Alaska Cruise Packing List

Alaska Cruise Packing List

Traveling to Alaska for a cruise?  This Alaska cruise packing list includes everything you need to  be prepared.

  • The weather can be temperamental in Alaska, even in the summer, so it is best to be prepared for anything.
  • In May or early June, the weather will be cooler, so layers are your best bet. 
  • June, July, and August will be warmer, but you may get rain, so be sure to bring a rain or all-weather jacket. 
  • Make sure to bring clothing that is breathable and dries quickly. 
  • Several of the Alaska cruises visit Canadian ports as well as US ports, so be sure to bring a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. 
  • Prepare your cell phone for international travel by adding Canadian or international coverage to your existing mobile plan. 
  • For excursions, use a small cross-body bag or daypack which can hold phone, portable battery charger, tissues, camera, and other things you will need to carry for the day, and attach a collapsible water bottle with a carabiner.
  • Bring a few small Ziploc baggies to put in your daypack to keep phones and electronics waterproof, especially when doing water activities. 
  • Cruise cabins have limited storage, so bring a few things to maximize your space.  An over-the-door toiletry bag or organizer can hold toiletries, shoes, electronics, etc. and can be easily rolled up in the suitcase when not in use. 
  • Cruise cabins have limited electrical outlets, so bring a surge protector/power strip for electronics, but make sure it is cruise ship approved. 
  • Traveling with a CPAP?  CPAP machines are medical devices and are approved carry-on for airlines.  When you get to your cruise ship, most cruise ships will provide distilled water to be used in the CPAP machine, just be sure to let your travel agent know so they can request the distilled water in advance. 
  • The CPAP machine will require an 4-6 foot long 110v & 220v, 3-prong UL/NEMA approved extension cord, but cruise ships do not allow extension cords with surge protectors because of fire hazard, so make certain the extension cord is cruise-approved or it may be confiscated.    

Have you been on an Alaska cruise?  What other items do you suggest for a Alaska cruise packing list?   If you would like a printable copy, get your printable packing list below.  

Alaska Cruise Packing List


  • Long Pants
  • Leggings (Women)
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long shirts
  • Moisture Resistant Layers
  • Dress clothing for dining
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Underwear
  • Moisture Resistant Long Undies
  • Socks
  • Wool Socks
  • Wicking Hiking Socks
  • Bathing Suit + Cover
  • Pajamas
  • Bathrobe
  •  Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Lounge Shoes/Flip Flops
  •  Slippers
  • Rain Jacket (with hood)
  •  Insulated Jacket 
  •  Waterproof Hiking Boots
  •  Tennis Shoes
  • Knit Cap
  • Sun Hat
  •  Gloves (with finger touch)
  • Fleece Pullover 
  •  Rain Pants


  • Prescription Meds
  • Vitamins
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Seasickness Medication
  • Makeup
  • Shaving Kit + Razor
  • Toothbrush + Paste
  • Stomach/Head Medication
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Deodorant


  • Ziploc Bags for Electronics
  • Passport/Gov Documents
  • Cruise Documents
  • Excursion Tickets
  • Cruise Luggage Tags
  • Travel Insurance Information
  • Medical Insurance Information
  • Cash (for excursion tipping)
  • Credit Card with No Foreign Transaction Fee
  • Binoculars
  • Portable Battery Charger
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Daypack
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea Bands (for seasickness)
  • USB Plugs for Electronics
  • Cruise approved outlet plug
  • Camera + Accessories
  • iPad/Kindle
  • Earbuds
  • Over-the-door organizer
  • Collapsible laundry basket

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