Packing & Travel Tips for A European River Cruise

I am in shock! I leave for Budapest in just a few hours for our Romantic Danube  Viking River Cruise (read more HERE). This dream trip has  been anxiously awaited all summer and now it is go time. 

 I am looking forward to all the adventures ahead but, have learned over my many years of travel that you need certain essentials to be well prepared for the possibilities and to enjoy each trip.

I have compiled my list of must haves for this river cruise yet, they can be applied to most international adventures. 

Passport– and a cute case on it does not hurt. 

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TripCase – Viking recommended this App and it is incredible! TripCase gives travelers a single place to manage and organize their trips. Connected to powerful technology and travel companies, TripCase is an itinerary management app that delivers the right information at the right time.

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Sleep Aid/ Medicine Kit – Have your doctor call in an emergency kit with antibiotics, anti nausea and anti diarrheal meds. I use an over the counter sleep aid for the overnight flight. 

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Camera / Camera Charger/ Memory Cards – I think real camera photos are still so much better than iPhones. It is very important to get all the pieces listed in order for this run smoothly. 

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Local Currency – I have found that Travelex in most US airports has great rates so you have a little cash before you arrive. 

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Plug Adapters– Do not forget these!!! I also recommend a power strip with usb ports.  5 charges for 1 plug. I LOVE this one with surge protector. 

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Extra Phone Battery– I rely on my myCharge daily on the go at home and abroad to fully recharge on the go.

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A carry on bag big enough for a change of clothes, meds, laptop, mags – I am over the moon with my new Darjeeling Limited leather duffel.  

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HeadphonesNoise canceling is a big plus too.  But I like and have these and these

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A Hat – I love the Tula brand for the sun protection and we will be outside constantly exploring or watching the world go by. 

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Light Jacket – I think the military jacket is my choice at the moment. It is cute with jeans or dresses.

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Walking Shoes-(think cobblestones) I am taking a pair of wedges, Birkenstocks (i prefer my Gizeh), and chic sneakers for excursions. 

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Shawls– These are versatile for a plane, as a scarf or often in churches you have to cover your  shoulders too. 

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Crossbody Bag. You need multiple bag sizes but a crossbow that closes securely gives you free hands to photograph and explain. I am taking this one

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Costume Jewelry– I recently left a fabulous moonstone necklace in Dallas by the bed to have it stolen.  Leave nothing to chance and load up on fun fakes.  I am taking my Boho Beads on this trip. 

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Good Rolling Suitcase. Rimowa is THE BEST. Think size as they are often not removed from your room. 

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Call your cell phone company and set up an international plan

Call your Credit Card company BEFORE you go and let them know the countries you will be visiting…nothing stinks more than being shut down.

Extra Bag for shopping that is foldable and lightweight. I like Le Sportsac and Longchamp options.

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Ask for upgrades politely. It cannot hurt but, always ask!

Hope these tip help you on your next trip abroad.

Please email me with any Budapest or Vienna tips. 

búcsú = goodbye in Hungarian.

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