How To Pack For An Alaskan Cruise

Packing for an Alaskan cruise is not the same as packing for most cruises. It requires careful consideration due to the varying weather conditions and potential outdoor activities. To help you prepare, here are some tips for packing more effectively:

  1. Layered Clothing: Alaska's weather can be unpredictable and fast changing, so packing layered clothing is essential. Bring lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers (fleece or sweater), and a waterproof outer layer (jacket) to stay warm and dry.
  2. Warm Accessories: Don't forget to pack items like gloves, hats, scarves, and thermal/wool socks to keep you warm during outdoor excursions or while out on deck.
  3. Comfortable Shoes: Bring sturdy, waterproof footwear suitable for walking on uneven terrain or for hiking excursions. You may also want to pack a pair of comfortable shoes for onboard activities.
  4. Binoculars: A good pair of binoculars will allow you to spot wildlife and take in the breathtaking scenery from the ship or during excursions.
  5. Daypack or Backpack: Bring a small backpack or daypack for carrying essentials like water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, and extra layers during excursions.
  6. Swimwear: While the weather in Alaska can be chilly, many cruise ships offer heated pools and hot tubs onboard. If this is something you plan to take advantage of, be sure to pack your swimwear.
  7. Camera and Accessories: The #1 reason people come to Alaska is for the beautiful scenery. Therefore, don't forget to bring your camera and/or smartphone (if it has a high quality camera) to capture the stunning landscapes, wildlife, and memorable moments during your cruise. Consider bringing extra memory cards, batteries, and a waterproof case or bag for protection.
  8. Medications and Toiletries: Pack any prescription medications, over the counter meds and any toiletries you may need during the cruise. It's also a good idea to bring motion sickness bands or medication if you're prone to seasickness.
  9. Sun Protection: Even in cooler weather, the sun can be intense, especially if there's glare off the water or snow. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat with a brim to protect yourself from UV rays.
  10. Waterproof Gear: Given the likelihood of rain and mist, having waterproof gear such as a rain jacket, waterproof pants, and a poncho can be a game changer during excursions.
  11. Evening Attire: Many cruises have formal or semi-formal evenings, so pack appropriate attire if you plan to attend these events. Otherwise, casual wear is generally acceptable for most dinners onboard. Just to be safe, be sure to check with your travel advisor or specific cruise line for any dress code requirements for your particular cruise.

By packing thoughtfully, you'll be prepared to enjoy all that an Alaskan cruise has to offer, from stunning scenery to exciting excursions and wildlife encounters!