What to Pack for Your Alaskan Winter Vacation

Are you planning on visiting Alaska this winter? Great! You’re in for an incredible time—there’s something incredibly peaceful about taking in the sights and sounds of the Alaskan wilderness during the dead of winter. Of course, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time outside, it’s important that you prepare yourself by packing all the items you’re going to need to keep safe and warm.Here is some info about what you should pack for your Alaskan winter vacation:Parka: Temperatures in Alaska can get extremely low in the winter, especially as you head farther inland. Fairbanks, for example, can easily get down below -20 degrees Fahrenheit and colder. The expected temperatures will vary based on where you’re going and how the ocean currents are flowing. A lightweight parka can still hold up to extreme cold, and is also easily packable.

  • Hiking boots: Get yourself a good pair of strong, versatile hiking boots that are made with a water-resistant material to keep your socks dry when you’re trekking over snow and ice.
  • Long underwear: Long underwear provides a much-needed extra layer around your entire body that can make a big difference in your comfort when you’re outside for long stretches of the day during the winter. Silk long underwear is easy to quickly wash and dry overnight, and it’s light enough that you’ll be able to wear it without having to wear extremely baggy clothes on top.
  • Socks: The type of socks you bring with you can make a huge difference. Get some warm socks that are going to keep moisture away from your feet. Avoid cotton, because cotton absorbs sweat and moisture, which in cold weather will actually chill your feet. Instead, opt for synthetic materials, blends or wool—you’re going to stay much warmer using these types of socks,and be much happier for your decision.
  • Snow pants: When we say “snow pants,” we don’t mean the kinds of huge puffy pants you dressed in as a kid to go sledding. There are plenty of options for adults that include coveralls that can protect you while you’re snowmobiling, or pants that are insulated and made out of water-resistant fabrics, making them great for snowshoeing, hiking and skiing. You’ll be able to find these at most sporting goods and outdoor stores, as well as ski shops.
  • Gloves and mittens: Go for comfort over style with your gloves—you’re going to need to keep your hands warm. Bring a pair of heavyweight mittens as well, even if you’re not typically into wearing mittens. This will help you keep your hands much warmer when the temperature gets especially cold.
  • Sunscreen: You might not associate sunscreen with the winter, but you’re going to want it if you’re spending a lot of time outside. In fact, the light that bounces off the snow can make the sunlight even more intense than it is in the summer. This is why you’ll want sunglasses with you as well.

For more information about what to pack for your Alaskan winter vacation, contact the experts at Alaska Wild Guides today.

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