10 Must-Pack Items for Your Alaskan Fishing Trip

10 Must-Pack Items for Your Alaskan Fishing Trip

November 7, 2018

Are you planning for your first big Alaskan fishing trip? If so, congratulations—this is an experience you will never forget! But in the midst of all this excitement, it is important that you make sure you pack everything you need for this excursion.

If you are going through a fishing charter, then you will not need to worry about fishing equipment for your trip. However, you will need to pack the right clothing and personal items to ensure a comfortable and safe trip. Here are 10 items you won’t want to travel to Alaska without:

  • Rain gear: You cannot bring just any old raincoat you bought at the department store with you to Alaska. You will need a two-piece rain suit with a hood with coated nylon and sealed seams.
  • Hip waders: Some fishing charters provide their own waders, so you do not have to worry about it. However, you may still want to pack your own waders for maximum comfort and movability.
  • Sturdy shoes: When you are not fishing, you will want to wear sturdy shoes or boots in Alaska. Look for lightweight, quality hiking boots made by a trusted brand.
  • Layered shirts and pants: A jacket, sweater, vest, jeans, fleece pants, t-shirts, flannel shirts, turtlenecks—when it comes to dressing in Alaska, you will want to have all of the above with you. The temperature can change a lot throughout the day, so it is good to be prepared for any situation.
  • Long underwear: Think long johns are outdated and silly looking? You will not be thinking that when the temperature drops below freezing! Cotton isn’t the best option—instead, look for polypropylene or wool long underwear.
  • Socks and gloves: Your extremities are the most in danger when the temperature drops below freezing. Fortunately, a good pair of wool socks and fleece gloves should keep you comfortable.
  • Brimmed hat: You might not think “sun protection” when you think of Alaska—it’s not like this is a beach trip! But the sun can be fierce in Alaska, and a wide-brimmed hat will help protect your face from getting sunburnt. It will also protect you from the rain.
  • Polarized sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses can protect your eyes from harsh UV rays, which can cause cancer. They also are helpful for avoiding the glare off the water when fishing.
  • Insect repellent: Wondering which repellent is best for your Alaskan fishing trip? Well, the more DEET is in it, the better it will be for fending off mosquitos. However, if you have especially sensitive skin, you might want to pick a natural alternative with citronella.
  • Quart bottle: Each person on your fishing trip should have at least a quart-sized water bottle with them every day. Nothing ruins a good fishing trip faster than dehydration.

Now that you know what you need to bring on your Alaskan fishing trip, you are free to enjoy your time in this beautiful state! If you have any questions about what to bring or how to prepare for your Alaskan fishing trip, feel free to contact Phantom Tri-River Charters anytime.

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