How to Pack for Alaska cruise/land in June?

When it comes to packing for a vacation I am a terrible packer! Most of my cruising vacations have been to the Islands/Caribbean all warm locations, and I always bring way too much. Now we are heading to Alaska on a 7 day cruise and 4 day land tour. On NWCL. Which I understand is casual. any tips on what to wear/how to pack would be greatly appreciated! Please help :) TIA

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17 Answers

Layers, and mix-match clothing would be a must for me to pack for Alaska. You will need lighter things for the warm days, but the weather can quickly change so a sweater and jacket will be a must. You can also encounter rain so a waterproof jacket or raincoat should also be included. Instead of shorts, I would pack some capris and light pants. I'd much rather overpack and not need some of the things than wish I had an extra sweater or pair of pants. Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes for your land tours.

Dress warm. Alaska in the summer is still not hot, it is pleasant for us Canadian's as we are used to crappy weather. I would bring a lined jacket for sure.

Some excursions can be a bit muddy and wet so an extra pair of jeans can be a good thing in Alaska. I'd also suggest one of those cheap waterproof windbreakers or the plastic poncho with a hood to carry with you in case it starts to rain, light weight but big enough to go over a sweater or jacket.

Most of all, have a great fun trip. Alaska is a great cruise. If you pack to light then you have an excuse to buy that Alaska sweat shirt.

We also usually sail in the Caribbean and found it strange on our Alaskan cruise, to go inside to warm up. I agree with everything already posted. I wished I had packed a pair of gloves and earmuffs (or a knit hat). When packing think of the change is seasons from Winter to Spring or Fall to Winter. Pack less Summer type clothing and more transitional season clothing. You may over pack, but it is harder to add the layers you need if they are are still in your closet. The ship will have things to buy, but they will go quickly if the weather turns on you.

Have fun, it is a beautiful cruise.

It is a beautiful cruise ... all of the above is good advice. For me, a hat made all the difference and yes I bought one that was furry and had long "arms" like a scarf!

Greatly appreciate! sounds like wonderful advice!

Take warm clothing and dress in layers. Don't forget a hat and gloves.

Welcome to Alaska----

You didn't mention which part(s) of Alaska you are going to visit in June. Are you going to cross the gulf and spend some time in Central Alaska or will your land portion be in Southeast Alaska? Also, big difference between very early June and late June.

For early June you shouldn't have to pack any different than you would for a Baltic or a New England cruise that time of year. In late June many of the younger visitors in central Alaska are wearing outdoor shorts, it can hit over 90 F during the days then in Central Alaska.

Since you might get into a stretch of fairly warm weather at times dressing in layers is appropriate. The mosquitoes are pretty much not a problem in Southeast Alaska unless you get away from the coast and in Central Alaska, in early June, not a problem either, usually. However, in late June, watch out so don't forget the bug dope, treat the mosquitos with respect, as they are our state bird, LOL.

You might run into a bit of rain, particularly on a shore excursion in Southeast, so like us bring along fold-up light wind breaker rain jackets. Umbrellas more often than not are a joke because if you have rain you usually have wind that destroys them. I prefer some real light fold up rain pants, which you probably will never use but if you need them they really are nice. For shoes, I always bring my running shoes and if we are going to get into wet terrain or do some trail walking or climbing I bring my lighter waterproof hiking boots (note: hiking boots not hiking shoes).

A light sweater is great but even better is a hooded sweat shirt and a couple of baseball caps. Bring binoculars. Light all night pretty much so no need for flashlights. Sun glasses you might need, especially around the glaciers, but I wouldn't worry about sun screen unless you plan on glacier hikes or some mountain climbing above snow line. Here is a list a lady provided who had made 10 cruises to Alaska:

"2 pair jeans (in case one gets wet)

3-4 shirts to wear with jeans

one pair capris to wear onboard (sea days)

1 nice dress for formal nights

1 or 2 skirts and/or nice pants and shirts/sweaters to wear with them

1 hooded sweatshirt

1 0r 2 zip up sweatshirt-like jackets or sweaters

1 light waterproof jacket or warm vest… or poncho

scarf, hat and gloves

1 or 2 pair dress shoes/sandals

1 pair sandals for pool deck

swimsuit and coverup

2 pair good walking shoes

good sunglasses

socks and underwear

workout clothes

small backpack (easier than carrying a purse)

sunscreen (glare off boat can be strong)

Of course, this is a female list…just make the necessary adjustments for males.

Many are probably thinking…seriously? a bathing suit? Yes! The ship’s pools will be heated and the hot tubs will be running….enjoy them!"

Follow all the above advice and you will be fine. Alaska will be cool even in summer.

Kennicott, I was hoping you would chime in, but didn't know if you were monitoring this thread.Big Smile

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