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Old August 8th, 2010, 05:23 PM
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Alaska Cruise Packing Tips
From May through September, temperatures range from 40°F to 70° F during the day and drop into the 30’s and 40’s at night. The best way to prepare for this range of temperatures is to dress in layers and to be prepared for anything from bright sunshine—don’t forget those sunglasses—to light rain. Here’s a list of items to include when packing for an Alaska trip.

• Waterproof jacket
• Wool or fleece sweater or liner
• Turtleneck or a comfortable protective long sleeve shirt
• Comfortable footwear suitable for hiking and walking in wet conditions (Be sure to break in new shoes before your trip.)
• Good socks
• Warm hat/rain hat
• Gloves
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen
• Travel umbrella
• Good camera with extra batteries and charging cord
• Spare memory card and battery for digital cameras (be sure to bring these on your excursions)
• Travel-size binoculars
• Sunglasses
• Day pack/backpack
• 3 copies of airline tickets, cruise tickets, passports/visas, itinerary - pack 1 copy in carry on, 1 copy in checked luggage, and leave one copy with someone at home

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What to wear onboard.....
Days onboard are casual. To be most comfortable:

  • Jeans or slacks
  • Several sweaters, a jacket, a windbreaker and a raincoat
  • Warm socks
  • Low-heeled shoes for deck activities
  • Don't forget your swimsuit if you use the jacuzzi, a camera and a pair of binoculars (towels are provided)
  • For evening wear, count on three basic types of attire:
    • Casual: Dresses or slacks and blouses for women, sport shirts and trousers for men
    • Smart Casual: Dresses or pantsuits for women, jackets for men
    • Formal: Cocktail dresses for women, suits and ties or tuxedos for men (because Alaska is so casual, you will see some men wearing just a long sleeve shirt & slacks on formal nights)
  • Ashore, you'll need comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Cruisetours are casual, both during the day and in the evening.
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