How "heavy" does the heavy coat have to be? I'm from Minnesota and thought I could just dress for spring--sweater, maybe a shell. Talk of mittens, hats and heavy coats makes me wonder. Then again, my bus driver said it snowed at the dock in June in Vancover. I have plenty of cold-weather gear, but it takes lots of space to pack. Please let me know.
You haven't indicated just when you plan to visit Alaska, but if it is in May or early June
you could expect some pretty cool weather. If you are cruising in Glacier Bay, or any
other glacier country, the wind chill will be such that you will want a coat, hat, gloves
and scarf. Dressing in "layers" is the recommended way to go. In any event, Alaska
is beautiful and you will enjoy it.k
I have NEVER taken a winter coat. Instead I take a removable lined nylon jacket and rain gear, knit hat and gloves, 2 pair of walking shoes and - sweatshirts, tshirts etc. I do not like jeans - they tend to get and stay damp, are bulky and take forever to dry. I do spend all of my time out doors though so this would be a less issue with inside cruisers. I instead really like my compact quick drying lined and unlined wind pants.