How to pack for a trip to Alaska

I am making my Alaska debut later this week and have gone packing crazy. We’re talking detailed lists of which outfit for which day plus shoes and jewelry to match.

The thing is, I’m not entirely sure what happens in Alaska. It’s cold right? Typically, but in August the temperature can range from low 50s to high 70s, and don’t even get me started on the rain. 

So I made a how-to guide where I break down a few key pieces and include outfit suggestions for appropriate fashion when traveling to Alaska or similar colder destinations. 

Airplane: I tend to stick with soft knits, like leggings and open cardigans + flats or easy shoes to slip in and out of + a large scarf. The scarf can work wonderfully as a shawl (because it’s always freezing on flights) or as a pillow.

Outdoor activities: I purchased a strong rain jacket from Eddie Bauer,  I highly recommend a waterproof jacket with a hood if you’re heading here in the summer. I slid the jacket on over a crew neck sweater and duck boots. For wherever you’re headed, a solid pair of rain/snow/water boots is always a good idea plus thick socks.

Casual day outfits:  Jeans + tee+ cardigans + wide belt

OR: Leggings + loose blouses + pull over sweater + booties.

Going out: Knit skirt + long sleeve tee + jacket and booties

OR: a t-shirt dress + bright scarf + flats. Maybe throw in a blazer or leather jacket as well. 

Shoes: Casual booties for going out, duck boots or rain boots for outdoor activities, black flats for airplane/going out, moccasins (or other casual shoes like boat/toms) for lounging, finally a pair of sneaks for anything else–I’m bringing my cornflower converse.

Finally I added my red capris for a fun night out. Tip: fold pants and sweaters over tissue to minimize creases. And as a cheap trick, save your tissue from your latest shopping excursion so you always have some on hand.

Between the weather and the all around casualness of Alaska, I kept my wardrobe fairly basic. But fun ways to punch it up include adding a jewel toned cardigan, pastel jeans or fun moccasins–like these cute limited edition Wren for Minnetonka Mocs! Also accessorizing with jewelry or scarves is a great way to merge color and fun into your outfit.

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