Alaska packing list [2023 edition]

Planning a family trip to Alaska is an exciting adventure filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, wildlife encounters, and memorable experiences. We have visited Alaska twice in the last few years and fell in love with its beauty. However, packing for the Last Frontier can be a bit of a challenge due to its unique climate and outdoor activities. To help you prepare for your Alaskan journey, we’ve put together a comprehensive family packing list to Alaska that covers everything you’ll need to make the most of your family adventure.

What to pack for Alaska when visiting in summer

Essential baby gear

Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier with Lumbar Support (12-45 Pounds), Carbon Grey, Cool Air Mesh

Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier

Adventure with baby anywhere with the Ergobaby 360 Carrier. This comfortable, all-position carrier keeps your little one close in front, back or hip carries. Padded straps distribute weight evenly for easy wearing. Breathable mesh keeps baby cool. Perfect for travel, this carrier bonds you and baby from tot to toddler.

Osprey Poco Child Carrier Backpack

Osprey Poco Child Carrier

Adventure together with the Osprey Poco Child Carrier. This comfortable backpack carrier lets kids ride along on any trip. Adjustable harness customizes the fit for parent and child. Padded cockpit, sunshade and foot stirrups keep kiddos cozy. Large cargo area fits necessities. Easy carrying for trails, travel and everyday.

Warm water-resistant clothing

Columbia Women's Heavenly HDD Jacket

Columbia Women’s Heavenly HDD Jacket

Stay warm and dry with the Columbia Heavenly HDD jacket. The Omni-Heat reflective lining retains body heat while the water resistant 100% polyester shell blocks rain and snow. Zippered hand pockets, comfort cuffs, and adjustable hood seal in warmth. Drop tail provides extra coverage. Lightweight and packable.

Columbia Men’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket

Columbia Men’s Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown Hooded Jacket

Stay warm in cold weather with the Columbia Voodoo Falls 590 TurboDown insulated jacket. The metallic Omni-Heat lining retains body heat while the 100% nylon shell dissipates moisture. 590 fill power down insulation and strategic baffling provide lightweight warmth. The hood, zippered hand pockets, and adjustable hem seal in heat. Packable and versatile for your adventures.

Columbia Girls' Silver Falls Hooded Jacket

Columbia Girls’ Silver Falls Hooded Jacket

The Columbia Silver Falls Hooded Jacket keeps your child warm and dry. Thermarator insulation made from 100% recycled polyester retains heat, while the water resistant shell blocks wind and moisture. Chin guard, hand pockets, elastic cuffs and binding at the hood seal in warmth. Durable and sustainable for all weather protection.

Columbia Boys' Silver Falls Hooded Jacket

Columbia Boys’ Silver Falls Hooded Jacket

Keep your child warm and dry with the Columbia Silver Falls Hooded Jacket. Made with recycled Thermarator insulation for heat retention. The water resistant shell blocks wind and rain while features like a chin guard, hand pockets, elastic cuffs and hood binding seal in warmth. Sustainable protection for all weather adventures.

FROGG TOGGS Ultra-lite2 Waterproof Breathable Poncho

Waterproof Breathable Poncho

Stay dry in wilderness storms with the Frogg Toggs Ultra-lite2 Waterproof Poncho. Water-repellent fabric shields from downpours. Snap closure forms spacious shelter. Elasticized sleeves prevent slipping. Ultra-light packs down small. Roomy to wear over coat and pack. Hunker down dry at camp or stay mobile on trails protected from elements.

Columbia Women's Switchback III Jacket

Columbia Women’s Switchback III Jacket

Stay dry in downpours with the Columbia Switchback III rain jacket. The lightweight Hydroplus shell blocks water while allowing airflow. Adjustable stow-away hood and cuffs seal out rain. Packs into its own pocket for easy portability. Zippered hand pockets keep essentials accessible. The perfect versatile waterproof layer for everyday wear.

Columbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip

Fleece Jacket

Stay cozy in the Columbia Benton Springs Fleece Jacket. Soft 100% polyester MTR filament fleece retains warmth without weight. Zippered side pockets securely store small items. Collar and full zip closure seal in heat. Active cut provides lightweight comfort for outdoor activities. A lightweight cold weather essential for ultimate comfort.

Robin Ruth Alaska Moose Beanie Hat Heavy Quality Navy Red White Pom Pom

Robin Ruth Alaska Moose Beanie

Stay warm in classic style with the Robin Ruth Alaska Moose Beanie. This 100% acrylic beanie features a navy, red, white and blue Alaska-themed moose design. Medium/heavy weight knit provides cozy warmth. Pull-on closure and ribbed cuff ensure a comfy fit.

