We finally did it! We booked our Alaskan Cruise for 2017 which coincides with our 20th year anniversary. Like any traveler, I need time to save and prepare. Although I have been on several cruises in the past, this will be our 1st Northern Cruise. I’m not an over-packer unless I am in unfamiliar territory so I asked my Alaskan friends for advice. Are you considering an Alaskan Cruise?
You finally did it; you pulled the trigger on taking that once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Alaska. You have been researching all the ports and looking at all the excursions you could do. You are going during the summer, but you still see people dressing in parkas in those cruise ship brochures! How do you know what you will need for your cruise? Here is a quick little guide to show you how to pack for your upcoming Alaskan cruise.
Alaska is chilly even in the summer, and especially when you are out on a cruise ship. Bring a warm coat and a rain jacket. Most people don’t realize that Alaska is in a temperate rainforest and that it rains a lot. Bring a couple scarves, gloves, and boots. If you are into adventure and decide to do any land excursions, bring your hiking boots and weather resistant pants and shirt. While on the ship, you will have a couple nights where you can dress up so bring something nice to wear. For the women, there are not a lot of places to wear heals except on the ship, so you can get away with not having a suitcase full of high heels when you travel to Alaska. Definitely bring a pair of walking shoes along with your hiking boots. Also, don’t forget the sunglasses and a hat as it is very bright in Alaska!
Simple things a lot of people forget is to pack are things like a water bottle, Band-Aids, and ibuprofen. Pack enough vitamins and meds not only for your trip but for a few days extra as well. You never know if you will end up longer on a trip due to unexpected weather or transportation issues. Don’t go on this epic trip and only take photos with your cell phone. Bring a good quality camera with you and an extra memory card. Don’t forget the binoculars or you will have a hard time seeing the Dall Sheep at the top of the mountain. Also, bring a UV filter for your camera and sunglasses will allow you to see the sea life in the water. Don’t forget bug spray! The mosquitoes look like small Alaskan birds!
Make sure to also pack small bills for tips. Whereas you can include tips in your bill while on the cruise, it is nice to give cash to the service workers when off the boat at restaurants or on excursions. Most tip your Alaskan guide or kayaking trips 20% or $10-20 per person.
Would you consider an Alaskan Cruise? Is an Alaskan Cruise on your travel bucket list?