Over the past few weeks, I’ve received a few emails on Viking River Cruises. The most predominant one: What to pack?

With expectations of being an upscale experience, and the need to be dressed up, I’m happy to report that’s not entirely the case (most of the time!). Sailing with Viking River Cruises means you’ll have plenty of time exploring cobblestone streets, or winding through castles so most of the day is outside in casual wear. Evenings are spent (typically) at the restaurant onboard which is white linen and multiple courses. For dinners, dress is scattered from women in blouses and jeans, to those who want to be a bit more dressed up. I found myself in a blend of semi-casual dresses and black jeans with a nicer top for the dinners. During the day, I was as casual and comfortable as one could be.

Here’s what to pack for a Viking river cruise:


Bottoms

1 blue jean, 1 black jean, loose casual-to-formal pants, one skirt, and denim shorts.

Tops

2-3 casual t-shirts, 2-3 tank tops for the day, a few blouses like this, this one, and this, and a silk tank top.

Dresses

1 evening dress, 1 loose-style dress, and a flowy dress. If you think you can fit more, I always pack a few extra dresses, as they’re great to travel in and can be worn at night. I love this one, this floral print, and this off-the-shoulder one.

Shoes

I always travel with a pair of white sneakers like these, one heeled bootie (I swear by these), a pair of flats, one heel, and one sandal.

Outerwear

At night, I wore a loose sweater over blouses, and if out a black denim jacket. I always throw a green cargo jacket in that packs well.

Accessories

One hat, a day backpack, and one clutch.

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