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ALASKA – The Final Frontier
When people ask about a ‘Bucketlist’ destination one of the first things that come to mind is Alaska. Then the next question is ‘When is the best time to visit?’
Summer begins in mid-May and lasts through early September. However, you can visit this ‘Last Frontier’ most any month of the year. Travel during the summer months is usually very comfortable and the time most everyone selects to visit. Temperatures average between 50-80 degrees, always with the possibility of rain showers and strong winds. Often, in the summer evenings there are refreshingly cool temperatures between the 40's and 60's. Day or night temperatures could fluctuate either on the warmer or cooler sides (especially in early June and September). Believe it or not it rains every month of the summer in this majestic land.
Preparing for your visit
In Alaska locals joke that June is spring, July is summer, and August is fall. Every other month is bitter winter. This means that for animals and plants everything happens together. Spring is the time when the ice melts. Flowers bloom in the height of summer and once this happens its pretty much fall.
Each summer month has its unique feature/s:
June's daylight offers the longest days of the year depending on where in the State you are visiting. You can experience between 19 – 22 hours of daylight.
July's flowers are in full bloom under the bright and warm sun and the colors on the hillsides are in technicolor.
August's berries - Fall can be the "best" season, unfortunately, it is also the shortest. Fall has it all: Fun events (Greek Festival, State Fair, etc.), tourists are either going [or have already gone], berry picking time, shoulder season pricing, cool but not cold and the colors are spectacular!
September in Alaska is what we the ‘shoulder season’ offering lower prices on cruising, hotels, excursions, and fewer crowds. But as the locals here always say, “September is a Gamble.” During this month it is a time of dramatic change where the tundra is alive in color and you have a chance of seeing ‘The Northern Lights’. Light snow is now seen on the mountain tops and is called ‘Termination Dust’ which means the end of summer and the start of a winter. Plus, the mosquitos are gone.
Early October is considered late fall in Alaska. It's right on the cusp of winter with frosty mornings that generally thaw by afternoon. October is also a good time to see the northern lights though!
Interior Land Travel
Packing for your trip to Alaska can be somewhat tricky but most everyone seems to agree on one thing: Layer, layer, layer! You should pack for all types of unanticipated weather…the cold, the wet and the warm weather as Alaskan weather is not predictable and changes without much notice.
Here is a breakdown of what dressing in layers means:
Your layers should be lightweight to midweight
The Inner Layer should be a ‘Moisture-Wicking’ Fabric against the skin, such as Capilene Long Underwear (also called polypropylene) or SmartWool Long Underwear.
The Insulating Layer should be the top only and a Lightweight Fleece Jacket.
The Outside Layer should be breathable yet Waterproof Fabric such as Gore-tex Jackets.
Your layers should be midweight to heavyweight wool or synthetic base layer that fits snugly to your body. No Cotton!!
The Inner Layer try Capilene Long Underwear, Patagonia Long Underwear or our favorite Under Armour ColdGear are good brands. Wear both a bottom and a top.
The Insulating Layer should be a bit looser; wear a midweight fleece or pile jacket. Top only
The Outside Layer should be a Down Parka or Synthetic Down Parka. If you are active and become warm you may only need the first two layers however, if temps fall below 0 degrees, you will be glad you have the other layer. For the bottoms select Waterproof Snow Pants that have good insulation for additional warmth against your long underwear.
Your travel wardrobe should be informal, comfortable, effective, and if possible have a multi-use ability especially in your clothing pieces and gear. Examples of multiple-use clothing pieces we recommend.
The North Face Women’s Mossbud Swirl Triclimate Jacket is a 3-in-1 providing a waterproof shell and a removable stand-alone liner jacket. You can literally wear this jacket 3 ways: Raincoat, warm jacket and a lighter weight fleece.
Or our favorite the HARD LAND Men’s Convertible Hiking Zip-Off Pants that are windproof, waterproof and lightweight with zip off legs that convert to shorts.
Along with layering your clothes a Backpack is a key piece of gear for everyone. It is handy to holding your personal items while touring, shopping, walking, or hiking. This item will be invaluable when it warms up and you need to remove some of those layers.
More importantly is to make sure you bring a high-quality Rain Suit [pants and jacket] so that even if it rains, you can stay comfortable outdoors and have an enjoyable experience. Also, items made of wool or synthetic fabric remain comfortable and warm even when wet. Cotton is not recommended for any outdoor activity as the fabric does not easily dry and once wet has no insulation.
