Our Alaska cruise packing guide
An escape to the Last Frontier requires clothing for a surprisingly wide range of climates and temperatures, from the crisp air of a woodland hike to the bracing winds of a whale-watching expedition, as well as relaxing in warmth and comfort on board.
To help you pack for a cruise to Alaska, here’s our simple packing guide, full of clever packing hints and tips to ensure you’re appropriately packed for your Alaskan adventure.
Alaska cruise packing list
Alaska cruise packing essentials
You won’t want to forget any of these essentials for your Alaska cruise, so make sure they’re safely stowed in your baggage.
- Driver’s licenses
- Travel documents
- ESTA confirmation paperwork
- Travel insurance paperwork
- Any prescription medication you take, plus a doctor’s note
- Spending money
- First aid kit – painkillers, antacids, allergy relief, bandages, etc.
- Device chargers
Alaska cruise clothing guide
Next up, your Alaska cruise wardrobe. Winter clothing can take up a lot of suitcase space so it’s important to prioritize pieces that are multi-functional. Opt for layers you can use to build up warmth and remove easily, when you want to.
Alaska cruise day wear
Alaska cruise swimwear
Alaska cruise evening wear and formal nights
Alaska cruise excursion/shore wear
Alaska cruise accessory packing list
What you hope to see and do on your Alaska cruise will have a bearing on the accessories you bring with you, but we recommend not forgetting the following:
- Camera and tripod
- Waterproof day bag or backpack
- A dry bag for your cellphone
- Water bottle
Alaska cruise toiletries packing list
These are the toiletries to pack for your Alaska cruise:
- Insect repellent
- Sunscreen, with a high SPF suitable for face and neck
- Toothbrush and travel-sized toothpaste
- Face moisturizer
- Hand sanitizer
- Lip balm
In your stateroom you’ll find complimentary Penhaligon’s toiletries, including shampoo, hand and body wash. Additional toiletries and cosmetics are also available to purchase on board Queen Elizabeth in the Royal Arcade, found on deck 3.
What not to pack for a cruise
How to pack light for an Alaska cruise
The key to keeping your Alaska cruise baggage weight down is to plan a practical capsule wardrobe that enables you to mix and match daytime and evening outfits. Daywear should be all about versatile layers and comfortable separates, while you can streamline your evening wardrobe by switching up accessories, such as jewelry, ties and shawls. Where possible, try to pack lighter base layers, fleeces and long-sleeved t-shirts, and avoid bulky knitwear.
Remember, all of our ships offer a laundry service on board, and we also provide complimentary pool and bathroom towels, so there’s no need to bring these from home.