit but keep things under wraps. Consider one with lace or fringe, like the Treasure Kimono from L Space by Monica Wise.



If you’re looking for a cover-up that will transition into something to wear after your romp in the sun, consider a caftan. This Eberjey Hippie Trail Starr can easily morph into a dress with the quick change of shoes and accessories.


Here’s what else you’ll need to go with your swimsuit.



Sandals do so much more than just get you to the pool and back, they also anchor your beach look. Slip into these MIA Heritage Fiji sandals for a little color and a lot of style.



Sunscreen in a must, but an even better way to protect your precious skin while under those rays is to pop a hat atop your head. Opt for one with a wide brim, like this Florabella Simone Wide Brim from the Orchid Boutique, for shade that follows you wherever you go.



Sunglasses say a lot about your signature style—and they keep you from squinting while you’re having fun in the sun. Show off your eco-friendly side with these Chloe Black Pear Wood Sunglasses, complete with wooden frames, from Woodzee.

Beach Bag


It has to be big enough to schlep all of your stuff and cute enough to tie your look together, which means not just any beach bag will do. The Black and White Metallic Flamingo Ditty from Hayden Reis is fun and functional, and it’s made from sailcloth, so it’s waterproof. How’s that for the ultimate beach bag?


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