packing list - what have we forgotten?!

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#1
1,887 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Here is our packing list of specialty items for Alaska. What have we forgotten?! (We've got the standard basics like underwear, pajamas, toilettries, medications, travel documents, currency, etc. covered, so don't worry about that.) Thank you in advance!

backpack (1 per person)
fanny pack (1 pp)
camera with waterproof bag, zoom lens, polarized UV filters, tripod, etc. (1 pp)
waterproof binoculars (1 pp)
1-quart water bottle (1 pp)
umbrella (1 pp)
100% DEET bug spray (1 pp)
sunscreen (1 pp)
polarized sunglasses (1 pp)
baseball caps (2 pp)
waterproof hiking boots (1 pp)
waterproofed leather sneakers (1 pp)
waterproof walking sandals (1 pp)
3-in-1 waterproof jacket with zip-out fleece lining that can be worn separately (1 pp)
2-piece rain suit with factory sealed seams (1 pp)
rain poncho with factory sealed seams (1 pp)
wind-proof cargo pants (1 pp)
windbreaker jacket with hood (1 pp)
fleece zip-ups (2 pp)
fleece hoodie (1 pp)
fleece vest (1 pp)
regular hoodies (2 pp)
sweatshirts (2 pp)
moisture-wicking socks (8 pp)
wool socks (12 pp)
wool glove liners (2 pp)
wool hats (2 pp)
wool scarf (1 pp)
ear muffs (1 pp)
silk long underwear (2 pp)
wool long underwear (2 pp)
jeans (4 pp)
cargo pants (4 pp)
shorts/capris (2 pp)
long-sleeve t-shirts - light weight (4 pp)
long-sleeve t-shirts - heavy weight (4 pp)
short-sleeve t-shirts (6 pp)
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#3
Anchorage, Alaska
3,150 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
The average temps in SE Alaska will probably be in the 50's. I too think you've got quite a bit of cold weather gear when you probably won't need it.
#4
Wasilla, Alaska
3,573 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I must say you're prepared...for anything...for a lot more than 7 days. If you decide you don't want to pack all of that, let us know and we'll help you pare it down by about 1/2.
#5
760 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
Originally posted by mytime53
I must say you're prepared...for anything...for a lot more than 7 days. If you decide you don't want to pack all of that, let us know and we'll help you pare it down by about 1/2.
Maybe they're tent camping for a month?


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#6
Redmond WA
8,448 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
wow, that's a lot of clothing!!
For starters .. why pack a water bottle? Buy a bottle of water upon arrival then keep refilling it.
Far too many outer layers ... hoodies and fleeces are outer wear. As long as the layer next to your skin is clean, no one notices or cares that you wore that hoody 2 days in a row.
4 pr of long underwear? 20 pr of socks?
A hat, and a scarf and earmuffs? Can't you wear a hat then pull up the hood on your jacket? Make use of stuff that can serve multi purposes.
#8
Anchorage, Alaska
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Joined Jan 2003
I bring my lightweight hooded rainproof jacket, fleece coat, 2 sweatshirts and a bunch of t-shirts. Two pair of jeans and 1 pr cargo pants. Nobody seemed to be disgusted that I wore that same pair of pants 2 days in a row. I don’t own wool anything. Although I’ve taken my rain pants I’ve never used them. Hat and gloves for sure. I do bring one pair of long underwear that I’ve used once during an early May cruise. Got a bit cold late at night standing on deck looking for whales. It can also be cooler around the glaciers as the best place to be is out on deck and we’re out there for as long as we’re near a glacier. Although, last year it was raining miserably in Glacier Bay so stayed in most of the time.

I would not bring most of this or at least bring 1 item instead of 2 or 2 instead of 4.

fanny pack (1 pp)
1-quart water bottle (1 pp)
umbrella (1 pp)
baseball caps (2 pp)
waterproof walking sandals (1 pp)
2-piece rain suit with factory sealed seams (1 pp)
rain poncho with factory sealed seams (1 pp)
wind-proof cargo pants (1 pp)
windbreaker jacket with hood (1 pp)
fleece zip-ups (2 pp)
regular hoodies (2 pp)
moisture-wicking socks (8 pp)
wool socks (12 pp)
wool glove liners (2 pp)
wool hats (2 pp)
wool scarf (1 pp)
ear muffs (1 pp)
silk long underwear (2 pp)
wool long underwear (2 pp)
jeans (4 pp)
cargo pants (4 pp)
shorts/capris (2 pp)
long-sleeve t-shirts - light weight (4 pp)
long-sleeve t-shirts - heavy weight (4 pp)
#9
Redmond WA
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Joined Sep 2009
I pack similarly to glaciers.... minimal, casual. This was my response to a question last month about what to pack.
<<<< I only pack jeans, a few Long and Short sleeved T's to wear under 2 fleece pullovers and 1 hoody, 1 shorts, 1 capri, 1 pr good walking shoes, lined nylon jogging pants, knee socks and regular, gloves, knit hat or scarf. I carry a hooded jacket on the plane. I don't do formal nights so I pack khakis or black jeans and sweater to wear on board. Regardless of where I travel there's a poncho in my daypack, along with binoculars, camera, travel book, trail mix, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, lipbalm and a baseball cap for rain or sun.
Depending on your activities and/or where you're from, you may need long underwear, and a waterproof jacket, waterproof shoes or even a cheap rainsuit from a sporting goods store. Heck I live in Seattle and don't have waterproof. I'd spray a pair of sneakers/walking shoes if I needed to.
I probably missed something, but basically this is it; worked fine for 4 trips. Only 1 cruise, the rest were land travel with tent camping or RV.>>>
#11
Knoxville, TN, USA
1,638 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
OP, what activities do you have planned? and what dates will you be there?
And are we talking Inside Passage?

