First and Foremost, a Little “Welcome Back”
Well, hello there. It’s been a year-and-a-day, hasn’t it? Nestled between “WEDDING IS COMING” and “Oh wholesome blogging, I barely knew thee,” I lost my blogging-way there for a minute. As a quick apology-explanation combo (the best of all the long-winded combos), here’s what happened. I had a wedding. Weddings are stressful. I worried about my future with blogging, consumerism of terrible things, whether the “Everyone has a voice!” really was true. Is there a space for all of us, really, to matter? I floundered, faltered, but somehow, began to figure it out. I am not sure what the future holds for Wolf & Stag, at this point. But, for now, before the words escaped me forever, I wanted to come on and say — “Hey.”
And, well, to bring it back to basics, by answering the very simple question, “What kind of content do I like to read?” Hilarious diatribes about things that matter aside, the answer is this: thoughtful approaches to simple living, dressing, packing, traveling. What people actually buy, wear, spend their cold-hard cash on. The shoes that are dirty and beaten, because they’ve gone on more adventures than I have. How to make a home that is sustainable, beautiful, functional.
Okay Then, Back to the Packing for Alaska Point…
But, back to the packing part. Honestly, with each and every trip I do, I spend an
extortionate a totally appropriate for a normal human amount of time figuring out what to pack. What can I add to my quasi-capsule wardrobe that meets all my criteria? Am I buying this just for one trip, and is that worth it for the long-term? What will I really wear, as opposed to what I think I should wear? And, most importantly, what do I already own that I could utilize? These are just some of the many, but important, questions that I ask myself as I pack for a trip.
However, planning a 5-ish-day trip to Alaska has become a beast I have never quite known. With promises of both brilliant sunshine and torrential rain, arctic-glacial lows mixed with sunny-day highs, hiking, dinners, car rides, excursions — yes, my friends. I have finally met my foe.
What will I really wear, as opposed to what I think I should wear? And, most importantly, what do I already own that I could utilize?
For those of you heading to Alaska in the summer, chances are, you will be facing very similar conditions (and planned activities) as me. From the hours I have researched, the weather is variable out in Southern Alaska. Glaciers to heat to mountains to road trips to sun, summer in Alaska will have all 4 seasons covered in a single trip. Essentially: pack for anything. And bring layers. Lots of ’em.
Which is why, you will see from my list below, that my packing for Alaska list looks more like a 7-10 day trip. In fact, it’s 5 days, and yes, I am overpacking, which I highly do not recommend. But, for a trip like this, I’d rather be over-prepared than under.
What I’m Packing for Alaska for our Summer Trip
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What I’m Packing for Alaska in the Summer:
Now, having checked the weather again, it looks like high temps are expected — very different from what I originally imagined! The weather is meant to hover in the 27C / 80F range, which is unbearably hot for me. However, the only thing I’ll be changing here is bringing fewer sweaters (just my Everlane one), more tees, sandals instead of mules, and a loose jumpsuit, in case it is very hot (this one here is my fave).
Despite the hot temps now predicted, I will still be packing for Alaska my Everlane fleece (it’s light enough to throw on if temps vary), and my Penfield Kasson jacket, which is the perfect top-layer piece for variable temperatures. I spent a long time looking at jackets for this trip, and while I originally wanted one with a plaid lining (I love you, Scotland), I decided this one was the one to get. I’m also forgoing my rain coat, as with this hot weather, I don’t need it — although if I was spending more time in the city / it was forecasted to rain, I’d bring it.