What to pack for an Alaskan Cruise

My husband and I embarked on a 7-day Alaskan Cruise on Holland America’s Eurodam in May. To everyone’s surprise we brought our 7 month old son with us.  I spent weeks researching “what to pack for Alaska Cruise.”  And that searching was just for my OWN suitcase.  I really started to panic when I began to pack for my baby and husband.  I truly hope this blog post saves someone, anyone, the time and energy it took me to plan our packing for this Alaskan Cruise.

If you are traveling without a baby, obviously just ignore the baby gear at the bottom of the page.  But everything else is a necessity!

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What to Pack Alaska Cruise

Here’s What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise:

WOMEN’s Packing List:

It’s important to note, that since we did have a baby with us, we didn’t do any of the scheduled black-tie-sit-down meals commonly offered on most cruise-lines. So you might opt to bring a bit more cocktail-attire if need be.

What to Wear:

Accessories/Other items needed:

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Chapstick
  • Hand Warmers
  • Passports/credit cards / cruise boarding docs
  • Phone / charger
  • Headphones
  • Ipad / laptop
  • Umbrella

Men’s Packing List:

**When going on excursions at each port, it’s helpful to bring a backpack to store your water bottle, phone, binoculars, etc.

What to Wear:

  • Hat (Waterproof preferably)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Men’s Rain Jacket
  • Tennis Shoes
  • 5 sweaters
  • Undershirts or Thermal Under-tees
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 3 button down shirts
  • thick socks
  • Underwear
  • Bathing Suit (hot tubs and pool on board)
  • Alaska Cruise

Baby – What to pack for Alaska Cruise

Obviously, if you are not bringing a baby with you, there’s no need to focus on this list. But if you do plan on going on an Alaskan Cruise with a baby, this list will be your life-saver!! 🙂

  • Baby’s magic Merlin Sleepsuit (Jimmie started sleeping through the night once I started using this. Would NOT have left without it!)
  • Sound machine (we took THIS small portable one)
  • Formula (2-3 cans)
  • Diapers (6-7 per day)
  • 7-8 outfits (Warm CLOTHES)
  • 7-8 Onesies/Pajamas
  • Baby’s Jacket/Coat
  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby food pouches
  • Saline Boogie wipes
  • TOYS (new SMALL toys that baby has never played with before)
  • Hand sanitizer / antibacterial wipes
  • Travel Crib/Tent -( this is the one we used)  It was small enough to fit into baby’s checked luggage. I found it on Amazon. Hands down best travel crib for a baby!! We had the option to have a crib provided but based on reviews they would take up all the space in the entire room…Not what you want when you have limited space.  I would set my travel crib up on the fold out couch, so during the day we could put it away and have room to walk around.
  • Baby bathtub- (this is the one we used to save space in luggage)
  • Baby shampoo
  • Medicines: Infant Tylenol, Benadryl, etc
  • Doggie-doo bags (perfect for dirty diapers)
  • Bottles
  • Travel size dish washing liquid (for cleaning baby bottles in the sink)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Mini diaper bag or back pack for port days
  • Stroller / Car Seat & base
  • Baby carrier – this is the one we use and I LOVE IT!!
  • Burp cloth/bibs
  • Baby hats/gloves
  • Baby blankets
  • Baby’s lovey
  • Zip lock bags for baby’s dirty clothes and yours

Final Tip for What to Pack for Alaska Cruise:

Pack as light as you can! We over-packed. The above lists only include what we actually needed and used. Once you arrive to your room on the first day, unpack immediately, and store your luggage under the bed for space.


This worked for us, but I imagine you might pack very differently if you don’t have kids with you.  I truly hope this list helps! Let me know if you have any questions! Happy and Safe Travels,

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