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  • Writer's pictureDavid Natale

Navigating Your Viking Ocean Cruise Packing List with Ease

Embarking on a Viking Ocean Cruise is an adventure filled with excitement and anticipation. Amidst the thrill of exploring new destinations and indulging in luxurious experiences, there's one essential task that sets the stage for a seamless journey: packing. Crafting the perfect packing list requires careful consideration and planning. Let's delve into the art of packing for your Viking Ocean Cruise and discover some helpful tips to streamline your preparations.

Starting Your Journey: Crafting the Perfect Packing List

Embarking on a Viking Ocean Cruise begins with the creation of a well-thought-out packing list. Starting this process at least a couple of weeks before your voyage allows ample time to remember everything you need and identify any items you may need to acquire. Keeping your list readily accessible, perhaps by your bedside, ensures that it's always within reach when inspiration strikes.

Since this particular trip will be to Norway and Iceland I will also share some more specific suggestions.

As you begin compiling your packing list, consider organizing it into four categories AND USE PACKING CUBES TO ORGANIZE:

  1. Evening Wear: Including attire for onboard dining and entertainment.

  2. Shore Excursions: Outfits suited for exploration and adventure ashore.

  3. Onboard Attire: Casual wear for leisurely days spent onboard the ship.

  4. Extras: Essentials such as medications, toiletries, and electronics.

Crafting Your Strategy: A Guide to Packing Smartly

Before diving into specifics, it's essential to develop a packing strategy that aligns with your travel style and preferences. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

  • Travel Light: Given airline baggage restrictions, prioritize packing essentials and opt for lightweight, versatile items that won't weigh you down.

  • Plan for the Weather: Anticipate varying weather conditions along your journey and pack accordingly. Layering outfits allows flexibility in adapting to changing climates.

  • Color Coordination: Select a cohesive color palette to mix and match outfits, maximizing versatility while minimizing the number of items needed.

  • Stay Comfortable: Embrace the relaxed, casual dress code of Viking Ocean Cruises, prioritizing comfort and practicality in your attire choices.

The Ultimate Packing Guide: What to Bring and What to Leave Behind

As you finalize your packing list, here's a breakdown of essential items to include:

Evening Wear: Opt for elegant yet comfortable attire suitable for onboard dining and entertainment. Leave behind formal wear and expensive jewelry, opting instead for travel-friendly alternatives.

Shore Excursions: Pack versatile outfits suitable for exploring diverse destinations. Choose comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate attire, and a lightweight rain jacket or poncho for unexpected weather.

Onboard Attire: Embrace the relaxed dress code with casual, comfortable clothing suitable for leisurely days onboard. Don't forget essentials like swimwear for poolside relaxation.

Extras: Remember to pack essential toiletries, medications, and accessories. Consider travel-friendly options such as solid toiletries to minimize leaks and spills.

All the Clothing You’ll Need for a Norway Cruise


Packing for a Norwegian Fjords cruise in May, followed by a journey to Tromso and Iceland, requires careful consideration of varying climates and activities. Here's a comprehensive packing list to ensure you're prepared for every adventure:


  1. Layered Clothing: Norway's weather can be unpredictable, so pack lightweight layers that you can easily add or remove as needed. Include long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and a light jacket or fleece for cooler days.

  2. Waterproof Jacket: Be prepared for rain with a waterproof and windproof jacket to stay dry during outdoor excursions.

  3. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Whether exploring cities or hiking scenic trails, comfortable walking shoes with good traction are essential.

  4. Warm Outerwear: As you travel north to Tromso and Iceland, temperatures may drop. Pack a heavier coat or insulated jacket, along with gloves, a hat, and a scarf for added warmth.

  5. Swimwear: Many cruise ships offer onboard pools and hot tubs, so don't forget your swimsuit for relaxation and leisure time.

  • 7 Tops — ideally 5 short-sleeve, 1 tank, and 1 long-sleeve (change the tank to an extra long-sleeve in early or late season)

  • 2 Sweaters/sweatshirts — one casual fleece, one nicer sweater or cardigan for dinner

  • 3 Pants — ideally 1 pair comfy, 1 pair of zip-offs for warm days, 1 pair of rainproof pants

  • 2 Dressy Outfits — yes, it’s okay to wear the same thing twice... schedule an evening shirt to reappear during a nice day excursion.

  • 1 Rainjacket — the very best one you have

  • 1 Set of Base Layers (Long Underwear & Top) — most people can skip this but if you tend to be cold, leggings or something that layers well is necessary

  • 2 Pairs of Shoes — hiking shoes/sneakers for touring and a pair of nicer shoes for dinner onboard

  • 7 Pairs of Underwear — and 2 or 3 bras for the ladies

  • 7 Pairs of Socks

  • 1 Bathing Suit — because the ship’s hot tub feels really good after an active day

Viking ships do have free laundry centers where you can wash as well as a service to have it done for you.

Conclusion: Setting Sail with Confidence

Crafting the perfect packing list for your Viking Ocean Cruise sets the stage for a memorable and enjoyable journey. By prioritizing essentials, planning strategically, and embracing the relaxed elegance of Viking Cruises, you can embark on your voyage with confidence and ease. Bon voyage!

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