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Where To Packing Guide: ALASKA

The essential packing guide for your summer adventure.

Embarking on an Alaskan adventure is like stepping into a world where nature wears its grandeur proudly. From towering mountains to icy fjords, Alaska offers a sensory feast unlike any other. It's the ideal destination for grandparents, parents and kids to escape to nature, and we love seeing the happy family photos from guests who return after their summer vacation. But before you dive headfirst into this wilderness wonderland, there's one crucial task at hand: packing. Inspired by previous cold-weather expeditions, we've crafted the ultimate packing guide to ensure you're equipped for every twist and turn Alaska has in store.

Dress the Part: Layering Up for Alaska's Whims

In the land of unpredictable weather, layering is your best friend. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep you dry during misty mornings or sweaty hikes. Then, cozy up with a lightweight insulating jacket for those chilly nights under the stars. Top it all off with a waterproof shell jacket to ward off rain and wind – a true lifesaver during those spontaneous downpours or breezy boat rides.

Footwear Fit for the Wild

Alaska's terrain is as diverse as it is rugged, so your footwear game needs to be strong. Invest in a sturdy pair of waterproof hiking boots to tackle everything from muddy trails to rocky scrambles. And for lighter days or city strolls, pack a pair of versatile trail shoes or water-resistant sneakers – your feet will thank you for the breather.

Gear Essentials: Packing Smarter, Not Harder

When it comes to hauling your essentials, opt for gear that's lightweight and weatherproof. A trusty daypack with a rain cover is your go-to for day trips and nature walks, while dry bags ensure your gadgets and documents stay safe and dry, come rain or high tide.

Capture the Magic: Photography and Optics

Alaska's beauty is boundless, so don't forget your camera to capture those jaw-dropping vistas and close encounters with wildlife. Look for a camera with manual settings and interchangeable lenses, ideally waterproof or water-resistant for those misty mornings. And for spotting bears in the distance or eagles soaring overhead, a pair of durable binoculars is a game-changer. We recommend a compact size with at least 10x power and 25mm objective diameter for wildlife viewing.

Please, please learn how to use your camera and equipment before you go! Speaking from experience, it's fun to get geared-up then upon arrival in the moment, have no clue how to operate the new shiny gadget. And bring extra batteries and twice the amount of memory you think you will need. You'll thank yourself later.

Small Details, Big Comforts

It's the little things that make a big difference in the wild. Pack insulated gloves and a snug beanie for chilly nights on deck, and maybe if you plan to soothe in the hot tub or a spontaneous dip in the icy water presents itself, bring along a swimsuit. Always have along sunglasses with U.V. filter protection to cut glare (add-in a retainer strap for safekeeping) and never go a day without applying sunscreen to shield your skin from Alaska's relentless sun, even on cooler days.

Bugs. Yes, there will be some bugs. Alaska in the summertime will have them, and they may seek you out. Waterproof insect repellant is essential for travel during this time. You can't have nature without the insects, but with preparation you won't notice.

One optional item that might be helpful for those who need support navigating uneven ground although not necessary for everyone are trekking poles. They can provide a sense of security, increased balance and confidence when walking on rugged terrain.

Ready, Set, Adventure!

With your packing checklist complete, it's time to dive headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime. Remember, Alaska is all about embracing the wild and letting nature work its magic on you. So, pack smart, stay cozy, and get ready to be swept off your feet by the raw beauty of the Last Frontier. And if you need a helping hand along the way, our travel experts are here to craft a personalized itinerary that's as epic as the landscapes you'll encounter. Let's make your Alaskan dreams a reality – adventure awaits!