The Ultimate Alaska Cruise Packing List [+ printable] I recently wrote about what to wear on on Alaskan cruise, but then I realized that putting together an Alaska cruise packing list isn’t just about what to wear, it is also what to bring along for the trip. Even if you are a pro at packing for a Caribbean cruise, an Alaska cruise is a different experience and you may have trouble deciding what to pack. It starts with trading the shorts for rain pants and the sundresses for sweaters. But don’t worry, this packing list includes everything you should need for an Alaskan cruise based on our experience aboard the Norwegian Bliss last summer. Of course, some of what you pack will depend on which Alaska cruise excursions you choose, and your ports of call. It always pays to check the weather for your ports ahead of time, but the secret is to be prepared and this packing list will help! The other thing to keep in mind is that the weather in Alaska can vary greatly day-by-day. We cruised in late August, and it was pretty cool, windy, and rainy the entire time. I have a friend that cruised a few weeks earlier and they had some days where it was warm enough to need shorts and t-shirts. Download the printable Alaskan cruise packing list! What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. Table of Contents What to Pack for the CabinWhat to Pack for the FamilyToiletriesWhat to Wear on ExcursionsWhat to Wear at SeaDinner & Evening WearShoes What to Pack for the Cabin Cruise cabins are notoriously small compared to the average hotel room. You don’t want to overpack or you will be tripping over stuff whenever you try to move around the cabin. Luckily, most cruise lines provide adequate cabinets and cubbies to fit clothing for three adults or two adults and two children. Even if you book a cabin with a balcony, you may not spend a lot of time out there on an Alaskan cruise. Although if you bundle up it can be a great place to watch the icebergs float by when you are sailing through the inner passage. The trick is really to make the most of the space that you have. It helps to unpack as soon as your luggage arrives and store your suitcases under the bed. If you have extra items or things you won’t need frequently, feel free to leave those in the suitcase under the bed too. One of the suggestions I took from my friend Kim over on Stuffed Suitcase, was to include an over-the-door shoe organizer. (Note that not every cruise line will allow you to use over-the-door hooks, which is the reason for the next suggestion.) We were able to hang ours near the door, across from the bathroom, on the two coat hooks built into the wall. This was very helpful in keeping our shoes out of the way. We also used the extra pockets for hats, gloves, and other small items that were easy to misplace but were often needed when running out the door. Another tip that I got from my friend Sue was to bring along a set of magnetic hooks. Typically either the cabin door or bathroom door is metal and you can use the hooks here. We found these very helpful for hanging up our coats and sweatshirts. Make sure to get strong hooks that can hold a coat and not just slide down the door. Just keep in mind that these can leave marks on the door if you pull on them. You may want to bring along a Magic Eraser to clean those off. Other essential items to pack for your Alaska cruise cabin include: Travel surge protector with USB outlets (I use the Belkin SurgePlus because of its swivel plug and built-in USB ports)Magnetic hooksShoe organizerMagnetic Post-it notepad (for leaving notes on the door) ORMagnetic dry erase board with velcroed markerPen/pencil velcroed to magnetDeck of cards and/or card gamesLaundry bag(s)Laundry detergent (if you plan to do wash)Ziplocs or wet bagsTravel wrinkle release sprayFabric softener sheets (for suitcases to keep them smelling fresh)Gel or cling door decorations (to make finding your cabin easier)Packing cubes / organizers to keep smaller items like underwear and socks organized in the open cubbies. What to Pack for the Family Of course, there are also some things that you need to pack for the whole family. I would recommend keeping most of these in a carry on bag for easy access. PassportsCruise documentation including luggage tagsExcursion documentation/confirmationsTravel insurance documentationMedical insurance documentationLanyards with sleeve for key cardsCamera & lens (including waterproof case)Back up camera batteries & chargerExtra memory camera memory cardSmartphones / tabletsWaterproof phone case or pouchBack up power bankseReaders or booksCredit