Traveler's Resources :: Alaska & British Columbia

Packing Information

Alaska KayakingThis page is intended as an overview to help plan your trip. A more detailed list will be included with your information packet when enrolled.

Please plan well when packing for your trip. Towns are often few and storage space on a ship is limited. Feel free to bring what you will need, but leave the rest at home.

Remember that dress is strictly casual. While you might want to bring a change of clothes for the return trip (or for a night in town if that is scheduled), camping clothes are the rule on the ship. Also, since there isn't room on the boat for suitcases, we request that you pack your belongings in a collapsible duffel bag.



  • Rain gear (required)
  • Tall rubber boots (required) (Muck boots recommended and are very comfortable)
  • Pants or slacks, 2 pairs
  • Fleece or sweatshirt
  • Warm jacket
  • Long-sleeve shirt/blouse
  • T-shirts, socks, and underwear
  • Boat shoes, tennis shoes - must be soft-soled!
  • Sun hat and warm hat, warm gloves
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Optional sandals (Tevas/Keens or similar)
  • Optional Shorts (there can be some warm days)
  • Optional bathing suit for hot springs

Personal Items

Break Time
  • Toiletry bag (to carry items to and from the bathrooms)
  • Toothbrush, paste
  • Suncreen
  • Personal medicines
  • Brush, comb
  • Ear plugs (for motor noise at night)
  • Razor
  • Spare prescription glasses if glasses need to be worn
  • NOTE: Towels, soap, shampoo and hair dryers are provided

Miscellaneous Gear

  • Binoculars!! (A must)
  • Camera and equipment
  • Sunglasses (polarized preferred)
  • Optional Water bottle
  • Dirty-clothes bag
  • Day pack

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Transportation Information

NOTE: For Alaska cruises, please arrive at least a day before your sailing date. We will pick you up at your hotel or have your hotel bring you to the boat between 8:30-9:00am on the first day of your trip, and on the last day we will take you to the airport or back to your hotel. (There are occasional exceptions when the boat will depart at noon or 5pm.)

For expert travel arrangements, call Bev at:

  • Dalianes Travel
  • 800-462-2937 or 707-445-3245
  • Fax: 707-443-2104
  • Website:
  • Email address:

Alaska and British Columbia are truly accessed by boat or plane. This list is fairly complete for the ways to arrive and return for your trips. Bev at Dalianes Travel is well acquainted with travel in the Pacific Northwest so feel free to call her.

Courtesy of Dan Leffel


Alaska State Ferry Matanuska


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Lodging Information

There are hotels and Bed and Breakfasts other than the ones listed here. We mention those listed because, with one exception, they will pick you up from the airport/ferry and also bring you to the boat. Check with any others to see if this service is available.


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