A Gentlemen’s Guide To Packing For Alaska

The Ultimate Men’s Packing List for an Alaskan Cruise: Essentials for Adventure and Comfort

Embarking on an Alaskan cruise promises a breathtaking blend of rugged wilderness, majestic glaciers, and vibrant coastal towns. As you prepare for this incredible journey, packing the right essentials can make all the difference between a smooth sailing adventure and a series of chilly, damp mishaps. Whether you’re an experienced traveler or a first-time cruiser, ensuring you have the right gear is crucial for fully enjoying everything the Last Frontier has to offer.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ve curated the ultimate packing list tailored for men, focusing on the unique demands of an Alaskan cruise. From versatile clothing options that can handle the fluctuating weather to must-have accessories for excursions and onboard activities, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover how to stay comfortable, stylish, and prepared for every adventure that awaits you in Alaska’s wild beauty.

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  1. Layers:

    • Base Layers: Thermal shirts to keep you warm.

Long Johns Thermal Underwear for Men Fleece Lined Base Layer Set for Cold Weather

Moisture Wicking: Stay dry with these long underwear men’s as they’re made from breathable fabric that effectively wicks away moisture and perspiration.

    • Mid Layers: Fleece jackets or vests for insulation.

Men’s Pullover Hoodie Thick Sherpa Lined Kangaroo Pocket Winter Windproof Warm Fleece

Made For Warmth: The men’s winter hoodie is lined with heavyweight Sherpa fleece, including inside the sleeves. The blended fleece helps keep out the cold and chill of winter, keeping you warm without being bulky.

    • Outer Layers: Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants.

Men’s Rain Jacket

Embrace warmth and style with this dependable rain jacket. Its water-resistant design offers comfort in a lightweight, true-to-size fit—ideal for layering. Appreciate the quality seams, zippers, and overall aesthetics. Seamlessly combining functionality and fashion, it provides ample room for a sweatshirt. Cruise through any weather confidently, staying dry and comfortable on your adventure.

Men’s Heated Jacket with 4 Heat Zones and Battery Pack

Are you gearing up for an early or late-season Alaskan cruise and worried about staying warm in the chilly weather? Look no further! Introducing the heated jacket with heat zones from Ororo, This innovative jacket is perfect for those brisk mornings or evenings on deck, offering customizable warmth with its built-in heat zones. 

Whether you’re exploring Glacier Bay or admiring the stunning views of Icy Strait Point, this jacket will keep you cozy and comfortable throughout your journey.

HEAT ACROSS BODY: Four carbon fiber heating elements generate heat across core body areas (collar, left and right-hand pocket, upper-back); Adjust three heating settings (High, medium, low) with just a simple press of the button.


“This is the jacket I personally wear in Ketchikan every day.

I honestly believe this is the best all-round jacket I have ever owned.”

Ole G.

Offering best-in-class waterproof/ breathable technology with the GORE-TEX GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise, the Downrigger is the ultimate utility for the sportfishing angler. Complete with internal neoprene cuffs to keep water out and featuring 2-layer fabric construction with a built-in moisture wicking liner, we’ve delivered a rugged bombproof exterior without compromising the next to skin comfort all anglers appreciate.

  1. Shirts:

    • Long-sleeve shirts (thermal and regular)
    • Short-sleeve t-shirts for layering
  2. Pants:

    • Comfortable jeans or chinos
    • Waterproof pants for excursions

Rain Suit, Waterproof, Breathable, Dependable Wet Weather Protection

WATERPROOF and BREATHABLE – Constructed with frogg toggs L83 bi-laminate materials for dependable waterproof protection

    • Casual pants or shorts for onboard activities
  1. Footwear:

    • Waterproof hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
    • Comfortable sneakers for onboard activities
    • Casual shoes for dining and evening events
    • Men’s Waterproof Hiking Boots

      Discover unmatched comfort on your cruise with these boots. They redefine walking, providing support to ankles and a cushion-like feel underfoot. Waterproof and warm, they’re perfect for port exploration and navigating wet decks. A blend of comfort, support, and style, these boots are the ideal choice for any cruise traveler. Enjoy the journey in cozy confidence.

      Men’s Moab 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

      Waterproof membrane seals out water and lets moisture escape Pigskin leather and mesh upper 100% recycled laces and webbing Bellows tongue keeps out debris Protective toe cap 100% recycled mesh lining Kinetic Fit ADVANCED removable contoured insole with reinforced heel cushioning for medium support Molded nylon arch shank Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability Lightweight EVA foam midsole for stability and comfort Vibram TC5+ rubber sole.

      KEEN Men’s Austin Low Height Leather Oxfords

      “These are the shoes I personally wear in Ketchikan everyday rain or shine.”

      Ole G. 

      TRACTION & SUPPORT: Made with a non marking rubber outsole so that you leave no trace indoors; The metalogical footbed design is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot.

