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10 Unexpected Essentials for Your Alaska Cruise Adventure | Packing Tips

An Alaskan cruise offers a unique blend of breathtaking scenery, thrilling excursions, and the luxury of a floating hotel. But the unpredictable weather and varied activities mean you may need to pack more thoughtfully than for a typical cruise.

Here are some unconventional yet essential tips to add to your Alaska cruise packing list:

These packing tips will ensure you have a great cruise to Alaska

Electric Heated Vest

Alaska can get chilly, especially on deck or during early morning excursions. An electric heated vest will keep you comfortable as you enjoy the stunning views without shivering.


Don't let Alaska's cooler temperatures fool you—sunburn is possible, especially with the sun reflecting off the water and ice. Bring sunscreen to protect your skin while enjoying the outdoors.

Reusable Food Container

Breakfast buffets on cruises are abundant. Bringing a reusable food container allows you to pack some snacks for your excursions, ensuring you're well-fueled throughout the day.

Portable Cell Phone Charger

A day full of photos and videos will drain your phone's battery. A portable charger keeps your devices ready for capturing all the memorable moments.

Wind & Waterproof Jacket

Alaska’s weather can change rapidly, from rain showers to chilly winds. A windproof and waterproof jacket will keep you dry and comfortable during onshore excursions. Even on a sunny and cloudless day, you will be grateful for your windproof jacket if you're going whale watching!

Refillable Water Bottle

Stay hydrated on your adventures by bringing a refillable water bottle. Fill it up at the water station before you disembark, and enjoy your day ashore without worrying about thirst.

Backpack or Overnight Bag

The cruise ship will often collect your luggage the night before disembarkation, so pack an overnight bag with your clothes and toiletries for the final morning.

Bluetooth Headphone Headband

If you're a light sleeper, a Bluetooth headphone headband can help you sleep soundly by playing soothing white noise or your favourite calming music.

Flip-Flops and Bathing Suit

While Alaska might be known for its cold climate, don't forget your flip-flops and bathing suit for the ship's hot tub. Relaxing in warm waters as you cruise past glaciers is an unforgettable experience.

Cash for Tipping Excursion Guides

Tipping on the ship is often covered in your fare, but don't forget to bring cash for tipping your excursion guides on land. It’s a thoughtful gesture to show appreciation for their service.

BONUS: Shampoo & Conditioner Bars

Your cruise line may provide shampoo and conditioner (or in my case, we only got a two-in-one), but it won't be the quality that you are used to. Unleash salon-quality hair anywhere you travel with NOT!CE Shampoo & Conditioner for hassle-free haircare on the go. Buy here!

With these less conventional items in your suitcase, you’ll be prepared for an extraordinary Alaskan cruise experience. Enjoy your trip and take in all the natural beauty and adventures Alaska has to offer!


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