packing for a cruise


While you may be gearing up for the river cruise of a lifetime, the days of forging ahead with overloaded steamer trunks in tow are long gone. Today, you need only bring the bare essentials to enjoy a fabulous vacation on the river. In simple terms, there is no need to over-pack. Here are some things to keep in mind when packing for a cruise.

So, you ask, what should I pack for my river cruise? The answer, “layers.” Weather can often be unpredictable on America’s rivers, so packing clothes that can be layered is essential. Bring along a favorite sweater and/or jacket and then the rest is all about being savvy with your color scheme and select apparel. Pack items that you can easily mix, match and layer. This will not only reduce excess baggage, but also it will allow you to control your comfort level while keeping your wardrobe fresh. We all know that the same article of clothing can be re-purposed for multiple occasions, right?

In the daytime, feel free to keep it casual. Slacks, jeans and shorts are acceptable in all public areas of the vessel(s), as well as onshore for any excursions. Also, be sure to bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes with non-skid soles (the decks and gangways may be slick at times).

When evening rolls around the attire tends to be more “country-club casual.” Women should consider toting nice slacks, skirts, blouses and perhaps a fancy scarf. The right scarf can make even the most casual outfit look fabulous! Whereas gentlemen can leave the stuffy suits at home and bring slacks, khakis, polo shirts and/or dress shirts. A sport coat for dinner always adds a nice touch, but it most certainly is not required. One pair of comfortable dress shoes should be more than enough to get you through a week-long vacation.

When packing for your river cruise vacation, it is always a good idea to check a national weather source to be best prepared for the region in which you are set to travel. However, if you remember to pack both warm and cool clothes for layering, a nice accessory or two to jazz things up, and sensible shoes…you are ready to roll on the river without all of the extra baggage.