Columbia Bora Booney

Columbia Bora Booney Sun Hat

Stay protected from sun and sweat with the Columbia Bora Booney hat. The lightweight 100% nylon design features a drawstring closure and UPF 50 sun protection. Omni-Shade blocks UVA/UVB rays while the mesh vent panel and Omni-Wick sweatband keep you cool. The tight weave construction wicks moisture and dries quickly. Perfect for fishing, hiking, and all-day wear in the summer sun.

ICEIVY Socks Women, Soft Knit Wool Winter Thick Warm Cabin Fuzzy Crew Women Socks 5 Pack

5 pairs of socks

Stay cozy in ICEIVY Women’s Soft Knit Wool Blend Socks 5 Pack. Vintage crew socks made with high quality wool, cotton, synthetics blend for warmth and softness. Wool makes them breathable and durable to keep toes toasty in any cold weather. Free sizes fit US shoes 5-9.

Byron Glacier, Alaska
Byron Glacier, Alaska

Sturdy hiking shoes for adults and kids

Columbia Women’s Hiking Shoes

The Columbia Women’s Crestwood waterproof hiking shoes provides sure grip and cushioned support for miles of exploration. Lightweight breathable mesh upper. Advanced traction adapts on wet or dry terrain. Techlite midsole for comfort and energy return.

Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Timberland Men’s Hiking Boot

Conquer trails comfortably in the Timberland White Ledge Mid hiking boot. Waterproof leather provides durable support mile after mile. Padded collar, rustproof hardware, grippy rubber outsole. Removable EVA footbed cushions and absorbs shock. Breathable lining wicks moisture. Experience nature protected in these rugged, personalized-fit boots.

Mishansha Boys Girls Hiking Shoes Kids Anti Collision Non Slip Sneakers Outdoor Trekking Walking Climbing Running

Kids Hiking Shoes

Let kids explore in comfort with Mishansha Hiking Shoes. These sneakers provide cushioned support for outdoor play and adventures. Protective toe cap and non-slip sole for terrain grip during hikes and climbs. Breathable mesh keeps feet cool. Growing kids need extra foot support, so empower yours to keep pace.

Sunscreen & insect repellent

BLUE LIZARD Mineral Sunscreen Stick with Zinc Oxide SPF 50+ Water Resistant UVA/UVB Protection Easy to Apply Fragrance Free, Kids, Unscented, 0.5 oz

BLUE LIZARD Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Protect skin and reefs with Blue Lizard Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+ stick. Zinc oxide/titanium dioxide provide UVA/UVB protection by reflecting rays. Paraben-free, fragrance-free, vegan formula glides on clear without irritants. Sweat and water resistant 80 minutes. Easy twist-up stick for on-the-go.

Sawyer Products SP564 Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin, Lotion, 4-Ounce

Insect Repellent

Enjoy pest-free adventures with Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent. Long-lasting formula repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, chiggers. More effective than DEET! Repels Lyme, Zika and other bugs. Fragrance-free, non-greasy, safe for family. Won’t damage gear.

Sunglasses with UV protection

SOJOS Retro Round Polarized Sunglasses for Women Men Classic Vintage Sunnies

SOJOS Polarized Sunglasses

Look stylish on your next adventure with the SOJOS Retro Round Polarized Sunglasses. The 51mm wide x 47mm high lenses filter glare and UV rays, making them perfect for cruises, beaches, or driving trips. TAC polarized lenses with UV400 coating provide visual clarity and eye protection wherever you roam. Durable plastic frames with metal hinges and European nose pads keep you comfortable. Fits men and women – pack these versatile shades for any occasion.

Hiking gear

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles - Lightweight, Collapsible Hiking Poles for Backpacking Gear - Pair of 2 Walking Sticks for Hiking, 7075 Aluminum with Cork Grip

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles

Hike in comfort with TrailBuddy Trekking Poles. These lightweight, adjustable poles provide stability mile after mile on trails. Aluminum shafts reduce knee/joint strain; ergonomic cork grips keep hands comfy. Easily collapse to pack neatly for travel.

Osprey Atmos AG 65 Men's Backpacking Backpack, Black

Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack

The Osprey Atmos AG 65 ventilates and conforms to your back for comfortable carrying. Anti-Gravity suspension utilizes a mesh backpanel and harness. Interior sleeve holds hydration reservoirs. Dual side compression straps and sleeping bag compartment. Integrated raincover and trekking pole attachments included. Top lid and hipbelt zippered pockets store essentials. Mesh side pockets for water bottles or gear. Perfect for multi-day hiking and backpacking trips.

