Gregory Kiep

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Gregory Kiep is the premier marketer and promoter for gay events, gay travel, and promotion. Based in Provincetown, he has travelled around numerous markets making connections and talking about his travels to places like Provincetown, NYC, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Mykonos, South America, Europe, Nice, and more.


How To Pack For A Gay Cruise: 7 Tips

You booked your gay cruise and now just have to solve the question of, “What do I bring with me?” First off, calm down and have a cocktail. You will get through this and you will look fabulous. After numerous gaycations, I am a bit of an expert and will hold your hand. Here are 7 tips when packing for your fabulous gay cruise:

1. Less is more.

You do NOT need those salmon colored sneakers to match one outfit - it will be ok. Try to coordinate around color schemes with complimenting outfits so that your accessories, shoes, belts, etc. can match a bunch of things. You are gonna shop, girl. Don’t get so close to that 50 pound limit that you can’t buy some new outfits along the way.

2. Swimwear.

Probably the biggest piece of concern for cruising gays. “What kind should I wear?”, “How many suits do I need?”, “What is in right now?” Well, as someone who owns over 100 pieces of swimwear, I can tell you that I have shopped for speedos more than jeans. Try on different cuts to see what works with your body. Typically, square cuts look best on more muscular guys and smaller cuts on you twinks. But try things on. I always say bring 1 gaything suit per day on a gay vacation. Rewearing can get you glances on the pool deck.

3. Protection, protection, protection.

I mean sunscreen, queen. :) Don’t forget ALL kinds of protection as you get your toiletries together for your gaycation. Coppertone and Trojans, people. Be safe.

4. Speaking of your carry on…

Make sure you have an extra outfit and swimsuit in it. Things happen with luggage and you need to be prepared. There is nothing worse than flying down to your gay vacation in jeans and a sweater only to arrive without your luggage. Have a smart pair of shorts and blouse so that you can be comfortable while you figure things out with the airlines.

5. Nips in your carry on.

Wait. What? What? Yep, nips are under the TSA limit and can be checked just like that shampoo when you go through security. You’re welcome.

6. Don’t be afraid of costumes.

Serioulsy. Costumes make it fun. You don’t have to go all out but doing a “lil something” can be cute and fun. Think you will look silly? Trust me, when you are on the pool deck with 2,000 gays you will be loving it and not care. And I guarantee someone will have a more over-the-top costume than you have. Still think you will feel silly? Come find me, I promise I look sillier.

7. Shoes.

I love a smart stiletto just like anyone else, but that is not the best choice of shoe when walking around the Parthenon. Choose shoes that you can walk in and be comfortable. Some excursions on gay cruises can be over 8 hours long and you need a flat for that. Bring those, some sandals, maybe another cute pair and leave the rest of the space for costumes.

Now go get yourself a cute suitcase and luggage tag, pour yourself a cocktail, and get to packing. I will see you onboard :)