Any Shoe and Jacket Suggestions for Alaska?
I have been looking around but am more confused than when I started---some say hiking shoes-- some say walking tennis shoes
Some say a fleece jacket--others say rain parka--others windbreaker
Of those of you who have been to Alaska, what is a good buy without spending a fortune on shoes or jackets? HELP PLEASE!?
I would not go for the fleece jacket. I've been there in both May and Sept, the 2 coldest months and only had one day when I was truly cold. But, the breezes up on deck can be chilly and if it rains, which it does a lot, that can be chilly as well. Hence the advice on a waterproof windbreaker. Layers under that and you will be fine. I did take gloves and a headband, which I used maybe once each trip.
Re. shoes, it depends on what you want to do in ports. If you were going to Alaska for extended land vacation, then hiking shoes might be needed. But, I am physically limited and spent most of my time either on a bus, or boat tour or some light walking around in town. Hubby did climb up the hill (mountain?) in Juneau and even he just had on good walking shoes. So, plan around what you plan to do.
Alaska is not as cold as most people think. Sitka never goes below freezing, even in the dead of winter. And, most of the activities that would require special gear and shoes are too far inland to do from a cruise.
Marty....who loved Alaska inspite of hating being cold!
I would do the boots if I were going to do any trails.
Re: Any Shoe and Jacket Suggestions for Alaska?
With regard to shoes:
>> In the towns and other tourist spots, normal shoes or sneakers that you wear at home are quite satisfactory.
>> If you plan to go out into the bush, hiking boots are a must.
>> If you plan to take a helicopter excursion that includes landing and walking around on a glacier, you'll need to bring appropriate boots if the excursion operator does not provide them.
>> And, of course, you will need dress shoes for eveningwear aboard ship.
With regard to coats:
>> In the ports of call, layers are the best option. A sweater or sweatshirt, a waterproof spring/fall jacket (nylon or whatever), and a rain hat will give you flexibility to handle whatever weather you will encounter. Ketchikan is one of the wettest cities in North America, with about 250 rainy days per year IIRC, so your odds of not encountering rain there are pretty slim.
>> If you are going to any glacier areas, including glacier viewing from the ship, you will need a heavy jacket, hat, and winter gloves or mittens. Remember that glaciers are ice and their "calving" provides a steady supply of ice intot he bays around them so the bays are full of ice water at 32 degrees F or 0 degrees C. The air temperature above the glaciers and above those bays is not much warmer -- typically upper 30's F or lower single digits C.
And in Skagway, Anchorage, and Fairbanks, you probably will be walking around in your shirtsleeves basking in beautiful sunny weather with daytime temperatures in the upper 70's to lower 80's F or upper 20's C.
Alaska is a fantastic destination. Have a great cruise!
Thanks--its hard to plan and believe what to bring cause its so hot here in Louisiana at the same time.
Layer Layer Layer. Sweater, sweatshirts etc. It is the best advice. If you visit a glacier like Hubbard glacier for example, It will be COLD. If you don't want to take a heavy coat/jacket just for that event, plan on layering enough to equal the warmth of a heavier coat. A knit hat and gloves are a must. I wish I had brough 1 pair of thermals for that period of time. If you allready have a lined windbreaker then just waterproof it for rain. Go to Kmart and get "Camp Dry" and spray your jacket to waterproof it and also spray a pair of walking shoes. if it rains which it probalby will you can help to keep your feet from getting too wet that way.
Another souvenier tip. Take a small colapsable backpack. It is great for shopping and carrying souveniers, and if you layer and get too warm, just peel off the outer layer and stuff in your pack.
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