Packing for any vacation can be tricky. Packing for Alaska can be especially challenging because of the diverse climate and weather conditions. It is very important to be prepared for all types of conditions, ranging from rain to 80 degree weather. Here's a great video of the different conditions of just one Alaska place during the summer season:
The first and last key element for wardrobe packing is layers.
The early mornings and late evenings can cool down significantly in Alaska no matter the month or location. If you are planning on an early morning or evening tour you will want to dress with layers such as a short sleeve shirt, long sleeve thermal shirt or sweatshirt, topped off with a fleece jacket or rain jacket. For the most part jeans and hiking pants (polyester/wool blends) are good for an Alaskan vacation. With jeans you just want to keep in mind that when cotton gets wet it is no longer warm. Along with layers it is important to bring a backpack. This item will be invaluable when it warms up and you need to remove some of those layers.
Pack essential gear first!
Here's a great list from our friends at Alaska.org that covers the essentials.
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Have questions about what to bring on your Alaskan vacation? We are here to help you. We'll get you started on the right gear for Alaska and for individual tours you might take with us.