A journey to Alaska will test your ability to change directions, stay in the moment, and create memories that last a lifetime. Here are some sage pieces of advice to get the most out of your experience in Alaska.
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Dress like an onion
Yes, you read that right. In Alaska, if you want to be comfortable, you need to dress like an onion. But dressing like an onion doesn’t mean that you need to put on every single piece of clothing that you own. When we say “dress like an onion” we mean that you should plan on wearing a variety of different layers at all times. If you’re strategic, you should be able to shed (or add) a layer without a hassle, while staying dry and comfortable throughout the entire day.
Regardless of the season, it’s important that at the very least you stick to your three most basic layers: a long-sleeve underwear, a fleece, and a rain shell. It’s crucial that your layers allow air flow but are also water resistant. When it comes to your legs, try to plan with the same mentality in mind, wearing pieces that you can easily remove or add.
Even if you’re traveling during the summer months, having a variation of comfortable, long-sleeve layers, could save you from getting a sunburn or being eaten by mosquitoes.
Try new things
Taking a job in Alaska is a big step towards a new adventure. After all, it’s likely you’re working in Alaska because you’re looking for a new challenge. Maybe the excitement for a life change brought you to AK; keep up that attitude and stay open to trying new thing. For example, Alaska is known for its abundance of fresh seafood. Barring any shellfish allergies, channel your adventurous spirit and test some of the local offerings. From smoked wild salmon to fresh king crab legs, there’s ample opportunity to taste the bounty of the ocean.
Or, get a group together and book a kayak tour on your day off. Led by an experienced guide, you and your companions will explore glaciers from the intimate vantage point of your kayak. And no experience is required: kayaking is accessible to nearly everyone. All you have to do is keep your legs dry.
Yes, we know you’re in Alaska to work and explore. No, there won’t be a test at the end of your tenure. To keep things in perspective and get the most out of your time in Alaska, consider incorporating some mindfulness practices into your routine. This doesn’t mean you need to keep a detailed log of your day-to-day activities, nor do you need to devote all your free time to document your trip. But many people keep a journal to reflect on their days or weeks; most visitors enjoy keeping a log of all their experiences.
You may think you’ll remember each day, but an old adage rings true: time flies when you’re having fun. Get in the habit of snapping a few pictures or updating your diary to keep track of the high points of your time in Alaska. When it comes time to leave, you’ll have a nice outline of the months you spent in the 49th state.
There’s no right way to experience Alaska, but there are things you can do to maximize your experience. Check out our open positions and start planning your season in The Last Frontier.