Alaska Packing Guide

packing for alaska 

 

 

summer vacations 

 

Alaska’s interior in warmest in June and July. You can expect daytime temperatures between 55° and 85° F, with nighttime five to ten degrees cooler (although in summer there is daylight most of the time). August and September brings daytime highs between 50° and 70° F, with nighttime ten to fifteen degrees cooler. Fairbanks can see 90° a handful of times during July. Anchorage will rarely see over 75° the entire summer. Because of the size of Alaska and the great distances that you will likely be traveling, you can expect varying temperatures during your vacation. For this reason, the wisest way to pack is by bringing lightweight layers with a few warmer layers.

 

On land, the dress code is 100% casual. Summer is unpredictable and can range form the mid 50’s to mid 80’s during the day with temperatures cooling into the 50’s to 30's during the evening. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are a must. It is recommended that you pack accordingly so that you can dress in layers throughout the day. Sweaters, sport shirts and casual pants are suggested wear during the day. You will be provided with a John Hall’s Alaska windbreaker, but you may wish to bring along an umbrella or raincoat as well. Most hotels provide laundry facilities and hair dryers. John Hall’s Alaska will provide hand sanitizer, hand wipes and face masks upon arrival into Anchorage.

 

Here is list to help you gather items for packing:

 

• Hat and/or gloves for boat trip
• Sun protection- sunglasses, cap, sunscreen
• Layers for various weather conditions from hot to rainy and cold
• Mix of casual short and long-sleeve attire
• Light jacket such as a hoody or fleece
• Casual pants, capris and shorts
• Comfortable walking shoes with good traction
• Camera/video equipment and extras- batteries, lenses, chargers, and memory cards.
• Binoculars or spotting scope
• Backpack for day trips
• Mosquito repellent is supplied with and without DEET
• Identification and/or passport
• Watch/alarm clock
• Medication
• Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing hand wipes
• Face mask
• John Hall’s Alaska supplied documents, luggage tags, overnight duffle bag, and itinerary

 

Remember to pack your government issued picture ID, passport, medications, cruise documents and airline boarding passes in your carry-on luggage. These items should be carried with you always. Do not lock your luggage due to the screening of every bag by the Transportation Security Administration.

 

 

RED DUFFLE BAGS

If your tour includes an overnight at Kantishna or McCarthy, access to your luggage will not be available due to space limitations in transportation. Included in each guests’ documents will be a John Hall’s Alaska duffle bag to use for overnight clothing and other personal items while touring these specific destinations.

 

Packing for Alaska may seen like a daunting task, but we've included a list of the most important items to help get you started. Certain tours may require additional items, but don't worry! We send each of our guests a detailed list tailored to fit their exact tour a few months before the tour departs. 

WINTER vacations 

 

Alaska in the wintertime is not as harsh as you might expect. We will provide our guests with a sub-zero rated black jacket to take the edge off. Average temperatures are as follows:

 

Anchorage Average Temperatures:  High 34°F   Low 17°F
Willow Average Temperatures:  High 35°F   Low 8°F
Fairbanks Average Temperatures:  High 25°F   Low 2°F
Arctic Circle Average Temperatures:  High 15°F   Low -10°F

 

On land, the dress code is 100% casual. 

 

Here is list to help you gather items for packing:

 
• Winter hat and gloves- mittens provide greater warmth but are more difficult to operate camera equipment
• Thermal base layers with materials such as synthetics, merino wool, or silk
• Sun protection such as sunglasses, cap & sunscreen
• Bathing suit
• Layers for various weather conditions and indoor use
• Face mask and/or balaclava
• Chapstick with SPF
• Snow pants are best although not required
• Hand and/or foot warmers to enjoy the outdoors longer
• Ice cleats- suggested brands include Stabilicers, Yaktrax, ICETrekkers, and Kahtoola
• Winter boots rated -40°F - 0°F are best - or bring foot warmers to accompany warmer rated boots
• Binoculars or spotting scope
• Identification and/or passport
• Watch/alarm clock
• Medications
• John Hall’s Alaska supplied documents, luggage tags, and itinerary.

 

Remember to pack your government issued picture ID, passport, medications, cruise documents and airline boarding passes in your carry-on luggage. These items should be carried with you always. Do not lock your luggage due to the screening of every bag by the Transportation Security Administration.

 

 

Suggest packing list for northern lights photography - (not required)
 

You will enjoy multiple nights of aurora viewing on a John Hall's Alaska winter vacation. We also include an evening of professional instruction on how to properly set your camera for capturing the northern lights. There are some items you can bring to get the very best photos. Here is our optional list of things you might want to pack to enhance your photo taking experience:

• Camera with ability to adjust manually to take time exposures of 10-30 seconds or longer
• Tripod for photographing the northern lights
• Spare camera batteries for photographing in the cold
• Lens hood/shield
• Head lamp- preferably with red light option for hands-free operation
• 1 gallon or 2 gallon XL Ziploc storage bag to store camera for acclimation of outdoors to indoors (potential for condensation)

 

SUGGESTED RETAILERS FOR NEW AND/OR RENTALS OF WINTER GEAR

 

RENTAL GEAR: 
6th Avenue Outfitters, www.6thavenueoutfitters.com/rentals-i-16.html
if renting, we recommended placing your order as soon as possible as they have a limited supply of sizes. At a minimum, rentals must
be ordered 4 days ahead of time. Our Anchorage team can assist in coordinating the rental gear pickup. Please let us know if you
would like our assistance with pick up.


BUYING GEAR:
REI, https://www.rei.com/
LL Bean, https://www.llbean.com/
Backcountry, https://www.backcountry.com/
 

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