Thanks for any help.
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I'm from Miami, so this whole concept of wearing layers and packing for such a varied climate is foreign to me Usually when we travel, we either pack for "cold" or "hot", so this is new to me.
I get the idea of bring a wide variety of clothes I guess, but I am confused as to what to wear on the ship in the evenings. Do I bring capris, light dresses, etc? As some have posted that on board people dress similar to in the Carribbean. Or do I bring long sleeve shirts, light sweaters, and long pants. I am packing for 4, and I really don't want to over pack and have to lug a ton of unnecessary clothing cross country, so
Also 90% of my clothes are capris and light short sleeve blouses or tanks, so I really need to know whether to go shopping
Okay so I wear things more than once, I got that. I also plan on doing laundry, as we will be away for 10 days. Thank heaven our ship has washers/dryers. But as was stated earlier, the winter clothes take up more space. I always seriously overpack (for example, went to denver a few years back, and for a family of five, we had ten bags-suitcases and carry ons ) I really don't want to do that one again.I don't know if it would help you, but when our daughter went to summer camp they suggested that we pack each day's clothes in an individual plastic bag - underwear, pants, T-shirt, socks - so that she'd have it all together. One advantage for travel is that you can then get rid of the air before you seal it and save space.
Now, it's only four of us going. I have been mentally preparing myself for three suitcases-Maxium (I have two young kids). Plus all the carry on stuff. Cameras, video camera, binoculars, possible portable dvd player (for six hour flight to and from Seattle).
Do I pack light clothes? I really don't want to take things that I probably won't wear. Also what about sandals? Is there a place for them on an Alaska cruise?
One of the first things you will notice is that Alaska is a VERY casual state. Comfort and safety win out over style. The 40-85 degree variation is not an exaggeration, hence the layering. Pile is warmer than cotton, especially if it gets wet (summer hypothermia is often 'death by cotton') and still lightweight. Frequently the wind chill factor can make a 70 degree day colder than a 50 degree day. And on the 50 degree day, you may be down to shorts, sandals and a T-shirt. So - pile, waterproof windbreaker, socks, a lightweight hat, sandals you can wear with socks (Chacos, Tevas), walking or running-type shoes, jeans, dressier pants or skirts for dinner, shorts, a couple of T-shirts (a long sleeved one is good), a good day pack to put layers in as you shed, and a close eye on the weather. Or if you want to look like a local commercial fisherman: shorts worn over long underwear, pile top, and Xtra-Tufs....