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FAQ - What Should I Bring?…

What should I pack?

The suitcase of a well-packed Alaska traveler should include items to cover most situations. It's usually wise to dress in layers, easily removing or adding depending on current weather conditions. Insulated underwear, wool caps and gloves are not usually necessary in the summer months but may be nice to have on saltwater excursions in the Spring and Fall.


RAIN GEAR: A two-piece rainsuit made of coated nylon with factory-sealed seams is adequate. Before packing your own check with your outfitter(s) as they may provide them for you. Please do not bring plastic ponchos or vinyl rainsuits because these types tear too easily and quickly become non-functional.


HIKING BOOTS: Comfortable, lightweight, and water repellent.


PANTS: Comfortable and durable. Include a pair of shorts, just in case.


SHIRTS: T-shirts, flannel shirts, lightweight long sleeve shirts, and turtlenecks are all good options.



WARM JACKET / SWEATERS: A fleece or pile jacket and/or a wool sweater offer great layers for extra warmth.


LONG UNDERWEAR: Non-cotton preferred, uppers and lowers.


SOCKS: Wool socks and synthetic liners are a good combination for hiking.


GLOVES: Lightweight wool or pile gloves are best.


WOOL KNIT CAP: You won't be sorry you brought this!


BRIMMED HAT: For sun protection.


DAY PACK or HIP PACK: This will come in handy for day hiking and bus travel.


QUART WATER BOTTLE: Great for day hikes.


INSECT REPELLENT: The higher the percentage of DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta- toluamide), the more effective it is against mosquitoes. Natural repellents containing Citronella are less effective, but are gentler on your skin. Creams and pumps are more environmentally friendly than aerosols.


OPTIONAL: BINOCULARS, CAMERA (extra film or memory cards and batteries), TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK, SUNSCREEN, SUNGLASSES, FIELD GUIDES TO LOCAL FLORA AND FAUNA, FLASHLIGHT (August and September).