How to Prepare for a Trip to Alaska

How to Prepare for a Trip to Alaska

Did you know that in some parts of Alaska the sun doesn't set for 84 days? Despite the fact that it is the northernmost state in the US, it is also the largest. There is such a thing as "midnight sun". You can observe a similar phenomenon from May to August, when the sun is above the horizon.

Under such persistent and permanent exposure to the sun, interesting things are happening in the agricultural world. For example, pumpkins grow to crazy sizes. But in winter it is pitch dark. Alaska is named after the whales (from the Aleutian language "Alyakhakh" means "whale place"). And the state flag was designed by a 13-year-old boy. It is a blue canvas with the image of eight five-pointed stars. 7 of them are the constellation Ursa Major, and the last one is the North Star. What else do we know about Alaska? Of course, this is a storehouse of gold! It was discovered here around 1917. This is where the gold rush began. During this period, about a thousand tons of precious metal were mined! How then not to go on a trip to Alaska? In Alaska, there are bears, and you can use the special horn that you can find on to scare them away. It can also be installed and used in cars.

When to go to Alaska

Of course, the main difficulty of such a trip is the climate. In Inner Alaska, the temperature is very picky - it ranges from the lowest to the highest. In summer it can be 34 °C, and in winter it can be as low as -45 °C (it has even been 51 °C). In the North, the climate is the coldest. Even in July, it will most likely be 1.1 °C. Most of Southern Alaska is covered in forests, which makes the climate much milder. It is the only region in the state where temperatures can rise above freezing in winter. But there is often snow here, decorating the tops of trees, creating a real fairy tale. It is best to go from May to mid-July - when the sun shines almost around the clock (only not in the southeastern part and in the Aleutian Islands). But if you want to see the northern lights, your season is February-May. 

What clothes to take with you

The best choice would be combination clothing so that the outer layer is water-repellent and the inner one keeps the temperature. Despite the cold, sunscreen is a must have in Alaska. Just like sunglasses with a high UV filter. Also, a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from the rays. If you want to keep warm, do not forget about thermal underwear and fleece elements of the outfit. All this can be worn under a ski suit. Shoes should be comfortable, confidently holding the foot, preferably trekking boots. They are suitable for all travelers for any travels - from the jungle to the polar countries. The presence of scarves and gloves is not even discussed.

How to prepare your body for the cold

Get enough vitamins. They cannot be stocked up for future use, but it is important to control their balance in the body. There are a number of vitamins that are responsible for immunity. First of all, it is vitamin C. If it is not enough, we often catch a cold, the gums bleed, and a rash may appear on the face. To do this, we eat citrus fruits, cranberries, kiwi and cabbage.

Another important component of strong immunity is vitamin A. When everything is in order with it, we practically do not shine with bronchitis and white spots on the nails. And dull hair and fine wrinkles. We replenish stocks of fish, egg yolks and carrots. B6 helps form protective blood cells - lymphocytes. The vitamin is found in carrots, cabbage, legumes and potatoes.

In order not to return from Alaska with damaged hair and nails, we need vitamin E. Low air temperatures constrict blood vessels, which means that the hair will not have enough nutrition. So be sure to protect them with a hat and use cold-pressed vegetable oils in order to quickly replenish vitamin E in the body. B9 and B2 will also help hair. To prevent chapped lips and facial skin, we, of course, use protective oily creams and balms, but that's not all. It is important that the body has enough vitamins B2, B6 and B1. You need to include bananas and spinach, grains and nuts, bran and legumes in your menu. It's important to stay hydrated. Even if you don't feel thirsty in the cold, you should definitely drink water. In Alaska, by the way, you can drink water from all natural sources, just filter it first,

There are other ways besides food. You can try to pre-practice hardening. You will increase the body's resistance to the effects of any weather conditions. Habit and ability to adapt will be developed. Start at least with contrast showers. One positive side effect is guaranteed - improved skin quality. Blood circulation will be accelerated, and the skin will become more elastic.