And don't forget the recommended Solar Shield Polarized Sunglasses! Even in wintertime, Alaska can have bright sunlight. Compounded with the snow it can be almost blinding.
Remember…temperatures can drop fast in this country!
Wildlife Photography – Dawn and dusk are when many wildlife species are most active. Midday warmth energizes dragonflies and butterflies and creates thermals for eagles and hawks. The two most wildlife-rich national parks in the state: Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park. Kenai Fjords National Park is home to whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, porpoises, bald eagles, Dall sheep, puffins, murres and more aquatic wildlife. Denali is home to moose, caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, porcupines, foxes, wolves, golden eagles, ptarmigan and other land creatures. Venturing into these areas lend itself to needing warmer clothing even in the summer.
In preparing to pack you will need to determine if you need a Waterproof Backpack or Waterproof Daypack [which is smaller than a backpack] depending on how long you are in the backcountry and big enough to hold all your equipment. Besides all your professional photography equipment like a Camera, Telescoping Tripod, Extra Film, Waterproof Camera Cover. Looking for a heavy-duty Camera Equipment Backpack? Then we recommend the Bagsmart Extra Large Camera DSLR/SLR Backpack for Outdoor Hiking Trekking with 15.6 Laptop Compartment. If you don’t use some of the compartments then you can put other items in there like rain gear, hats, gloves, repellent, sunscreen, water and etc.
You will need to pack Rain Gear [top and bottoms] as sporadic rain and high winds occurs all the time. Comfortable, lightweight and water repellent describes your Hiking Boots, Socks, Waterproof Convertible Pants, light-colored tightly woven Long-Sleeved Shirt [to help keep the bug/mosquito’s and sun off you]. Other recommended items are Capilene Thermal Tops and Bottoms, Binoculars or Spotting Scope, Brimmed Hat with a chin strap, Polarized Sunglasses, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, Water Hydration pack, thin Hiking Gloves to keep your fingers warm while taking pictures.
A Fleece Jacket is a is a versatile item for layering your clothing during early morning or late-night chills. Even during Alaskan summer days, it can get pretty chilly but not chilly enough where you need a parka or anything winter-weight, a Synthetic Fleece Jacket or a Wool jacket, and a Sweater make great layers for warmth.
Bird Watching – Out of the many bird viewing areas’ in Alaska one of the best is located out of Anchorage and offers over 500 acres wetland marsh between Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountains along Seward Highway. Notable species include bald eagles, Canada geese, Arctic terns, trumpeter swans and much more. The Boardwalk system around it also offers wildlife viewing like bears and moose. Depending on the time of year you go there you should take wear a Long-Sleeved Shirt or Sweater, Waterproof Convertible Pants, Hiking Boots, or Hiking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rain Gear [top and bottoms], Compact HD Binoculars, Binocular Tripod, thin Waterproof Gloves, Neck Scarves or Neck Warmers and a Waterproof Brimmed Hat with a strap to help ward off the high winds and rain. And if you are wanting to get that special photo be sure to take your Digital Camera or Digital Zoom Camcorder and Tripod. Don't forget extra batteries for your camera. Some types of camera batteries can be difficult to find in Alaska.
Agent SideNote: Use of drones is prohibited in some areas of Alaska such as Chugach State Park.
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Fishing in Alaska is year-round. Winter kings out of Homer, spring rainbows on the Kenai River, summer sockeye on the Russian River, and of course ice fishing while lakes remain frozen. No matter the time of year, one can find something to fish for. If you’d prefer time on the ocean, Alaska offers world class halibut and lingcod fishing, with many opportunities for rockfish and shark as well. There are even surfcasting opportunities for those that are boatless, with catches of halibut and other bottom-fish possible from the shore.
Flying in a small plane or renting a car and driving into your Alaskan homebased Lodge, will determine if you should pack a Hardcase Suitcase or a Large Soft-sided Duffel Bag. Float plane baggage space is limited so packing a duffel bag will be required. Using a backpack as your carry-on to place your travel documents, personal items and medications, Camera, batteries, Power Cord and film.
