A map of Afognak Island seen while constructing a travel packing list for an Alaskan adventure.You may have heard various vagabonds tell you the most important thing about traveling in Alaska is to have plenty of layers. While we certainly won’t argue with that notion, there is much more to consider for your travel packing list when embarking on a wildness retreat to Afognak Island and beyond. Spring will be here before we know it, and our Kodiak Island wilderness lodge will be ready for eager patrons hoping to experience the Alaskan wilderness in all its rugged glory. Once you’ve booked your stay, we highly recommend following the travel packing list we provide and making a few contingency plans shortly thereafter. This will give you peace of mind and reduce the chances of forgetting an item or two. Today, we’d like to offer a bit of guidance on what to bring and tips to provide a comfortable journey to the last frontier.

Smart Travel Tips

Before you leave, it may be a good idea to ask a close friend or relative to watch over your house during your Alaska vacation. Knowing that someone you trust has their eyes on your domain will help you relax and ensure you won’t be worrying about whether you left the garage door open. We also recommend contacting your credit card companies to inform them of the days you’ll be traveling, and where, so that automatic security features don’t prevent you from making necessary purchases. Finally, make sure you have hard copies of your travel packing list and any required documents such as fishing licenses and passports.

Essential Items for Your Alaskan Travel Packing List

Again, layers are important for staying comfortable without overheating or becoming too frigid. Even in the summer, the temperatures can vary by a wide range. While mornings may be chilly, mid-afternoon will be much warmer. Furthermore, anyone who has visited Afognak, or any other Kodiak Islands, will tell you that you’ll want more than clothing on your travel packing list. Here are a few items that will help make the most of your Alaskan vacation:

  • Waterproof hiking shoes or boots
  • Wool base layers
  • Insect repellent
  • A small backpack to use for daily outings
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing hat
  • Rain gear
  • A fleece or wool jacket for noise-free up-close wildlife photography
  • An assortment of shirts, pants, socks, and underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Eye mask—remember there is a midnight sun during part of the summer!

Discover Afognak Island on an Alaskan Vacation

Of course, there are other things to consider and bring for your Alaskan vacation, but you have to start somewhere! What you decide to do will dictate what to include on your travel packing list and plan. Either way, whether you’re here for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, or all of the above, Afognak Wilderness Lodge will feel like paradise on Earth. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 360-799-3250.