12 Things to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise


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It's the season for setting sail on cruises, with December being one of the most popular times of the year to hop on a ship and sail away. The two most visited cruise destinations? Either a warm-weather locale, such as the Bahamas (a popular choice in the wintertime), or an Alaskan cruise. Though it's technically off-season for the latter (Alaskan cruises usually run from May to September), it's never too soon to book your ticket for next year and start thinking about what to pack.

Each month brings with it a different set of clothing requirements. When the Alaskan cruise season kicks off in May, the temps typically range in the lower to upper 50's, with June, July, and August only being slightly warmer. September is the coldest and wettest of the months, so it's important to be well-prepared to ensure you can fully enjoy all the amazing outdoor activities. Now, because it's easier to pack for the warmer months, we decided to create a packing list for an Alaskan cruise that sets sail in late fall. Ahead, see everything to bring with you in your carry-on.


You don't need much, but there are a few versatile fashion staples you should definitely bring with you—pieces you can wear to a fancy dinner but also on an outdoor adventure. Also, make sure to pack layering essentials, too!


Avoid overpacking the bulkiest piece in your wardrobe, and limit your shoe selection to just a few, weather-appropriate picks, such as good tennis shoes for walking and snow-friendly hiking boots, too.


Good outerwear is a must. Pack a jacket that's warm, lightweight, and compactable—you don't want it to take up too much room in your carry-on. Bring along a rain jacket as well, in case a winter coat is too warm.

Cold-weather accessories

Don't leave for your Alaskan cruise in September without packing all your usual cold-weather accessories, including a hat, scarf, and gloves.

Next up, shop all the best carry-on bags on the market.

Eva Thomas