Packing Guide: Alaska in the Summer

I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited for a trip as I have for our Alaskan adventure. I’ve never been on a trip like this and I don’t even know what to expect, but from what I’ve heard from anyone who’s gone it should be an amazing time.

We are meeting in Ketchikan AK, exploring the town for three days, and then flying to Anchorage. We’re renting a car and doing a lot of driving so that we can visit a number of places and go at our own pace. If anyone has been and has any must-see places, let me know!

Packing has been a little bit challenging because it’s raining and still a bit cool there and we’ll be doing a lot of hiking and exploring. Also, I’m only taking carry-on luggage. This is the real challenge because I’m 100% an over packer ( I like to say I’m just someone who’s always prepared).

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Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket | I love this jacket for so many reasons.  It’s really light, easy to pack, and it keeps me warm both on chilly summer and winter nights.

Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Vest| I bought this last winter before my New Years Trip to Tahoe and I took it to Boston with me too. It’s should be great for hiking in Alaska and I’m sure it’ll come in handy when we go camping this fall.

Hiking Boots | I wore these during my backpacking trip in last July in Yosemite and I’ll be taking them with me to Alaska since we’ll be doing lots of hiking.

Bean Boots | These always end up on my “cold weather” destination trips.

Hunter Packable Boots | Every packing list  I read for Alaska had rain boots in them. I bought these last weekend because the Hunter Boots I have are tall not the best for packing in a carry on. These are too good. They fold up nicely and are perfect for my carry on bag.

Mountain Hardwear Leggings | I bought these leggings last winter before a ski trip to Tahoe and I loved them! I actually bought two more pairs to take with me when I went to run my 20 miler in Boston and they were practically the only thing I wore during that trip. They are so comfortable and kept me warm during all my trips.

Osprey Travel Pack | Delaney and I will be in Alaska for 10 days and we’ve agreed not to check in any bags and only take carry on’s. We’re doing this to save time and avoid any lost luggage. This Osprey bag is an incredibly spacious carry on bag and easy to carry.

Winter Coat | I’ve been told that I may not need it much it Seward, but that we’ll be very grateful we had our winter coats with us while on the glacier cruise.

New Balance in-transit long-sleeve T-shirt | I bought 2 of these long sleeves when I went to Yosemite and I never actually wore them because it was so hot. However, I’m sure I’ll use them while in Alaska.

Anyone been to Alaska?!