Packing for Alaska Cruise
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Getting ready for your Alaska summer cruise and trying to decide what to pack? Here is our Alaska cruise packing list for June, July, August and September.
If you are packing for Alaska cruise in June you may hope the weather will be warm. Don’t count on it! The key to comfort and your Alaska cruise packing list is layers.
Be sure to check out these 10 handy items you should consider packing for your cruise, too. You might not have considered them! And take a look at these 10 things you should NOT bring on a cruise.
Alaska Cruise Clothes Packing List for Women: Warm & Comfortable
Fun Alaska cruise shore excursions mean that you will want to pack sturdy shoes, and warm, comfortable clothing.
If you are taking an Alaska summer cruise you might hope the weather will be balmy. Don’t count on it and bring warm layers. The perfect clothing for shore excursions and days lounging on the ship might be moisture wicking layers next to your skin, topped by a sweater or fleece. A warm jacket or down vest is also a good idea for those cold and windy days, and for shore excursions to glaciers and mountain lakes.
It’s also smart to be prepared for rainy weather in Alaska. Bring a cute raincoat or waterproof shell, or simply pack a poncho to wear over your clothes. Be sure that your rain gear fits over the top of your bulky layers in case it happens to be cold AND rainy. Oh and be sure to check out our packing tips for men too, you can find that here.
• Columbia Fast Trek II: This full zip fleece jacket comes in a multitude of colors and has lots of handy pockets, it also comes in plus size too.
• North Face Crescent Pullover: This fleece sweater has a super cute collar and cozy hood.
• Patagonia Women’s Pullover: Made of their lightweight Synchilla fleece, this sweater comes in awesome colors and patterns that makes it stand out from the rest.
Some say that wearing light colored clothing is also a good idea as mosquitos are attracted to dark shades like navy and black. Some parts of Alaska are teeming with bugs in the summertime.
• Columbia Pardon My Trench: This flattering rain jacket comes in a variety of colors.
• North Face Thermoball: A lightweight but warm down jacket with full zip. It also comes in lots of colors.
• North Face Inlux: An insulated jacket with a layer of fleece to keep you warm in the wind.
Whether you are on an Alaska adventure cruise or luxury Alaska cruise the best cruise excursions might have you walking on a glacier or hiking on the trails. Bring comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots if you have them. Here are a few of my favorite brands and styles that would be perfect for Alaska cruise excursions.
• Ahnu Sugarpine: I have these waterproof hiking boots and I love them! They are lightweight and comfortable.
• Teva Arrowood: These waterproof boots are lightweight.
• Ahnu Montara II: Waterproof hiking shoes that will keep you comfortable.
A warm hat could also come in handy, as well as gloves and a scarf. You might not need them daily but it is nice to have them in your luggage just in case. You can always go shopping in the ports as well and pick up a fun sweatshirt with an Alaska logo on it. My “Alaska” baseball cap I bought up in Anchorage is one of my favorite possessions.
Alaska port towns are casual, so don’t worry about bringing dressy clothes for excursions. But you might need formal attire for dinners onboard, especially for a luxury Alaska cruise. Check with your ship to find out the specific cruise dinner attire. Men may need a suit or only a jacket (check out the men’s packing list here). Women may need a full length gown or only cute cruise dresses.
Don’t forget your sunglasses! If the sun comes out it can be blindingly bright near the glaciers.
Be sure to bring a small backpack or tote of some kind to carry extra clothing layers, camera, souvenirs, snacks and water with you on shore excursions. This one is ultra-lightweight and packs down into a small pouch when you are not using it.
Packing for Alaska Cruise: Toiletries
Keep in mind that most cruise cabins are quite small, without a lot of room for luggage. And the bathroom counter space is also limited. So bring only the essentials. Carry your toiletries and makeup in a handy tote like this one that clips onto a towel rack or door handle for easy access.
When you think of wearing warm clothes, insects might not come to mind. But Alaska in the summertime is teeming with mosquitos in some areas. Definitely don’t forget the insect repellant. And while it may not be scorchingly hot, you can still get sunburned, so be sure to bring the sunscreen as well.
Even if you don’t think you’ll get seasick it is a good idea to pack motion sickness medicine just in case. Many people recommend the motion sickness patch or the Sea-Bands bracelet. If you forget it you can buy it onboard the ship, but it will be a lot more expensive. Of course you should also pack other toiletries as well that you would need on a vacation like toothbrush and toothpaste, painkillers, bandaids, antibiotic ointment, hand sanitizer, tweezers, nail clippers, and glasses or contacts if you wear them.
Most cruise ships have small hairdryers available, so you probably will not need to pack those. Check with your cruise line to be sure.
Things to Bring on a Cruise: Photo Gear, Electronics & Gadgets
Alaska is absolutely breathtaking. All the natural beauty will have you snapping photos like mad. So be sure to pack your favorite camera gear. Of course you can also shoot photos with your smartphone, and Alaska is so beautiful you can’t get a bad shot. If you are looking for a new compact camera, these four top options below might be worth considering. Click the images below for more info and reviews.
Since there is so much to see on an Alaska summer cruise you will probably be glad if you pack binoculars as well. A fancy professional pair is key for birders and wildlife watchers but the average person can look for smaller, lightweight binoculars priced under $30 that won’t break the bank. Click the images below for more information and pricing.
A small backpack is ideal to carry your camera, binoculars, clothing layers, snacks and water with you around the ship and on shore excursions. This one is ultra-lightweight and packs down into a small pouch to fit in your luggage.
Here is a handy printable Alaska cruise packing checklist. And be sure to check out our Alaska cruise packing list for men too. You can find it here!
I hope these Alaska cruise packing tips help you get prepared for your wonderful vacation up north. Enjoy!
Have you planned all of your Alaska shore excursions already? Take a look at these 20 awesome shore activities in Alaska!
And be sure to check out these 10 handy items you should consider packing for your cruise. You might not have considered them!
If all this talk of cold and rainy weather scared you away, take a look at our packing list for a trip to Hawaii! 🙂
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