Travel Tips: What to Bring and What to Wear

Keep Warm and Dry
Don’t forget your camera, binoculars, and bird book!


Coastal weather is nearly always cool and can be quite windy, wet, and cold, even in summer.

Most Important

Water-resistant rain jacket, rain pants and waterproof boots are a must. Underneath those, avoid cotton because it loses its insulating value when damp or wet. Fleece is superior in its ability to keep you warm even if damp, and it dries quickly.

On or Near Water

If you are on or near water, hats and gloves are a necessity.

High Latitude Sun (sometimes!)

Sunscreen (even for those cloudy days at this high latitude) and a sun hat are important.

Spring, Fall, Winter

During spring, fall and winter, extra sweaters, a very warm coat, hat, gloves, warm boots, and long underwear are advisable.

Happy Trip = Warm + Dry

Alaska’s maritime weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for the worst and appreciate any sunny day!

LINKS For Climate Data

Alaska Local Climate Data Summaries
Sun Rise-Set Tables