Cruises to Alaska take place from late April to early September when the weather in Alaska averages in the 60s. The temperatures fluctuate depending on when you go but it is important to come prepared. Obviously check the weather before you go but be aware that the weather can be drastically different at each destination that the cruise visits. The dilemma with packing for a cruise to Alaska is having to essentially pack for two vacations. You will need clothing and gear for exploring the ports in Alaska as well as different clothing for the cruise. I will break the packing list into two parts, packing for Alaska and packing for the cruise ship.
Packing for Alaska:
-Jacket with a hood (warmer than raincoat)
-Waterproof shoes & Umbrella
-Casual clothing (jeans, long-sleeved shirts)
-Hat & Gloves
Packing for the Ship:
-Travel documents (airline tickets, cruise documents, passport, etc.)
-Dresses/suit for formal nights (most cruises have 2 formal nights)
-Casual clothing for days at sea
-Nicer clothes (but not formal) for dinner in dining room
-Swimsuit & flip flops for pool
-Gym clothes & shoes
-Motion sickness medicine (any other medications)
-Reading material for lounging by the pool
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