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Off the Map: Alaska

Off the Map: Alaska

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

2023 Departure Dates

July 5 – July 17, 2023 Sold Out Waitlist
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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!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
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.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

  • Passport/Photo ID
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Main luggage

A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.


  • Sleeping bag/blanket
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillowcase
  • Headlamp/flashlight


  • Waterproof Rain Jacket and Pants
  • Insulated Winter Jacket – Down or Synthetic
  • Beanie
  • 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)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash/Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • 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.
Important Reminders
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
  • Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.