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5 Things to Pack for your Mekong River Cruise Adventure – It’s time to set sail

If you are on the lookout for a fun activity that you, your friends as well as your family can enjoy, then taking a boat cruise along the Mekong River should be on the top of your list. With the right preparation, everyone is bound to have an amazing time!


Prioritize Quick Dry Clothing

When it comes to travelling in a humid and relatively rain prone region such as South East Asia, it is always prudent to carry with you clothing items that do not readily absorb moisture. What this means is that packing your bag full of cotton clothes may be a recipe for disaster. Instead, choose to select some clothing items that are made up of wicking fabrics that are made of high-tech polyester as they are designed to not hold a lot of moisture.
This will be extremely important if you have to spend several days in the sun and all your clothes.


Keep it to the essentials

If you are by any chance taking the Mekong River cruise in Luang Prabang after staying at a location such as the Mekong Kingdoms be sure to pick the brains of the staff on what they recommend you bring along with you.
In terms of the essential items to carry, they can range from sweat friendly clothing to mosquito repellent. You can make any additional purchases by visiting the markets of the cities you will run into while on your journey.


Aim to stay comfortable

When travelling on a river cruise with friends and family, as a solo traveller, one of the most important things to ensure is that you are comfortable during all segments of your journey. Whether this means having a good set of clothes for a dinner on the deck or just keeping a good pair of shorts with you, what is most important is that you are doing your best to keep your morale up.


Keep your toiletries handy

Given that your journey will take you away from your typical city centre, it is recommended that you have packed plenty of hygiene products to last your entire excursion.
The main stops on your journey will be limited to several smaller villages that are very unlikely to have the specific toothpaste or deodorant you are looking for. As a worst-case scenario, you can try borrowing from those around you, but given that everyone is likely to be in the same situation as you, this may not be particularly fruitful.


Take it easy with the accessories

Travelling as light as possible will be crucial in ensuring that you have an enjoyable journey. While typically cruises bring to mind a more elegant or glamorous affair, the river cruise is not the place to be glamming up.
Some very practical accessories range from a good pair of sunglasses and a good hat to protect you in the sun if needed.