Weather can vary quickly
Luggage and bags: It is a maritime custom that you never board a vessel with a suit case. This has become more a superstition on commercial fishing boats than other type vessel these days.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The summer of 2009 here in Kodiak started out with an unusual warm and sunny streak. 3 weeks of sun and temps climbing over 75 on occassion. We have been back to the usual cycle of 2-3 days of rain followed by 2-3 days of sun/overcast. Temps in the 40s and 50s.
Kodiak has always been rainy but lately seems to get more of that heavy tropical deluge type rain. Good rain gear and boots are a must to really enjoy yourself. I use Helly Hansen heavy duty rain parka and pants and Extra Tuff (rubber boots) when I'm fishing or will be out for extended periods of time. Lighter weight gore tex shell and boots if the forecast is too rough looking.
Photo Equipment: With our bears, a good zoom can get you great photos without getting dangerously close.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of unofficial camping spots out the road south of town.
Mosquito Repellent and Digital Camera
Luggage and bags: Water Proof Luggage. And an Umbrella
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wind Breakers and Rain Gear and Water Proof Boots. A Hat or 2
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All the common sense items when traveling to any new area
Photo Equipment: Digital Camera with Large Lenses. Or an SLR. Tripod and plenty of film or memory cards.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you camped before you know the routine
Miscellaneous: Lighter, flashlight, radio and Sat-Phone
Always be Prepared
Luggage and bags: Kodiak is an outdoor type of place, and your luggage should be able to withstand the weather, and lugging it about, best is a backpack or rucksack, something that you can stow.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good raingear is essential, as we do get our share of rain, and if you go out on a boat, it will come in handy. Long sleeved shirts, and long pants for hiking, we do have some nasty flora, it is best to be covered
Photo Equipment: Wildlife photos may require a long lens, while our unique flora would best be served with a macro lens. Any item you add to your gadget bag can be used here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: They like to sell the tourists 'Bear Bells', so you don't startle the brown bears, of course this also dimishes your chance of seeing our namesake. Good hiking boots are essential.
Miscellaneous: If you plan to come here and work the commercial fishing season, a survival suit is a must. Alaskan waters are cold, and we lose a few fishermen every year.
- Adventure Travel
Luggage and bags: A backpack works well. It really depends on how you like to travel. A waterproof bag is advisable as Kodiak gets its share of rain!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everything should be waterproof or at least water resistant.
Photo Equipment: Film is available at many stores. If you shoot rare film you better bring it with you though. Even Slide film is hard to come by here.
Miscellaneous: There are many opportunities for camping in Kodiak. There are 3 State Parks..Fort Abercrombie $8-$10 p/night..Buskin River State Park $8-$10 p/night and Pashagahsak State Park...Free. Pashagshak is about 40 miles from downtown. Plus there are so many places to go backcountry camping that are free. Keep a clean campsite. Don't attract bears!! You don't want them visiting while your sleeping!! Bears love a free meal.
- Adventure Travel
Luggage and bags: Back Packs and Duffel bags work real well if you are going to be flying in any of the small planes going out to the backcountry of Kodiak.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: WATERPROOF!! If you are going to spend time in Kodiak's backcountry everything must be waterproof.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film as there are many photo opportunities
Miscellaneous: If you go fishing and would like to take some fish home with you this is the place to go. Island Seafoods can fillet package and freeze your catch snd get it shipped home to you.
Luggage and bags: Take your most beatup old thing. Nobody will care!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take a waterproof jacket with a hood, hiking boots, tennis shoes. Jeans work well, you might want to take some shorts if you are traveling in the summer. Take warm fluffy socks!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Walmart there.
Photo Equipment: Ask Dan Eubanks in the Treasury if you have any Kodiak photography questions.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can drive or walk to any beach you wish, make a camp fire, fish for your dinner and cook it!
High Contrast -- long angles
Miscellaneous: The sun comes in at a low angle at many times of the year causing big changes in contrast. You may be driving when, BLAM, you are blinded by the sun. It can be very tricky.
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