card(s) / ATM cardCash (at least $100-200)Refillable water bottles (keep in mind that you can’t fill these at the water stations but if you fill a glass, you can keep pouring that in to fill it) and/or insulated coffee mug (to bring coffee to your room or to enjoy on deck)Ear plugs / Sleep BudsBinocularsHats (waterproof is best!)Face sun screenDay bag(s) / back pack (waterproof is best)String bag(s) for carrying stuff around shipTissues Toiletries Each cruise line is different but all have limited counter space in the bathrooms. Ours at least had two shelves, but I still worried about items falling off into the toilet or getting wet from the shower. This is one reason why I love this lay-flat toiletry kit for travel. Most cruise ships will provide hair dryers, just check with your cruise line before you sail. And remember, on an Alaska cruise things are a bit more casual. Usually no formal nights (at least not on Norwegian, this can vary by cruise line) and the dampness will probably mean your hair is going to frizz anyway so why waste time styling it? Keep in mind that the gift shop is expensive and limited, so bring what you need on board including: Dramamine or seasickness medicationCold medicationUpset stomach medicationPain relieverProbiotics & vitaminsEssential oils (such as lavender)Toothpaste & toothbrushesMoisturizerLip balmDeodorantHairbrush / combHair styling products & appliancesMake up / remover Hair bands / pony tail holders What to Wear on Excursions Check out my full post on what to wear on an Alaskan cruise (and why) but this will give you a quick overview. The important thing is to dress in layers to prepare for changes in the weather. Hiking pants or fleece-lined leggingsLong sleeve shirt / hiking shirtFlannel shirt to layerThin fleeceInsulated jacket and/or vestWaterproof shell and/or rain jacketHiking socksWaterproof hiking bootsRain pantsUmbrellaKnit hatThin glovesSunglassesBug spray What to Wear at Sea Days at sea are fairly relaxed and you will want to be comfortable. Adults may want to use the spa or fitness center. Kids may enjoy the kid’s or teen club, lounge, game room, or, maybe it will be nice enough to use the pool or hot tubs. Just keep in mind that it may take a few hours for your luggage to arrive so if you will want to change right away to enjoy the pool or other areas, be sure to pack what you need in a bag that you can carry on. Jeans / leggings / athletic wear2-3 short sleeve shirts3-5 long sleeve shirts1-2 sweaters or sweatshirtsSocks (bring extra!)UnderwearGym clothesBathing suitWarm cover up or loose clothing to cover upPajamas Dinner & Evening Wear In the evening, you will want to dress up a little and avoid jeans and sneakers. However, many Alaskan cruises don’t have official formal nights (check with your cruise line on their guidelines.) Also keep in mind that the dining rooms can get chilly and you will need a jacket or wrap to walk around on deck. 2-3 pairs of nice pants or skirts5 nicer shirts or sweaters (collared shirts for men, blouses/sweaters for women)1-2 sweaters / wraps / light jacketsDress up outfit(s) (optional on many Alaskan cruises)Evening bag Shoes If you are traveling to Alaska, don’t forget that rain is very common. Nothing is worse than wet shoes. Ideally you will wear waterproof shoes or hiking boots on excursions but if not, you will definitely want to bring a pair of back up sneakers. Sneakers (casual or athletic)Waterproof hiking boots or back up sneakersFlip flopsFlats / sandals or dress shoes for menSlippers or cozy slipper socks (optional) If you are having trouble deciding what to wear, I LOVE using the StitchFix personal stylist service. Before every trip I send my stylist a note with where I am going and what pieces I think I will need and she puts together a special box just for my trip. Download the Printable Alaska Cruise Packing List Ready to grab your downloadable Alaskan cruise packing list? Print out this printable packing list for Alaska cruise PDF and let’s get ready to pack for your trip to Alaska. PIN THIS FOR LATER Find this useful? Share it!PinShareTweetFlipboardWhatsAppEmail Written by We3Travel and was last updated on April 17, 2020. Read more about Alaska, United States, Destinations, Packing Tips, Americas Related Posts What to Pack for a Long Flight with Kids 25 Essentials to Put on your Glamping Packing List Canadian Rockies and Banff Packing List for Summer [+ Printable] 1 Comment on “The Ultimate Alaska Cruise Packing List [+ printable]” Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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