Packing for your Trip to BearCamp

Packing for your Trip to BearCamp

Packing for your Trip to BearCamp

Bear Viewing Trips packing list
BearCamp® Planning:

If your trip includes an overnight at BearCamp®, be ready to check in with a smaller day pack (1500 cubic inches or less) good sized water bottle (we have some for sale as well) ready to go, as your BearCamp® experience will typically be scheduled for your first 2 days of your trip (though not always). Maximum traveling gear for flights is 15 pounds per person.

Be sure your pack or duffel (1500 cubic inches or less) has the following: limited personal toiletries, high quality and lightweight rain gear, extra socks and underwear, warm cap and binoculars, extra layers. For fall trips, gloves, hand warmers and a down vest should be added to the items you are bringing. Sometimes with flights in remote Alaska, weather can preclude a return flight to the lodge, meaning you have an unscheduled overnight at bearcamp- while this is not typical, it's important to be be prepared! Extra socks and underwear are important.


Clothing list
Comfort is King!

  • Water bottle
  • A couple pair of Breathable quick drying pants that zip off into shorts. (double duty ). Avoid jeans- not good when wet and never dry.
  • extra underwear and socks... (a fresh pair of socks and skivvies can sometimes brighten your whole day)
  • full set tops and bottoms of breathable Long underwear
  • a 2nd, heavier pair of long underwear - for fall trips or folks sensitive to the cold. (They're a lifesaver on a cold fall morning running upriver, and take up almost no space in your pack or duffel)
  • Quality breathable top and bottom raingear. Get the good stuff if you can.....don't scrimp!
  • waterproof shoes ("duck boots" rubber bottom, leather upper) are excellent in the boats. For Safaris a waterproof hiking shoe with good support is the way to go
  • A few lightweight t shirts (preferably breathable/quick drying not cotton)
  • a heavy weight fleece jacket or similar jacket

Other gear to consider without overpacking:

1. Pocket knife or multi-tool (remember not in your carry-on- no knives or multi tools)

2. Sunglasses and retainer strap

3. Sunblock and lip balm

4. Insect repellent and a cheap head Net

5. Personal first aid kit

6. Motion Sickness Pills

7. Ziploc plastic bags (or an actual dry bag or two- they come in may sizes) for keeping items dry

8. Waterproof digital Camera w/ extra battery or memory cards

9. Small pair of waterproof binoculars

10. Earplugs for any travel partners who may snore!

11: 3 hats: a Billed cap/a stocking cap and a rain hat (or be sure you have a hood on your rain gear!)

12: extra camera batteries and memory cards

That is it- if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the office. As I said, don’t let any of this stress you out. If you have questions, call our office- we’ll make it simple. If you get caught without, we'll help you out.

Please Note: BearCamp® is in a rugged and beautiful part of Alaska- between Illiamna Volcano and the Cook Inlet. This unique and rugged and beautiful part of Alaska can experience strong weather,and like all fixed - wing plane trips into the Alaskan Wilderness, flights can be delayed or cancelled due to those conditions. Those changes can be last minute due to their very nature, and Great Alaska and the flight service we use will only fly when conditions safely allow it.

Great Alaska highly recommends a "buffer day" after your BearCamp® experience with no trip-critical experiences (like a flight home or cruise south). In other words, lodging only somewhere not far from Great Alaska main lodge. That way, if your flight is delayed or even cancelled, you can enjoy the extra night at BearCamp® without the stress of having to rearrange your trip. Ask our Adventure Experts for more information. Our extended itineraries have that feature built-in.

We’ll see you in Alaska soon!

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