June 12, 2015 -- Having never been on an Adventure Life or Un-Cruise vacation before and not being hard-core hikers or kayakers, we weren’t sure what to bring. And although there were all sorts of suggestions on the website, I still wasn’t fully prepared.
First of all, typical weather in Alaska in the summer is cold and rainy. Even though temps can get into the 60s (and if you’re lucky, the 70s), it’s still cold when you’re visiting a glacier or kayaking through icy waters.
So, leave the shorts at home, unless you’re really hearty. Layering is key.
Also, life on board the Un-Cruise ships is casual, which is exactly what we were looking for when we booked this trip with Adventure Life. Most people wear the same clothes to dinner as they wore all day.
I found that I liked taking a shower before dinner instead of before breakfast, but I typically wore jeans and a casual no-collar shirt, fleece (always a fleece!), and hiking shoes to dinner. Suggested packing list for an 8-day summer cruise in Alaska
2 pairs lightweight, quick-drying hiking pants (buy the zip-off kind if you want to have a shorts option – Columbia, North Face, Pantagonia are good brands)