What to Pack for Alaska

This list is for when you to to Alaska in the summer. Winter is a whole different story.

Contrary to what many believe, Alaska can actually get warm in the summer.

When I went a few years ago, the weather was supposed to be in the high 70s/low 80s, but a cold front went through and it ended up being in the 60s and rained a lot. The weather up there can change quickly so pack for any type of weather you can imagine.

I recommend bringing a few warm weather clothes like dresses and shorts but definitely pack jeans, jackets and sweaters. Especially with the high elevation in the mountains you will want stuff to keep you warm.

Since a lot of what you will be doing will consist of outdoor activity like hiking and walking on glaciers, pack sneakers or hiking boots!

Make sure to pack a camera because it is so beautiful! I have a lot of pictures of bears, wolves, caribou, porpoises, glaciers, mountains and other amazing sights.

Along with this, pack bug spray. The mosquitos up there are like small birds. It’s unbelievable.

If you really like to see animals bring some binoculars. We took a tour of Denali National Park and my dad had brought small travel size binoculars and we could see packs of brown bears so far away that others couldn’t see.

*This list is obviously non-exhaustive and if you plan on camping, you should bring a lot more than this especially with all the wildlife there. I recommend researching that before you go. In Denali, we watched a wolf walk past our bus and right past two bikers who had nothing to protect themselves. Luckily we were only 20 feet behind them if they needed help, but that’s an example of why you should be experienced campers before going out into the Alaskan wilderness.

What else do you think should be packed?

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