Packing for a huge trip like a cruise to Alaska can be nerve wracking. Alaska cruises are known for changing weather and a huge range of temperatures along with both formal and casual events. How do you pack for every scenario without bringing way too much luggage?
I did a ton of research before my Alaskan cruise about what to pack. I read blogs and cruise packing tips articles, watched YouTube videos, and skimmed forums. Some advice was better than others, but overall I felt happy with what I packed for my Alaska cruise. The video below shows what I decided to pack for my cruise.
Things to note:
- Our Alaska cruise was the first week of June
- We took a 7 day cruise with an extra 2 days in Vancouver and 2 days in Denali
- I wore everything I brought except a t-shirt I loaned to family and a bathing suit
- Temperatures were warmer than expected for most of our group
- I packed one large suitcase, one carryon, and a purse
- My foldable backpack was used to bring home clothes and souvenirs I bought
Overall I packed a lot for our Alaska trip compared to most trips I’ve taken before, but I was happy with my packing because I felt prepared for the trip.
I felt prepared for everything that came our way with the wildly varying temperatures. I was one of the few prepared for both cold and hot weather which we had both of during our two weeks traveling! It did end up being in the 70s/80s a couple days and it was really cold at times on the boat be the glacier and when we were moving.
I also can’t think of anything I needed on the cruise that I didn’t have with me. That let me focus on having a fun time and only buying fun things like local foods and souvenirs to bring home!
My Personal Alaska Cruise Essentials:
Here are a few of the things I bought and LOVED for my trip to Alaska.
- Columbia Anytime Outdoor Boot Cut Hiking Pants
- North Face 3-In-1 Rain Jacket
- Lightweight Foldable Travel Backpack
- Merrell Moab Hiking Shoes
- Alaska Knit Socks
- Best EVER Cheap GoPro Accessories
- Vera Bradley Fleece travel blanket + pillow combo
Hopefully this post about what to pack for a cruise to Alaska is helpful to some future traveler out there!