Many people credit their parents with teaching them everything they need to know, but some life lessons only come with experience. Camping in Alaska is sure to teach you valuable life skills that'll help you survive no matter what comes your way.
Dress for the weather: Alaskan temperatures can vary greatly -- highs around 65 degrees F in summer and lows below freezing from October to April -- so be sure to pack a selection of clothing. Dress in layers and wear duds that wick away moisture.
Be able to feed yourself: Fishing can be a lot of fun, but out in the Alaskan wilderness, it can also provide dinner. Knowing how to catch and clean your own food means you won't go hungry, no matter your circumstances.
Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst: Just because it's unlikely you'll fall through ice doesn't mean it can't happen. Be prepared and be careful.
High-quality gear is worth the investment: If you want something that's sure to work -- say, a tent or sleeping bag rated for subzero Alaskan temperatures -- you'll have to pay more. In some cases, cheaper isn't better.
Everything in its place: Food in your tent or car can draw Alaska's many insects and wild animals. Pack food in a tightly sealed container and suspend it high up between two trees to keep it safe.
Clean up after yourself: Don't leave MOOP (matter out of place) in the pure Alaskan wilderness. Littering is bad wherever you are, so pack up your trash and dispose of it at home.
Make the most of your situation: When you're camping in Alaska, or anywhere else, something is bound to go wrong, so don't get bent out of shape. Accept what comes your way with a good attitude.
As Mom always said, you should let someone know where you are: This is generally good advice when traveling, but even more so in the Alaskan frontier. Relay your campsite's GPS coordinates to someone back home in case you need help.
Water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink: When you're away from civilization in the Alaskan wilds, you can't drop into a convenience store for a bottle of Evian. Invest in water purification tablets so you can safely drink water from streams or lakes.
Survival plans are good things: You shouldn't go camping in Alaska without rope, a knife and axe, a weather radio and canned goods. You should have a survival or emergency preparedness plan no matter where you lay your head.