Rhine River cruises allow you cover a lot of ground and see some of Europe's most well-known cities. The Rhine River winds from Switzerland through France, Germany and the Netherlands then out to the Atlantic. You'll need to pack smart to blend in with the locals, dress up for nights out at the ballet or stay warm and dry if you encounter rain.
Your passport and airline tickets are just the beginning. Bring a credit card and ATM card, but be sure to notify your credit card company/bank that you're traveling overseas. A French and/or German phrasebook is another essential that will help you navigate your ports of call.
Fall is the best time to cruise the Rhine. Be sure to pack light clothing with the necessary sweaters and slacks for cooler evening. Pack something dressy to wear on board the ship for evening events or for nights out at your ports of call. Always pack an umbrella or a light rain jacket just in case.
Gadgets and Gizmos
You can take your usual high-tech gadgets as our ship is equipped with Wi-Fi. Don’t forget your chargers and a European power adapter. Pack a book or magazine for relaxing at the airport or on deck. I like to always bring travel games and a deck of cards; it’s a great way to meet new people or enjoy some down time.
If the cities you are visiting are new to you, consider purchasing maps before you go, or bring a travel guide. There are some great ones you can download as an app for or purchase for your e-reader if you’re taking your gadgets. You won’t need these for your included excursions, but for those of you that like to explore on your own, they definitely come in handy. Pack sealable plastic bags to store wet items should you get caught in the rain and a day bag to put any purchases in while exploring is very handy. If you’re a wine lover and plan to bring some home, consider bringing bubble-wrap mailers, of blow-up water wings so you can pack the item in your suitcase more safely.