We’re shifting gears to talk Alaska this week! When packing for an Alaskan cruise, it’s just as important to research the weather and conditions of each of your destinations as it is to ensure you’ve saved enough pennies to ship your freshly caught salmon back home. Because while some areas of Alaska may be warm enough to even swim this time of year, your next stop may put you smack in the middle of a majestic glacier all day.
With that in mind, packing layers is your best bet.
Here are a few items I would include on my own Alaskan expedition:
Tops: Pack a variety of tops, including t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, warm hat and gloves, and especially at least one fleece, high-necked jacket and one long, light-weight, hooded raincoat.
Bottoms: Think anything durable and you’d enjoy exploring in. For me, this would include comfortable jeans or thick spandex activewear.
Footwear: Although rubber rainboots may be your typical go-to for wetter climates, you may appreciate shoes that offer more sturdiness and breathability. These waterproof hiking shoes come highly recommended. When combined with wool socks, they will ensure your feet stay dry and free of friction and blisters on your way up to take in those incredible views.
Lastly, don’t forget to bring along a daypack for carrying things like water bottles, binoculars, insect repellant, sunscreen, snacks and a travel-sized umbrella. When selecting a pack, you really don’t need to go all-out. Just a simple backpack that’s comfortable and easy to pack with your other luggage is sufficient.
So put on your explorer’s hat, turn off your phone, throw a pack of Dramamine in your bag in case of choppy waters, and run wild. Don’t miss Crystalee’s post about her adventure to Alaska here.
by Britney Stevens