If you are fishing the river or lakes you will want to have a large Backpack for all your stuff. We recommend that you pack your Breathable Waders, the Coolibar is our Fav' Brimmed Hat with a chin strap, Polarized Sunglasses, Ben's Mosquito Repellent with DEET, Sunblock, Camera, Memory Cards and/or Film. Weather conditions vary so bring clothes for both warm and cool climate to include Rain Gear, Fishing Gloves, Fleece Clothing, Hooded Sweatshirt, Light-Weight Long Underwear, Wool Socks, Convertible Zip-Off Pants – can convert to shorts if you get to warm, T-Shirt, Tennis Shoes or Hiking Boots, Headlamp or Lightweight Flashlight [when traveling in Aug or Sept because daylight is limited], Phone Card as cell service may be limited to non-existent, and your fishing license which can be purchased when you get to Alaska. Tackle, rods and lures are available at the lodges and with tour operators.
Remember: you may be far from the nearest store so make sure you have enough supplies when packing.
If you are on the water in a boat you will need, besides your rented tackle, a Waterproof Dry Bags, Water Footwear, Breathable Dry Suit, Fishing Gloves, Rain Gear [both top and bottoms], Wool Fleece Hat or Synthetic Fleece Hat, Wool Gloves or Synthetic Gloves, Fleece Clothing, Hooded Sweatshirt, Light-Weight Long Underwear, Wool Socks, Convertible Zip-Off Pants – can convert to shorts if you get to warm, T-Shirt, Insect Repellent, Polarized Sunglasses, Sunscreen.
Hiking, Camping and Backpacking is BIG in Alaska. Heading out for a day hike is a delightful way to explore nature. Whether you want to go deep into the mountains or stay closer to your home base, the places to go are numerous; many state and national parks offer broad networks for trails, as does national forest land.
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To determine what you need to bring on a Day Hike, think about how far you plan to hike, how remote the location is and what the weather forecast has in store. In general, the longer and/or more remote the hike is and the more inclement the weather, the more clothing, gear, food and water you’re going to want.
Day hikers if you can’t carry in your pockets the things you need for one day we suggest a Daypack for short, simple hikes. Otherwise, consider a Backpack with a Water Bladder for longer treks where more food, water, clothing and gear is required.
However, if your hike is anticipated to be longer and further than a hydration pack can take you then you will need to supplement it. Lucky for you you’re in Alaska where there are streams and rivers everywhere to use in refilling bottles and water packs however, be aware that animals can contaminate waters with their bodily functions thus if you drink water that have been contaminated without purifying you may get very sick.
Here are some options. SteriPen Adventurer Opti for Water Treatment, UV lights kill bacteria, giardia, but doesn’t get rid of silt or grittiness from stream water. Or the recommended Sawyer Camping Water Filter Pump, Low-tech, but your best bet for removing bacteria and bulk.
Even on a sunny Alaskan summer day, Day Hikers should never set off without Rain Gear to include both a jacket and pants. You should bring a daypack or Backpack, Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes, Trekking Poles, Gloves, Hiking Hat, Hydrated Food and plenty of water with a Hydration Pack.
Bear Pepper Spray is a must-have when exploring the backcountry, especially Alaskan backcountry. Make sure you select an EPA approved product that is specifically designed to stop aggressive bears.
It is not recommended that you buy the classic, Leather Hiking Boots as they may be too heavy for most day hikers. These types of Boots are for more hardcore hikers with a strenuous agenda. Your best bet would be a Lightweight Hiking Boot with ankle support. Our Fav' are Merrell Trail Running Shoes are fine if you’re used to them on uneven terrain. Don’t forget an extra pair of Hiking Socks. If you do decide to get the leather boots, make sure they are broken in before your trip and you should put a coat of Leather Waterproofing Spray on them before arriving.
Some essential clothing you will need is a Hiking Jacket and Lightweight Pants. We have several recommendations in this area such as the Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Pant – for men & Women the North Face Venture 2 Waterproof Jacket,
and the Men's Outdoor Anytime Quick Dry Convertible Lightweight Hiking Fishing Zip Off Cargo Work Pant.
Agent SideNote: Always consider using clothing and gear (such as Boots, Pants, Socks, and Tents) that are treated with permethrin (an insecticide). You can buy pre-treated clothes or treat your own clothes. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Additional items you may need to consider taking with you, especially if your hike will be longer than one day and venture deeper into the backcountry. Rain Gear to include both a jacket and pants, Hydrated Food, Flashlight Headlamp, Bear Spray, Trash bag, personal medications, Hiking Rope, Gaiters, Extra Batteries, map, Compass and Handheld GPS, Camera, Binoculars, Tarp or Space Blanket, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Bandana, Insect Repellent, First-Aid & Repair Kit, Whistle & Signal & Mirror, Pocket Knife, Matches & Firestarter.
