Southeastern Alaska is a temperate rain forest. May and June are the driest months while July and August are a bit wetter but warmer as well. Normal temperatures run form the mid-fifties to low seventies with temps dropping about ten degrees at night. Rarely, when the sun comes out, temps in the eighties can occur. It is important to note that there can be up to 20 hours of daylight in early summer. The weather in southeast can and does change with amazing frequency.
Casual clothing is the norm both for your Alaskan cruise as well as in towns, even in some of the better restaurants. Staying warm, dry and comfortable will allow you to maximize the enjoyment of your yacht charter experience. Layering for warmth is the best approach. If you plan to be outside in windy or rainy conditions, we recommend a long sleeve shirt, sweater (wool or fleece) and waterproof (not water-resistant) windbreaker and rain pants.
- Pants (Levi’s, denims, khakis)
- Shirts (long & short sleeved cotton, one flannel-like, one turtle-neck)
- Sweaters ( sweatshirts, wool or synthetic pile)
- Sweatpants or other comfortable pants
- Rain jacket/windbreaker – waterproof – preferably with hood
- Rain pants – lightweight waterproof
- Shorts (it can be warm!)
- Gloves – lightweight wool or acrylic gloves are the best
- Bathing suit (in case we stop at a hot springs)
- Hats – Rain hat and a sun visor or ball cap
- Shoes – Soft, with light colored, non-marking soles for the boat
- Knee-high rubber boots for hiking, beach landings and hiking through the rain forest. Rubber boots can be easily cleaned of after a muddy hike. If you don’t want to pack boots, we have a good selection on board or you can purchase inexpensive ones in Sitka or Juneau .
Remember that you will be on the Alaskan Songs private yacht. Avoid bringing hard luggage. The cabins have small closets and drawers, but storage is limited. Soft luggage or duffel bags are to be preferred as they stow easily and you will not be competing for space in your stateroom with your luggage.
EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ITEMS
- Soft day pack
- Sun block
- Lip balm
- MP3 Player (if you have a favorites) We have a library of over 500 albums on MP3 player
- Personal toiletries We have hair dryers on board
- Bring sunscreen, just in case. Bug spray is a good idea too. Mosquitoes are generally not a problem on board but no-see-ums can be in small, quiet, windless coves or on shore.
CAMERA AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT
While on your private cruise, start with fresh batteries and bring extras. Bring twice the amount of camera memory chips or film than you think you could possibly use. You’ll really kick yourself if you run out!
– If you use a camera with interchangeable lenses, bring at least one wide-angle lens (between 24mm and 50mm) and one telephoto. An 80-200mm zoom is the most versatile. A 300mm lens can be very useful for wildlife, if you have a steady hand. A monopod works well on a boat.
– Digital photographers, we do have a computer (pc) on board. We can copy your digital photos from either floppy, smart media, memory stick, secure digital or compact flash to the hard drive during the cruise and then burn all your images on to your thumb drive for you prior to your departure. Bring a high capacity thumb drive with you so you can transfer images from your memory chips.
– If you have a video camera, you’ll be able to get memorable footage and you’ll be recharging your battery often, so bring two batteries and lots of video tape or extra SD cards. We have a 110 VAC aboard for charging batteries.
– When traveling in the skiff we will be close to the water. Even on a sunny day in calm water there is an “invisible” salt mist in the air. This is hard on camera equipment. Make sure to bring some kind of case for your equipment or at least a heavy plastic bag. Rubbing alcohol works great to remove salt spray from camera bodies. Lens cleaning fluid or a chamois cloth is best for cleaning lenses.
SHOES & BOOTS
The beaches are often muddy because of the extreme range of the tide. Rubber boots are the easiest to clean off back at the boat. We understand that they are hard to pack and many of you don’t own them, and probably wouldn’t ever use them again. So we have purchased a reasonable selection of sizes for you to borrow for shore excursions.
Tennis or “deck” shoes are good for the boat. With the rough, non-skid surfaces on the deck, even “Non-marking” black soles seem to leave marks. Please bring shoes with light colored soles, if possible. Waffle soles often catch mud and rocks ashore and are difficult to clean and hard on the boat.
Fishing gear (saltwater gear and light spinning gear is already on board. If you want to fly-fish or have other special gear you would like to use feel free to bring it along.)