When you look at the brochures for an Alaska cruise you are bound to see snow covered mountain peaks and glacier filled lakes. Alaska is not all cold and ice though. In fact, the summer months can be quite pleasant with daytime temperatures averaging between 60 and 80 degrees. Nighttime and early mornings are a little cooler with temperatures averaging in the 40’s and 50’s. Late August and September you will notice that the rain increases and average daytime temperatures will fall to the 40’s and mid 50’s. However, there is no such thing as “average” in Alaska. The weather in Alaska is unpredictable and very changeable. So, how do you pack? First, you must plan on both rain and sunshine. Then, plan to layer, layer, layer! Bring clothing that can be worn in layers that will prepare you for any and all changing situations. Bring a warm, water resistant coat and pants and a sweater. Plan to wear lighter clothing underneath so that as the day warms you can remain comfortable. And speaking of comfort, definitely bring comfortable shoes like sneakers. If they are waterproof, all the better. Since viewing nature in all its majestic glory is the essence of an Alaskan cruise, make sure to pack binoculars and a camera (preferably with a zoom lens). Don’t forget the insect repellent as you may encounter significant numbers of mosquitoes in the summer months and a good sunscreen is a must. I have listed what I believe to be Alaska Cruise Packing essentials. Have a wonderful cruise!
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