Advice For Visitors
Dress for Comfort
Weather in Alaska is notoriously unpredictable and the best insurance
against bad weather is preparation. Here is a simple list of items to
consider packing for an Alaska vacation. If you are in doubt of what
to bring, great gear at good prices are always available.
Hats can be a very important clothing accessories for the Alaska traveler.
Not only will a good hat help to keep the sun out of your eyes, it can
prevent a "land of the midnight sun" sunburn. Hats are also incredibly
important in cold weather. The body looses a tremendous amount of heat
from the top of its head; a simple hat will prevent body temperature
loss in most situations. A simple fleece pull-over hat is a good option
for all windy and wet weather.
Pants and shorts:
Choose the most comfortable pants available. Jeans, khakis and or fleece
pants will typically do the job, as it will mostly be the other layering
that will help even out extreme differences. For travelers that will
be spending their time in the elements, hikers, fishermen and hunters,
waterproof pants worn over your other pant will help to keep you dry
and comfortable. Bring shorts! Alaska experiences some of the nicest
weather anywhere in the world. A pair of shorts in a backpack can really
save the day.
Shirts and sweaters:
Because layering is so important, consider carrying a variety of different
shirts on your trip. Include everything from tank tops, short and long
sleeve tee shirts, button-down cotton to heavy wool shirts. Polypropylene
and fleece are also great options especially if you will be adventuring
on the water. The perfect layering combination might include a light
tee shirt, a medium weight button down shirt, with a fleece pull over.
Traditional cotton or wool sweaters work well yet are slowly being phased
out by lighter weight fleece and polypropylene pullovers.
For general summer travelers, there are two types of jackets you might
want to consider bringing: an all-purpose insulated jacket and a breathable
waterproof rain jacket. A person can usually use a lighter jacket in
cold situations if it is accompanied by a sweater, gloves and a hat.
For people who intend on spending extended time in the outdoors, a heavier
weather resistant jacket along with complete rain gear is essential.
Shoes and boots:
Comfortable shoes are important - especially if walking or light hiking
is part of your travel plan. Tennis shoes will do the job for the average
traveler. If serious hiking is going to be a part of your trip, a hiking
boot will offer you better support while traversing uneven terrain.
While many boots boast being waterproof, a Gore-Tex boot when completely
submersed in water is still wet. As a rule of thumb, the socks you choose
are almost as important as the shoes or boots.
A combination of regular cotton socks along with wool socks should keep
your feet warm in most situations. If your feet run the risk of being
wet for long periods, use polypropylene socks as well.
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