Alaska Pacific University: Expedition Alaska Gear Overview
Articles,  Blog

Alaska Pacific University: Expedition Alaska Gear Overview

(upbeat music) – Hi everyone, my names Raina. I’m gonna be travelin’ down the Yukon with you for ten days. I wanted to show you some of the essential gear you’ll need and also some of the gear that we provide for rentals. So here we go. First off, you need to get the basics. Basics, are gonna be essential items that you may already have. So, look in your closet
with what I show you from my closet and you might
already have these things so this doesn’t need to necessarily be an expensive course for you. And if you start shopping early, you might be able to find
those deals in thrift shops. There are great thrift
shops here in Anchorage and you might be able to find something that week before the course. But hey, if you’re
watching this video early I suggest you start shopping now and start thinkin’ about what you’re gonna take on the Yukon. It is essential that they
are non cotton items. Cotton gets wet, it’s really
hard to dry in the field. It’s also really cold when
it’s against your body. I’m actually dressed
for the Yukon right now. Head to toe, this is synthetic material. One thing I wanted to
show you was my feet. So we’ll start there with essential items. I’m wearing just a regular old pair of sneakers but what’s important about those sneakers is they
have a good tread on them. I’m gonna be using them to walk on pebbly beaches, sandy muddy terrain, when I don’t wanna wear my rubber boots. I’ll talk more about
rubber boots in a minute. For feet, you’re gonna need long, thick, wool or synthetic blend socks. For your head, you wanna
have a baseball cap, nice warm somethin’ for your noggin, and for your hands a
mid winter, mid weight, somethin’ to keep your
hands warm out there. I have a selection of neck gaiters. You could probably choose from one. I like BUFF just because it’s versatile, I can put my hair back, kinda
keeps sweat outta my eyes. And then I also like this really warm one, which keeps your neck warm. Torso. So your upper body you wanna layer with at least four layers. Again, synthetic material if you can. I have, two, three, and
then I’m also wearing a t-shirt and a hoodie so I have a total of five but I kinda wanted to
show off this nice hoodie, so. Next. Lower body. Yoga pants are great. So are jogger pants as
long as they’re synthetic bust out those great yoga pants. I also prefer either shorts
or a nice little skirt. I love this skirt, this is kinda one of my favorite items. Also provides a little bit of privacy. (package crinkling) Moving into non clothing items. You’re gonna want a notebook. It’s really nice I have
a Rite in the Rain. You can write in any weather in this, they’re provided at the base camp which is the APU mail room. And invest in a nice mechanical pencil or a Rite in the Rain pen. That way you can take notes, study in class, you’re also
gonna have your textbook. I also protect a lot of
things with Ziploc bags. We can provide a lot of those too. But, you may wanna invest in something like a little nylon bag to
sort of organize your gear. It doesn’t need to
necessarily be an APU one. I have lots of different selections. I have other things to keep
my other essential items in. I wanted to talk about backpack too. You just need a small backpack. It’s literally something that you can go on short little day hikes with from camp where you’re gonna do some studying. So you can carry your notebook, water, food, and an extra layer. While you’re going out
and doing study plots and looking at all that Alaskan natural history while we’re in camp. So this is something that’s very packable and easy to just put into your bag. And while I’m moving and rafting, I can actually put stuff in here and put it where it’s easily accessible. Water bottle, of course, essential. A head lamp with fresh batteries. Essential. Sunglasses. Smaller toothpaste so travel
size is what you need. Maybe some lotion. Ibuprofen in a small bag. Any medications that you need, you wanna keep them especially if they’re essential to your survival you’re gonna wanna make sure they’re in waterproof containers. Another hot tip is I like to bring things like that are small but super useful, is a set of earplugs in here with, ’cause I have a hard time sleeping. And that’s just for me, some Advil PM. Just in case your tent mate snores, or you’re just havin’ trouble sleeping. So, staying fresh out there. There will not be showers however we might have opportunities to take little bird baths along the way. I like to bring of course the wet wipes. Wipe down your face after a long day it’s always nice to do that in the tent. The other thing I like to bring is a very small pack towel with
some biodegradable soap. So Dr. Bronner’s is great. Bandana. We can talk more about bandanas later, but this is actually
what we call our pee rag. So ladies, we’ll get to
that in the classroom. But it’s very handy to have
so you don’t have to be carrying toilet paper
to the woods every time. Toilet paper. Another thing of little hand sanitizer. And that’s about it for essential gear. Let’s talk about rentals. So APU can provide lots
of insulating layers. If you already have these things, then please feel free to bring them. But, if you don’t have them you may wanna consider investing in it, since you know, it’s winter in Alaska. And if you’re gonna plan to be up here for a full year or into the future and doing field work or
wanting to recreate outdoors you may wanna invest in some of the items. However, they can be kinda pricey so if you wanna rent them
from us it’s no problem. Insulating parka. Insulating pants. Super nice, it can get
down into the low 40’s, so we wanna make sure
that we’re nice and warm and that we’re able to study and listen to our professors and just be comfortable and enjoy ourselves. Rain pants, they need
to be pretty durable. Not super thin, you
want ’em kind of thick. But also breathable is nice. Same with your rain jacket. These are my personal boots. Sorry they’re a little bit muddy. But they’ve lasted for years, these are Xtratuf’s, they’re
known as the Alaska sneaker. But they will keep your feet nice and dry, while we’re traveling
during the day on the raft. If you’re gonna invest in these, I suggest getting the insulated ones, just paying the extra money because we wanna make sure that
your feet are nice and warm. But if not, we can rent you a pair. Next we have these dry bags. So this big red bag is gonna
be your checked baggage. This is everything you’re gonna put in here is gonna be what
you’re gonna need in camp. This smaller dry bag is
gonna be your carry on. So just like when you’re flying, you’re gonna put in stuff that you’re gonna need during the day when you’re out on the raft, when you’re gonna need to study. When your professor’s
giving you a lecture, you’re gonna need to have
your notebook in here. Water, food, extra layers. Those need to have medications, everything that you need on the fly is gonna go in this little bag. That’s your carry on. Things like life jackets, all your boating stuff
you’re really not gonna need that we’re providing
all of that for you. Same with sleeping bag. You’re gonna have a zero
degrees synthetic bag. And we’ll get one of those for ya, along with a nice foam pad. And then of course all your
camping gear and your tent. We look forward to seeing
you out on the Yukon. This kinda wraps up my gear video. However, I am gonna do one last thing. I’m gonna pack this stuff up. I want you to pay careful attention of how I layer, how I get ready. Let’s pretend this is a nice cold Yukon morning and how I pack my things. Where I’m puttin’, is it
in the checked luggage? Baggage? Is it in my carry on dry bag? And yeah, maybe by day ten you’ll be about as fast as me out there. (upbeat music)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *