Welcome to Alaska, the largest yet most sparsely populated state in America. Get a glimpse of Denali, North America’s tallest peak. Drive along the Cook Inlet to the Kenai Peninsula, watching the landscapes pass you out the window. Set out on challenging hikes near Exit Glacier to see the 700-square-mile Harding Icefield. Experience the incredible Alaskan wilderness from mountains to sea life during this incredible adventure.
- Catch a glimpse of Denali, North America’s tallest peak
- Hike alongside a glacier tongue and take in the spectacular views of the Harding icefield
2022 Departure Dates Soon
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
A school backpack or a similar sized bag is ideal.
- Passport/Photo ID
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Refillable water bottle
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter backpack or duffel bag is ideal.
- Sleeping bag/blanket
- Sleeping Pad
- Waterproof Rain Jacket and Pants
- Insulated Winter Jacket – Down or Synthetic
- Quick Drying T-shirts (4) – Synthetic
- Cotton T-shirts (3)
- Long Sleeve Shirts (3)
- Quick Drying Pants (3) – Lightweight trekking pants
- Midweight Hiking Pants (2)
- Quick Drying Underwear (10-14)
- Quick Drying Socks (6-8)
- Midweight Trekking Socks (1-2)
- Midweight Fleece Jacket (1)
- Base Layer Top and Bottom (1) – Thermals
- Shorts (1)
- Water Shoes or Sandals with Straps (1) – Keen, Chacos, Tevas or similar
- Waterproof Hiking Boots (1) – must be broken in to avoid blisters
(travel sized containers packed in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash/Soap
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Razor/shaving cream
- Travel towel
- Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.