Alaska What to Pack

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Alaska What to Pack

  • Pack for Both Extremes

    Always take a warm jacket, rain cape and warm knit cap, other wise you will be purchasing one as you get off the boat. In that you will pay more for any medical supplies, if you can find them, always take any medicines you may need as supplies are either limited or costly. Cameras a must, and videos would be great to capture the whales and...

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  • While Hiking be prepared!

    Useful packing list for day-hikers and backpackers as well including Clothing (Base-Insulation-Shell-Other Layers), Footwear, Head Gear, Hand Gear, Toiletries, Shelter, Sleeping Gear, Walking/Hiking Gear, Cooking Gear, Miscellaneous. Definitely have a look at this list before you head to the mountains.

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  • Bring it and be HAPPY!

    Regular suitecases are fine - bring a backpack as well for day trips and or over night trips! Rain JacketHiking shoesLayers, layers, layers - one minute you could be hot, the next cold so wear things you can layer up and down to keep good. I suggest a tank top, then a thin thermal or T, thin fleece and a wind braker Sun block - bring it or buy it...

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  • Alaska Cruise

    Baggallini Messenger Bagg for walking around – This backpack purse is awesome. It even fit my jacket or fleece when I wasn’t wearing it.Formal night purseKipling Hiker Expandable BackpackA reusable shopping bag to hold your souvenirsInsulated lunch bag to hold snacks and packed lunches WOMEN’SBathing suitConvertible pants – converts to shorts so...

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  • Summer wear for Southeast Alaska

    It rains - a lot. Bring light weight rainwear that you can carry with you for showers ( which will happen). While in summer the weather is mild - you'll want layers to be able to adjust for cooler days. Waterproof shoes/boots would be a good idea or something like Teva sandals if you don't mind your feet getting wet ( and the streams are a bit...

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  • What to bring

    With airlines charging more for checked bags and overhead bins filling up, I find myself packing lighter and lighter. A few minutes spent washing clothes at night is a decent trade off to the relief from dragging too much stuff with you. http://www.onebag.com has become a favorite web site of mine as I figure out how to lighten my load. After...

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  • Think layers!

    We took carry-on only for our 10-day trip and couldn't have been happier! We also had smaller backpacks to use as daypacks. Great to carry your jacket/extra shirt, etc. The weather varied from mid-40's to mid-80's during our late June visit, sometimes during the same day, depending on location. It is a very good idea to pack layers of clothing and...

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  • On a cruise

    Take as many bags as the airline will allow! Crise ship cabins usually have room under the bed and in the closet to store quite big cases. You will also need a suitcase rather than a holdall to carry your formal wear. There will usually be 2 formal nights on a 7 night cruise, and most people where cocktail dresses or suits. You will also find that...

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  • Touring around - How Cold?

    The weather in Alaska during the summer months really isn't that cold, so it's not really necessary to take your thermals unless you intend to walk on a glacier for an extended period of time. Wet weather gear will be more useful. The dress code in most restaurants and hotels appears to be casual. There are lots of mosquitos, bring the...

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  • Mosquito Repellent

    You get eaten alive without mosquito repellent. The mosquitos come in herds. We could not even open the car door without have a few dozens following us into the car anywhere outside of Anchorage or away from the ocean. The good thing is, if you forgot to bring it, repellents are readily available in most shops in Alaska, and come in a variety of...

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  • pancho

    I would highly recommend bringing a light weight pancho or rain jacket. For those of you using film. I would recommend bringing lots more then you think you are going to need. Those of you using digital format cameras should buy a couple of extra gigs then you normally use on vacation.

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  • Lots of stuff...

    Layers. It doesn't matter what time of year. It will still be rainy and cool at night in the summer. Some of the hotels in the smaller towns do not provide shampoo or anything, really. It's probably best just to bring castille soap (the all in one to wash dishes, yourself, hair, to clean etc) if you're camping. It's easier and environmentally...

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  • Pack For All Seasons!

    Even if you are traveling to Alaska in the summer as we did, you'll want to have clothes for all seasons -- it can snow in Denali and reach 90F/38C in Fairbanks all in the same week. The main thing we appreciated were waterproof outdoor clothes, since it rained often. Definitely bring miosquito repellent!

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  • Things you might not think to take to...

    We returned a few weeks ago from a trip to Alaska, in July 2005. We flew up, rented a car and drove 1300 miles, from Anchorage to Denali, then down to Homer. Here are some things you might want to take on a trip to Alaska: Small bottle of hand sanitizer (like Purell). Most of the rest stops along Alaska roads have outhouses, and few have running...

