What should I pack for my trip to Alaska? The question comes up for every traveler.
With Alaska’s diverse climate it can be tricky, so here are a few tips to get you on your way; It’s important to be prepared for a variety of activities and conditions. Alaska’s summer temperatures range from 40 degrees F to 70 degrees F. For more information on our average temperatures please check out our blog on Alaska’s Weather. The first key element in thinking about your wardrobe for Alaska is layers. On an average day we have a variety of conditions so if you are going to be outside it’s good to layer up with a T-shirt, Sweater or Fleece Jacket, and top it off with a quality Rain Coat. For the fleece or sweater layer it’s important to consider a wool or polyester product. Cotton is not a good option because once it’s wet, it’s no longer warm.
The second key item would be your footwear. Overall, Alaska is very casual and sneakers are acceptable just about anywhere. we would encourage you to have a comfortable pair of walking shoes or tennis shoes. If you plan to be fairly active you may want to make your second set of shoes a light hiking boot. If a portion of your trip will be by cruise ship you may want to consider a pair of dress shoes.
Here is a list of items to make sure you have included in your packing:
Clothing that can be layered (you may even want to consider a pair of long underwear if you are planning on any hiking, kayaking, or river rafting)
- Rain Coat
- Light Fleece Jacket
- Hat and gloves (sometimes it can be chilly especially out on the water or near any of the glaciers)
- Comfortable Shoes
- A Backpack or Carry on type bag
- Binoculars (optional)
- Drivers License and or Passport (a passport is required if you are taking an Alaskan Cruise)
- Insect Repellent
- Personal toiletries
- Medications (some of our remote areas will not have pharmacies available)
- Swimsuit (only if you plan on using the hotel pool or hot tubs where available)
You can find average weather conditions along with links to current weather conditions by Alaska destination here. Lastly, if you’ve booked a package through Alaska Tour & Travel be sure to read through each of the tour itineraries included in your documents. If the tour operators such as rafting, hiking, or kayaking have any particular suggestions on what to bring with you for your excursion we’ll have that noted in the itinerary.