Weather & Packing List

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You'll find Alaska's summer temperatures pleasant. Summer daytime temperatures range from 55 - 70 degrees in South Central Alaska but you'll feel warmer due to long hours of direct sunlight. Nighttime lows are refreshingly cool, dipping into the 50-60's. May and September are 5°- 10° cooler. August is typically rainy so be prepared for some wet showers, the recent months have surprised locals with unusually warm days (85-90 degrees!). Remember, depending on the time of the summer, the sun will not set until 10 pm if at all!

Suggested Packing List:

Must - Haves:

  • Face Masks, one for each day of your trip, per person

  • Travel size, hand sanitizer

  • One refillable water bottle

  • Day bag

  • bug spray

  • enough memory or phone storage for lots of picture taking!

Clothing: bring clothes you can layer.

  • short-sleeved shirts

  • A couple warm sweatshirt/fleece for boat rides and cooler evenings

  • rain coat (water resistant!)

  • long pants (comfortable for walking/light hikes)

  • shorts (hey, why not)

  • bathing suit (Harbor 360 in Seward has a small hot tub & pool)

  • comfortable walking shoes, preferably with grip for boat rides

  • real winter hats, that cover your ears

  • mittens or soft gloves for boat rides

Bath / Personal:

  • Personal medication

  • Prescription sea sickness pills or patch “sea bands” or Dramamine for the 2 boat rides we are taking.

  • Glasses / contacts / contact solution

  • Personal toiletries

  • Sunscreen


  • Binoculars

  • Books

  • Sunglasses

  • Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars).

  • sleeping mask (for long sunlight hours!)

  • If it's sunny, brimmed hat for the glacier and wildlife cruise. If it's windy, warm hat & gloves for boat rides. Either can happen!

Discover Corps Provides:

  • Linens / blankets/bedding

  • soap/shampoo

  • Towels