Alaska is a wild, wonderful place to visit, but it is important to know the hazards before you head out into the park. No matter your experience level, taking extra time to plan and prepare can be the difference between the adventure of a lifetime and tragedy. Remember, help may be days away.

Always leave a trip itinerary that includes your backup plans with a friend or family member who can notify the National Park Service if you are overdue. Including details like the color of your tent fly, backpack, and raincoat can be especially useful during searches.

Explore these topics to begin preparing for your Alaska visit.

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Wildlife Safety

Wildlife Safety in Alaska's National Parks

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Appropriate Gear

Learn how to choose appropriate gear for Alaska's backcountry

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River Crossing

Learn how to safely cross creeks and rivers

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Alaska Weather

Learn about weather in Alaska, route planning, and having a flexible itinerary

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Aviation Safety

Learn about aviation safety in Alaska's national parks

Additional Safety & Trip Planning Content

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    Last updated: April 8, 2022