If you are going on a barge trip for the very first time, it can be challenging to know what to pack. Should you take the fine-dining apparel along? Will it make sense to carry only heels, or will you need comfortable shoes as well? Many such things and more can be confusing to get right.
Fortunately, here’s a guide for beginners to help pack correctly for barge cruises. While it isn’t rocket science, it helps to get the basics right; that could go a long way in making your first barge trip a memorable one.
You must remember that there may be a considerable amount of walking to be done at the airport and then, perhaps, on the cruise boat as well. It can be taxing to keep lugging the baggage around incessantly.
So, make sure to bring a suitcase with wheels that you can easily drag along. Also, avoid getting too many bags for the same reason. All you need in addition to the suitcase is a tote that you can carry on your land excursions.
The key to packing right for any travel adventure and not just barge trips is to avoid overpacking. When it comes to clothes, always pack only the essentials and a pair or two of formal attire. This will make your luggage less heavy and easier to carry around.
Also, you can add accessories such as a jacket, scarf, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and others, depending on the region you are traveling to.
It may be alright to wear heels on barge cruises, as long as the boat is on water and you are sitting most of the time. But such footwear will not be comfortable during land adventures.
Therefore, you should consider packing a sturdy pair of running shoes or hiking boots, depending on which is most convenient for you. They will be easy on your feet, enabling you to stand and walk long distances with ease. Do remember to keep enough socks, as reusing the same sweat-soaked ones is not advisable.
Besides getting the necessary travel vaccines, doctors recommend that you also pack for medical emergencies. So, regardless of where you are traveling, ensure to pack fever medication, insulin, prescription tablets, inhalers, antacids, sleep aids, mild laxatives, bandages, a first-aid kit, and other medical essentials.
Remember, some travelers may not need all of these. For instance, only diabetic travelers will need to pack insulin and a diabetes testing kit. If you are on any medication, it is better to carry an extra pack on your trip, as you may not be able to get that particular tablet or syrup everywhere you go.
Even with toiletries, it is best to pack only what you need. Almost all cruises and hotels provide free soap, body lotion, shampoo, and cream rinse. But if you are allergic to a particular chemical or ingredient commonly used in these toiletries, you’re better off bringing your own toiletries along.
Some barge boats also offer hairdryers, so you can check with the cruise company before you pack. You can carry earplugs and a sleep mask if you need them to sleep.
Besides the above critical things, consider connectivity options. Most cruises have free Wifi, but if you plan on making several calls, you should invest in a reliable international data plan.