How do you pack a capsule wardrobe for a 7 day cruise to Alaska?
Packing for an Alaskan cruise can be over whelming as the weather can go one way or the other and you need to be prepared.
The trick is sticking to a colour theme this way you cannot go wrong.
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Pick Colours for your Alaska cruise capsule wardrobe
When you pack any capsule wardrobe it is all about picking a colour theme so you can mix and match your clothes.
First pick your colours for your capsule wardrobe. You will need base colours for pants/skirts/shorts.
Then 2/3 colours for tops/tees/sweaters/cardigans.
For example you pick black and navy blue for all your bottoms and white, red and green for your tops.
This means not adding any random colours in that doesn’t match anything.
What type of clothes do you need for an Alaskan Cruise?
The next step is figuring out what clothes you are going to need for the Alaska cruise.
Will you be going on tours?
How many formal nights will there be?
Are you going to the dining room or buffet?
Will you be going to the gym or fitness classes?
The main thing in Alaska is to pack layers, as if it is warmer you can take layers off.
It is always better to have more clothes on than not enough.
Alaskan summers are a lot cooler than Californian summers.
My favourite brands of clothing that I use on Alaska cruises are The North Face for jackets fleeces, gloves and backpacks.
Uniqlo for thermal layers, merino wool cardigans/sweaters and their quilted light weight jackets are the best. They are water-repellent and keep you warm and they come in a little bag that you can pack away nicely.
Here is all you need for a 7 day cruise to Alaska
For this article I am going to use the scenario that you will be going on tours, there are two formal nights, you will be eating in the dining room and you go to the gym.
Seven days is not that long and remember on most cruise lines there are laundry facilities that you can use or there will be a laundry service.
For the day time for tours or doing your own thing in port or on the sea days this is all you need:
- 2 Pairs of casual trousers – day time
- 5/7 Casual tops/shirts (long/short sleeve) – day time
- 3/4 Vest Tops/thermal layer (to layer) – day time
- 3/4 Light Weight Sweaters/Cardigans – day time
- Lightweight Jacket/Rain jacket (I love Uniqlo jackets, as they roll up and come with a bag)
- Warm Hat, scarf & gloves
- 1 Pair of Waterproof Trainers/Walking Shoes
For the evening onboard this is all you need:
- 1 Pair of smart trousers/skirt – evening onboard
- 3/5 Smart tops – evening onboard
- 1 Smart dress (optional) – evening onboard
- 2 Formal Dresses (or bring just 1) – formal nights onboard
- 1 Pair of Heels
- 1 Pair of Ballet Pumps/Flats
- Formal clutch bag/purse
- Light Weight Scarves – dress up evening outfit
General daily items:
- Gym kit (if you use the gym)
- Swimwear/Over up/Flip Flops (if you use the swimming pool onboard!)
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I hope you have found this information helpful and now know how to pack a capsule wardrobe for a 7 day cruise to Alaska. Enjoy your Alaska cruise!
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Love Lucy x
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