Packing for an Alaskan cruise is different than packing for a typical tropical cruise. An Alaskan adventure will allow you to experience many more temperature variations and a variety of activities both on the ship and on land. A number of items are “must haves” for any Alaskan cruise experience.
Alaska can have very cool temperature even in the middle of summer. Experienced cruisers to Alaska recommend packing outerware that can be layered on top of other clothing, fleece jackets and jackets with hoods to keep face and neck warm when enjoying the Alaskan terrain. A rain poncho or other waterproof garment is a good idea to have when hiking in Alaska’s unpredictable weather.
Cruisers should also bring al variety of clothing items that can be layered as the changeable Alaskan climate requires. Long pants, shorts, long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved shirts, sweaters, fleece pullovers and other items can all be donned or removed as the temperatures fluctuate. Alaska is known for its variable temperature, and experienced visitors recommend layering as the best way to be prepared for any change as the time of day and the elevation demands.
Although today’s cruises are more informal than they once were, you can expect one or more dinners that require that you dress up in more formal attire. Some people choose to wear long dresses and tuxedos for these dinners, but generally, a cocktail dress for women and blazer and tie for men is sufficient. Don’t forget suitable footwear for this type of attire.
You must also pack for activities that are offered on the ship. Swimming attire, fitness attire and suitable clothing for dancing, gambling or lounging on deck will allow you to take full advantage of the ship’s amenities.
Good Hiking Shoes will not only keep your feet warm in cold temperatures, they will also protect your feet when hiking over rugged Alaskan terrain. Sunglasses and a hat will keep you comfortable in the bright mid-day sunlight. A collapsible backpack will allow you carry supplies while hiking through the landscape and will also be convenient those additional purchases you may make. Pack a pair of binoculars so you won’t miss wildlife or other sights in the distance. Although you may not think that sunscreen is necessary for an Alaskan cruise, you will be surprised by the intensity of the sun at mid-day. Alaskan mosquitoes are legendary is size and ferocity, so bring insect repellent for any shore excursion.
Hope this information helps with your packing list for your Alaskan cruise vacation.