RIVER CRUISE TIPS #9: HOW TO PACK FOR A RIVER CRUISE
Ok, You’ve booked your river cruise. You’re set. Now it’s time to think logistics and how to pack.
Packing stinks. And, shopping for what you need to pack is the absolute worst.
To ease the chore of packing, you need to simplify and automate. Streamline your wardrobe. Mix and match garanimal-style if that’s what it takes.
Here are the essentials:
If you see me on an airplane, you will see me in a tunic top and black pants 99.9% of the time. It’s my airplane uniform.
If you don’t have an airplane uniform yet, you should get one.
It minimizes think time. Yes, my airplane uniform is boring. Yes, I need to branch out. But, less thinking means a happier me. It’ll be the same for you too.
And, don’t choose sweatpants for your airplane uniform. Sweatpants are weird. They are too bulky to wear on an airplane.
You can look far nicer and be more comfortable if you put a tiny bit of thought into your airplane uniform.
And, why do I see people walking through airports in fuzzy slippers? Are these same slippers then worn into these people’s homes? Gross. Think of the germs. No thanks.
Conde Nast editors seem to agree about the sloppiness of airplane attire.
Here’s their take on the issue:
Comfortable shoes are your next priority after the airplane uniform. Take some time to find the right shoes. Your feet will thank you.
I understand that finding comfortable shoes can be hard. I don’t know why that is. Maybe we are making things more difficult than they need to be.
To help you out, here are my choices. These are the 4 pairs of shoes you will see in my suitcase.
If you river cruise with me, you’ll see these most days. They are water resistant and ridiculously comfortable. I’m sure they are not the most fashion forward choice. But, they look decent so I don’t worry. Every doctor and nurse I know owns a pair too so I think I’m onto something.
I river cruise most often in late fall so these clogs work well for me. For a spring or summer river cruise, I would personally still choose a clog but ones that aren’t suede.
I bring boots too. Again, these are warmer and waterproof in case the weather turns frigid.
3. RUNNING SHOES
I also have my running shoes. I like to walk the top deck to think and exercise on longer sail days. You can only do so much lounging really. The views during these walks beat my suburbia walks unless my hometown surprises me on a day like when this happened.
If you’re going to sign up for one of the hikes or bicycle trips, running shoes will come in handy too.
4. BLACK FLATS
For evenings, I simplify things and make sure all outfits coordinate with black flats. I’m a simple minded soul though. If you need to bring more bling, knock yourself out.
A PROPER COAT
In fall and winter, you need a proper coat. Living in Texas, I didn’t have one. This is what I have and it works well.* It’s okay if you get the same one. I don’t mind if we’re matchers. 🙂 This coat doubles as an awesome blanket on the airplane too.
For spring and summer, you can get a way with something lighter. You still need to consider rain so make sure it’s waterproof.
WHAT TO WEAR DURING THE DAY
Go for comfort but be appropriate. Yes, I’m a fan of yoga pants, but this isn’t the time to wear them. Save those for your walks on the top deck.
Seriously, you can find comfort in normal pants. It exists.
Most of my travel wardrobe comes from Talbots.
My Southlake store has wonderful salespeople that help you.
I walk in. I tell them what I need. They fill the changing room. I leave the store with a bag of clothes.
I’m comfortable but still look appropriate. It works. Talbot’s has a personal shopping link. Check it out.
If you like specialty one-of-a-kind pieces, then take a peek at this. My very stylish friend is the owner. Her dresses are adorable.
Really, it’s not hard to find decent, comfortable clothes.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR DINNER
Dinners on river cruises are typically more casual than many ocean cruises. The official term is “country club casual”.
Think business professional for most nights. Bring one dressier outfit for a special occasion. If you go to a special concert in Vienna, you want to be prepared. I stick to my LBD but bling out if that makes you happy.
Men – I never really see anything dressier than a sport coat and slacks. But, if you want fancier, by all means have at it.
If you’re an underdresser though, make sure to have a collared shirt for dinner at the minimum. Most men are wearing a polo or collared button-downed shirt at night. Typically, you don’t see jeans at dinner either.
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*Please note – there are no affiliate links in this post. These are my opinions to help provide a simpler travel experience. You’re welcome.