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  • Aug
  • 2015

What Should I Wear on an Alaska Cruise?

When booking a cruise to Alaska one of the top questions people ask is what they should wear. The answer, folks, is layers! In Alaska predicting the weather is impossible so it’s always best to be prepared for anything.

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What Should I Wear on an Alaska Cruise?

Alaska cruises and cruisetours are only available during Alaska’s warm season from May-September. The temperature during this time ranges between 55 – 70 degrees but it often feels much warmer than that because there are longer hours of direct sunlight. It’s also important to note that the deeper into summer you get the more it rains. With all of these factors playing a roll layers are always the best option.

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Layering Up

Your first layer should be something thin that keeps moisture from reaching your skin. People often think of long johns but I recommend something you feel comfortable wearing alone. Just in case it gets a little warmer. Another tip for the ladies, I like to wear panty hose under everything!

When determining the second layer you should keep the words warm and lightweight in mind. You don’t want to weigh yourself down with too many clothes but warmth is important here! A light weight fleece sweater is always the perfect choice for me.

The last layer should be waterproof and have a hood. Investing in some good nylon pants, you can find these at your local sporting goods store, is a great idea as well. The key here is making sure you don’t get your other layers wet, which will really make you miserable.

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What Should I Wear on an Alaska Cruise?


Beyond the simple layering, here are a few essentials you should not forget:

Sunscreen: The Alaskan sun could be more damaging than you think

Chap Stick:  The cold wind can make for very dry lips.

Gloves: I don’t know about you, but I hate cold hands! Just makes the rest of my body feel colder. I usually bring a few pairs of gloves.

Shoes: Invest in some waterproof shoes and bring an extra pair just to be safe! The most miserable thing ever is cold, wet feet.

Umbrella: This doesn’t have to be fancy and you may never need it but it’s good to have, just in case.


Be sure to bring an umbrella with on your Alaska cruise!

Poncho: Always good to throw in–and it doesn’t take up much space!

As always, our suggestions are only meant as suggestions. If you have any more questions about what to wear to Alaska, feel free to contact us. If you’d like to explore more options for cruising this fall, call us now! We can be reached at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784). Be sure and “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and join our InnerCircle to stay informed of upcoming cruise deals and discounts.

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