Before heading to Alaska for a winter trip, we researched a lot about what to wear and pack which helped us to survive in the Alaska Winters. Here’s the ultimate packing list of what to wear in Alaska in Winters.
What to Wear
We wore 4 layers and based on temperatures around we took off the layers. Like, if you are inside a building (eq, Hotel) which is usually heated you may need to take off few layers to feel comfortable and try avoid sweating (sweating is also not good when you will be going out in freezing temperatures)
Here are details about the layers you would need to wear in Alaska winters.
Base Layer – This is basically thermals and we bought the woolen ones. You can choose either synthetic or woolen for the base layer. After a lot of researching, we picked this Merino Wool Thermals from SmartWool. Here’s what we bought –
Mid Fleece Layer – This layer can be anything with fleece
(2) Women’s Bottom – If you are wearing Jeans as outer layer this one can be used as a mid bottom layer.
(5) Men’s Pullovers
(1) You can where jeans as bottom outer layer. However, if you are planning for any outdoor activities, you can checkout these fleece lined snow pants to protect yourself from the icy cold temperatures
(2) Pair a jacket with a parka as the outer top layer
Balaclava – I think this is the best to keep you warm for any outdoor activities in cold weather including Northern light viewing in extreme temperatures.
Mittens – We found the woolen mittens are best to keep us warm. Also, this is the best to operate your phones as they can be pulled up over your fingers and can be folded back. You can pair this with liner gloves inside which are thin so that no part of your hands are exposed.
(Suggestion : Opt for knee length insulated/woolen socks for better protection ! )
Warmers – This is an amazing thing to survive extreme cold weather. When you feel cold even after so many layers you have worn, this is something you will need to survive specially during nighttime. (1) Hand Warmer (2) Foot Warmer (3) Body Warmer. Do read the instructions and warnings before using them.
Walk Traction for hiking in case you are planning one.
Bring your favorite swimsuit for taking a dip in the Hot Springs.
TIP : Always wear the layers just before you plan to leave the hotel since the temperature is warmer inside and you may not feel comfortable wearing the winter clothes for a longer time inside. Start with Socks -> Thermals -> Mid layers -> Shoes -> Outer later (Jacket or Parka).
Note – These are the items we bought, however not from the same website we linked – you may check the item in a different website or store for a discounted price.
Few of the items are not cheap. We live in New Jersey and for us it is like an investment. For those who are looking for a single time use may not find it as a best option. You can check Amazon for cheaper options and would suggest to buy after reading the reviews.
Other necessary things to carry
Sunglasses – Bring your sunglasses to reduce the evaporation of your eyes’ tears and natural moisture. Also, it helps to protect from UV rays which may damage the eyes. Carry an eye moisturizer as well.
Lip balm – Due to dry weather, it is important to keep a chapstick handy all the time.
Body Moisturizer – Winters can be harsh on the skin, so carry a thick Body Moisturizer. It is helpful in such extreme dry weathers to keep your skin healthy.
The most important thing to remember is to keep yourself warm and comfortable. Drink Hot Chocolate and enjoy your time in Alaska. Hope this packing guide helps you to plan your trip to Alaska confidently.
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