Prepare for the Unexpected: Alaska Edition

It's necessary to stay healthy and take care of yourself. Especially people who are really busy and don't have enough time to kick back and relax. Anyone under too much stress needs to take care of their health regularly. We move at such a fast pace that we forget what matters. That's why many recommend going away for vacations from time to time. Getting away from the city noise is necessary for good mental health. If you don't stop to rest sometimes, you probably risk going crazy before time. So, plan a trip and have something to look forward to. it doesn't have to be anything expensive or luxurious, a couple of days away from the city is more than enough.

If you want to also be active during your vacation, then try to pick up a hobby or a spot you like. If you love winter sports, then skiing in Alaska is the best choice. If you want to swim and enjoy the sun, then head down to Miami. Whatever you choose.

mountain covered with snow

If you decide to go to Alaska, you'll be amazed by the nature and sights there. It also has many activities to offer.

You can walk, go trail running, ski, and drink hot coffee after a long day. Sounds great, right?

Tourists love the serenity of Alaska and it's a really big change from all the humidity of the city. You'll definitely enjoy it there. It's a completely different experience. But, as you know, it can get really cold in Alaska. And if you're skiing, you also need to be prepared for unexpected situations.

Injuries can happen and you need to be prepared, especially if you're completely new to skiing. It doesn't have to mean that something will happen. But it's always better to be prepared. Luckily, Anchorage is one of the biggest cities in Alaska and has everything you might need.

Let's take a look at what you should pack and prepare before your trip.

Why Alaska is a Great Destination

Anyone who appreciates nature will love Alaska. It's calm and peaceful and simply beautiful. There are many mountain ranges to explore. Plus, the wildlife is very diverse. An animal lover will get to know many different types of animals and pet them(in controlled environments of course). If you're not the type to get excited about nature, then no worries. Anchorage has many stores and boutiques to browse. You can also go to a restaurant and try some delicious local meals. A spa is also a good idea if you want to truly relax.

The Best Preparation for Emergencies

snow footwear

All you need before your trip is a list of all the things to pack. Check out our recommendations and make sure you don’t forget anything.

List of Medical Facilities

No matter how much you prepare, something can always happen. You can have an accident or minor injury that needs to be taken care of. There's no room for panic. If you're prepared and know where to turn for help, you're all covered. Google will help you find everything you need. Try to find a nearby pharmacy shop, hospital, or private medical clinic and locate an Anchorage family dentist just in case. Injuries are common for skiers and you can end up with a sprained ankle or even a chipped tooth if you suffer a nasty fall. If you're traveling with kids, it's always good to turn to family dentists that have experience in working with children.

Check the facilities’ working hours and make sure you have some facilities nearby your accommodation. It’s also a big plus if they work on weekends.

Proper Footwear

Footwear is super important when traveling to Alaska. You need a pair of warm and waterproof boots. These should not be sneakers or some light shoes. Always choose something chunky, like boots that were made for winter weather conditions. The snow can get really deep and you can easily slip or fall through in improper footwear.

If you're planning on skiing, you need to check your skiing boots. Do they still fit? Are they in mint condition? If not, you'll probably have to get a pair of new ones. Uncomfortable boots may cause injuries and ankle sprains for skiers. If you're checking your boots, check all other skiing equipment. If you're a newbie, then you can just buy everything you need before you go or maybe borrow the clothes and footwear from an older sibling or cousin if possible. That way you also save up some money.

Warm and Comfortable Clothes

Anyone who doesn't like feeling cold needs to pack a lot of warm and cozy clothes. Try to fit in as many wool sweaters as possible in your suitcase. Also, don't forget about the important accessories such as gloves, scarves and caps. Wherever you go outside in the hard snow, make sure you wear layers of clothes. And the top layer should definitely be a windproof jacket.

The Key Takeaways

Now you know what to pack and what to prepare. Warm and durable footwear is a must for anyone going to Alaska. Also, you need high-quality skiing equipment to have a risk-free experience. Naturally, it's always best to be prepared for potential injuries. That's why we recommend researching local medical clinics, dentists and pharmacy shops. It never hurts to have the list just in case. Throw in some warm clothes and you're all set for your adventure!

Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the ski and snowboard space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.


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