Alaska is a destination that so many couples and families have on their must-do vacation list. Majestic mountains, incredible animal encounters, legendary glaciers, and once-in-a-lifetime memories all make Alaska a top destination for the young and young at heart. With Alaska being such a unique destination, the packing for a trip there is also very unique. What makes packing for an Alaskan vacation different?
Alaska can be quite chilly, especially as you explore mountains and glaciers. It’s important to have layered clothing options for warmth. Tank tops, t-shirts, long-sleeve options, sweaters, and outwear will all be useful in Alaska…quite possibly all in the same day! It’s not uncommon to need a sweater in the morning, want a t-shirt for hiking, but then need a flannel and fleece jacket for the evening. Fleece is a very popular material for Alaskan vacations. A light-weight warm jacket is also a must. Don’t forget your warm hat, gloves, and a scarf.
Alaska can be a very wet destination. There is a big difference between water resistant and waterproof materials. A rainstorm during your vacation is a bad time to experience the difference. You’ll want to have appropriate waterproof rain gear for you and any water-sensitive equipment you may be carrying. This also includes your shoes. Waterproof shoes can be a big help in keeping feet warm and dry while exploring the vast frontier. It’s also not a bad idea to have multiple sets of pants or sweaters in case something gets an accidental soaking.
Alaska is all about the great outdoors, which means bringing along some things to help you enjoy it while on your trip. Different than some destinations, binoculars are a must-bring item recommended by Alaska travelers for easily spotting the amazing wildlife. A lightweight backpack or day bag also comes in handy for holding gear while hiking, boating, or fishing. For those who enjoy hiking, a foldable walking stick is also a great tool to pack. Avid hikers will also want to pack hiking boots and socks. Don’t forget the usual staples of sunscreen, aloe, and bug spray.
Many people chose to see Alaska by cruise so that they can experience the scenic views of this giant of the North while traveling. Cruises come with their own special packing quirks. But some of the more popular cruise-specific items would be a lanyard, non-slip shoes, cabin organizers, clip-on fan, outlet extenders, motion sickness bands & medication, formal wear, and swimwear.
Alaska in an unforgettable destination. You’ll be ready to explore when you have the right gear to keep you comfortable. Ready to plan your Alaskan journey? Contact us today.
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