A trip to Alaska will allow you to experience unparalleled natural beauty and one-of-a-kind attractions. After you've booked a hotel and made an itinerary, get out your suitcase to start packing. Here are a few essential items to include in your luggage to ensure a safe and memorable time.

What to Bring on an Alaskan Vacation

1. Sunscreen

Alaska may not reach tropical temperatures, but that doesn't mean you can forgo sunscreen. The sun shines even when it’s cold and overcast, so pack a formula with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect you from harmful UV rays that can damage your skin. To prevent leaving the sunscreen at the hotel, purchase a travel-sized bottle and zip it into a coat pocket.

2. Digital Camera

hotelAlthough smartphones produce decent pictures, pack a more sophisticated camera to capture the stunning views. Bring a strap and water-resistant case to ensure the device stays safe while you’re out and about. Pack extra memory cards so that you don’t have to download the pictures every night at the hotel.

3. Clothes to Layer

Temperatures in Alaska can vary throughout the day. Be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions by packing clothes to layer—you can add or remove garments as needed. Include thermal undershirts and long underwear, long-sleeved tops, insulated pants, light jackets, and a winter coat. Don't forget to pack hats, gloves, and sunglasses too.

4. Rubber Boots

Bring a sturdy pair of rubber boots to keep your feet warm, dry, and secure on slippery surfaces. This material will provide ample traction if you'll be trekking through wet areas, whether it's a snow-covered garden outside the hotel, glacial park, or boat deck.


Once you're packed, you'll be ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Alaska. If you want to explore the Denali National Park & Reserve, book a room at the Totem Inn in Healy. This hotel offers comfortable, rustic lodging at the foot of the park, and it features an on-site bar, restaurant, and fitness room. Get more information about the accommodations online, or call (907) 683-6500 to make a reservation.