What to pack on your trip to Alaska

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There’s really only one rule for what to wear in Alaska – layers.

Layers are key to staying comfortable without overheating or freezing. Consider it your own personal thermostat:

You can start a brisk early morning boat ride in the morning with several layers on, and take them off as you reel in 100lb halibut in the warm Alaska sun. Or Throw on a rain-slick over your jacket to stay warm when approaching monster icebergs and glaciers over at the Tracy Arm Fjord. You can bundle up or strip off layers as the weather changes every five minutes.

We recommend having 3 sets of layers for your trip:

The Base Layer (Under Layer)

As the next-to-skin layer, a base layer’s job is moving perspiration away from your skin, aka “wicking.” In cool or cold conditions, wicking long-style base layers are needed to keep your skin dry. That’s essential because it helps to keep you from becoming chilled. The inner layer is what we think of as long underwear other thin material that absorbs moisture from your skin. Long underwear might not be appealing when temperatures soar, but having dry skin generally makes you more comfortable in all conditions.

The Middle Layer (Insulating Layer)

The insulating layer helps you retain the heat that’s radiated by your body. The more efficiently this layer traps that heat, the warmer you’ll be. This could be a fleece jacket, vest or even a sweater. Synthetic materials usually have the edge over wool or cotton because of their lightness and warmth. This layer should be a bit looser than the inner layer, maybe a size or half-size larger, so that it fits comfortably and isn’t too tight.

The Outer Layer (Shell Layer)

The outer layer is the most important layer as it will keep water and wind from penetrating your inner layers. You want a shell that's waterproof and breathable to stay warm when it's windy and dry when it's rainy. Most outer layers are made from Gore-Tex® material (including a hood) will keep a wet day from turning into a miserable one.

Family Fishing for Alaska Salmon
There’s really only one rule for what to wear in Alaska – layers.
Pybus Point Pro Tip: Raingear

Even high-quality breathable-waterproof fabrics might not always do the job of keeping you dry. Heavy rain can overcome the capacity of most Gore-tex and similar fabrics. That is why Pybus Point Lodge offers commercial-grade rain gear and boats from Grundens to all our guests free of charge. It’s the same gear used by Alaska commercial fishermen and is specifically made to keep you dry, warm, and happy, no matter the conditions.

Alaska Packing List PDF


Download, share, or print out our PDF Packaging list to make sure you bring all the gear you need for your Alaska vacation!


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Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, Pybus Point Lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable all-inclusive fishing and eco-tourism resort.

Andrea Tate

Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

Pybus Point Lodge - WOW!

We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery.    I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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