We recommend the multi-use fire-starter solution in the Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Fire Starter with Compass, Paracord and Whistle (2-Pack) for Emergency Survival Kits, Camping, Hiking, All-Weather Magnesium Ferro Rod.
Cruise & Cruise Tours
Alaska is more than double the size of any other state, which is why it's no surprise that you can take a cruise, plus travel for weeks on land -- and still not see the half of it.
Alaska cruise season runs from May through September. Conditions vary throughout Alaska, and the weather is known to shift day to day and month by month. For this reason, be prepared to experience sparkling sunshine, gray drizzle and damp downpour -- on the same trip.
When cruising to Alaska, on an average itinerary, you will either depart on a northbound sailing either from San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver BC, Canada. When sailing to and/or from Vancouver BC, Canada you will need a valid passport. Ask your Travel Agent for more information…and if you do NOT have one click the banner below and give us a call. We would love to assist you with our concierge service.
What to pack for Clothes
When we pack, we typically pick separate outfits for daytime and nighttime regardless of travel destination interchanging colors and fabrics to reuse and reduce the number of outfits we need to pack.
I feel like a broken record but…when selecting your clothes, you want to again remember to LAYERS! Prepared for temperatures that can fluctuate up to 30 degrees in a day.
For daytime outfits, pack a pair of Capris, Black Stretchy Pants or Shorts for any warm day you may be lucky enough to experience or for lounging around the ship. However, Jeans or Weatherproof Pants will be what you will probably wear the most. For shirts, you will want a combination of Short Sleeve Shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts, perhaps some Thermal Clothes or Moisture-Wicking Clothes. You will also want a Sweater, Sweatshirt or Fleece Jacket to layer over these shirts if needed.
For outerwear, a Rain Jacket and 3-in-1 coat like the North Face Women’s Mossbud Swirl Triclimate Jacket - Featured on our Travel BLOG are essential. Packing a pair of thin Gloves, Earmuffs and/or Hats and a Neck Scarf are recommended even if you don’t use them.
For evening outfits, you will want to pack Business Casual Clothes. Think Khakis and Collared Shirts for men and Dress Pants, Lightweight Blouses, Dressy Jeans, or Casual Dresses for woman. Women may also want to consider a Cardigan or Pashmina as it can be a bit cool at night even on the ship.
When it comes to footwear, you will want Casual Shoes for daytime use and Dress Shoes for nighttime use. For daytime you will need a pair of Sneakers or Deck Shoes, Sperry Walking Shoes or Merrell Hiking Shoes, plus Waterproof Shoes or Boots as it WILL rain during your trip.
Agent SideNote: Even though it seems the Alaskan weather is probably not the best for swimming still pack your bathing suits as there are hot tubs and indoor pools onboard the ships.
Let’s admit in this day and time we just can’t get away from our electronics’. So, choose your essential devices whether they be Cellphones, Laptops, Tablets, or Cameras. Once you decide which gadgets you plan to take, you will find a cord organizer very helpful in not losing any. For example, we like the ProCase Travel Gadget Organizer Bag very helpful to keep all in one convenient location.
You might also want to consider a Portable Power Sources like the GoPro Portable Power Pack or External Power Chargers to keep your devices charged.
What to pack for your cruise that you probably never thought of and that will help you in organizing your cabin.
Our recommended Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle as Featured on our Travel BLOG will help to keep a cold drink cold or a hot drink hot for hours. This will be useful to keep your coffee or hot chocolate warm on those early Alaskan mornings. We use an Over-The-Door Shoe Organizer, not for shoes, but rather to store toiletries and other small items to free up counter space in the bathroom and cruise cabin. Cruise Luggage Tags are great items to protect those paper cruise tags on your suitcases, as Badge Holder Lanyards are equally as important to store and carry your room key card. Ziploc bags are great for spill-proofing or water protection, while Space Saver Travel Roll-Up Bags are handy to store dirty laundry over the course of the week.
Utility Hook Magnets come in handy for hanging hats, bags, jackets, and other items in your cruise cabin on the back of your cabin door as it is all metal (We use 40 lb. ones). A Luggage Scale will ensure you are not over your airlines weight limit on the return trip home when you have all those souvenirs.