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  • Layering is the Solution

    I used a large wheeled duffle bag. 2 pairs of fleece tops, 2 pairs of fleece bottoms, REI waterproof/breathable pants, waterproof slip on shoes, woven cap, woven gloves. Seasickness medications, melatonin, vitamins, the usual things I can't live without Sony CyberShot 150 7.2MP with Sony Underwater Housing

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  • Mosquito Repellents and covering clothes

    There are mosquitos in Alaska. That is a fact. Some people sya that they are biggest in Alaska. Ok, might be. But not just mosquitos, there are too beating flies, which are even more nastier. After one wonderful hike in Fox island, I was beaten up by these nasty nasty little creatures, which were all over me. I was wearing tank top and shorts,...

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  • LAYER

    BRING THE LARGEST SUITCASE YOU CAN FIND--GREAT FOR BRINGING BACK ALL THE SOUVENIRS TAKE MULTI LAYER CLOTHING. THE WEATHER CAN CHANGE SUDDENLY, AND VARIES FROM DAY TO DAY. AND MAKE SURE YOU DON'T PACK YOUR WINTER COAT IN YOUR LUGGAGE WHEN YOU COME UP.

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  • Better to be Safe than sorry

    I traveled with a backpack on plane and along the way. My purse was inside the backpack, money, etc. easy to get too, and much easier to keep up with. We were told to pack both winter and summer clothes as the weather in Alaska can be temperamental. We departed from the South in the summer of July and reached our destination bringing record...

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  • Bring your youth and sense of fun.

    They will supply all you need. Most definitely a camera with a good lens. OUTDOOR GEAR WILL BE SUPPLYED

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  • No need to pack and unpack daily...

    You do not have to carry your suitcases once you show up at the dock. It's great not having to pack and unpack all the time. rain gear and good walking shoes. Also a nice outfit for the 2 formal nights (out of 7) bonine and/or a patch for people who tend to get sea sick. a wide angle lens; binoculars. If you are on a cruise, it's best to mark...

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  • Wherever you go in the state, prepare...

    Bring waterproof clothing (fleece) and shoes and rain gear (a hat and maybe even rain pants) Very necessary. Before my trip to Alaska, I never took pictures. I bought two 24 exp. disposable cameras (big mistake) before my trip, thinking I'd never use that much film because I hate to take pictures. This camera-phobe shot seven rolls of film! So...

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  • survival list

    a backpack is a necessity hiking boots - and a wind-breaker if going to the arctic ocean (the temperatures dropped significantly) if you are camping do NOT bring perfumes, and please also avoid perfumed deodorants and soap. Anything with a smell attracts bears - toothpaste too, but one can't really be without it. a food canister to hang up on...

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  • Too much water -- Too much RAIN!

    Make sure you have a raincoat or an umbrella when you visit mostly any of the ports of call in Alaska... it will rain at least half of the time! And even though it's a light rain, you'll need something to cover yourself if you don't want to get all wet! This is particularly useful if you plan to take any tours (kayaking, visiting a glacier,...

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  • Packing List

    Very dificult one day I was in a t-shirt the next day in rain gear, and the following day freezing in the mids of July Family Travel

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  • Packing List

    Backpack is essential especially if you don't have a car. Top quality boots, you'll often be hiking off trails. Rain gear is essential, it can be a very wet place. Bug repellant and suncreen, por favor. Wide angle for the expanses, zoom for the wildlife. I had a 300mm and it really wasn't enough. Tripod is important for wildlife as you are often...

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  • Packing List

    Bring RAINGEAR for summer visits. Also, long underwear may be useful in May and August if you are camping out. Summer camping: 20 (F) degree sleeping bags. Tent MUST have a rainfly. The rainfly should extend to the base of the tent on all sides. Bug spray with deet.Winter camping: -20 (F) degree sleeping bags. I have a 0 (F) degree bag, but I...

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  • Packing List

    Backpacking: Internal frame backpack. 3-4 season tent, depending on season. thermarest sleeping pad. 20 degree (F) sleeping bag for summer and warmer for winter. Long Underwear. Gore-tex (or equivalent breathable) Raingear. Sturdy, hiking boots. I recommend hiking boots with minimal seams like montrail (one sport), all leather (goretex a plus)....

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  • Packing List

    Get a good quality pack that will put the load where it belongs, because it might get heavy! I used a lightweight nylon tent and had a good down mummy bag for a change. Don't skimp on this trip! It's not as cold as you might think if you go in the summer, but summers are short! Bring lots of layers, because it's cool at night. Back in my day, the...

