Camping Packing List (Guide Assisted)


Be prepared for both intense periods of sunshine and for cold rainy days. Prince William Sound has a warm and wet coastal climate, typical of temperate rain forests. Temperatures range between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but abnormal cold spells can happen when night time temperatures drop to the below 30s. You should come prepared for wet or dry weather. Sea kayaking fortunately is a sport that can easily be enjoyed while raining provided you are adequately dressed, seas tend to be calmer and wildlife is more often seen.

We recommend you bring:

Rain gear Waterproof jacket and pants. We can provide heavy duty rain gear but you’ll find that quality rain gear will prove useful beyond your kayaking trip and well worth the investment.

Rubber boots High top/shin height, often referred to as the Alaskan sneaker (or wellies by our friends across the pond). If you don’t have them we can provide.

Shoes A comfortable pair of shoes to be worn around camp

Base layers/long underwear This layer wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you warm and dry.  Pack both a top and bottom layer.

Fleece jacket or mid/heavy weight insulation layer.

Fleece/synthetic pants NO JEANS

Socks of wool, synthetic or neoprene material.

Gloves of wool, synthetic or neoprene material. Neoprene is especially good in rainy conditions. We can provide “pogies”, neoprene mittens that attach to the paddle.

Beanie/winter hat especially important for our glacier trips.

Baseball cap/sun hat Keeps the sun our of your eyes but also great in the rain to hold the hood off your face.

Second set A full second set of clothing

Re-usable water bottle Please don’t purchase single-use bottles. We have great water from the tap and it’s free!

Hand sanitizer and personal toiletry items including medications

Sun glasses and Sun screen

Insect repellent and Mosquito head net 

Book or deck of cards

We provide dry bags for packing your gear and have plenty of them so please bring extra layers. We cannot stress enough that cotton, which includes blue jeans, is inappropriate for paddling. It holds water and will keep you cold.

Camping Gear:

  • Stove & fuel
  • Pots and pans
  • Spatula
  • Eating utensils, plates, cups
  • Dish soap, scrubber, towel
  • Lighter
  • Thermos
  • Water bladder
  • Food, snacks and drinks
  • Camp chairs
  • Tent with footprint
  • Sleeping pad and bag
  • Tarp and line
  • Trash bags and zip locks

Optional items:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Whistle
  • Candles
  • Umbrella
  • Fishing gear and license
  • Swiss army knife
  • Binoculars

Suggested reading on the area:

Jim and Nancy Lethcoe, A Cruising Guide to Prince William Sound, Vol. I Western Part $29.95; Vol. II Eastern Part $21.95.

Jim and Nancy Lethcoe, A History of Prince William Sound, Alaska. 170 pp. $14.95.

Jim and Nancy Lethcoe, Valdez Gold Rush Trails. 144 pp. $14.95.

Jim Lethcoe, An Observer’s Guide to the Geology of Prince William Sound, Alaska. $17.95. 224 pp.

Nancy Lethcoe, An Observer’s Guide to the Glaciers of Prince William Sound, Alaska. 150 pp. $15.95.

Craig Matkin, An Observer’s Guide to the Killer Whales of Prince William Sound, Alaska. 103 pp. $12.95.

Available from Prince William Sound Books