This list is merely a suggestion for
what to bring, as everyone’s idea of packing for a trip varies widely.
This list is used for all of our summer itineraries (with items specific
to camping trips marked with an asterisk), so adjust accordingly.
Amounts of each article of clothing also vary depending on the length of
trip. Most folks find that they bring far more than they ever need or
use. Do keep in mind that dress in Alaska ranges from the very casual to
the extremely so – in other words, wearing the same thing for a few days
in a row is not a social faux pas up here but is in fact the norm.
Nothing fancy is required; there is no place that we go that would
refuse service --even if you were wearing merely your long underwear!
Please keep in mind that we have very limited luggage space in the
vehicles, and that you are your very own personal bell hop and valet for
the trip (you can tip accordingly). Laundry facilities are available at
least every 5 days (depending upon the itinerary). Layering and its
flexibility is the key to being comfortable in Alaska’s fickle summer
weather, where temperatures may range from the 30’s to mid 80’s
(sometimes even in the same day!)
- Turtlenecks or medium weight long
- Wool/wool-blend or fleece sweater/pullover
- Short sleeved t-shirts
- Jeans or comfortable pants
- Sleeping clothes
- Bathrobe (bathrooms are often
"down the hall or path"…)
- Medium weight polarfleece or pile
- 2 piece rainsuit with hood
(breathable Gore-tex or waterproof nylon material)
*High quality rain gear is
essential for camping trips, as a great deal of time is spent
outdoors, rain or shine! Discount house disposable rain suits
are NOT acceptable.
- Light to medium weight long
underwear, top and bottom (silk or polypropelene preferred).
- Wool/wool blend socks
- * Lightweight wool or polar fleece
gloves & hat
- * Wide-brimmed sun hat for canoe
- Bathing suit (in case we encounter
a hot tub or for a dip in the Yukon…)
- * Hiking boots – light to medium
weight; water resistant or waterproofed preferably
- Comfortable shoes
(sneakers…) to wear when not hiking, or for those trips with less
hiking involved (i.e. All Alaska Circuit Tour, Kenai Explorer Tour)
- camera & film
- video camera and batteries
- ear plugs (if you’re sharing a
- eye shades (it could be light all
- insect repellent (preferably with
- travel alarm clock
- water bottle
- day pack (book bag style backpack)
for day hiking and walk to McCarthy
- flashlight (for trips after August
- trip journal/diary
- personal toiletries
- * hand towel/small bath towel
- * sleeping bag - rated to 30
degrees or less (– ask us if you would like to rent one)
- *small camp pillow
*Pertains specifically to camping trips
Soft sided suitcases or duffle bags are definitely preferable over
traditional hard-sided luggage. Baggage is strictly limited to one
reasonable medium-sized piece and 50 lbs (remember who gets to
carry it . . .), not including day pack (best to have handy with you in
the van or on hikes). Sleeping bags can be packed separately if
necessary. Extra items can usually be stored in Anchorage while on the
PLEASE NOTE: All trips that go to McCarthy, require carrying one night’s
gear from the van to the Lodge, across two forks of the Kennicott River
(there are bridges!) - a distance of about half a mile - as the road
ends at the river. A daypack is best for this situation. For those trips
that include camping, gear will occasionally have to be carried a short
ways, from the van or canoe to campsite, usually no more than 50 yards.
For all trips that include camping, we provide
tents (3-person tents for two people), Therm-a-Rest©
inflatable mattress pads, tarps, all cooking
and eating equipment and food for group meals. Sleeping bags may
be rented from us, if you so choose. Please request well in
For the trips that canoe the Yukon River, we will issue a set of dry
bags prior to departing Anchorage, that will serve as your "luggage"
during the trip. Luggage space is quite limited in the vehicle, and
extremely so in the canoes, so please pack accordingly – what won’t fit
in the allotted dry bags won’t be able to go. For all trips, please be
mindful of other tour guests and the limited space, and pack prudently.
Thanks for understanding!
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