Camera gear & accessories

Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera + RF24-105mm F4 L is USM Lens Kit Black

Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera

Unleash photographic potential with the Canon EOS R6 mirrorless camera. 20MP sensor delivers ultra-sharp images even in low light up to ISO 102400. Blazing fast autofocus captures fleeting moments. Dual card slots allow overflow recording and backup. Shoot continuously at 20fps with electronic shutter. Weather-sealed, compact body perfect for adventure.

Amazon Basics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod With Bag, Black

Amazon Basics Tripod

Capture travels from the perfect perspective with the AmazonBasics lightweight tripod. Extends 25-60 inches to match shooting height. Quick-release plate enables smooth camera mounting. Rubber feet provide stability. Standard mount attaches cameras, phones, scopes. Compact and lightweight for packing.

DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo with DJI RC 2 (screen remote controller), Drone with Medium Tele & Wide-Angle Dual Primary Cameras for Adults 4K HDR, 46-Min Max Flight Time, 48MP, Two Extra Batteries

DJI Air 3 Drone

Capture travel moments in stunning clarity with the DJI Air 3 drone. Dual cameras let you seize scenic views and tell visual stories. 46 minutes of flight time means more opportunity to get satisfying shots without worrying about battery. Enhanced safety features enable worry-free flying in challenging areas. 48MP camera takes impressive, highly croppable images. Record immersive 4K/60fps HDR video with rich details.

SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K UHD, SD Card - SDSDXXU-064G-GN4IN

SanDisk 64GB Memory Card

Capture travel moments in stunning quality with the SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB SD Card. Built for professionals with ultra high speeds up to 200MB/s for rapid shooting and transfer. Record smooth 4K video and burst mode photography without interruption.

SAMSUNG EVO Select Micro SD-Memory-Card + Adapter, 256GB microSDXC 130MB/s Full HD & 4K UHD, UHS-I, U3, A2, V30, Expanded Storage for Android Smartphones, Tablets, Nintendo-Switch (MB-ME256KA/AM)

SAMSUNG 256GB Micro SD Card

Store travel memories worry-free with the SAMSUNG EVO Select 256GB Micro SD Card. Blazing 130MB/s speeds for photos, videos, music. UHS-I and U3 for fast transfers and smooth app loading. Capacities from 64GB to 512GB. A2 and V30 ratings keep content sharp. Rugged water, temperature, x-ray, magnet and drop protection.

Celestron–Nature DX ED 8x42 Premium Binoculars –Extra-Low Dispersion Objective Lenses –Outdoor and Birding Binocular–Fully Multi-coated with BaK-4 Prisms–Rubber Armored – Fog & Waterproof Binoculars

Celestron 8×42 Binoculars

Explore the outdoors in sharp detail with Celestron Nature DX binoculars. 8x magnification reveals birds, wildlife and scenery with crisp clarity across a wide field of view. Extra-low dispersion glass produces vivid colors and contrast. Waterproof design withstands elements while twist-up eyecups adjust for eyeglasses. Compact and lightweight.

Girdwood, Alaska
Girdwood, Alaska

Travel essentials

Zero Grid Passport Wallet - Travel Document Holder w/RFID Blocking

Travel Wallet

Travel with ease using the slim Zero Grid Passport Wallet. This document holder keeps your passport, cards, cash and more organized and protected. RFID-blocking guards your valuables. Soft leather exterior and fabric lining keep contents safe. Multiple compartments and pockets tidy everything. Go jet-setting carefree with your essentials secured.

Apple AirTag 4 Pack

Apple AirTag 4 Pack

Never lose gear again with the Apple AirTag 4 Pack. Attach these tiny trackers to secure essentials like keys, bags, cameras. Locate lost items instantly using iPhone Precision Finding. Built-in speakers help find nearby misplaced items. Durable stainless steel design. Take them anywhere with IP67 water/dust resistance. Stress less about lost luggage and belongings.

8 Set Packing Cubes for Suitcases, Travel Bag Organizers for Carry on Luggage, Veken Suitcase Organizer Bags Set for Travel Essentials Travel Accessories in 4 Sizes(Extra Large, Large, Medium, Small)

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are small, zippered bags that help you organize and compress your clothing and other items, allowing you to fit more into your suitcase. We think these cubes are life saviors when it comes to packing. Not only do they save space in a bag, but if you get different sets in different colors as we do, you can designate a specific set for each person in your family and easily know where things are.

