Aside from deciding which cruise to take, one of the most common questions asked by our river cruisers is “what do I pack?” Being prepared for your European river cruise is important, especially if you’re coming from another country or continent. You’ll want to have everything you’ll need, but also have a little extra space set aside in case you pick up souvenirs along the way.
Cruising on one of Europe’s rivers with one of our luxury cruise lines is an experience you’ll never forget, and that’s where we’re here to help. Continue reading to learn essential tips from our experts that ensure you’ll have what you need to make the most of your journey, whether you take a Danube River cruise, Rhine River cruise, or any other.
In Spring and Fall, you can also expect a decent bit of rain. While Spring sees the heaviest downpours, it’s important to bring a rain jacket or umbrella. Alternatively, you can check with one of our cruising experts beforehand to see if your cruise line carries rain gear on board to help save room in your luggage.
Layer your clothes
Another important tip to help you prepare for your river cruise is to pack your clothes with layers in mind. Even if traveling in Summer, a light sweater may be helpful to fully enjoy a nice evening outside. Regardless of the time of year, this will allow you to add or subtract clothing layers for whatever activities you get into.
Make your clothes do double duty by dressing smart casual
Gone are the days of wearing suits and formal attire for cruises. With dress codes relaxing around the world, you can wear comfortable clothing on your European river cruise. Most days on the ship, you’ll be relaxing or exploring cities, dressed for the day's events.
Enclosed, small bags for everyday essentials
A small, zippered bag, like a purse, fanny pack, or cross-body bag, is an incredibly helpful tool to keep your everyday items in one place. While you might not need it on the ship, since most cruises are all-inclusive, you may want your wallet or phone when you’re on an excursion. The zipper keeps pickpockets at bay in crowded areas, while an easy to carry format makes exploring a breeze.
Color scheme your clothes
When picking out which clothes you’ll bring, you’ll want to have the goal of maximizing the number of wears each item can have. By choosing a color scheme for your clothes, you’ll ensure that all your bottoms and tops are interchangeable, making for several option outfits. In addition, while we recommend wearing your clothes multiple times, that doesn’t necessarily mean wearing the same dirty clothes over and over. Many of our cruise lines offer laundry services or rooms so you can keep them clean along the way.
Bring an outlet adaptor
One of the most commonly forgotten items when traveling abroad is an outlet adapter. Around the world, different outlet styles are used. An outlet adapter will save you the hassle of finding a store, and allow you to charge any electronic devices you’ll bring along.
Use a carry-on