Packing for An Alaskan Cruise: Clothing Essentials


I just got back from a fantastic vacation to Alaska. I spent a couple of days in Vancouver and then an Alaskan cruise followed by two days in Anchorage. Naturally, I overpacked as usual and didn’t pack clothes heavy enough for the damp, foggy Alaskan weather.
Note: if you are going on an Alaskan cruise during the month of August and the weather report says sunny and 60*, chances are it will be rainy and cold and you will wish you brought warmer clothes.
Here’s what I packed and what worked:
You cannot go wrong with shades of black, gray, and white. I brought three pairs of black leggings which I wore on both sea days and to work out in the gym as well as a fancier pair from Athleta (like this but I bought them on sale) which I wore to travel on the plane, they were dressy enough to look nice but comfy enough not to feel restricted while traveling.
A black tee shirt worked for under a sweatshirt and I brought a few tank tops to wear as the first layer under a tee shirt with a sweater over it. Every day in Alaska, I dressed in layers- a tank top with a tee shirt and then a sweatshirt/sweater over it and a waterproof jacket with a hood.
A black cardigan is perfect to bring with you, you can wear it with everything from a dress to a tee and jeans to leggings. If there is ONE item you must get, it’s a long, black cardigan sweater!
I bought my black tee, tank, and leggings from Target. The cardigan was from Old Navy. From Marshall’s, I had purchased a couple of inexpensive work out tee shirts.
I buy almost everything else from Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack online including very comfortable and durable black Adidas sneakers which I wore constantly. Puma sneakers were perfect for wearing on excursions where there was a moderate amount of walking.

Bring your jeans, but don’t make the same mistake I did and bring ripped jeans because the damp air will whip right through the holes and chill you! I had bought an olive green pair from Athleta (these, on sale here) which were extremely comfortable and I had black skinny jeans which I also wore a couple of days.
Other essentials were a black pullover sweater, a white tee shirt, a gray cardigan made out of a soft sweatshirt material, a knit black beanie hat, umbrella, and gloves. I bought the olive green jacket (above pic) many years ago and its one of the most used pieces in my wardrobe. The purse is medium-sized from Carlos Santana, also used constantly.
The one thing I forgot to bring was a tote bag! You cannot go wrong with a versatile cross body bag, an evening bag, and a large tote.

Keeping a black/white/gray palette enabled me to mix and match items. I bought this jacket (Columbia) and I loved the pockets, hood, tie waist and the fact that it was long and waterproof, but it was thin and not very warm.  If there was a fleece lined version, I’d recommend you buy that!

For more Alaskan cruise, vacation and nature photos, find me on Instagram here- CindyBokma.

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