Agent SideNote: We find that mailing all our gifts, souvenirs and some no longer needed dirty clothes home and other items while in one of our last ports-of-call saves on the brain damage of wondering if the luggage is too heavy for the airlines.
When flying [or driving] into your embarkation port we recommend you pack a Carry-On Bag, Daypack or Backpack with all your essentials like cruise boarding doc’s & travel documents, passports/identification, we recommend the Bagallinni Crossbody RFID Blocking Purse, medications, Sunblock, Solar Shield Polarized Sunglasses, brush/comb, Swimsuit and Cover-Up, Sandals and/or Deck Shoes, smartphone, Kindle or iPad along with all their Chargers. [Caution: flip-flops are not recommended around wet decks as it could result in you to slip and fall].
Agent SideNote: If you are flying to and from your embarkation port we always take in our carry-on while at the airport take a Recommended ANKER Power Core 1000 as Featured on our Travel BLOG so you can plug into an airport outlet and use your computers and smartphones to stay entertained while you wait for your flight.
Once you arrive at the pier you will turn your Luggage with Wheels over to the ship’s porters and will not see it again until later in the afternoon or early evening when it is delivered to your cabin. Be sure to have your airline & cruise lines luggage tags filled out completely and attached onto the bags.
With your Carry-On Bag, Daypack or Backpack in-hand you will check-in at the pier and board your ship. Then if you want to lay by the pool or go to the spa you can find a public bathroom and change clothes. Most people head to the buffet, so it will be crowded.
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Cruiselines Dress Code
We are often asked [and not necessarily from the first-time cruisers] by our clients what to wear for dinner on a cruise ship, but more importantly, what do others wear to dinner? The answers are wide and varied depending on the individual cruise lines.
Just about every cruise line has a dress code of some type and most offer ‘formal night/s’ during their cruise itineraries - (Except for the occasional nudist charter, they all at least agree that clothing is required!). But, from there on, dress codes range from those where dressing for dinner means putting on a T-shirt to those where any one not in a Woman’s Gown or Tuxedo might as well be wearing nothing at all. This is where your Travel Agent would be able to guide you.
As an example, most Luxury cruiselines formal-nights consist of Men’s Suits and Ties & Women’s Cocktail Dresses or gowns. Daily their dress code is "Country-Club or Resort Casual" - Men Selections, - Womens Selections, acceptable daily attire includes Sportswear, Golf Shirts, Golf Shorts, Slack Pants and Sport Jackets (if desired, but not required) for men and for women Sportswear, Shorts, Casual Dresses, Sundresses, Skirts, Skorts and Slack Pants. No Jeans are allowed in most restaurants on luxury lines.
Whereas, the more contemporary lines are more relaxed and casual. Their formal nights are less formal. They allow anything from new non-torn Jeans to a more of a country-club casual attire like Men’s Slacks, open-collared Dress Shirts or Polo Shirts, Sport Jacket, and Slip-on Loafers. For women Sundresses, Pantsuits, Dresses, Casual Blouses and Flat Shoes, and for those cool evenings a Shawl, Light Jacket or Sweater.
If you are celebrating a special occasion while on-board then formal attire may be something you will want to opt for.
Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict just how much you'll get away with on any night on the ship, or exactly what your fellow passengers will actually be wearing. Enforcement really comes down to the whim of whomever is standing [Maître de] at the dining room door at that moment. What we can share with you is that each cruise line makes their suggestions as to what you should wear.
Bathing Suits, Tunic Covers, T-shirts and Sandals are acceptable attire for the deck pools, spa or hanging out around the ship. However, on an Alaskan cruise there are not many guests whom run around in that attire as the winds can be chilly even if the sun is shining. Unless of course there is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi’s or spa.
Don’t leave Home without…
Binoculars are a must-have in your Suitcase. As you stand on your ships balcony or top decks while cruising into a Fjord to see a Glacier you will need to have them to locate wildlife on the shore banks and in the treetops.
There are other essentials you will need to consider such as a Digital Camera and/or Video Camera like the NEW GoPro HERO7 as Featured on our Travel BLOG , Extra Batteries for them, Extra Film, Tapes/DVD’s, Memory Sticks etc. You will want the ability to catch as many memories as you can while on your vacation. Make sure you have enough film, memory sticks or media with you when you leave home. If you need to restock in a port it may be very expensive.
