Pacific Northwest Packing List
The passages of coastal Washington and British Columbia are in the center of a temperate rainforest. Warmed by ocean currents, the area has a mild climate where rain is common. Daytime temps late-March-May range between 50-65°F with evenings dropping to the mid-40s°. Late-October-November can be cooler, averaging in the mid 50s° with evenings in the upper 30s°. Despite averages, its not unusual to have a 20-degree shift in temperature from one day to the next.
On your adventure, you'll be outside exploring each day--hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, in the skiff. Keep both the weather and active adventure in mind when packing for your cruise.
Download our handy Pacific Northwest packing checklist and review our suggestions below while "gearing up"...
Clothing & Layers
The UnCruise style is casual. Onboard, that means comfortable polos, t-shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts, and jeans, khakis, convertible hiking pants, and even shorts. For activities, pack moisture-wicking, quick-drying clothing that can layer together. Multiple thin layers, rather than one or two thick ones, can be easily put on or taken off as you heat up or cool down.
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 the Pacific Northwest's moist environment, so it's keep cotton items to a minimum.
Chances are it will rain and be windy—bringing a waterproof rain jacket and rain pants with waterproof seams is highly recommended. Fleece jackets/pullovers and zip-up vests are 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!
Aboard the Safari Quest we have a limited supply of rain gear on board for your complimentary use. As always, we recommend bringing your own for best fit and availability.
Whether it's heavy rain, ankle-deep water, or mud... rubber boots are a must. Many guests hike in their rubber boots, but bring a pair of sturdy waterproof hiking boots as well. We have a very limited supply of rubber boots onboard for guest use, but for best fit and availability, bring your own.
Water socks or multi-sport shoes are handy for paddle boarding. And while aboard, a skidproof deck shoe is a good idea. Bring lots of socks, preferably moisture-wicking and quick to dry (synthetic or wool).
Gear up and get outfitted... Ship to Shore Traveler offers clothing recommendations on an easy-to-purchase platform.
Binoculars and 16-ounce reusable water bottles are provided on board for your use, but you may prefer to have your own or an extra for outings.
Paddling gloves or "Pogies" (paddling mits) add extra comfort while kayaking.
To help keep dry if it does rain, a portable umbrella for you, and dry bag or Ziploc to protect items like your camera, binoculars, etc. are good ideas.
Aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, a limited supply 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 for a toasty soak--both vessels have hot tubs.
Your cabin comes complete with a hair dryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, and bodywash.