Alaska! It’s time to pack! Packing for Alaska is a bit different from my usual hot weather destinations. I am going to list some of the key differences with my packing list but first I have to explain one key for my packing strategy. With a total of 9 nights away we will definitely plan on one round of laundry while on the ship. Laundry on the ship is quick and easy and just requires a swipe of the room key and the price is very reasonable.
Layers. This past winter everyone in my family purchased a 3 in 1 winter coat. These coats have a fleece layer that zips out from the outer shell. For the most part the weather forecast is calling for highs in the low 60s. There is also a good chance we will have some rain. The outer shell of these coats will make good rain jackets. We are choosing not to participate in formal night attire on this vacation. We are finding our “inner lumberjack” and wearing jeans or pants with shirts and sweaters. We are also taking our swim suits.
Camera. For this trip we actually made an investment in a good camera. We have been practicing with this camera for a few months and we are amazed at the high quality difference from my good old phone pictures. This will be a good investment to use on all of our travels.
Bug spray. We are anticipating many bugs in the Alaska mountains and water areas. I have packed the spray as well as some travel wipes. I also put in the sunscreen for our faces.
Binoculars. We are taking a few sets to share between the 7 of us. I hope they will be useful when looking for all of the wildlife along the shore lines right from our room.
Passports. Required for this sailing out of Vancouver. We are also taking $500 in Canadian money that we were able to get at our local bank. Hoping this gets us through our first two nights and days of activities while in Vancouver. Of course we can use credit cards as well but the kids think the different currency is fun.
I am sure I am forgetting to pack something…….. I will let you know what it was when I return. I hope this list is helpful to you if you decide to take on ALASKA!