Looking for the perfect gift for someone setting out on a trip can be challenging. However, if the destination is Alaska, that state's stunning scenery, its wide variations in temperature and the various activities available can provide inspiration for gift ideas. Remember that travelers don’t want to lug around any overly heavy or awkward items on their trip, so keep any gift light, simple and practical.
Hostel guides will almost always come in handy for a thrifty backpacker. While he may already have some in mind, there is often the need for a backup or alternative if plans change. These are small books or booklets that are easy to carry and lightweight. Since backpackers often travel with all their valuables in their pack, they can be at risk of theft or robbery. A gift of a suitable travel wallet the Alaska traveler can carry concealed on his person is a practical and useful gift.
If you know the family traveling to Alaska is not accustomed to a cooler climate, you might be able to help them out. Layering clothes is the best way to dress appropriately for Alaska, rather than dressing in thick, bulky parkas. Getting each family member a thermal shirt or lightweight raincoat could be the perfect idea. Make sure they also have suitable boots for snow if they need them, and warm hats and gloves.
There are many different wildlife and adventure tours throughout Alaska. A wonderful gift for a couple could be tickets on a group trip to see bears in Katmai National Park, a sea cruise, ice climbing, white-water rafting or glacier trekking. Experience is not usually necessary but a sense of adventure is. If you think the couple would prefer a more subdued vacation, then you could organize a voucher for a beautiful restaurant near where they are staying.
The Solo Traveler
An ideal gift for a solo traveler is an up-to-date Alaska guide book that includes maps as well as sightseeing, food and accommodation recommendations. If he enjoys taking photos, perhaps a mini travel tripod would be a great idea since he will be able to set up his camera and take photos that include him. Solo travelers also tend to be quite adventurous, so they may enjoy the gift of a longer adventure trip such as an extreme week of rafting, ice climbing or kayaking with a group.