What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise?

We have so many clients traveling to Alaska so we wanted to help with what to wear! An Alaska cruise can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but packing for one can be a bit tricky. With the varying temperatures, weather conditions, and activities, it’s important to pack the right things to make the most of your trip.

Here’s a list of essential items to bring on your next Alaska cruise:


  • Layered clothing: Alaska’s weather can be unpredictable, so bring clothes that can be layered to accommodate for temperature changes throughout the day.
  • Warm jacket or coat: Even in the summer, it can get chilly in Alaska, so bring a jacket or coat that can keep you warm.
  • Rain gear: It rains a lot in Alaska, so bring a waterproof jacket and pants to keep you dry.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes that are suitable for hiking and outdoor activities.
  • Swimsuit: Some cruise ships have heated pools and hot tubs, so pack a swimsuit if you plan on using them.


  • Sunscreen: Even on cloudy days, the sun can still damage your skin, so make sure to pack sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays and glare by bringing a pair of sunglasses.
  • Hat: A hat can protect your face and head from the sun and keep you warm on cooler days.
  • Gloves: If you plan on doing any outdoor activities, bring a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm.


  • Camera: Alaska’s scenery is breathtaking, so bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife.
  • Binoculars: You’ll want to get a closer look at the wildlife, so bring a pair of binoculars to enhance the experience.
  • Power bank: With all the photos you’ll be taking and the amount of time spent outdoors, you’ll want to make sure you have a way to charge your phone.
  • Insect repellent: Mosquitoes can be a nuisance in Alaska, so bring insect repellent to keep them at bay.

Optional Items

  • Formal attire: Some cruise lines have formal dinners or events, so bring formal attire if you plan on attending.
  • Books or e-reader: If you plan on relaxing on the ship, bring some reading material to pass the time.

Remember to pack light, as most cruise cabins have limited space. Try to coordinate your wardrobe around a few key pieces and mix and match them to create different outfits. And don’t forget to check with your cruise line for any dress codes or additional items they recommend you bring.

Have a great trip to Alaska!