FAQ & What to Bring

When to arrive in Anchorage

We recommend that you plan on travelling to Anchorage and overnighting at one of the many nice hotels, before and after your arrival/departure days to Big Ku Lodge. This allows extra time for unplanned-for events (weather, plane delays, etc.) as well as giving you time to explore Anchorage or surrounding areas if you’d like.

What to do on the day we fly out to the lodge

The morning of your departure to Big Ku Lodge, you will take a cab or hotel shuttle to the Branham Hangar. Hotel shuttles or cabs will know where the Aviation Museum is, and the Branham Hangar is immediately adjacent to it.

Where to stay in Anchorage

Click here for a list of hotels and places to stay

Is it okay to tip the staff?

Yes, it is. Our crew works as a team to create a unique, safe, and unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. All tips received are split evenly between your crew, and very much appreciated.

Can we drive to Big Ku Lodge?

No. Big Ku is only reachable by plane or by weeks of overland hiking through some of the toughest terrain imaginable.  Did you know that more than 95% of Alaska does not have road access?

What to Bring

You will likely wear a version of the same thing everyday; Weather is unpredictable. Remember, you are taking a float plane to Big Ku Lodge and space and weight must be considered when packing. There is a 60 lb. per person total limit.

Exceptions can be made for photo equipment, but remember: if you can’t carry it, what good is it?

Under Layer Clothing

We recommend that you wear mid-weight long underwear bottoms and/or fleece pants under your outer pants. On the upper body, we recommend a similar system, a mid-weight long underwear top with a fleece jacket for colder days. Avoid cotton as it retains moisture. Remember you can always add layers.

Layer Suggestions

Under Layer

Silk or Capilene and fleece type under layers make the most sense for Alaska travel. They are warm yet lightweight, compact, and more easily washed.

Top/Daily Layer

Lightweight, quick dry clothes. This layer will be worn on warm days without layers underneath, or rainy days with under layers.

Outer Layer

Fleece is the best all around outer layer for typical Alaska weather. Fleece is water-resistant, lightweight, warm, and dries much faster than cotton.

Rain Gear

We recommend light weight, packable/stuffable rain gear that will not take up too much room in case you are lucky enough not to need it.

Rain Jacket

Your rain jacket is extremely important and should be made of a good breathable material. Gore-tex or similar alternatives are the best choices by far. They do breathe and keep you dry, even in the worst conditions.


Hiking and/or rubber boots and a comfortable pair of soft-soled shoes or slippers for inside use (flip-flops, crocks, sandals, hard soled-slippers).


Soft-sided or duffel-backpack style luggage is preferred. Two smaller size bags are best, rather than one larger bag. (Travel via float planes have more restrictive limits on size and weight.)

A day pack is extremely useful allowing you to consolidate the basic essentials for your daily trips: camera, raincoat, bug spray, sun block, etc. A waterproof bag is ideal, otherwise a rain cover type shell for your day pack is generally a very good investment.

Essential Packing List

Things to Bring

We provide breathable chest-high waders & boots.

  • Soft-sided luggage (duffel-type preferred, 60 pound limit per person on float planes to/from the lodge)
  • Comfortable, casual, layered clothing (see above)
  • Lightweight gloves and scarf
  • Insect Repellent and Head Net (don’t pack DEET insect repellent near waterproof gear. It will destroy it)
  • Polarized sunglasses and hat, for both rain and shine (a MUST)
  • Sunblock
  • Lightweight rain gear
  • Soft-soled, slip on/off type shoes
  • Rubber Boots, or waterproof hiking type shoes/boots
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera, batteries, memory cards, chargers
  • Headlamp/flashlight (no power at night)
  • Please bring enough clothing to last your entire stay, as laundry facilities in this remote area are limited.

Things NOT to bring

No need for these

  • Firearms
  • Hard-sided luggage
  • Bear- spray