Agent SideNote: Charge your camera battery/phone and if you brought a computer with you remember to take the time to clear your memory card each night. There are ample photo opportunities, and you never know when you're going to get the shot of a lifetime.
In your ship cabin you may want to consider taking our recommended Adaptive Technologies Sound Machine to block out any external noises from the partying adults passing by your cabin door or the loud kids running up and down in the hallways. Remember, you are there to rest and relax which mean you can sleep in.
Taking a Multi-Plug Power Strip or Multi-Outlet Power plug with you may be an item you want to throw into your suitcase or carry-on, depending on the number of electronics you are taking with you. There are only usually 2 outlets in the cabins with one in the bathroom and one in the room usually near the TV.
Even though you are visiting Alaska, you will still want to pack Suntan Lotion and Polarized Sunglasses as the sun reflecting off the snow and ice can be quite strong. We also recommend Downy Wrinkle Release to help keep your clothes as wrinkle-free as possible as irons and steamers are NOT allowed on cruise ships. You can also never have enough Hand Sanitizer! Note: you will not need a hairdryer as one will be available in your cabin.
We are a big advocate of Mineral Sunscreen’s rather than chemical sunscreens. The waterproof versions are much better than they used to be; easier to rub on without being greasy. Some even come in sprays. In our experience they stay on a bit longer and protect better.
A Travel Kit is recommended which should contain basic First-Aid Supplies and OTC medications such as painkillers, antihistamines, Motion Sickness Medication, allergy medicines, remedies for an upset stomach and so on. For a First-Aid Kit already pre-packed with the basic supplies you may need we recommend purchasing a First Aid Travel Kit in the size appropriate for the size of your family’s needs, especially if you have kids. They are so inexpensive these days and so portable, for land or sea, it is worth it.
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Health & Safety
The mosquito is the unofficial state bird for a reason! Alaska has 35 species of mosquitoes. None of Alaska's mosquitoes are known to carry any disease, but they do leave itchy welts that can take days/weeks to go away. Their population reaches a peak around June. Insect Repellent is quite effective against bites, as well as, wearing light-colored clothing which will help you coexist with the bugs you encounter. If you are bitten, apply a Topical Antihistamine or Aloe Vera to sooth the swelling.
Agent SideNote: If you become injured or ill while on your cruise the doctor on the ship will need your medical health card as most all medical services are not free.
CruiseTour -- also known as a land-and-sea journey offers travelers the ability to take in an extended land tour before a cruise or a land tour after a cruise thus giving you the best of both worlds in the discovery of Alaska.
No matter when you take the land journey, prepare for changeable weather; it can be wet and chilly, even in the middle of the summer. Except for flightseeing, excursions generally run regardless of rain, so bring appropriate gear. Conversely, when the sun is out, it can reach the upper 70s in northerly Fairbanks. Bring plenty of layers.
With the possibility for whipping winds, glaring sun, rain or cold, packing plenty of layers like Breathable Shirts, Fleece Jackets, Waterproof Walking Shoes with gripping rubber soles, and Wool Socks (not cotton) on your land journey will help stay warm and dry, and can make all the difference on a day trip in the woods or on the water. We also recommend that you take in your backpack during your itinerary your Binoculars, Camera with extra film/batteries. Insect Repellent, Hand Sanitizer, Polarized Sunglasses, Baseball Cap [pick up an Alaskan souvenir], Lip Protection and SPF 15 to SPF 30 Sunscreen.
You can choose from an array of interesting wake-up calls. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers a Mount Denali wake-up call. The hotel staff will ring you if the skies clear, providing a view of the majestic mountain from the hotel's back deck. This is a big deal to see the top of Mount Denali as it is rare and only about 20% of visitors see the actual top of the mountain.
In Denali and Fairbanks, you can request a northern lights wake-up call, and the front desk will alert you in the middle of the night should the aurora borealis be especially active. The heavenly phenomenon is not common during the summer months of cruise season, but don't count out a phone call at 11:30 p.m. to view a ghostly arc of green, shimmering across the night sky. (Your best bet is in Fairbanks, way up north, in late August or September.)
Save Some Space
In closing, when you're thinking about what to pack for your Alaskan cruise, remember to leave room in your luggage for the souvenirs you're sure to find along the way. You will surely want to take home authentic artisan crafts, spices, and all sorts of unique treasures.
Knowing how to pack for an Alaskan cruise is important; after all, you'll want to be prepared for all the adventures you'll have.
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