What to bring on a Drive To Alaska.
RV's are wonderful, I know that we all agree. From the conversion van to the fully self contained coaches, driving to Alaska is just a bit more comfortable today then when our parents first drove the highways. But toss aside the luxuries for a moment and we see that packing for the trip still requires much of the same items as before. Plenty of clothes, rainproof jackets and pants, boots and walking shoes; most of this we keep handy in our rolling homes know matter where our travels take us too.
Some of the items on this list seem like winter ware and in most areas of the country it would be. But remember, your headed to Alaska and even in July along this route you can experience some very cold and wet weather. Winds blowing out of the north or off of any of the glaciers can cut right through your regular summer ware.
So here is a list of the necessities for everyone to consider who is planning a Drive to Alaska in the near future.
- Bug Repellant - Don't skimp on this one, you need the DEET to ward off the armies of insects that populate this northern region. Take it from an Alaskan, there's nothing as effective as 100% DEET products for keeping the mosquitoes away.
- Under Armour - shirts and pants in medium or heavy weight depending upon the climate your use to. At any time in Alaska, it can get unseasonably cold. Caution is key, if you didn't bring it, you can't use it.
- Comfortable, lightweight, and water repellent hiking boots or shoes.
- Light and medium weight shirts, mostly long sleeved as a long-sleeved, tightly woven shirt is helpful for both bug and sun protection.
- Warm hats, gloves and outer ware.
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- A well outfitted First Aid Kit is essential. Band-Aids and ointment are simply not enough when your at a distance from help. You first aid kit should be personalized to meet your groups needs, activities and situations. Don't forget extra medications if applicable.
- Cameras, batteries, lenses, chargers, and memory cards. Bring them all as you will be wanting them often during your trip.
- A good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope.
- Identification and passport
- Contact information, both you own and that of friends and family members.
- Include a warm comforter for your bed and those chilly nights will be much less noticeable. You can just turn up the heat but we prefer the comforter method to reduce the propane use. With electric hookups, the electric heat does help reduce the humidity at night.
- Don't forget the axe. Most all campgrounds in Canada have firewood available for campers, Alaska has it but charges a premium for it. Regardless, you need an axe to split it and make kindling. Fire starters are also helpful especially in wetter weather.
- Lawn Chairs are a must as most campgrounds are lacking in seating around the campsite and fire ring.
- Fishing Gear, let's face it, you just can't drive to Alaska and not try out the spectacular fishing that's available.
Average Summer Temperatures (Lows and Highs) along the Drive to Alaska.
|Dawson Creek, BC||34/59||43/70||47/74||41/68||31/54|
|Distruction Bay, Yukon||30/54||38/63||43/67||39/63||30/53|
|Kenai Peninsula, AK||37/52||44/59||52/66||49/60||38/49|
|Prince George, BC||37/60||43/67||47/71||45/70||38/60|