• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

What to Bring

kayakers in front of Lamplugh Glacier

Gear for an Overnight Kayak Trip

  • Glacier Bay backcountry permit
  • kayak
  • paddle
  • spare paddle
  • gloves/ pogies
  • paddle jacket or rain jacket
  • hat (for rain or sun)
  • sunglasses
  • sunblock
  • water
  • water purification method
  • map
  • binoculars
  • camera
  • film
  • tent/ bivy sack
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • stove
  • fuel
  • cooking pan
  • food
  • synthetic (polypropylene) long underwear
  • wool and/or fleece clothing
  • bear-proof food canister
  • field guides(marine mammals, plants, stars, etc.)
  • VHF radio
  • flares
  • bear spray
tourboat visitors on bow

Gear for a Day Trip on the Tour Boat

Warm clothing including hat
Rain gear-including jacket, pants and hat

Camera and extra film and batteries
Sunblock and sunglasses
Field guides

Did You Know?

Dr. Cooper

It was the inspiration of one man, Dr. William S. Cooper, an ecologist studying how plant life returns to land freshly revealed from beneath retreated glaciers, that lead to the establishment of Glacier Bay as a National Monument in 1925.