NISHEL Travel Toiletry Bag for women, Portable Hanging Organizer for Full-Sized Shampoo, Conditioner, Brushes Set, Travel-Size Accessories

Hanging Toiletry Bag

Keep your toiletries and small items organized for stress-free packing with handy hanging toiletry bags. Their compartments store everything neatly so you can quickly find what you need when traveling. Hang them in your hotel or tent for easy access. With your items streamlined in these bags, you’ll save time packing and avoid forgotten items.

HERO Travel Umbrella – Windproof, Compact and Portable

Windproof Travel Umbrella

Stay dry on the go with the HERO Travel Umbrella. Windproof reinforced canopy withstands gusts without flipping inside out. Compact telescoping design packs down small for purses or carry-ons. Automatic open and close function for easy one-handed use. Durable fiberglass ribs resist corrosion. Rubberized grip and wrist strap offer a secure hold. The perfect portable umbrella for breezy days or sudden showers.

First Aid Only 442 All-Purpose Emergency First Aid Kit for Home, Work, and Travel, 298 Pieces

First Aid Kit

Be prepared with the First Aid Only 298-piece Comprehensive First Aid Kit. Contains bandages, ointments, wipes, burn treatments, pain relievers, gauze, wound closures and other essentials. Organized in a soft-sided case with clear pockets for easy access. Two layers with individual compartments.

Etekcity Luggage Scale, Travel Essentials, Digital Weight Scales for Travel Accessories, Portable Handheld Scale with Temperature Sensor, Rubber Paint, 110 Pounds, Battery Included

Luggage Scale

Use a luggage scale to avoid overweight baggage fees. We always check the weight of our suitcases at home before leaving for the airport. This can save you money and hassle at the airport and help you avoid having to leave any items behind.

Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, Clean Scent, 2 fl oz Travel Size Flip Cap Bottle (Pack of 6) – 3155-04-EC

Purell Hand Sanitizer (Travel Size)

Keep hands refreshed on-the-go with Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer. This gentle, aloe-infused gel formula cleans hands without drying skin. Just a quick dollop banishes germs and microbes. Clip it on your belt or toss in your bag for easy, water-free sanitizing.

SinkSuds Laundry Detergent | Travel Size Liquid Soap | TSA Compliant | Safe For All Fabrics | 8 Packets

Hand Wash Detergents

You may not always have access to a washer, but you might need to quickly wash a few things (especially the kid’s clothes). These little hand wash detergents are small, lightweight, and easy to use. Simply pour some water in the sink, open the pouch, put the detergent in, and wash your things.

MLVOC Travel Pillow 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow, Comfortable & Breathable Cover, Machine Washable, Airplane Travel Kit with 3D Contoured Eye Masks, Earplugs, and Luxury Bag, Standard (Black)

Neck Pillow

Enjoy customized neck support on trips with the MLVOC Memory Foam Travel Pillow. Contoured design prevents strain. Adjustable rope lock customizes angle and size. Breathable, sweat-resistant cover is soft and machine washable. Premium memory foam cushions pressure points.

Wolf Essentials Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket, 50x60 Inch, Lightweight, Compact, Perfect for Airplane and Car, Pink

Travel Blanket

Bring a small travel blanket to make your kids more comfortable on the plane or during long car rides. Not only will it work as a way to keep them warm, but it will also make them cozy and relaxed (just as you wanted).

SwissGear Unisex-Adult 5358 USB ScanSmart Laptop Backpack, Black Dot, Large

Backpack by SwissGear

This TSA-friendly bag simplifies travel with lay-flat design and USB charging port. Padded 17″ laptop sleeve and multiple compartments keep gear organized. Breathable back panel ventilates on the move. Front organizer stores essentials for easy airport access. With this backpack, you’ll breeze through security and stay powered up.

Gadgets

Apple iPad Air (5th Generation): with M1 chip, 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display, 256GB, Wi-Fi 6, 12MP front/12MP Back Camera, Touch ID, All-Day Battery Life – Space Gray

Apple iPad Air

Keep kids engaged on the go with the Apple iPad Air. The fast M1 chip powers a vivid 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, perfect for games, movies, and more during long trips. Long battery life for all-day entertainment. Supports Apple Pencil for drawing and Magic Keyboard for versatility. 12MP cameras capture memories. Wi-Fi and cellular models available to stay connected everywhere. The lightweight iPad Air packs pro features into a thin design – the perfect travel buddy to keep your child happily occupied.

Anker Portable Charger, 313 Power Bank (PowerCore Slim 10K) 10000mAh Battery Pack with USB-C (Input Only) and PowerIQ Charging Technology for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and More.

