Headed for a long-term hotel stay? Read up on what to pack for an extended stay hotel.
You’ll find most items are available in your room or from the front desk. But some reminders of home will help make your stay enjoyable and more comfortable Juneau lodging for longer visits to Alaska.
Most extended stay hotel rooms feature suite-like living with separate living spaces. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of an apartment while having the conveniences of a hotel.
With that in mind, here’s a helpful packing list to prepare you for what to expect when staying at an extended stay.
Broadly, you’ll want to pack items from these seven categories:
Let’s take a close look at each of these main packing categories for a full list of must-haves.
First, you have to think about how long you’ll be traveling. If it will include multiple seasons, you’ll need to be extremely strategic with layering and flexible clothing articles to make room for everything you’ll need.
When traveling to Juneau, you’ll need close-fitting base layers and moisture-repelling outer layers. As the seasons change to cooler weather, you can add more layers to keep you warm.
You should also think about your planned activities. Many Juneau to-do lists include hiking, which means you’ll need supportive, comfortable shoes – either hiking boots or sneakers.
Based on your activities and the climate you’re traveling to, here’s a look at some broad categories of clothes and shoes you should pack.
Full washers and dryers in every suite.
If you’re going to be traveling for more than normal, you might need to check your to-go grooming kits to make sure you have everything you need. Many people forego some of the more advanced grooming regimens while on vacation for a week. But if you’re gone for a month, you might start to notice and even miss those activities.
Don’t blindly pack your toiletries and grooming kit you generally use for vacations. Instead, review this list to ensure you have the essentials. And as you read through it, consider if you might want to have full-size versions of these items to make your extended stay more comfortable.
One challenge with traveling to Juneau is that the only way to get here from other parts of the country is to fly, which means limits on the size and amount of fluids you can pack. If that’s your situation, you should make a list of essentials to purchase at the local market once you arrive.
When you travel for more than a few days, you need to ensure you can keep yourself occupied. Whether you’re a reader, crafter or binge-watcher, you’ll want to be prepared with these essentials.
Before you go out for a day of fun and excursions, make sure your day bag or purse is loaded with these essentials. You might also toss in some sunscreen and insect repellent if you’re headed out for a day of outdoor adventures. And don’t forget your smartphone for navigation and emergency contacts.
If you want to stick to a specific budget during your travels, you might consider using cash. This will make it easy to see how much you’re spending and keep you accountable. Or, you can tie your credit card to an app to help you track your spending. Just be sure you log in daily to check your balances and remain accountable.
Depending on why you’re traveling, you might also want to take your checkbook. Some smaller travel companies and tourist experiences don’t accept credit cards and you might not want to travel with too much cash.
Just be sure you look after your money carefully. If you are spending only cash during your extended stay, consider locating nearby ATMs and withdrawing cash regularly. That way in case anything happens and you experience loss or theft, you won’t lose your entire budget.
Even if you’re traveling domestically, you might consider bringing your passport and keeping it in a secure location. That way, if anything happens to your wallet, such as you leave it behind, drop it while hiking or deal with a situation of theft, you’ll still have identification to fly or get home safely.
Planning to drive during your travels? Make sure you bring a copy of your proof of car insurance coverage. You’ll need that to rent a vehicle and in case anything goes wrong. The good news is, if you forget your insurance card, you can have a friend or family member take a photo since Alaska allows for digital identification cards.
No matter what identification you bring with you, keep it secure and only carry the essentials with you.
You’ll probably want to wait until you arrive at your final destination to purchase your snacks and shelf-stable foods to leave room for packing what you really need from home. But once you arrive in Juneau, consider getting these valuable essentials that will power your outdoor adventures and downtown sightseeing.
Prepackaged chips and crackers are fast and easy snacks. But they won’t offer lasting energy while out enjoying Juneau. Consider opting for more filling options to stay energized if you plan to hike, kayak, ski and more during your travels.
Some people need specific items to sleep or simply don’t feel comfortable without certain articles from home. You may or may not have space for these items, but if they protect your sleep, you might view them as essentials and pay to check an extra bag when flying to Alaska.
Unsure about what to pack for an extended stay hotel stay at Juneau Hotel? Contact us for details about what’s in every room, how the front desk can help you locate items you need during your travels and more!