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Alaska Packing Guide

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What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise or Alaska Cruisetour

Alaska Cruise Packing Tips -

Learn what to pack for a cruise to Alaska. Packing for an Alaskan Cruise is easy when you know what works best.

Here you can learn what to pack for a cruise and get your own personalized cruise packing list.




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Alaska Cruise Packing Tips

      Average Alaska Cruise Season Temperatures
Glacier Bay


From May through September, temperatures range from 40°F to 70° F during the day and drop into the 30’s and 40’s at night. The best way to prepare for this range of temperatures is to dress in layers and to be prepared for anything from bright sunshine—don’t forget those sunglasses—to light rain.  Check out the list of items to include when packing for an Alaska trip.


May is springtime in Southeast Alaska so temperatures are cooler, with average daytime temps in the 50’s. As summer sets in, June will have daytime temperatures in the 60’s and by July and August daytime temperatures may reach into the 70’s, or in the 80's in Juneau, but can also still be in the 50’s During any month, the temperatures can be as low as 45°F as you explore the glaciers and fjords of Alaska. Nighttime temperatures will typically be in the low 40’s in the spring, mid to high 50’s in the summer. Keep in mind as you cruise Alaska. with a breeze, the temperature can feel a bit cooler.  Planning for rain is also important. A key element to your comfort and enjoyment is sufficient protection, both in clothing and footwear. 


Here is our Ultimate Alaska Packing List.

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Cruise Tips: 


In Alaska it's best to dress in layers. Bring a lightweight short sleeved shirt (your first layer), add a hooded sweatshirt), cardigan sweater or fleece sweater (your middle layer), add an all-weather coat (your top layer), & scarf if you want. As the temperature changes, simply remove a layer or two to be more comfortable.


    :: Waterproof jacket preferably with a hood

    :: Wool or fleece sweater or liner

    :: Turtleneck or a comfortable protective long sleeve shirt

    :: Comfortable footwear suitable for hiking and walking in wet conditions

       (Be sure to break in new shoes before your trip.)

    :: Several pairs of pants/jeans

    :: A good pair of walking shoes, preferably waterproof

    :: Good socks

    :: Warm hat/rain hat

    :: Hat and Gloves

    :: Insect repellent

    :: Sunscreen

    :: Travel umbrella

    :: Good camera with extra batteries and variety of film speeds

    :: Spare memory card and battery for digital cameras

    :: Travel-size binoculars

    :: Polarized Sunglasses to cut the glare.

    :: Day pack/backpack

Bring binoculars a good camera, with a built-in or attachable telephoto or zoom lens and with lots of digital memory cards so you can capture those whales, eagles, and bears and all the other wildlife in Alaska.


Bring your travel and health insurance information and have it handy at all times. Keep medication close at hand in your purse or in a carryon bag. Be sure to bring enough prescription medicine to last throughout your cruise, because it may not be available on board or in the ports of call.


Please Note: Firearms, explosives, fireworks, other weapons and knives or sharp blades and illegal drugs of any kind are prohibited without exception.


Important: Do not pack your passport, medications, Cruise Documents, ship boarding pass or airline tickets in your checked baggage. (Remember that checked baggage might not be accessible at all times.) Keep these items close at hand in your purse or jacket pocket.


We also strongly suggest that you carry or otherwise keep with you important items such as perishables, cash, credit or debit cards, jewelry, gold, silver or similar valuables,  tablets, laptop computers, cellular telephones, cameras, or other video or electronic equipment, hearing aids, electric wheelchairs, scooters, binoculars, film, videotape, computer disks, audio disks, or CDs.


Important: Please note that Medicare and many health insurance plans DO NOT cover the cost of medical care at sea, in foreign countries, or for air evacuation. For this reason, guests are encouraged to obtain travel medical insurance prior to travel.


For more information about travel Insurance contact your cruise line or visit Travel Guard International


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Cruise tours offer the best of both worlds, combining a seven-day  cruise with a three- to eight-night stay on land.

All you have to do is decide where you'd like to go. Here  is information about Alaska's favorite places.

From it's historical towns and cities to its National parks, Alaska has something to offer everyone.


At Alaska Cruises Direct, we specialize in Alaska cruising. We have the knowledge and expertise to answer all your questions so that your Alaska holiday is the best cruise vacation you have ever experienced.

What to wear onboard.....

Days onboard are casual. To be most comfortable, we recommend:

Jeans or slacks

Several sweaters, a jacket, a windbreaker and a raincoat

Warm socks

Low-heeled shoes for deck activities

Don't forget your swimsuit, camera and a pair of binoculars (towels are provided)

For evening wear, count on three basic types of attire:

Casual: Dresses or slacks and blouses for women, sport shirts and trousers for men

Smart Casual: Dresses or pantsuits for women, jackets for men

Formal: Cocktail dresses for women, suits and ties or tuxedos for men (you can arrange to rent a tuxedo onboard)

Ashore, you'll need comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.

Cruisetours are casual, both during the day and in the evening.




If you are looking for independent shore excursions in ALASKA as an alternative the cruise line high prices and  crowded tours, you've come to the right place.



More Packing Ideas

• A pair of personal communications devices (as kids, we used to call these walkie-talkies) is useful in keeping track of your traveling companions on the ship. As ships become larger, it becomes more difficult to keep track of one another. This is a perfect tool for young teenagers (check your battery supply!). Some ships even offer them for rent during the cruise.

• A few emergency items are useful, particularly the flash light. It's nice to know that you have an extra light for your room, and it could come in very handy should your ship develop some temporary generator malfunctions. You’ll also want to take a nightlight if you’re staying in an inside cabin.

• For Alaska and Northern Europe: Replace shorts, t-shirts, and short-sleeve shirts with warmer counterparts. Although you may wish to have one set of warm-weather clothing for afternoon wear on a warm day, you'll be more comfortable with warmer clothing.

• For Alaska: You can dress down just a bit. Jeans are acceptable/desirable for daytime wear. Bring rain wear, waterproof footwear, wool socks, a warm sweater, a wind-proof shell, warm gloves, and a stocking cap. Although you may not NEED this much if the weather is warmer, cold (low 50's), windy and rainy weather is not uncommon along the coast of Alaska.

• Most cruise lines do not permit you to carry alcohol on board due to customs regulations.

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