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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
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • 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

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • 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
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Buff™

Download and print our Alaska Packing Checklist

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