So you booked your Cruise to Alaska. That was the easy part. Now you need to decide what to pack for your Alaska Cruise.
With a family of five that enjoys the outside and knew we were going to spend a lot of time on excursions, technical gear was key. Unfortunately, creating a how to pack list for an Alaskan Cruise is pretty long and really will depend on the exact time of year. The window is small, but the weather can be drastic.
I hope you find some helpful tips and yes you will probably overpack but I ended up having to buy a winter hat in Vancouver in August!!
What To Pack For An Alaska Cruise
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Knowing what to pack for a cruise is always daunting, and especially for an Alaska cruise. This list is very large but includes a lot of great ideas for you to consider depending on the forecasted weather for your particular family vacation plans.
WHAT TO PACK :
- A Rain Jacket (a very good waterproof one)
- Water Resistant Comfortable Shoes (Keens, hiking boots, gym shoes)
- Layers Layers Layers
- A Fleece Jacket that fits comfortably under a Rain Jacket
- A Winter Hat (Had to buy one in Vancouver before we left)
- Baseball Hat for Sunny Days
- Mobile Travel Charger: We took the Panasonic QE-AL201K Mobile Charger. This portable charger can charge two devices simultaneously and is perfect for charging your smart devices while on the cruise. The charger is small enough to stash in your day bag and will ensure your phone never runs out of battery when you need it most!
- Water Resistant Hiking Pants: My husband and I lived in our hiking pants during excursions. Go to a store like REI and find a pair you never want to take off. (my husband like the KUHL brand and I found a pair of Prana Brand).
- Poncho– We did not bring one but they provided them on our hike in Juneau where it rained.
- Tile: Attach this to your car keys, Wallet, Laptop. Now imagine this: before you returned to the ship, you Tiled your wallet, so you open up your Tile app, hit the Find button and realize you asked your buddy to hold onto it for you. Or, you check the Last Place Seen and realize it’s in the gift shop you visited before sitting down for dinner. Or, worst-case scenario, you have no idea where it could be so you engage every active Tile app around the world to anonymously search for your Tile
- Hand Sanitizer: With all the illnesses that happen on cruise ships you want to be sure you take steps to keep you and your family safe. Our ship had these kiosks by the dining areas, but be sure to pack some with you as well.
- A Lanyard to hold your room key: While we were given these on Disney Cruise Line, HAL did not. I wish we brought ours. Your room key is also your credit card and needed to exit and enter to the boat. If you don’t have pockets this is a pain. Plus the kids will be able to keep up with their keys if it is hanging from their neck.
- A Good Water-resistant Backpack for excursions, great to carry your camera, waters, extra layers etc.
- GOOD CAMERA with a zoom lens.
- Bathing Suit: If you plan on using the boat’s pool. On our final sea day, it was warm enough people were laying out on the decks.
- Ziplock Bags: to store wet clothes, your cell phone on excursions etc.
- Eyefi Mobile Card: It’s essential for travelers taking photographs on multiple devices allowing them to easily edit, share and save their photos from anywhere in the world on any WiFi connection. Trust me you will want to share all those amazing photos.
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WHAT NOT TO PACK:
- No need for bug spray if you are taking the cruise portion only. (Ask someone who took a land portion as the bugs might be different)
- Rain Boots-see above
- Tank tops
I hope this list of what to pack for a cruise helps you to manage better when packing for your upcoming Alaska cruise. With so many different weather changes in Alaskan travel, you will definitely need to consider that before finalizing your packing prior to departure.