• 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

Binoculars
Camera and extra film and batteries
Notebook
Sunblock and sunglasses
Field guides

Did You Know?

Glacier Bear

Glacier Bay is home to a unique type of black bear with a bluish coat. The "Glacier Bear" may have adapted its coloring for living near glacial ice.