Cruising Alaska, What Should I Pack?

I like to be prepared while on vacation, but I also hate packing a bunch of stuff that I never use. Before leaving for our Alaskan cruise I threw this question out to the Internet and was a little surprised to find so many lists out there. Some of the things listed were no brainers, other lists made me feel like I’d have to pack 6 suitcases just to be prepared. My purpose here isn’t to add another list to the Internet searches, but to share a couple of items that I felt were extremely useful.

Besides the stuff I already knew I couldn’t live without, there are a couple items that I was pretty thankful I’d packed along:

  1. A comfy pair of waterproof boots

  2. A small backpack

  3. A rain jacket

  4. A reusable water bottle

If I could only take one thing with me on this trip it would probably be a comfy pair of waterproof boots. Alaska can be rainy and I hate having cold, wet feet. Depending on how much exploring you want to do in each port, or the type of excursions you’re planning on, there also might be a good deal of walking going on. I was so thankful that I had a pair of these Tretorn boots ( that kept my feet warm, dry and comfortable all day long.

One of the best things about a cruise is that you get to wake up in a new place each day without having to haul luggage around! As you head out to explore there will be some things you’ll want to take with you. I loved having a small backpack that I could throw some stuff into but not get tired of having to hold it all day the way you do with a purse or a bag.

A rain jacket - I didn’t experience much rain during my cruise, but I was thankful that I had a good rain jacket. It kept me dry during the occasional rain, but also made it easy to layer depending on how warm or cold it got. The mornings and evenings will always start and end cooler, it was nice to have something I could easily throw on if I got chilly, but wasn’t too big to throw in my backpack when I got warm.

And last, but not least, a reusable water bottle. The port cities can be expensive and I’d much rather spend my money on souvenirs than on something to drink. With a reusable water bottle I could fill it up on the cruise ship before leaving and have something to drink throughout the day. It’s also something nice for the plane ride, bring it through security empty and fill it up before you get on the plane!

I’m sure you’ll have your own items of must haves, but these four items were definitely things I’d make sure to bring every time. Let me know what some of your vacation must haves are!