What to Bring

The climate in Alaska varies across the State and according to the season. There are four distinct seasons in all regions, but actual temperatures and humidity varies.

Rain Gear

A good quality two-piece rain suit with a hood is a must. It should be made of coated nylon, with factory-sealed seams. The expensive “Gore-Tex” variety is not really necessary; however, you may opt for this if you think you may have use for it again. Plastic ponchos or vinyl rain suits tear easily and are not recommended.

Hiking Boots

Comfortable, lightweight and water repellent materials are best suited for the terrain you’ll experience on your visit to Denali National Park. Wool socks and synthetic liners provide extra comfort and warmth.


You will want to bring a couple pairs of comfortable and durable pants. We recommend bringing along a pair of shorts, just in case.


T-shirts, flannel shirts, light-weight long sleeves and turtlenecks are all good options to pack and layer.

Warm Jackets & Fleece

A fleece or pile jacket and/or a wool sweater are great to layer for extra warmth.


A brimmed hat is recommended for sun protection, and a wool hat is always nice to have handy.

Day Pack or Hip Pack

A pack is useful to take along on the many opportunities for day hikes in Alaska. We also recommend bringing along a quart water bottle, too.

Insect Repellent

During early summer, the mosquitoes in Alaska can be quite thick in areas. We recommend bringing insect repellent with you. The varieties with higher percentage of DEET tend to be the most effective, but natural repellents with citronella are more gentle on your skin. Creams and pumps are generally more eco-friendly than aerosols.

Optional, but encouraged:

Binoculars, camera, sunscreen and sunglasses.