What to Pack

Proper clothing and footgear will determine whether you can enjoy the wilderness on its terms or must suffer through the experience. Having accepted the fact that mist, muskeg, and mosquitoes are worth enduring in return for the rewards of becoming a temporary resident of the tundra world, what can one do to minimize the discomfort?

Please keep in mind that you are limited to 25 pounds of luggage for the round-trip flights. Refer to the list of "Available to borrow" items that you may not need bring to Camp Denali. Luggage storage is available at our park entrance-area office for anything you do not need to fly with.

Essential items

  • Hiking boots: over the ankle

NOTE: Hiking is mostly on trail-less terrain or primitive trails. Conditions may include gravelly or boulder-strewn ground. Running/walking shoes are not recommended for the hikes. Even if you only participate in leisurely walks, hiking boots are important for your comfort and safety.

  • Waterproof rain jacket and rain pants (also available onsite to borrow)
  • Hiking attire:
    • Hat and gloves (wool or fleece)
    • Warm layers (wool or synthetic pullover, vest, or lightweight jacket)
    • Shirts (short and long-sleeved)
    • Pants (lightweight, quick-drying and breathable)
    • Long underwear top and bottom (wool or synthetic)
  • Casual clothes and shoes


Optional items

  • Bathing suit for a dip in the pond or Moose Creek
  • Camera and extra camera batteries
  • Pack cover
  • Binoculars


Available to borrow

  • Waterproof rain jackets and pants (Adult sizes S-XL)
  • Day packs
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Head nets for insect protection and insect repellent
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Fishing gear
  • LL Bean boots (good for wet conditions; not for steep or rocky terrain)
  • Mountain bikes/helmets
  • Canoes/paddles/PFDs
  • Bear spray
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Lotion, hand soap, and hand sanitizer
  • Bath and hand towels, washcloths

Available for purchase

Note: We do not currently take credit cards. Please plan to bring cash or check to pay for your purchases.

  • Hats and gloves
  • Socks
  • Clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Books and field guides
  • Postcards
  • Quality binoculars