What to pack for your Europe river cruise

What to pack for your Europe river cruise


You’ve booked your luxury Scenic river cruise through Europe during either autumn, spring or summer – now you’re wondering what you to take with you. This helpful guide on preparing and packing essentials, will ensure you have a comfortable and relaxing journey.  

The European seasons are very distinct and each one offers something diverse to enjoy in either the Winter magic, or fields of flowers in full bloom during spring; vineyards of verdant green, temperate and longer days with reduced chill makes sightseeing a pleasant experience. See towns come alive with a burst of energy during the lovely summer days under the spell of a warming sun. 

When it comes to average temperatures in Europe, they vary depending on region. On average, here’s what to expect:  
 
During spring (between March and May) temperatures in western Europe typically range from: A daily low of 5°C to a high of 14°C
 
In summer (between June to August) temperatures in western Europe typically range from: A daily low of 14°C to a daily high of 26 °C (up to about 34°C in some areas) 
 
In autumn (between September to November) temperatures in western Europe typically range from: A daily low of 7°C to a high of 15°C
 
In winter (between December and February) temperatures in western Europe typically range from: A daily low of -1°C to a daily of about 5°C (up to about 13°C in some areas)
 
It’s therefore advisable to pack accordingly and dress in layers, as the temperature can vary during the day and one day to the next. 
 

Europe river cruise packing list

Here are some of the essentials you should be packing in your suitcase for your Scenic 5-star Europe river cruise.
 
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Casual clothes that can be layered
  • Waterproof jacket, parka or raincoat
  • Smart casual evening wear
  • A secure day-bag
  • Workout gear
  • Swimwear
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Adaptors
What to pack for your Europe river cruise

Walking shoes

During your Scenic Europe river cruise, you’ll be docking in small ports and towns frequently, and heading ashore for enriching excursions, also known as Scenic Freechoice. These could include everything from guided city walks, to kayaking on glassy lakes, taking an e-bike through the vineyards and mountain hikes. You’ll need a sturdy and comfortable pair of reliable walking shoes.
 
Be sure to ‘break in’ any new shoes prior to your departure to avoid friction blisters. Remember that much of Europe’s charm is found in wandering down ancient, and uneven, cobblestone laneways – making sensible footwear an absolute must. 

Casual clothes that can be layered 

During the day during your guided onshore excursions, you’ll need comfortable and practical attire. Your morning could start briskly before warming up under the midday sun, so be sure to pack a warm coat or jacket; and a light scarf or pashmina for those cooler mornings or late evenings spent on the Sun Deck, or in your private Scenic Sun Lounge taking in the twinkling city lights.
 
Breathable, natural and lighter fabrics such as cashmere, cotton and linen are advisable, especially during summer. During the day, most guests will opt for light, casual pants or trousers, a top beneath a light coat or jacket (that can be removed later) and sturdy walking shoes.
 

Waterproof jacket, parka or raincoat

It’s advisable to bring a hooded, waterproof jacket with you to have at hand during your onshore adventures. Rain can descend at any time, even during the hottest months. For instance, in Paris during July, a peak summer month, the city experiences its highest rainfall. If carrying a camera during your day excursions, a wet weather jacket can also serve as protection for your photographic equipment. 

Evening wear

It’s advisable to bring a hooded, waterproof jacket with you to have at hand during your onshore adventures. Rain can descend at any time, even during the hottest months. For instance, in Paris during July, a peak summer month, the city experiences its highest rainfall. If carrying a camera during your day excursions, a wet weather jacket can also serve as protection for your photographic equipment. 

A secure day-bag

For your excursions, be sure to have a secure, small-size day-bag such as a lightweight backpack with zippers, or one that can be worn across or strapped across your chest. It’s handy for all your smaller items including wallet, hat, sunscreen, phone and your water bottle. In some cities, especially during the busier times with more tourists roaming, unfortunately pickpockets can be evident – so the more secure and inaccessible that your valuables are kept, the less likely you are to be a target.

Workout gear

Your day may l start with doing gentle yoga moves as you glide down the Danube, or a sweat session in the on board fitness centre – so be sure to pack suitable workout gear. All guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the e-bikes* to explore each town. Some guests prefer to wear workout tights and dri-tech exercise clothing when cycling. 

Swimwear

You’ll want to take a dip in the inviting Vitality Pool* as you pass the castles and vineyards dotted along Europe’s waterways, so be sure to pack your swimwear. It’s also ideal too when visiting Scenic’s Salt Therapy Lounge* where you can recline on relaxing loungers in a specially designed salt-treated room, based on medieval salt-cave therapies and designed for purification and rejuvenation.

 

To learn more about out Salt Therapy Lounge 

Hat and sunscreen

Avoid sunburn by packing a wide-brimmed hat (preferably one that is foldable or collapsible); or at the very least, a baseball cap. Not only will it come in handy on your excursions, but also when dining al fresco or soaking up the sun on the many relaxation areas to be found on your 5-star Scenic Space-Ship. Also pack a high SPF-factor sunscreen with you, and one that is in a tube with a lid, rather than a pump. 

Camera 

Avoid sunburn by packing a wide-brimmed hat (preferably one that is foldable or collapsible); or at the very least, a baseball cap. Not only will it come in handy on your excursions, but also when dining al fresco or soaking up the sun on the many relaxation areas to be found on your 5-star Scenic Space-Ship. Also pack a high SPF-factor sunscreen with you, and one that is in a tube with a lid, rather than a pump. 

Adaptors 

One of the most common packing mistakes is to overlook adapters. There is one Australian-style power point in each suite and others require a European adaptor. One that is fitted with multiple USB sockets is handy. Pack your USB charging cables too, and you can charge your phones and other personal devices at the same time. 

Personal safety

On board a Scenic Space-Ship, there are abundant hand sanitation stations for all guests to use. When exploring solo, you might like to have your own pocket sanitiser or antibacterial wipes with you. A spare mask is also recommended. In addition to all your essential travel documentation such as passports, and itineraries, we recommend always carrying a printed copy of your International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate with you, especially as you will most likely leave your passport safely on board in your suite’s personal safe.
 
With your what-to-pack list sorted, it’s now time to get ready and prepare for that long-anticipated Scenic 5-star, truly all-inclusive Europe river cruise.
 
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