Spring is the best time to start picking out your next summer adventure, mostly because it allows you the time to plan everything out into the finest details. But if it so happens that you already chose the perfect destination for your next adventure and it includes a river cruise, you’ve come to the right place.
Since most bigger rivers have quite a different climate that it is, per se, in your hometown, you will want to pack for such a trip accordingly. This is why we’ve prepared a simple packing guide to help you put your mind at ease and know that you are ready for the trip.
The first thing you will want to keep in mind is that rivers’ climates can be quite unpredictable, even if you make sure that you know all about the current season there. This is why you’ll have to keep in mind that you should pack light, but smart!
No need to bring along the heavy luggage hoping that it will help you be prepared for whatever brings your way, just follow these simple tips and you are guaranteed to be as ready for your cruise as you can get!
Packing your clothes and shoes
Now, the first thing you’ll pay attention to when packing for a trip, be it a cruise or a getaway weekend at a spa, will be, of course, the clothes! The word of the day when it comes to your cruise clothes selection is comfortable.
You will definitely want to make sure that your clothes are comfortable rather than stylish. Other than that, you should also be on a lookout for dry-fit clothing. Rivers’ climate is quite humid and you will want to protect your belongings from it.
Of course, in order to be sure that you are fully protected from mosquitoes and the sun, you should also pack lots of long pants and long sleeves. Additionally, since everyone knows that mosquitoes are more attracted to darker fabrics rather than the lighter ones, you should also pack clothes of all sorts of light colors. Just make sure it’s not yellow because it attracts other sorts of insects!
And finally, since our infamous mosquitoes have been known to bite through tight-fitted clothing, you should pack as much of loose-fitting clothes as you can. If you put these tips to good use and, of course, add some bug repellent to the mix, you are guaranteed to be as protected from these vile little creatures as possible!
Now, the shoe department is a bit less demanding in terms of what you should and should not wear. The shoes you wear on hikes and expeditions should be comfortable enough to be worn for a longer period of time. As long as they fit you nicely and won’t cause blisters, you’re good to go.
Other than this power pair of shoes you pick out, you can bring your own rubber boots. Of course, keep in mind that most (luxury) cruise ships will offer you with their own rubber boots you can wear on expeditions and will save you some space in your suitcase!
Prepare your medication and get the shots
Before even thinking of going on a river cruise, you should receive the proper inoculations. It’s always better to be safe than to be sorry! Of course, each region has its own ‘set’ of diseases that you should make sure to research prior to your departure. For example, if you are traveling to Southeast Asia, you should get a vaccination for hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, malaria, etc.
And, of course, if you have a condition that requires prescriptions, stacking up on the medication is a given! Also, take this piece of advice and pack some medication for an upset stomach, in case you don’t agree with the climate or the sudden change in your diet.
Now that you’ve prepared your medication and packed your clothes, you will want to focus on the other essentials that will come useful on your river cruise. The first one is a water-resistant backpack. This way your belongings will be safe and dry throughout the expeditions.
Speaking of dry, you’ll find that Ziploc bags will come in handy for storing your electronics and your personal documents. If you are going on an Amazon river cruise, for example, you’ll find out just how wet the season can get, so make sure that you and your essentials are fully protected from the humidity.
Of course, we could go on for days about what else can be useful for your next adventure, but after all, you know what you need best. As long as you put some of our tips to good use, your river cruise will be an experience of a lifetime!