Layers do work best but as someone pointed out, only the layer next to your skin needs changing daily. No one really notices what anyone else wears. Children with food stains are par for the course.

And some extreme activities providers supply the necessary clothing. Ask them before you pack.

I take fleece - pants, vest, shirt - one of each.
One waterproof windbreaker. A raincoat with hood.
Long johns. Gloves and a warm hat.
T's that can go under the fleece or be on their own on warm days.
And one pair of casual slacks.
My walking shoes and a pair of loafers.
And something to wear to dinner on the ship.

My favorite item is that fleece vest.
#12
808 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
My advice.

Pack light.

By looking at your sig, you will be onboard the RCI Radiance of the Seas 6/28/13 Alaska Northbound 7-night?

There is a good chance that temps will likely be in the upper 60s/low 70s, and possibly even the occasional low 80s travelling through the inside passage at that time of year...And if you are planning a trip to the interior -- 80s and even 90s could be expected. You have a very good chance of encountering t-shirt weather on some days.

Seriously.

Yes the chance for rain is always likely, and the evenings can be cooler, so one wants to always be prepared for that and bring some layers, but it's not like you're travelling on an Antarctic expedition and one ought naught feel like they need to be outfitted as such.

It will be peak summer in Alaska when you are travelling. It will be light out 20 hours a day. If you take all of those clothes you may come to the realization that you over-packed by trip's end. Guaranteed.
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#13
Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
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Joined Feb 2005
I wear wool socks year round in Colorado.. Of course in the summer they are my lighter weight pairs. And I doubt you will need 12 pairs unless you're doing a LOT of hiking.
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#14
virginia
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Joined Oct 2010
I took a NB Radiance cruise Aug 31-Sept 7 this past year. I did not take 1/4 of this on our trip. The temps were all over the place. It was warm enough for sweaters several days and snowed in Denali while we were there. But, we never needed all of this.

The most valuable item was a hooded rain jacket. [it kept the rain off of our shoulders and from going down our back.] It really rained the day we were in Hubbard Glacier. . .and you will want to be out on deck to get the very best views.

If you are doing an extensive land tour--with lots of camping and hiking, you may need some of these items.
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#15
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Be sure and take an extra memory card for your camera. I had one fill in one of my cameras last month and to purchase a new one on the ship was about 3x what I would expect to pay at home.
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#16
Abbotsford, British Columbia
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Joined Mar 2012
Originally posted by DragonOfTheSeas
The most valuable item was a hooded rain jacket.
I second this. A lightweight jacket that's waterproof and breathable (like Goretex) would be perfect with room to wear a fleece or sweater underneath. That way if it gets warm but it's raining you don't get soaked from sweating but if it's cold you just wear a little bit extra. Last year I travelled in May and it was "not warm" but I made due with a rainjacket/fleece, 1 hoody and 2 pairs of runners. Of course I'm from Vancouver where our only seasons are rain, cold rain and road construction. I noticed the OP's signature listed A LOT of Caribbean cruises so I would hazard a guess they live in a warmer part of the country year round and would feel much more uncomfortable in the cold than I did.
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#17
Camillus, NY
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Ditch so much freezing weather gear. We went in September, which is when the last cruises go and never needed warm clothing except for when we went river rafting and when the ship went right up to the glacier. Didn't even need a sweater in Juneau. Ketchican was also warm, but rainy. No really cold cities at all.
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#18
Arizona
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Joined Jun 2012
Are three in one jackets recommended? We are going early June on a Seattle NCL roundtrip...

http://www.freecountry.com/categorie...systems-jacket
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#20
Northern California
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Originally posted by bearbait
I bought one of these. It sucks. It's not breathable. It traps too much body heat.

What don't you like about the jacket? The brand, or the 3 in 1 aspect?
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