10 Must-Pack Items for an Alaska Cruise

8. Rain Gear: Things like umbrellas, ponchos, raincoats with hoods, and extra socks are advisable in case you get caught in a downpour. Cruise Critic member sue450 advises using a "waterproof rain jacket with a hood and a fleece jacket that zips up with a high collar (then you don't need a scarf or any turtle neck shirts). Wait to buy these in Ketchikan. They have excellent quality jackets for much less than I paid at home, and they have nice, simple Alaska logos on them. There are tons of stores right off the dock."

Alaskan Cruise Tips

9. Binoculars: While many members suggest taking binoculars with you on your Alaska cruise, the quality of them is the key. Cruise Critic member cantw8togo says, "Take the strongest binoculars that you have. You will see so much more of the wildlife that is farther away."

10. Layers: Take light jackets, fleece clothing, a warm hat, and gloves for layering in unpredictable weather. Cruise Critic member spirlene says, "Since weather varies even if you get the best, bring all possible options from short sleeves and shorts to long sleeves and rain gear. The coldest we were was on the ship looking at the glacier for hours. That's where I wore the earmuffs and hood for wind." Another member, marysb chimes in, "Don't buy fleece and windbreakers before you go. All of the ports sell jackets and fleece very inexpensively. They are nice souvenirs, but remember to leave room when you are packing to bring them home."

For more information on Alaska cruises visit the Cruise Critic's Alaska cruise forum here and check out Alaska cruise deals here.

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