Columbia & Snake Rivers Packing List

Packing Tips

Some of the most dramatic climatic variations are experienced along the Columbia & Snake Rivers between Portland, Oregon and Lewiston, Idaho. The geography ranges from dry high-desert and plains to temperate rainforests. Daytime temps average between 60°-70°F, but you may experience a 20-degree shift in temperature from one day to the next up to even the high-80's. Late October-November can be cooler with evening temps dropping to the upper 30;s.

Virtually every day you’ll have opportunities for explorations, whether on deck transiting locks, walking the paths of historic sites, or touring a winery. The combination of weather and activities should be your guide for planning what to pack.

Download the Columbia & Snake Rivers packing list and review the details below while "gearing up."

Clothing & Layers

The UnCruise style is casual. That means polo’s, t-shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, and sweatshirts, and jeans, khakis, skirts, or whatever is most comfortable for you is acceptable at any time. Packing clothing that can layer together allows you to make easy adjustments for varying weather and temperatures. Having several thinner layers that you can easily put on or peel off rather than one or two thick layers will provide the most versatility.

Temperatures can vary dramatically on the rivers. Pack at least one pair of shorts or convertible hiking pants for possible warm weather. And, you'll also want a warm, hooded rain/wind jacket, fleece, or zip-up vest, and/or casual jacket. Unisex rain slickers are available on board but bring your own to guarantee the best fit. Bring a scarf and gloves for cooler days, and a brimmed hat that protects you from the sun.


Comfortable sneakers, sturdy walking shoes, or day hikers, and a pair of warm socks are sufficient.

Optional Items

Binoculars are available on board, but if you have a pair your are comfortable with, you may prefer to bring your own.

For protection, you may want to store your camera in a waterproof case and/or bring heavy-gauge resealable plastic bags as extra protection for your camera and film.

Cabin Amenities

Your cabin comes complete with two robes, hair dryer, alarm clock, umbrellas, towels and shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash.

We know you're as excited to sail as we are. Discover more about the geography and history of the rivers by pulling a few books of the shelf—here's our recommended Columbia & Snake Rivers reading list.