What better way to enjoy the breathtaking Alaskan scenery and be closer to nature than by going on a camping trip with the ones you love the most?
Camping in Alaska can be a wonderful experience, but if you are a novice, you have to know how to prepare properly for your time in the wilderness and take appropriate measures to ensure a safe and comfortable camping adventure. Read on!
Choose a campground carefully
While you don’t have to stay in a federally-run campground if you want to go tent-camping, it might be the safest option if you’re planning your first camping trip. Setting up your own camping spot in the wilderness may sound way more exciting, but you may want to stay near civilization if you’re camping with young kids in case a bear decides to show up.
If you decide to rent a camping spot, you should try to make your reservation in advance since the most popular campgrounds can get filled up pretty quickly. Research your options on the web and choose the campground that is near to the activities and trails you’d like to experience.
Keep the bears away
Bears are magnificent creatures. That doesn’t mean that you should welcome them in your tent with open arms. If you want to share the wilderness with bears without incidents, you need to know how to keep them away from your campsite. Here are some tips:
- Avoid bears’ highways: try not to set camp near riverbanks and trails.
- Don’t camp alone: try to stay near other people for safety.
- Mind your food: keep it in bear-proof containers and away from your tent.
- Make noise: don’t hesitate to sing, clap and talk loudly while hiking.
- Burn food scraps and trash: burn all your garbage and leftovers over the fire.
Prepare for the weather
The weather in Alaska is anything but predictable. Even if you expect warm and sunny days, make sure to pack warm and waterproof clothes just in case. If you plan to go fishing, you’d be wise to bring waterproof pants and a raincoat. It’s also a good idea to bring a bathing suit in case you come across a nice hot spring!
Don’t forget about the mosquitos!
We know, it’s hard to forget about the most annoying part of any camping trip. Still, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of some mosquito survival tips.
First things first, make sure to bring a high-quality repellent that really works. Make sure to spray some on and inside your tent and don’t forget to zip the rain fly when you enter and exit the tent to try and stop mosquitos from following you.
When it comes to clothing, it’s a good idea to wear lighter colors since mosquitos seem to prefer darker shades. Also, smoke is a great natural repellant so it may be worth a shot to leave your clothes out to dry downwind of the campfire to make them more mosquito-resistant.
Camping: the best way to enjoy what Alaska has to offer!
As long as you stay safe, your Alaska camping trip is sure to be an unforgettable experience for the entire family. The little ones will never forget all the adventures they had in the Alaskan wilderness and the adults will appreciate the peace and tranquility that can only be found in nature.
Why wait? Start planning your camping trip today and get ready to be enchanted by the wonders of the Last Frontier!