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  • Packing List

    A May/June trip to Alaska requires every level of clothes, from shorts and tee-shirts, to heavy jackets. It is best to bring along items that can be worn in layers, so you can add or remove as the weather changes. Remember to bring along rain gear, as they do normally have a lot of rain. We were very fortunate in not having any significant rain for...

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  • Packing List

    Take warm clothing.. No matter what time of year it is in Alaska, it is generally fairly cold. You'll want a camera as there are so many beatiful places and things to see in Alaska Plenty of it, and make sure you're careful with your food. There are many bears and other animals here..

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  • Packing List

    My wife and I always travel with our backpacks. After a trip to hike the Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier, we decided to get big duffel bags to protect our packs. We don't travel without these duffel bags anymore. Camping We bring mosquito/fly head nets on trips to the north (Alaska and Yukon Territory). It's much better than insect repellant...

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  • Packing List

    Light weight and as few as possible. Weather is changeable, They say, 'If you don't like the weather wait 15 minutes and it will change.'Wear layers easy to take off and easy to put on. Bring rain gear. All that you use. your cameras if you like to pack them All that you use.

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  • Packing List

    Cruise travel was new to me so I think I over packed with items I didn't need and under packed for those I did. The luggage is stored in cargo after you empty them in your cabin, so next time I will bring 2 full bags instead of 1 big and one carry-on. I went in June so the days were nice mostly, but remember that Alaska has a few Rain forests so...

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  • Packing List

    If you plan to travel here in the winter please remember to bring a heavy coat, gloves, warm clothing and boots. If you plan to travel to outlying areas, you should bring everything you need because it can be difficult to buy the right batteries, film, and other supplies. And if you can find them the prices can be very outrageous or...

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  • Packing List

    My idea is when packing when in doubt throw it out. As in dont bring it. Nothing worse than having to much stuff and it gets in the way of being free and having fun .Biggest tip you will ever get LESS IS MORE if you know what I mean... When it comes to equipment. The only thing I put real money on is a great sleeping bag and a light jacket. A good...

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  • Packing List

    Pack light as you'll be wanting to bring souviners and such.Bring clothes which allow you to 'peel' off layers like an onion as you'll encounter many different types of terrain & climate zones as you travel on land, air & sea. If cruising you'll want one 'formal' outfit but for the most part just bring casual & comforable clothes & SHOES. Much of...

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  • Packing List

    Good fitting and comfortable backpack. Good boots. Tundra is not much fun to walk on. A friend once likened it to walking on a floor of mushy basketballs. Trust me your feet knees and ankles will be hurting rather quickly. It is nice to land a military parachute on though. The best you can get. The photo oportunities are world class. Best you...

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  • Packing List

    Most visiters come in the Summer months-for obvious reasons-but it can get mighty chilly. Many of the most visited cities are coastal so it can be cold and windy. Dress in layers. Fleece, windbreakers, warm socks, knit gloves, hiking boots, jeans.

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  • Packing List

    Be sure to pack rainy weather gear. It rained many days while we were in Alaska. Temperature in late June, early July was in the mid-50's. I packed a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and several light ponchos. We needed them all!! For those particularly sensitive to the damp and chill, pack fleeces or sweaters which you could put over a light...

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  • Packing List

    I really recommend that you bring a good gortex outfit. This includes gortex jacket, pants, and boots. There are even gortex socks. Alaska gets a lot of rain. On that note, a second pair of shoes wouldn't be a bad idea. It is possible that you won't see any rain if you are really lucky, but if it does rain, you will be very pleased with yourself...

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  • Packing List

    Alaska is very difficult to pack for! I always tell people that you never go there for the weather. The best time to go is during the summer months (June, July & August) where your chance of nice weather is best.Even in the summer time it can be cool. It also rains a lot. The other nice thing about summer travel is the days last for ever! When I...

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  • Packing List

    The pictures may be misleading as you see glaciers and mountains topped with snow. In general, Alaska has a very pleasant climate in the summer from June through to August. One can expect anywhere from 10 or 15 degrees celsius to 20 (maybe even 25) on a fairly warm day. As Valdez is right on the ocean, the climate is milder (warmer is winter but...

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  • Packing List

    Binocular is a must, other wise all wild animal would only be a black dot for you to view from handrads meters away can you see what is this? All what you can see is this without using any Binocular..

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  • Packing List

    Make sure you don?ft forget your camera! Bring extra film and keep your camera close. You never know when a moose will pop out and say hello.

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  • Packing List

    Winter coat, sun-glass, cream to advoid mosquito. Camping equipment at the Denali National Park. Make sure you don?ft forget your camera! Bring extra film and keep your camera close. You never know when a moose will pop out and say hello. Binocular is a must, other wise all wild animal would only be a black dot for you to view from handrads...

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