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5 Things People Forget to Bring on their First European River Cruise

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When I went on my first river cruise I was a complete newbie. While I have done a lot of ocean cruising, I knew nothing about river cruising and searched to find the best packing lists so that I wouldn't forget anything. So if you are in this same position and are afraid of forgetting something- don't worry! This list below will help remind you of 5 things not to forget in your planning! 

1. Local Currency
One of the most important things that you can do to prepare and bring on your trip is some of the local currency where you will be going. You can do this ahead of time at your bank or at a local vendor which will result in less fees than if you use a money exchange booth in an airport. While some people would prefer to use their credit cards - which is great, you will still need to have money for tips or for small shops that don't take credit cards so make sure to prepare for this ahead of time. (Also if you are going on a river cruise around the holiday season and plan to visit the European markets, like in Colmar, you will need to have local currency for this!) 

2. Passport Holder/Wallet

You will need to have your passport with you and I would definitely recommend carrying it with you at all times while you are on excursions. I use my wallet which is an older Neiman Marcus Travel & Passport Wallet that is no longer available, but is very similar to THIS ONE and I love it! When my wallet starts falling apart that is the one that I will be getting! 

There are so many different adorable passport holders that are available today but a couple of my favorites that are cheaper are THIS ONE or THIS ONE. Also- each of those are under $10.50!! 


3. OTC Medications

While it is true that you can purchase all different over the counter medication when you are off the ship- it can be more pricey and also be difficult to find depending on where you are traveling. Sometimes on river cruises there is not a doctor but there is a basic first aid kit available. You will want to think ahead and bring some of your own items.

Prone to seasickness when you travel? Definitely check out my post 4 Ways to Prevent Motion Sickness when Traveling by clicking HERE

Even though river cruising is an excellent choice for those who are prone to seasickness, there were still some people who said the movement on our cruise was difficult to them. A lot of people use Dramamine (or the patch) for motion sickness on a cruise which is a wonderful option, but ginger can be a great natural resource to help with nausea. You can read more about ginger and its health benefits by clicking HERE. I have mentioned this in several posts but I swear by THIS ginger here. For less than $8 you can save yourself a whole lot of sickness!


4. Comfortable Shoes/Sandals
I shared this in my post, 13 Must Pack Items for Your Caribbean Cruise, but it is a definite thing to remember. Pack comfortable shoes and sandals!! You definitely want to look cute and have fun, but you don't want your cruise ruined by blisters either so take the time to pick out cute and comfy sandals. On a river cruise you do TONS of walking and you will want to make sure your shoes are comfortable!

5. A Watch
I was surprised to hear this suggestion from those who had cruised a lot but honestly, have now seen the value in having a watch. One of the best parts of a cruise is having the chance to take a break from the "real world" and simply enjoy the moment. But if you are wanting to make sure that you are ready to meet for excursions, meal times, etc.  and want to put away the phone, you will want to know the time. I LOVE my fitbit versa and totally recommend it! You can find it HERE!

What about y'all? Any items that you wish that you had brought on your first European river cruise that you would recommend to a first-time cruiser?

Check out more cruise tips by clicking on the links below:

7 Things to Take With You While In Port                                              
10 Things People Forget to Bring on Their First Cruise                                                                  
Top 13 Must Pack Items for a Caribbean Cruise                                                  

Curious to find out more about our trip that we took with Viking Cruises? Click on the posts below:
Viking River Cruise (2017-2018): //  Viking River Cruises: Answers to Your Most FAQ's //