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Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

Clothing: Packing for Your Alaska Trip


Many people think of Alaska as a land of perpetual ice and snow, but a 90-degree July day in Fairbanks will dispel that notion. Within this enormous state's 586,000 square miles, a wide range of climate and geography occurs. In fact, Alaska could be spelled "Alazka," because the weather runs from A to Z. The most extreme temperatures are found inland. Costal areas are more moderate, but damp and chilly most of the time. A lot of rain falls in southeastern Alaska and in south central sections along the coast.

The weather is highly changeable in the summer, going from overcast and chilly, to bright, sunny and hot all within the space of a few hours. The motto is, BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING.

The guidelines for dressing in Alaska are "comfortable and casual." In general, dress as you would for the climate in the Pacific Northwest or the New England states. Always be prepared for rain. It makes the most sense to dress in layers so you can take them off or put them on as the weather changes.

A typical day's attire might start out with warm socks, tennis shoes, jeans, an undershirt (or turtleneck if it's really cold), a wool sweater, your waterproof jacket and a bandana tied around your neck. If the day warms up, you can take off the jacket and the sweater. Don't forget to pack T-shirts and shorts. You could luck out and have real summer weather. You might want to pack fewer T-shirts than you will need and buy them along the way as souvenirs. A long-sleeved, lightweight shirt is de rigueur for warm summer evenings when mosquitos, the so-called Alaskan state bird, are out in droves. Pants are acceptable for women everywhere, and even in the best restaurants you will find people dressed in jeans. The style-conscious are glad to have a dress-up outfit for city nightclubs and fancy restaurants.

Comfortable shoes are a must. Tennis shoes have taken over in Alaska, although you may want specialized climbing and hiking shoes if you intend to go far off the beaten track. Rubber boots would be handy in the southeast and south central regions, but if you don't have them, make sure you have at least one change of shoes in case those you are wearing get wet. It's a rule of the north that if your head is warm and your feet are warm, the rest of you will be warm. Bring extra socks-preferably wool ones-and bring a hat. Have a bandana (a marvelously versatile item) with you at all times. A lightweight, zip-front waterproof jacket with a hood will prove indispensable and easily gotten into and out of as the weather changes.

If you are going to be doing a lot of boating, then you will need a rain hat, rain jacket or parka with a hood, and rain pants.

Bring a swimsuit? Sure! Many hotels have pools, and you'll probably be stopping in several hot springs where bathing suits are required.

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