Alaska Packing List

Packing Tips

Southeast Alaska's weather will be a big influence on your packing plan. Summers are mild with long days extending to 15-18 hours of daylight. Here in the heart of Earth's biggest temperate rainforest, precipitation is common. May-September, temps range from 55-65˚F (12-18˚C), but can soar to 80˚F (27˚C). Evening dip around 40-50˚F (4-10˚C). If you're tempted to take the "polar bear plunge", the water will be mid-40s˚ to low-50s˚F (7-10˚C).

Southeast boasts a wide range of geography that can change conditions quickly. It can be chilly near glaciers and on deck when the ship is underway. Rain, mist, or cloudy conditions are possibilities everywhere. And it does get sunny on occasions. Conditions can change week-to-week, so check the weather for your cruise dates before packing.

Each day will bring opportunity for adventures--kayaking remote coves, hiking in the forest, navigating around bergy bits by skiff--liquid sunshine or cloud failure. Bringing clothing that layers easily allowing you to add or remove layers as conditions change throughout the day. Gear that serves you well on other outdoor adventures will also work well in Alaska. Storage space is limited, so pack efficiently.

Download our handy Alaska packing checklist and review our packing notes below while "gearing up"...

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Clothing, Layering & Fabrics

The UnCruise style is casual. While on board, that means polos, t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, jeans, khakis, and even shorts. For outdoor activities, remember to pack clothes that layer: convertible hiking pants, moisture-wicking base layers, and thermal underwear (top to bottom). Multiple thin layers are better than one or two thick ones.

A note on fabrics: moisture-wicking/quick-drying (wool, polyester, etc.) fabrics are most effective in keeping you warm and dry, especially when participating in off-vessel activities. Cotton absorbs moisture and is slow to dry in Alaska's moist environment, so it's best to keep cotton items to a minimum.


Chances are it will rain and be windy—a heavy-duty waterproof rain jacket and rain pants with welded seams (made of rubber or Gore-Tex) are highly recommended. Fleece jackets/pullovers and zip-up vests will be good for layering and warmth. Bring a scarf, gloves, and warm, water-resistant hat that covers your ears. If you're travelling with kids, bring an extra pair of gloves—they get wet!


Whether it's heavy rain, ankle-deep water, or mud... the "Alaskan tennis shoe" (aka a pair of calf-high rubber boots, Wellingtons, or gummies) is a must. Consider replacing the insoles with a padded set for more comfort. Many guests hike in their rubber boots, but you can always bring a pair of waterproof hiking boots as well. Water socks or multi-sport shoes are handy for paddle boarding. On board, a skidproof deck shoe is a good idea. Bring lots of moisture-wicking, quick-dry (synthetic or wool) socks.

We recommend that you bring your own rubber boots for best fit and availability, as we have a very limited supply aboard our vessels. Youth size boots are not available aboard any of our vessels, so bring your own.

Optional Items

Binoculars are provided on board but you may prefer to have your own.

Paddling gloves or "Pogies" (paddling mits) or any waterproof gloves add extra comfort while kayaking.

The sun does shine from time to time... so sunglasses and even sunscreen and lip protection are a good idea.

A limited supply and sizes of snorkel gear and wet suits are available, but there's plenty of fun and adventure to go around for everyone. Bring your swimsuit if you want to take the plunge or soak in the ships hot tub.

Cabin amenities

Your cabin comes complete with a hair dryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, and bodywash.

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