Power Bank

Don’t let a dead phone ruin your trip! Pack a portable power bank to charge devices on-the-go. This compact savior stores backup power to revive your phone anytime, anywhere. Just connect and charge without outlets. Avoid low battery dread with this travel essential!

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) Wireless Earbuds with Lightning Charging Case. Spatial Audio, Sweat and Water Resistant, Up to 30 Hours of Battery Life. Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone

Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)

Immerse yourself in spatial audio with the Apple AirPods 3rd Generation. These sweat-resistant earbuds deliver dynamic sound. Their contoured, secure fit makes them perfect for workouts. Just tap the earbuds to control your tunes, take calls, and summon Siri. The wireless charging case provides over 30 hours of listening. Recharge on the go by simply dropping AirPods in the pocket-sized case. Easy pairing with Apple devices thanks to the H1 chip.

JLab JBuddies Pro Wireless Over-Ear Kids Headphones | 35+ Hour Battery Life | Built-in Volume Regulators for Safety | Share Mode | Folding | Adjustable | Noise Isolation | with Mic | Blue

JLab JBuddies Pro Wireless Over-Ear Kids Headphones

Keep kids entertained with the JLab JBuddies Pro Wireless Headphones. Cloud Foam earcups provide a comfortable customizable fit. Volume-limiting technology protects young ears, with built-in 85/95dB switches. Bluetooth 5 gives up to 35+ hours of wireless playtime. Kid-friendly controls on earcups. Recharge via USB. Comes with AUX cord for wired sharing. Perfect for travel and learning.

Kitchen and food

Unique Complete Messware Kit Polished Stainless Steel Dishes Set| Tableware| Dinnerware| Camping| Includes - Cups | Plates| Bowls| Cutlery| Comes in Mesh Bags

Portable dining kit

Dine in comfort anywhere with the Unique Complete Messware Kit. This portable set provides durable stainless steel utensils for meals on-the-go. Compact case stores forks, knives, spoons, and more. Lightweight and easy to clean. Elevates picnics, camping, and travel meals from disposable to first-class.

THERMOS FUNTAINER 16 Ounce Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Bottle with Wide Spout Lid

Thermos Funtainer Bottle

Stay hydrated anywhere with the Thermos Funtainer Bottle. This insulated 16oz bottle keeps drinks icy cold for 12 hours – perfect for travel and outdoor adventures. Durable stainless steel design. Sip refreshing cold drinks from sunrise to sunset, wherever you roam.

Hamilton Beach Commercial HKE110 1 Liter Hot Water Tea Kettle, Hospitality Rated, Stainless Steel

1L Electric Tea Kettle

Enjoy hot tea on the go with the compact Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle. This fast-boiling kettle provides hot water anytime, perfect for tea, coffee, meals. Easy toggle switch, auto shut-off. Small size is great for travel. Wherever you roam, wake up to a hot cup or wind down with your favorite tea.

CLIF BAR - Best Sellers Variety Pack - Energy Bars - Packaging & Assortment May Vary - Amazon Exclusive - 2.4 oz. (16 Count)

CLIF BAR – Variety Pack

Power adventures with CLIF BARs. Made with wholesome, sustainably sourced ingredients to sustain active bodies during activities like hiking and biking. Variety of classic flavors like Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter satisfy cravings. Conveniently wrapped, these bars deliver tasty energy on the go. This value pack includes 16 assorted flavors to sample.

Ziploc Food Storage and Sandwich Bags Variety Pack, New Stay Open Design with Stand-Up Bottom, Easy to Fill, 166 Bags Total

Ziploc Variety Pack

Ziploc food bags with an innovative Stay Open design for easy filling and storage. Stand upright to organize fridge and pack for travel. Patented bottom and reliable Grip n’ Seal closure. Lock in freshness and flavor. Variety of sizes – ideal for leftovers, bulk ingredients, sandwiches. Durable, leakproof and BPA-free. Microwave safe.

PackIt Freezable Snack Box, Rainbow Sky

Small Cooler

Keep snacks fresh for hours with the PackIt Freezable Snack Box. The built-in cooling gel can be frozen overnight and keeps contents cool without ice packs. Fits containers, bottles, fruits, veggies – perfect for lunches, day trips, and on-the-go. Made from nontoxic, lead/BPA-free materials. Foldable rectangular design with handle for easy transport.

Bottom line

Remember that the specific items you need might vary based on the time of year you visit and the activities you plan to do. Be sure to check the weather forecast and local regulations before your trip. With this comprehensive packing list in hand, you’ll be well-prepared for your family’s Alaskan adventure, ready to create lasting memories in one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth.