Packing for a River Cruise

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A friend wrote us, “I’m taking a Viking River Cruise, Budapest to Bucharest and I wonder if you have any tips for me – colors, style, materials. I am trying to take the BARE MINIMUM but also be well-dressed and appropriate. The trip is for ten days. Thanks for any tips you can send my way!” Elaine

What a fabulous idea!  Is there a Downton Abbey devotee who has not picture herself, floating through the European Capitals, unpacking only once, and serious relaxing as the world goes by.   First we checked the weather and discovered that the average temperatures will be high in the mid 40’s and the lows could go into the low 30’s.   My friend Susan Meyers, a consummate travelista’s advice is,   “Pack for the low temperature and you will be prepared for the highs.”   So true.  Chance of rain is 33%, of clouds, 56%, of sunny days, 16%, so pack for mostly chilly and overcast and suggest planning your wardrobe with some cozy layers.   We shopped at Tory Burch to find just the right pieces, many of them on sale, to put together 2 ideas of how to pack when planning a March holiday in Europe.  Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Packing for Travel, to solve all of your future packing needs.   Bon Voyage!  Scroll down to see our Packing List   

Days of Siteseeing

what to wear river cruise

Tops:   Tory Burch Ribbed Turtleneck $78.00 SALE

Bottoms:   Tory Burch Cropped Skinny Jean $185

Coat:   Tory Burch Wool Cashmere Peacoat $318 SALE

Shoes:   Tory Burch Selden Riding Boot $346.50 SALE    /  Tory Burch Darley Pointy Toe Flat $137.50 SALE

Accessories:    Tory Burch Panama Sunglasses $195   /   Tory Burch Libson Jacquard Scarf $206.50 SALE   /   Tory Burch Arrowhead Metal Pendant Necklace $262.50 SALE   /   Tory Burch Dalloway Watch $595   /   Tory Burch Ella Packable Tote $225

We checked the Viking River Cruises website which is filled with helpful information, including reading recommendations. “Dress aboard and ashore is casual; we suggest you dress comfortably and bring sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions. Dinner attire is “evening casual,” and the Captain’s Dinner is dressy, but not formal.”

Evenings at the Captains Table

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Tops:   Tory Burch Printed Silk Top $180 SALE   /   Tory Burch Jacquard Top $148.50 SALE

Bottoms:   Tory Burch Stretch Wool & Silk Pant $88.50 SALE

Dress:   Tory Burch Silk Long-Sleeve Dress $180 SALE

Accessories:   Tory Burch Aidan Collar Necklace $439   /   Tory Burch Fern Drop Earrings $195   /   Tory Burch Embossed Leather Belt $185   /   Tory Burch Elizabeth Clutch $206.50 SALE   /   Tory Burch Mosaic Logo Jacquard Scarf $195

Shoes:   Tory Burch Classic D’Orsay Pump $206.50 SALE   /   Tory Burch Dorset Bootie $197.50

Packing List

Daywear:  1 blouse or shirt:  1 cardigan sweater:  1 turtleneck sweater:  1 sweater dress  2 pairs of black pants, one could be dark jeans, 1 vest – fur, faux fur or down, 1 warm coat, hip length or longer.

Evening:  2 tops,  2 packable cocktail dress,  1 pair black pants

Shoes:  walking shoes or boots,  low heeled or wedge knee high boots, pumps

Accessories: 2 wraps or pashminas, 1 belt, 1 hat & gloves, 1 tote for day, 1 clutch for evening, jewelry, sunglasses, tights, umbrella

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