Riverboat cruises are more popular than ever and with good reason. They have wonderful itineraries, allow you to visit multiple countries without ever repacking and dock in the very heart of small towns. Unless you pay top dollar you’ll have a small closet onboard which is fine because I recommend packing light.
Most guests dress very casually. There are no formal dinners or occasions to dress up unless you purchase tours that are dressier. Comfortable shoes are critical because you’re going to do a lot of walking.
Here’s what I packed for a Viking Riverboat cruise of the Danube plus an extra 7 days of travel. I fit it all into this 18″ carry-on plus a small handheld. Everything I brought was black, gray, and white with pink accents which made everything interchangeable.
nylon, water-resistant jacket
2 no-iron white shirts
3 v-neck shells (sleeveless blouses)
short-sleeved cotton tee shirt
long sleeved cotton tee shirt
2 cashmere sweaters
2 lightweight cardigans in neutral prints
cotton tank top
silk plaid duster- similar
ponte knit pencil skirt
ponte knit pant
pull-on blue jeans
1 pair of black and white checked pants
machine washable Arcopedico stretch shoes
black leather sneakers
Eileen Fisher black sport sandals
black low heel slides
black leather flat mules
1 silk scarf
1 large cotton scarf
4 pair of earrings
1 tote bag
1 crossbody/waist belt/clutch bag This bag was invaluable. It switched from a crossbody to a belt bag, to a clutch with the quick change of straps.
My white shirts were worn multiple times. How did I keep them from getting grimy? I didn’t. But because they’re no-iron, I was able to hand wash them in my tiny sink using a bar of hand soap.
I suppose body wash might have worked well but the bar allowed me to scrub the neckline which got stained from sunscreen during the hottest days.
I wore everything except one cashmere sweater because the weather decided to cooperate and warm up. The cashmere wrap was only used on the frigid flights.
My next trip I will pack one less sweater, pair of pants and skip the mules. The limited color scheme is critical to packing light so you can pack it all into a carry-on.
What do you handwash when you travel?
Thanks for reading and have a great day.