You'll need to bring quality outdoor clothing and gear that is appropriate for your Alaska adventure — especially rain gear! While some of the items in this gear list are merely suggestions, many are essential for your comfort and safety.
Your clothing should fit into two medium-sized (75-liter) duffle bags, or the equivalent-volume in a larger and smaller bag. We especially like The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bags, Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bags, as well as the Simms Essential Gear Bag. They are very rugged, look nice and travel well.
You should also bring a small daypack with sufficient capacity to hold your camera, binoculars, a water bottle, rain gear, plus a couple of personal items.
The quantity and combination of clothes you bring is up to you. Just be sure you bring enough warm clothes. Dress in layers for maximum flexibility. You should be able to wear every type of layer you bring at the same time! And it never hurts to bring an extra layer you don't really think you'll need.
Baseball Cap. To help keep the sun out of your eyes.
Rubber Boots. We'll provide a pair of sturdy rubber boots for your use and wear. Included in our inventory are:
Wool Socks. The warmth, cushion, and absorbency of merino wool socks (or a wool/silk/polypropylene blend) is important. There is nothing worse than wet feet. Bring several pair — and change your socks each day. We like Darn Tough and SmartWool socks.
Underwear. Your regular underwear is fine. But consider an upgrade to merino wool or a synthetic blend.
Merino Wool Sweater or Fleece Jacket. This is your primary insulation layer. If you tend to be cold, you should bring additional layers. Excellent insulation layers are available from Arc'teryx, Patagonia and Simms.
Pants. Look for synthetic blends that are durable and quick-drying. Cotton soaks up water, and becomes cold and uncomfortable.
Shirts. Look for synthetic blends that are durable and quick-drying. Cotton soaks up water, and becomes cold and uncomfortable.
Shorts. For sunny days!
T-Shirts. Short-sleeved or long-sleeved cotton shirts.
Warm Hat. Should be merino wool or synthetic, and cover your ears (not a baseball cap).
The quantity and combination of equipment you bring is up to you. Just be sure to bring your favorite camera, plenty of spare batteries for the equipment you bring, appropriate charging cables, and your phone!
A great pair of binoculars allow you to experience nature closer than ever before. Look for binoculars that are 7x42 or 8x42 (a good magnification and a wide field of view), that also offer excellent low-light capability. We highly recommend Zeiss, Leica, and Swarovski binoculars.
DSLR Camera. Bring your Canon, Nikon or Sony DSLR camera, a telephoto lens, a wide angle lens, plus lots of memory cards and spare batteries. You can also rent everything you need (with full-coverage insurance) from LensRentals.com. We suggest adding a Canon 100-400mm Telephoto Zoom or a Nikon 80-400mm Telephoto Zoom to your camera bag!
Garmin Virb Ultra 30. Can your action camera record on command?The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 can. This waterproof ultra HD action camera features voice control, so you can tell the camera when to start and stop. That means more hands-free selfies when you’re looking fearless — and easier editing when the action's all done. It's small, weighs next to nothing, and it's ready to take on any dare or adventure, thanks to the included waterproof case.
GoPro Hero 7. It just doesn't get any better than GoPro for action photography and video — from your kayak or paddleboard. Be sure to bring adjustable mounts with suction cups.
Smart Phones. We occasionally have cellphone coverage during our trip. Your iPhone and iPad each have cameras that are great for posting snapshots and video to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Satellite Communications. The world's only truly global satellite communicator, the Garmin inReach Explorer now has built-in navigation with waypoints and routing. We've got one!