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Packing for Your Mission Trip: Alaska Edition

By Adam Swenson, Director of Alaska Operations

When you arrive in Alaska on your mission trip, you’ll be in for a big adventure! The key is to pack for it so a soaked shirt or wet feet don’t ruin your day.

Here’s the list I personally work off of (though not extensive) when I am traveling to Alaska.

  • Daypack – lightweight day backpack
  • Refillable water bottle and coffee mug
  • Decent camera with good zoom
  • 1 set of outdoor clothes for hiking
  • 1 set of sleepwear
  • 1 set of loungewear (sweatpants and a hoodie)
  • 1 work outfit (clothes to get dirty)
  • 2 church outfits (nice dress clothes)
  • 5 sets of everyday clothes (jeans/cargo pants/khakis)
  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Church shoes
  • Light rain jacket
  • Sweatshirt
  • Flannels baby! (This is Alaska after all.)
  • Underwear (as needed)
  • Socks (include some wool socks that will stay warm when wet)
  • Belt
  • Work gloves
  • Long shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Hat or baseball cap
  • Thirst Missions T-shirt


When you are out and about for the day, remember to bring your daypack with an extra shirt and extra set of socks. This can come in very handy if you get wet.

See you in Alaska!

Adam Swenson is the Director of Alaska Operations and the Director of Sales and Marketing. When not at work, he’s typically disc golfing or watching Madam Secretary with his wife and daughter.


  • Robin Lewis & Paul Hartley says:

    Hello. I’m Robin from First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. We are scheduled to come in less than 2 weeks. The list you suggested is for a trip of what duration? It doesn’t say, and the 5 sets of everyday clothes doesn’t mean 5 pair of pants, etc. thanks

    • blogger says:

      Hi Robin, thanks for reading through our blog post and we’re so excited for your team to come to Alaska with us! Your consultant for the trip will be reaching out to you and can answer that question!

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