Climate & Clothing

Clothing Suggestions

Traveling in Southeast Alaska on an Alaska charter boat is a casual affair and we recommend packing with this in mind. Even in the best restaurants casual jeans are quite acceptable. Your goal should be to stay warm, dry and comfortable as this will make your experience the most enjoyable. We have found the best approach is layering for warmth. Long sleeve fleece and light rain proof jackets, along with waterproof pants will serve you well in windy, rainy conditions. Temperatures can change quickly with rain changing to much warmer conditions when the sun comes out. On Alaska charter boats, you don’t want to miss out on viewing a beautiful glacier, a pod of Orcas or a group of feeding humpback whales up close because you are not prepared for rain and chill.

  • Extra underwear and socks
  • Pants (jeans, khakis)
  • Long and short sleeved cotton shirts, one flannel and one turtleneck
  • Sweaters and/or sweatshirts (fleece or wool)
  • Comfortable pants or sweats
  • Rain jacket/windbreaker – preferably with hood
  • Rain pants – lightweight waterproof
  • Shorts – be prepared for warm weather
  • Gloves – lightweight wool or acrylic
  • Bathing suit – we often enjoy the hot-springs!
  • Ball cap, brimmed hat or rain hat
  • Shoes – soft, with non-marking soles for the boat.
  • Knee-high rubber boots are extremely convenient for hiking, beach landings and tide pooling. They can be easily cleaned off after various shore activities. Alaska luxury charters offers the opportunity to get off the boat and explore. The Alaskan Story is equipped with an assortment of rubber boots if you would rather not pack your own.

Juneau Climate and Hours of Daylight

Month
Avg. High
Avg. Low
Rain
Daylight
Jan
33
24
5.35″
7.1 hrs
Feb
35
25
4.27″
9.4 hrs
Mar
40
28
3.78″
11.8 hrs
Apr
48
33
2.94″
14.4 hrs
May
57
41
3.40″
16.8 hrs
Jun
62
47
3.24″
18.3 hrs
Jul
64
50
4.60″
17.6 hrs
Aug
63
49
5.73″
15.4 hrs
Sep
56
44
8.64″
12.8 hrs
Oct
47
38
8.63″
10.3 hrs
Nov
38
29
5.99″
7.9 hrs
Dec
34
26
5.84″
6.4 hrs

Other Items

  • Binoculars
  • Soft, waterproof daypack
  • Sunblock, lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Seasick medicine or wristbands
  • Journal to keep a daily log
  • Fly-fishing gear (saltwater gear and light spinning gear is already on board)
  • Personal toiletries (you will not need a hairdryer as we have these on board)
  • Mosquitoes are generally not a problem on board an Alaska charter boat but “no-see-ums” can be in small, quiet, windless coves so bring some bug spray.

Electronics

There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures along the beautiful Alaska coastline. Make sure to bring extra memory cards or your laptop so you can save your best shots. A good zoom lens or high-pixel camera so you can crop and enlarge pictures will make these experiences richer and more fun.

Tips for Luggage

We recommend soft-sided luggage that is easy to store. Our staterooms have drawers and closets but storage is limited. We want you to be as comfortable as possible in your space and encourage you to plan for the storage provided.

Suggested Reading

Aboard Alaska luxury charters guests have the opportunity to see and have once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We highly recommend reading up on Alaska, and its history and culture to gain insight into this majestic place before you visit. Below you will find a list of some highly recommended books from our crew and past guests.

Suggested Reading List

Guidebooks & Travelogues

Destination Map – Alaska’s Inside Passage
National Geographic Maps Trails Illustrated
1-56695-122-4
 
Best map of the area to use for planning your trip and to bring along

Passage to Juneau
Jonathan Raban
Pantheon Books
0-679-44262-6
New in 1999 – A lovely & thoughtful look at the history and culture of the area

The Coastal Companion
Joe Upton
Coastal Publishing
0-9645682-0-9
All around guide to the entire inside passage

Southeast Alaska- Touring the Inside Passage
Sarah Eppenbach
Globe Pequot Press
1-56440-363-7
Good background on history, wildlife, weather, native heritage and points of interest

Adventure Guide to Coastal Alaska
Lynn & Ed Readicker
Henderson Hunter Publishing
1-55650-630-9
All around guide to coastal Alaska

The Curve of time
M. Wylie Blanchet
Seal Press
1-878067-27-3
Written by a single mother from British Columbia who cruised the coast while home-schooling her children in the 20s & 30s

The Last Wild Edge
Susan Zwinger
Johnson Books
1-55566-241-2
A thoughtful naturalists account of her journey from the arctic circle to the Olympic rain forest (friend of the captain)

Spirited Waters
Jennifer Hahn
The Mountaineers
0-89886-744-4
A woman’s solo sea-kayak and spiritual voyage through the inside passage from Ketchikan to Bellingham (friend of the captain)

Reaching Home – Pacific Salmon, Pacific People
Natalie Fobes
Alaska Northwest Books
0-88240-449-0
Award winning, National Geographic photographer’s work on the natural and human history of the salmon (friend of the captain)

History & Fiction

Where the Sea Breaks its Back
Corey Ford
Alaska Northwest Books
0-88240-394-X
Story of naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska

The Sea Runners
Ivan Doig
Penguin
0-14-006780-9
Fictional Account of true story of four Swedish indenture servant who escape Sitka in a stolen Tlingit canoe and paddle all the way to the Columbia River. A great read!

The Reader’s Companion to Alaska
Alan Ryan
Harcourt Brace
0-15-600368-6
Compendium of great travel writing about Alaska

Working on the Edge
Spike Walker
St. Martin’s Press
0-312-08924-4
Great account of the perils of work on a king crab boat not about Southeast but a great read

Coming Back Alive
Spike Walker
St. Marin’s Press
0-312-26971-4
Incredible true story of an heroic Coast Guard rescue mission on Alaska’s high seas

The Inside Passage to Alaska
Hugo Anderson
Anderson Publishing
0-945989-21-0
Hard to find but worth the effort

Cruising Guides and Mariner’s Resources

Exploring the Inside Passage to Alaska
Don & Reane Douglas
Fine Edge Prod.
0-938665-33-2
Excellent guide to anchorages and passages San Juan Islands to Skagway

Charlie’s Charts – North to Alaska
Charles Wood
 
0-9697265-4-6
Similar to above but not as detailed on anchorages – good hand drawn charts

Southeast Alaska Current Atlas
Randel Washbourne
Weatherly Press
0-935727-05-1
Invaluable graphic atlases of tidal currents – requires current annual tables

Southeast Alaska Boat Harbor Directory
Alaska Dept. Fish & Game
 
 
Complete information & charts of all small boat harbors in Southeast Alaska

Other Books of Note

  • Alaska-Yukon Handbook, David Stanley
  • Travels in Alaska, John Muir
  • National Geographic, January 1984, “Southeast Alaska-An Incredible Feasting of Whales” (highly recommended)
  • Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska, Kate Wynne
  • The Sierra Club Handbook to Whales and Dolphins, Leatherwood and Reeves
  • Voyaging With the Whales, Cynthia D’Vincent
  • Alaska’s Glaciers, Alaska Geographic
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, J. Pojar & A. MacKinnon
  • The Tlingit, A. Krause (about native cultures)
  • I Heard an Owl Call My Name, Margaret Craven (about priest who learns the ways of the native culture)
  • Raven Stole the Moon, Garth Stein – Supernatural thriller set in modern day Alaska
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