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Being forgetful is a barrier one must conquer, especially when packing for river cruises. Having a checklist is crucial during the process, specifically when you are longing for the most convenient vacation.

Packing should no longer be an issue of concern as long as you have identified the location and the environs. Have a plan considering essential things for a perfect day. Make preparations for an exciting river cruise by using this as a reference for all the essentials you require during the adventure.


cruise passengers dressed for Heidelberg_square

[passengers  touring Heidelburg Square]

Selection of clothing is performed based on one’s gender. Ensure you are comfortable by carrying the best outfits of your choice.

The ever-changing weather conditions require you to have a variety of clothing for warm and cold seasons. Pack a change of shoes, sneakers, swimsuits, and sunglasses to fit the days’ activities. Besides, you can carry heavy clothes to keep you warm during cold nights and light wears for hot days.


view of Lyon France from Rhone_river cruise

Being the 21st century, many people have gone digital with access to smartphones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets. For your phone to be charged, you need to have an adaptable charger for the sustainability of communication. (Note some ships may have 2 pin European sockets). 

On the other hand, you may get bored and want to be entertained, here then your headphones will come in handy for you to listen to your music. Keeping memories of the fascinating sceneries needs a camera for taking perfect shots.

Check out our “what to pack for a cruise” checklist PDF here.


toiletries provided on the Ama KRISTINA_Suite_Bathroom

Personal hygiene is vital during the vacation making toiletries key. Taking a pause and smiling for the camera needs white teeth, so you can carry toothpaste and a toothbrush to maintain your dental hygiene. On the other hand, prioritize general grooming and makeup.

You may take along some of your skincare products without forgetting your sunscreen to avoid tan skin. People living with health conditions should prioritize carrying their medication with them for efficiency. Subsequently, you need a small first aid kit just in case of an emergency.

Travel documents

passport-river cruises

A passport is a must document needed while traveling around the world. Other than a passport, there other vital validation documents such as tickets, visas, identification cards, and green cards that can easily be left behind due to anxiety. You should pack such documents in an easily accessible light backpack to avoid such incidents.


AMA Waterways, Bordeaux, France

[Bordeaux France – Saint Emilion]

It is advisable to use a backpack you can comfortably move around with. For an enjoyable vacation, one needs a good place to carry their personal effects and other belongings. All the essentials discussed will be ferried in the travel bag of your choice. A sizable backpack should have many compartments to avoid mixing items during packing.

empty france-city streets

There are some essentials you will be provided with. However, you have the option of purchasing a few things you will be missing during the cruise. For more help with packing for river cruises contact us here.