Packing For Alaska
Luggage and bags: Camera Bag, Backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since you never know what the weather will be - and the weather can change pretty quickly - it's best to dress in layers:
Long underwear, fleece/sweater, waterproof/breathable shell
Gloves, Hat, Scarf
Waterproof hiking boots & warm, comfortable socks
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen/Sunblock
Mosquito repellant (especially for June/July)
Photo Equipment: Camera, Wide angle/Zoom Lens, Charger, Extra Battery, Extra Memory Cards,
Tripod, Plastic bags to cover camera while shooting in the rain (quart size baggies)
Wet Weather Gear
Luggage and bags: I found a good backpack is handy as i had a video cam and a carmera as well as all the usual stuff a woman carries lol.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you have good foot wear for all the walking you will do.
Buy cheap throw away rain coats they come in handy and a good umbrella.
Photo Equipment: Do not forget your Camera and spare battries as there are so many nice things to take photo's of.
Cold and Wet!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Juneau is located in a temperate rain forest, which means that it rains there almost every day. When it doesn't rain it looks like it COULD rain, and then, it rains. It also never really gets very warm there, even at the height of summer. The upside to that though is that it also doesn't get AS cold as the rest of Alaska in the winter.
No matter when you go you will need a warm coat and rain gear like a raincoat and umbrella and boots.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're planning on hiking note what I said above, but you should also bring some bear repellent. Bears are everywhere here and they aren't that afraid of people, especially if they are hungry. Lots of wolves live here, too, but they tend to avoid people.
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Don't go unprepared!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to bring a good sturdy jacket, possibly one extra layer and a pair of sunglasses in case it gets too bright
Photo Equipment: Your digital camera
Miscellaneous: Remember, Alaska's weather can be pretty unpredictable, not excluding Juneau itself. If you can, get a weather forecast so you don't get left out in the cold.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
Don't Forget Warm Clothes & Rain Gear
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Juneau is located in a temperate rainforest! Annual precipitation is over 54 inches per year! Though the driest months are April, May and June, be prepared for at least a light rain or mist. April, May and June also record 2 to 3 sunny days per week but Juneau averages 278 cloudy days per year!!
During our first visit in July, 2002, we were greeted not only by a cloudy day but by a cold, wet mist and sometimes light rain. We were really glad we had our coats with hoods with us. Other people bought ponchos which seemed to be available all over town (like Disney World!!).
On our second visit in June, 2004, we were greeted with a gorgeous sunny day and temperatures in the higher 80's!!!! It was definitely shirt-sleeve weather.
Be prepared by dressing in layers, bring jackets/coats or fleece and rain gear
Miscellaneous: Hiking boots, sunglasses, water-resistant & warm clothing suggested if hiking. Warmer clothing suggested if you will be dog sledding or making a flightseeing, glacier landing. Cell phone would probably be a good idea in case of emergencies!
Pack Light and Casual
Luggage and bags: Maximum of two per person both of which will pass the carry-on test. Pack for half the trip. Do laundry if you need to, or better don't take anything you wouldn't wear twice and could combine to make a new outfit. Alaska is most definitely not a fashion show.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers Layers Layers
Good hiking boots or very comfortable walking shoes with good soles and a waterproof shell are essential. You can even get by without a coat except in the winter. I didn't take a coat and I still found myself shedding layers, even after the first sunstantial fall cold snap and snow on the surrounding mountains. Take a fleece sweatshirt and long underwear and you are ready for anything nature has to offer from May to September.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent, though I did'nt wear it or need it in september and we spent a fair amount of time in the woods. Foe interior hikes though muskeg it is a must. Meclizine for motion sickness. (Dramamine non-drowsy) makes you a little sleepy, but not hung over if you take only one. It works.
Photo Equipment: A zoom is really nice for wildlife shots. Binoculars are very useful.
- Budget Travel
It's cold - pack accordingly!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I'd advise taking warm weather clothes any time you visit, especially if you plan to hike around on Mt. Roberts, or anywhere with a high elevation. If you visit anytime other than summer (and even then, really) definately take rain or snow gear.
... if you get sea-sick easily, take a plastic-bag with you, your pilot might be thankful...
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