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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Default Rain question for those of you who have been to Alaska

The weather forecasts rain in almost every port we're going to.

Is the rain all day constant rain or is it like Florida in the summertime where it rains almost every day but only for about an hour (or less).
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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:50 PM
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Default Re: Rain question for those of you who have been to Alaska

Often for a longer period of time. Closer to a light drizzle than actual rain
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Old August 6th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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A waterproof jacket is a must for Alaska. I have seen a number of people who have worn water resistant jackets only to be wet and cold.

A light rain coat, that you can put in a back pack, will keep you dry and warm.

This is the type that I brought with me on my Alaska cruises. Both the pants and jacket can be rolled up to less than 1 ft. long by 6 inches wide. and weighs less than one pound per piece.



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It only drizzled on us in Skagway and we sailed in July.

We just wore windbreakers that had hoods and were fine. No need to invest in expensive outerwear unless your excursioins will require you do so.
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We were lucky on our July cruise to Alaska. No rain but snow ! going over the pass into the Yukon territory.
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Great advice from others, but I will add my 2 cents.
Dress in layers
take long johns in September
light rain wear
pack an umbrella
plan on at least some light rain
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Old August 7th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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I will add one thing to my previous post:

The rain wear I posted can be purchased at most sporting goods stores for less than $25 and weighs less than 2 pounds. Dressing in layers is the best idea. A fleece or light jacket, pair of jeans, good walking shoes and a hat and you are good for the day. Wear a short or long sleeve shirt under the jacket, depending on the days temperature.

Remove and add as the weather requires and you are set up for just about anything short of glacier walking.

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Thanks to RobRen for asking the question and to everyone for the great replies.

We leave for Alaska in three weeks and think we'll have everything we need based on the responses here. We have a base layer (long underwear), fleece, and waterproof pants and jackets (with hoods). That with the umbrella, gloves, and warm hats and I think we're good to go!

Layers, layers, layers...
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Yes, thanks for the great ideas. We have waterproof jackets with hoods but no one in my family (especially my 16 year old son) will wear waterproof pants. I'm also bringing a pancho and my DH & DS have hats.

We're leaving for the airport in 12 hours!
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