Your flights with Alaska Air are booked and now you’re getting ready to pack your bags. We’ve put together a packing list for your Alaska vacation to help you experience the most wonderful time in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Staying organized during your trip to Alaska is a must. Use packing cubes so you don’t have to rummage through your backpack or suitcase to find the stuff you need.
It’s also a good way to help you avoid overpacking and having to pay excess baggage fees.
2. Hiking pants
You’ll be traversing the Alaskan trails and for this you’ll need a pair of comfy hiking pants. Choose pants that are lightweight, unrestrictive and quick-drying.
3.Paracord survival bracelet
Alaska is a place for adventure and it’s always a good idea to have this amazing little bracelet which has a military-grade paracord rope, whistle, fire starter and even a knife blade.
It rains a lot in Alaska so it’s always best to be prepared. Choose a wind-proof travel umbrella so you can stay dry even when it’s windy.
5. Waterproof phone case
As mentioned, it often rains here and it’s also likely you’ll be in places close to the water such as rivers so having a waterproof phone case is a must if you want to prevent any water damage to your phone.
A fleece jacket does not absorb water so it won’t get uncomfortable and damp. You will still need to wear a jacket in the Alaskan summer.
If you can, try to squeeze in a waterproof jacket too especially if you’re planning to hike glaciers and cruise tours.
8. Hiking poles
Since we’re on the topic of hiking, you should also consider packing a collapsible hiking pole to help you maintain a stable footing and conserve energy when out in trails, forest areas, tundras and glaciers.
In Alaska, you will need hiking shoes. In the winter, you should bring hiking boots instead.
10. Mosquito repellants
If possible, bring both the repellant lotions and repelling bracelets as mosquitoes can be quite nasty in the summer.
11. Travel binoculars
Binoculars can enable you to see beautiful attractions at some distance, as well as animals like bears, swans and moose when you’re on a wildlife tour.
12. Skincare products
The weather and climate in Alaska will cause skin dryness so you need to make sure you have moisturizing or hydrating creams and balms in your bag.
Being damp and cold can cause health problems so be sure to bring a scarf or a small towel to keep your skin dry.
14. Portable chargers or battery packs
Having a portable way to charge your phone’s battery can come in handy. You’ll never know how long a hike or tour will take, and your phone’s battery could die.
Portable battery packs or chargers will ensure you can recharge your phone when needed.
15. Reusable water bottle
Drinking water is a must when you’re outdoors. But since bottled water can be expensive in Alaska, it’s always a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle which you can refill anytime.
Of course you shouldn’t forget the basic essentials, including:
- Passport (also have copies of your passport)
- Travel documents
- Toiletries (travel size shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
- Electronics and chargers