Top 10 Must-Pack Items for an Alaska Cruise

Posted July 16th, 2016

A land of phenomenal beauty, action and adventure, Alaska offers something special for all travellers. Below, you’ll find a list of 10 must-pack items you need to include in your travel bags for your next Alaska cruise.

  1. Sunscreen

You won’t see any beaches on an Alaskan cruise, but the UV rays are deceptively strong in this part of the world. Whether it be a nature walk or glacier tour, remember to take necessary precautions. Pack your sunglasses, hat and a bottle of high-protection sunscreen - and remember to apply regularly.

  1. Appropriate Footwear

You’ll need more than an old pair of joggers to conquer Alaska’s rugged terrain. Correct footwear is essential. These days, you can pick up a decent pair of hiking boots that are waterproof, comfortable and look just like joggers. You’ll get plenty of use out of them, so they are definitely worth the investment if you don’t already own a pair.

  1. Motion sickness medication

Even experienced seafarers are known to get a little queasy when cruising Alaska’s at times choppy waters. You don’t want illness to get in the way of your holiday fun. Motion sickness tablets and anti-nausea travel bands can make a huge difference. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice on what might work best for you.

  1. Layers of clothing

Temperatures can vary dramatically on an Alaskan cruise, so warm clothing is important. Remember, it’s easier to take layers off than it is to add garments that you don’t have at your disposal. If you’re worried that you didn’t pack enough fleece wear, don’t fret – each port offers a huge range of warm jackets, beanies, thermal clothing and wet-weather gear at affordable prices

  1. Binoculars

To fully appreciate the Alaskan wildlife and scenery floating past your ship, whip out your trusty binoculars to get a better look. When choosing your binoculars, try and opt for a model with impressive strength, so you don’t miss out on anything.

  1. Journal

You’ll never forget the “big moments” experienced on your Alaskan holiday, but it’s the small details – the initial observations, key facts and funny passenger remarks that tend to fade from memory over time. Journal entries are a great way of documenting your Alaskan cruise.

  1. Insect repellent

Kayaking, fishing, hiking, mountaineering and more – an Alaska cruise trip allows passengers to get closely acquainted with the great outdoors. The only roadblock: insects. The mosquitoes are huge in Alaska. Insect repellent is a must.

  1. A top-quality camera

You don’t need to spend a fortune on the latest model, but you do need a versatile and durable camera while travelling through Alaska. A decent zoom lens can make all the difference between an average photo and one that belongs in a magazine. You will be taking plenty of snaps, so pack a few memory cards too just to be safe.

  1. Hand sanitiser

You won’t find any soap dispensers or hand dryers in the Alaskan wilderness, so it’s wise to pack a tube of hand sanitiser in your toiletries bag. It won’t take up much room and should last the majority of your trip.

  1. Travel towel

Microfibre towels are quick to dry, easy to fold and can be stored in small compartments. They are the perfect addition to any touring excursion and a definite must-pack item for an Alaska cruise. You never know when a towel will come in handy, so be prepared.

If you now feel inspired to embark on an Alaskan cruise adventure, call us on 1300 954 661 now. Not only can we book your trip from start to finish, but we can ensure you are fully prepared for all the excitement and experiences that await you.


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