  2. Accessories:

    • Warm hat or beanie
    • Gloves (preferably waterproof)
    • Scarf or neck gaiter
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
  3. Swimwear:

    • Swim trunks for the ship’s pool or hot tub


  1. Formal Wear:

    • Suit or blazer for formal nights
    • Dress shirt and tie
    • Dress shoes
  2. Casual Wear:

    • Comfortable clothing for lounging on the ship
    • Sleepwear
  3. Underwear and Socks:

    • Moisture-wicking and thermal options

Gear and Gadgets

  1. Binoculars:

    • For wildlife and scenic viewing


“These Bino’s are the ones I personally use on our commercial fishing boat The “LaDonna Rose” I have spent 44 years on the water, and these are very nice and clear. The 7 X 50 are superior for low light conditions.”    Ole G.

Nikon: This is a Japanese brand that is well-known for its high-quality cameras and lenses. Nikon binoculars are also renowned for their superior optics, durability, and innovation. Nikon offers a wide range of binoculars for different purposes and budgets, from entry-level to professional models.  

Vortex: This is another American brand that is a family-owned and veteran-owned company. Vortex binoculars are famous for their quality, performance, and lifetime warranty. Vortex offers a range of binoculars for different levels of experience and expectations, from beginner to expert models.

For the Buget minded the Occer brand is a good option. They are light weight and small, it’s hard to go wrong with them. Great for Kids.

  1. Camera:

    • To capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments

Waterproof Phone Case or Floating Phone Pouch 

Cruising the seas, your adventures include dockside fun and poolside relaxation. Amidst the waves and excursions, your lifeline—the phone—faces water threats. Dive into worry-free moments with this certified waterproof phone pouch. Ideal for cruise, vacation, and travel, it ensures your phone’s functionality while capturing memories with its precise design and detachable lanyard for hands-free enjoyment.

  1. Portable Charger:

    • To keep your devices powered during long excursions

Back-up Power Banks

Elevate your travel experience with this cutting-edge portable charger. Crafted with USB-C compatibility, it seamlessly charges your iPhone, Samsung and Google IPad ensuring connectivity on the go. Compact and lightweight, this travel companion provides two phone charges in a single fill, ensuring you stay powered up during your cruise adventure.


  1. Backpack:

    • A small, waterproof daypack for shore excursions
  2. Reusable Water Bottle:

    • Stay hydrated during your adventures

Insulated Filtered Water Bottle with Straw

Cruising with the Brita bottle is a game-changer! Onshore adventures lacked filtered water, but we had ours– ziplining, exploring, or fishing, it kept us refreshed. TSA-friendly, easy to fill, and the taste? Incredible! No more plastic waste. Even flights with kids became a breeze—airport fill-ups for instant, perfect water!

Ear Plugs/Sleep Buds

Block out noise for a peaceful rest.

Toiletries and Health

  1. Toiletries:

    • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Razor and shaving cream
    • Deodorant
    • Any personal hygiene items
  2. Sunscreen:

    • Even in Alaska, UV protection is important
  3. Medications:

    • Any prescription medications
    • Seasickness remedies (e.g., Dramamine, sea bands)
  4. First Aid Kit:

    • Basic first aid supplies for minor injuries


  1. Travel Documents:

    • Passport, ID, cruise tickets, and any required visas
    • Travel insurance information

Travel Insurance

Faye’s travel insurance is a safeguard for your voyage. With trip cancellation, interruption, and delay coverage, it protects your investment. Emergency medical expenses and evacuation coverage ensure comprehensive care during unforeseen events. Whether canceling, facing delays, or returning early, Faye supports you. With 24/7 assistance and real-time travel alerts, your cruise journey stays secure and worry-free.

  1. Money:

    • Credit cards, debit cards, and some cash for tips and small purchases
  2. Guidebooks or Maps:

    • Information on Alaskan ports and excursions

 A Naturalist’s Guide to Alaska’s Inside Passage

This Cruise Companion was written by former Princess Cruise naturalist Rachel Cartwright. It covers the route taken by most cruise lines as they sail through Alaska’s inside passage.

This guide includes chapters on popular port of calls (Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan) in addition to information on Glacier Bay, Alaska’s wildlife and it’s indigenous people.

Highlights include identified points of interest as you sail into and out of each port and approximate viewing times.

Cruise Guide

Lonely Planet Cruise Ports Alaska is an excellent travel companion, offering a wealth of information to enhance your cruise experience. From general insights to specific details on what to see, eat, and do at each port, it ensures you won’t miss out. Packed with captivating photos and a small fold-out map, it’s the perfect guide to carry along on your Alaskan adventure.
  1. Entertainment:

    • Books, e-readers, or tablets for downtime

By packing these essentials, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle the unique climate and diverse activities of an Alaskan cruise, ensuring a comfortable and unforgettable experience.