What to bring on your tour

For Day Tours

What to Bring for Day Tours

  • Lunch or snacks – please avoid bringing tuna, salmon or any other fish.
  • Water – enough to last the day
  • Small day-pack – large enough to carry your equipment & lunch
  • Binoculars
  • Camera – with extra batteries and memory cards or film
  • Medications – enough for the trip plus two additional days supply
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen – the less fragrant, the better
  • Gloves – a light weight pair and 1 pair synthetic glove liners
  • Hat – baseball cap, stocking cap
  • Insect Repellent – – not usually a problem in our area, but there are some

What to Wear for Day Tours

Clothing: comfortable, lightweight, and functional clothes are important for Alaskan wilderness travelers, who can be exposed to all types of weather conditions. A layered approach to clothing works best in Alaska, with summer temperatures that can range from the 50’s to 80’s during the long summer days.

  • Jacket – fleece is great, it is light, warm, dries quickly if wet and can be worn under your rain jacket.
  • Light weight rain gear – we highly recommend a jacket and pants.
  • Gloves – a light weight pair or a of pair synthetic glove liners.
  • Hat – baseball cap or stocking cap.
  • Footwear – we will supply rubber boots for you to wear.

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For Multi-Day Tours

What to Bring for Multi-Day Tours

Clothing: Comfortable, lightweight, and functional clothes are important for Alaskan wilderness travelers, who can be exposed to all types of weather conditions. A layered approach to clothing works best in Alaska, with summer temperatures that can range from the 30’s to 50’s at night and the 60’s to 80’s during the long summer days. By using the list below it will allow you to pack light and be comfortable.

Equipment can be purchased in Anchorage at REI or in Homer at Eagle Enterprises. REI also has rental equipment available. If you have questions about clothing or equipment please email or call us at 888.233.1805 so we can answer any question you may have.

Jackets: Fleece is great, it is light, warm, dries quickly if wet and can be worn under your rain jacket. Recommended weight, Polartec 200 or equivalent.
Pants: Some clients like to wear jeans or sweatpants around camp. However you must bring at least one pair of pants made of lightweight quick drying synthetic fabric, our personal favorite is the Paramount Convertible Pant made by The North Face. It has plenty of pockets, wind resistant fabric, dries quickly if wet and the lower pant legs zip off turning them into shorts for those warmer days in Alaska.
Shirts: One long sleeve shirt with a collar and good pockets. One long sleeve t-shirt or a lightweight fleece top
Long underwear: one pair of medium or expedition weight synthetic underwear. If you get cold easily get the expedition weight.
Raingear: Both a rain jacket and pants are essential on any trip to Alaska. Don’t buy the most expensive and don’t buy the cheapest either. Lightweight, breathable raingear is available at stores throughout Alaska. In Anchorage at REI, in Homer at Eagle Enterprises.
Waterproof footwear: You will need hip boots; the non-insulated type is fine for our trips. They can be purchased rather inexpensively at larger discount stores throughout Alaska. Also you will want to bring a lightweight waterproof boot or shoe to wear around camp.
Sleeping Bag: A synthetic insulated bag, rated down to +20 F.
Other Items to bring:

  • Backpack (Internal frame) – with waterproof cover
  • One heavy duty garbage bag (large enough to put your pack into).
  • Water Bottle – 1 quart capacity
  • Binoculars
  • Camera – with extra batteries and plenty of film
  • Medications – enough for the trip plus two additional days supply
  • Sunglasses – polarized are nice, but not necessary
  • Sunscreen – the less fragrant, the better
  • Lip Balm – one that has an SPF rating
  • Small Headlamp – like the Petzel Tikka
  • Gloves – a light weight pair and 1 pair synthetic glove liners
  • Hat or Baseball cap
  • Fleece or Wool stocking cap
  • 2 pairs of wool or wool blend socks
  • Camp/Pack towel
  • Toiletries & personal items
  • Head net – just in case!
  • Insect Repellent – anything containing 25% Deet should be sufficient
  • Optional Gear:
    • Collapsible hiking poles
    • One pair, synthetic liner socks
    • Small journal or notebook
    • Fanny pack – great for keeping small items handy
    • Day pack
    • Sport sandals

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

AK Adventures strongly recommends that you purchase travel or trip insurance after booking your trip with us. The company and contact information listed below is for your convenience. Please check with your travel or insurance agent for other policy options. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness and possibly cover any evacuation expenses should you become ill during the trip. For more information go to the InsureMyTrip.com website or call them at (800) 487-4722, (401) 773-9300 (Outside U.S.).