What to Pack For Your UnCruise
You are confirmed on your UnCruise for this summer, congratulations! Summer 2021 in Alaska is going to be like no other. Alaska’s wild creatures and wild places have rested for a year during the pandemic’s travel pause. This year’s guests will see Alaska the way it was in 1969, before big ship tourism took off. You are smart to be grabbing the opportunity now! You chose the perfect itinerary, boat, and cabin for you. You’re fully vaccinated and raring to go. Now, what’s on the packing list?
Even sitting on a skiff for a photography / marine life viewing outing, you may get spray on your legs. When an enormous humpback breaches nearby, you are definitely going to get splashed!
For your clothes, think layers. Prepare for adventure time with long and short sleeve options and a thin layer to go under your jeans – like leggings or long underwear. A heavy sweatshirt with a hood is a good idea. And did I mention the socks? The rubber boots will keep the ocean and the creek out of your shoes, but you will still sweat. Clean dry socks are such a pleasure – also lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to pack! Avoid cotton in general for an active vacation. Clothes made from wicking fabrics or wool do a better job at handling sweat, splash, and rain.
There are no laundry services on board for the 7-night cruises, so you will wear the same clothes more than once. And THAT IS OKAY. Nobody is going to look at you funny. We have no dress code other than to dress for the conditions.
You have clothes covered. What else? You will find binoculars, walking sticks, and water bottles to borrow onboard, so no need to pack those. cards, charging wires, etc. that you need for it. Alaska is stunning and you will take some of the best pictures of your life there. If you want to use a laptop computer to store and edit photos, by all means, but be aware that we are UNPLUGGED. Never fear, there are outlets in your cabin. But there is no Wifi and very seldom will you find cellular service. Part of the experience is to connect to the people you are traveling with and to nature. Connect back to the world at large when you get back to port. Instead, bring a good book or a movie to watch before turning in at night.
The most important things to pack take up no space in your suitcase. Bring an open mind and heart. Don’t forget your curiosity, willingness to try new things, and patience. Kindness and respect for the places that we go, the creatures that we see, and the people that we travel with are mandatory.