Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer - a light jacket is helpful...
Winter - long underwear, lined Carhartt jeans, gloves, warm wool hat, warm boots and wool socks. Also, if you're going to snowshoe, something to protect your face in the subzero temps.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Summer - bug juice ... the skeeters are big, numerous, and hungry.
Photo Equipment: telephoto lens to catch wildlife and the distant mtns
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: forget beach gear...no such place up here!!
Miscellaneous: bring your snowshoes in winter
Luggage and bags: Regardless of what kind of trip your making the the Fairbanks Area, put your belongings on your back. That leaves your hands free to swat at the mosquitoes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always make sure to wear your tourist white tennis shoes. Make sure they are comfortable to allow you to do lots of walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lets not forget the stuff for the itchies. Mosquitoes go away into the summer, but in the beginning they sure can put a spring in your step and BOy do they itch! OH... SUNSCREEN! A Fairbanks summer provides with over 22 hours of sunlight. Even if the skies are cloudy, there are plenty of UV rays to deliver a nasty burn if your unprotected.
Photo Equipment: No matter where you go in Alaska, your going to want to take a supply of disposable camaras or make sure you bring your own batteries for your camaras. Some places are extremely remote and finding a place to purchase new ones while your out and about is hard to do.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Some of the most wonderful outdoor experiences take place right here in Alaska. Fairbanks is no exception. One of the most important things to remember if you visit this state is that it is totally different than most places you visit in the lower 48. Our rivers are colder and wilder even in the summertime. Always wear your life jacket and never venture off alone.
The wildlife is still abundant and the terrain is something you MUST respect. Take caution and heed warnings from the resident Alaskans, we wont steer you wrong. Our wildlife is protected not only for their safety but your own.
Luggage and bags: Be sure you have more than one spare tire, a cell phone, and have your vehicle inspected before you decide to take a road trip through Alaska.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always take along with you lots of extra clothing, coats, warm boots, and blankets. Just a precautionary step to ensure safe travel through Alaska, because the weather can be rough in some places.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: First aid kits are nessary when traveling anywhere. You should have your kit stocked with anything you think you might need for every emergency.
Frost bite is a common thing when the weather reaches -40 and colder. If you find yourself stranded on the roadside, most Alaskans will stop to help when it gets cold, But for off the beaten path, try to stay warm, keep your face, feet, fingers and ears covered.
Photo Equipment: You can use just about any kind of camera to take pictures of the scenery and wildlife here. You might want to use the best film for moving objects and lighting, since you might not want to stop and get out of your vehicle to shoot a picture of bears or moose, as they tend to attack!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be sure to take along warm clothing if camping in the cold months usually between the months of October and April. Also you might want to carry a riffle or a hand gun to scare off preditors like bears when you go camping. I would advise not to shoot them, just to scare them off. Don't travel far from your campsite alone, and keep all food and garbage away from your camp.
Miscellaneous: If you like to fish, bring along a pole, salmon pole or fly rod, there are pleanty of places along the side of the highways to fish. Don't forget to get your fishing licence for tourist before you fish!
Rain drops keep falling on my head.
Luggage and bags: Always carry a small package where ever you go, that way your not always running back to you hotel room for things you forgot...for they will all be in you little magic bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In August I wore a light blazer and thick undershirts, the air was a bit chilly and the evening and nights were brrrrrr. Good walking shoe such as tennis shoe...DON'T forget to bring an unbrella, you never know when the next rain will fall.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Your in America USA here, so not to worry about these little things that we take litely.
Photo Equipment: I live in a tourist town, so things are going to be prices, as any tourist town. But, I myself I buy at a local store (Mal-Mart), buy all you films and what nots there before you travel off, then your not running around looking for a film shop and wasting valuable time off from you vacation.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I work around water all the time, and I not an outdoors kind of person. But if you are going to camp, beach, out alway bring the proper gear: Here in Alaska I would say a wetsuit for swimming, and for camping in a tent on the ground in these part you would need a 1" high dences foam (Evergreen), And lots of hot COFFEE.
Miscellaneous: As long as you do your homework and bring all that you think you need and not so much of other uncalled for necessity you'll be fine.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: for summertime, it's either dry enough for tennis shoes or wet enough for rubber boots. not much use for hiking boots. they are either too hot or you get wet.
Photo Equipment: telephoto is a must. everything is huge and far away
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sunscreen, believe it or not. it's not very high or super hot, but it keeps coming and you get scorched, especially around water.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Many people know that things grow larger here in Fairbanks. This includes the mosquitoes! Often mistaken for the ?gstate bird?h, mosquitoes are one of the most active insects during the summer. Don?ft forget to bring your bug repellent!
Luggage and bags:
Back packs if you want to travel light.
Bring the whole set if you have strong arms. Not many hotels have help.
A fanny pack is nice for sight-seeing and touring so that you dont' have to keep track of loose purses and tote bags.
Comfortable shoes with thick rubber soles no high heels
Rain gear you never know when there will be a shower
Sweatshirt unless you plan to buy a souvenir sweatshirt after you get here
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Copy of your eyeglass prescription
Copy of your medical prescriptions
Many local pharmacies and optical shops
All toiletries are available at local stores, although it's usually cheaper to bring it from home.
You can buy disposable cameras at local stores.
Batteries available at local stores.
Camera shop for repairs or parts located on Second Avenue next to Coop Plaza.
Yes, bring your swim suit. The area has three pools as well as pools in some of the hotels. Chena Lakes Recreation Area has outside swimming.
Bring sports equipment.
Volleyball and softball are popular in the Fairbanks area. Alaskaland has a volleyball sandpit.
winterSkiis, cross-country and downhill
Sun hat or baseball caps. Fairbanks has the sunniest weather in the state.
Sunglasses a must (even in the winter).
Miscellaneous: Don't forget the mosquito repellent and sunscreen
There are formulations that have both in one product.
Luggage and bags: As with any type of travel, luggage should be easily carried and tough enough to survive the trip.
Luggage in Alaska, wether you are travelling alone or with a large tour group, will get dirty, muddy and/or wet. A Louis Vitton matched set will more than likely not be what you want to take to Alaska.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you don't like the weather, stick around for a while, it will change. This is very true of Alaska in the non-Winter months.
The secret to any travel packing is to dress in layers. Fairbanks in the summer can get up to +90F, but that is rare. Mid 80F temperatures are a nice warm day in Fairbanks. With it's near-24 hour a day sunshine, even at 22:00, the temperatures can remain in the 70F's. Once the sun goes down, though, the temperatures drop with it.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The Alaskan Mosquito has reached legendary, almost Paul Bunyan-like notariety. Most of the stories, such as 'one stole my poodle off it's leash!' are unfounded.
Stories of swarms of mosquitoes being visible as grey clouds, however, are somewhat true. In Fairbanks, aggressive mosquito control efforts over the last few years have reduced their numbers of a tolerable level for the most part. In areas away from downtown though, their numbers increase.
To combat these creatures, a good insect repellent (Off! Deep Woods or Cutters) work well. If you are going to be outside hiking or camping, a military headnet is a good investment. Looking like a light-weight bee keeper's hood, these items are indispensable.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The sun never set, to make your stay more comfortable, it may be a good idea to bring a sleep mask to cover your eyes during the sleeping hours.