What to Pack for Alaska: All the Essentials

There's a lot to consider when you're packing for your trip to Alaska.

The weather can be extremely variable, changing from warm summer sunshine to freezing rain and snow in an hour. You're hoping to be active and outdoors as much as possible while you're here. So, it's wise to bring clothes that you can layer, that are quick-drying and that fit nicely into your day pack.

Your Checklist for What to Bring to Alaska


 Small backpack or daypack
Hiking poles
Waterproof bag
Waterproof phone case
 An extra charging cord in case you lose one in a hotel room.
Spare batteries, etc
Extra SD card for camera storage

Personal Items

Bug spray
Water bottle
Travel mug
Sleeping mask
A good book


 Gore-tex or similar rain jacket and pants
Lightweight down vest
Fleece jacket
Quick-dry pants
Quick-dry shorts
Long-sleeve wool or flannel shirt
Short-sleeve wool or cotton shirt
Wool socks
Hiking boots or shoes
Casual shoes
Sun hat
Warm hat

Download and print our Alaska Packing Checklist

Two hikers stand on some rocks before a glacier.

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