Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor gear. This packing list will help to ensure you have everything you need for your adventure. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing.
The weather in Alaska is quite variable and changes quickly. High quality waterproof gear is worth the investment, especially for the summer months. Always choose wool or synthetics over cotton; cotton does not easily dry and once wet has no insulation. The key to success: bring lots of layers and always be prepared! You’ll find that when your gear and attitude are good, the weather is always good too!
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– Backpack 75L (4500cu) or larger, ask a sales rep at your local shop to help fit a new pack
– Daypack for day hikes from
– Waterproof Backpack Cover
– Waterproof compression sack(s) or trash compactor bags: for keeping gear dry in your backpack
– Sturdy hiking boots medium / heavy duty and should be broken in before the trip!
– Trekking poles (optional)
– Sleeping bag synthetic or down bag rated to 30F minimum
– Compression stuff sack for storing sleeping bag
– Inflatable sleeping pad or Ridge Rest closed cell foam sleeping pad, full or 3/4 length
– Camp chair conversion kit (optional)
– Light or Mid-weight long sleeve base layer top a comfy wool or synthetic shirt you’ll wear all day
– 2 Insulating Layers softshell or fleece insulated layers, hoods are good
– Wind Shirt
– Waterproof / breathable rain coat GoreTex or similar is essential!
– Puffy Jacket synthetic jacket with a hood: to wear around camp
– Light or Mid-weight long sleeve base layer bottom to be worn under your hiking or rain pant
– Heavy-weight fleece pants for wearing around camp or as emergency backup
– Synthetic Soft Shell Pant or other quick-dry hiking pant, pick one you’ll be happy wearing all day!
– Lightweight synthetic shorts convertible pant/short is OK
– Waterproof / breathable rain pant GoreTex or similar is essential!
Hands at night in your bag
– Light or mid-weight wool or fleece gloves
– Synthetic sock liners
– Wool or synthetic hiking Socks
– Fleece sleeping socks to wear
– Camp shoes lightweight clog for wearing around camp
– Waterproof Gaiters
at night in your bag
– Lip and Nose Balm
– Insect repellent
– Headlamp (optional, depends on time of year)
– Water bottle or Water Bladder widemouth screw top, 1-1.5L
– 1-2 Lightweight carabiners
– Sleeping Mask
– Books, iPad, Kindle