How to prepare for Alaskan RV Adventure

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Imagine yourself on vacation in Alaska RV: Majestic whales glide through massive glaciers; grills timber on the wide desert and the eagles soaring over the towering spruce. Think bright blue sky as you cook freshly prepared fish on your Alaska RV campground. These images are the last Frontier.

RV trip to Alaska can be a dream vacation of a lifetime, if you are ready for it. Unprepared, and the image can change dramatically: You are sitting alone for a few hours on the roadside waiting for a change of tires; or driving aimlessly with the fuel tank to empty and no gas station in sight; or a long trip with your eyes glued to the road and very little time to actually enjoy some outdoor activities. Not really a trip you imagined.

So how do you prepare to visit this great country with its endless desert and the absence of roads managed, so you can really enjoy all the proposals to Alaska?

1. Determine whether you need it on your own or take a tour escort. There are pros and cons of both. Tours as Good Sam Alaska Caraventure offer a flexible route and the safety of traveling with a group. If you want safety in numbers, but do not want to travel with a professional tour operator, to gather your own group of friends to go with.

2. Stock up on reading material. There are available some good Alaskan travel books. Veteran RV travel experts Joe and Vicki Kivaa have DVD «RVing Alaska», that & # 39; S is also worth checking out. Remember that you can not rely on Wi-Fi, so make sure you have the most updated catalog Campground with you.

3. Determine your route. If you & # 39; re not going with a tour group, to plan a route in advance. Things you need to do in Alaska: Denali National Park and Mount McKinley; Glacier tours; Seward; Native Heritage Center; Anchorage. If you opt for kayaking or alloy, or so, and # 39; s wise to hire a professional guide. There are also tours to view wildlife, as well as dog sledding tours and helicopter tours.

4. Book your place on the RV campground in Alaska. If you decide you want to be spontaneous and free schedule, at least, find a campground and reserve a seat next to Dan, as campgrounds in the area is not enough. Research and find out which camp is best for you. One, that & # 39; s closest to the National Park? One that has more benefits? Broader sites? Keep in mind, private vehicles are not allowed at some point in the Denali National Park. You & # 39; will have to take the bus.

5. Packing for mechanical failure. Alaskan Highway uneven, and gas stations and repair shops are few and far apart. A breakdown can mean lost hours, even days, waiting for a part. So bring the basics: spare tires, fan belts, hoses, fuses, tape, flares, trailed chain, extra butter, and first aid kit.

6. Preparation for the elements. Pack to wear layers of clothing with waterproof clothing. Remember that during a trip in the summer, long daylight hours can make sleeping difficult. Bring a sleep mask. You can equip your RV window with a dark, heavy material such as burlap curtains, because the typical curtains probably miss too much light during the holidays.

7. Prepare to be amazed. I have your binoculars ready for viewing wildlife, especially in the early morning and evening. Make sure the camera is comfortable and is always charged and ready to capture the scene postcard at almost every step.

Pack a little patience. Things do not always go as planned. If not, relax and enjoy the adventure in Alaska!

For the latest road and weather conditions & # 39; I call the Department of Transportation in Alaska

(800) 478-7675.

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