Remote Travel Tips
- Research and plan your trip carefully Some of the most exciting wildlife viewing opportunities in Alaska occur in isolated, remote areas with few, if any, amenities. Contact the State of Alaska Travel and Vacation Information for general information and the agency noted under “Contact” in the site descriptions of this book for more specific information. Make reservations early; services may be limited.
- Dress appropriately and bring layers of warm, waterproof clothing. Always carry supplies to last longer than you have planned to stay. Much Alaska travel is weather dependent and the weather may change quickly and drastically; you may be temporarily stranded. Pack spares: tires, money, food, film, etc. When in the wilderness, carry emergency survival gear — such as waterproof matches, fire starter, and a space blanket — separate from your main backpack.
- Recognize your limitations. Consider guided tours for areas of special challenge. Make sure someone you trust knows where you are and when you are planning to come back, so that they can alert authorities if you fail to return. Carry standard first aid equipment, and learn how to recognize and treat hypothermia.
- Respect the culture and privacy of Alaska Native peoples and their land. Recognize that fishing and hunting camps you may come across are essential to local residents' subsistence way of life.
- Bring insect repellant, "bug jackets," and/or head nets. Alaska is famous for its mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other biting insects.
- Do not attempt to hike across mudflats or glaciers. These can be treacherous. Speak with authorities before trying to negotiate these types of terrain. On saltwater outings, always carry a tide table.
- Purify water taken from streams and rivers. Although water may appear pristine, treatment is still recommended.