It’s decided… you are moving to Alaska. Congratulations! You will soon be one of the lucky ones to be able to call this extraordinary wilderness your home. Now, you have probably already done some research about moving to Anchorage and we KNOW that you have already chosen a reliable Anchorage moving company (Royal Alaskan Movers), but do you know what you need to REALLY be ready to survive an Alaskan winter?
You may boast about being “one of those people that generally loves being in the cold,” but you may not necessarily be up to the task of surviving your first arctic winter in Alaska. Sure, you have stocked up on jackets, sweaters, mittens, hats and snow boots to keep you warm, but have you even begun to prepare yourself mentally for the unavoidable darkness and drop in temperature?
Fortunately for you, you have hired Royal Alaskan Movers to assist with your upcoming move to Alaska, and we would LOVE to let in on a few secrets to help get you through these upcoming months. Let’s get started:
1 – First thing is first, and don’t laugh at this thought, but we highly recommend that you get a sun lamp or lightbox. There is a reason why these lamps are often referred to as “happy lights” in parts of Alaska. Many of us, if not all, will experience some form of seasonal depression or wintery blues, and this source of light can be an essential part of your mental survival. Think we are kidding? Sadly, no. There is actually a technical name for this depression, called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which basically means that you may suffer from major depression during specific months out of the year.
Sunlamps and light boxes simulate sunlight and sitting in front of one for about 20 minutes, twice a day, can really help to combat this seasonal depression. It is important to truly prepare yourself and understand what you are getting yourself into before you move to Alaska. Doing so will make it much easier to deal with the thought of not seeing or feeling the warmth of the sun for weeks on end.
2 – Next, while we all know that Old Yeller and Titanic are GREAT movies, they are not necessarily the ones you want to watch while trying to survive an arctic winter. Remember, the lack of light and the extreme cold can intensify any negative or sad feelings that you have. Save yourself the grief and opt for classic comedies like Dumb and Dumber or Caddyshack.
3 – Finally, become a social butterfly! Find excuses to get out of your house as much as you can. Spend time at the local coffee shop near you, or schedule weekly dinner parties with friends… ANYTHING to get you out of the house and focused on something other than the cold, dark, Alaskan winter.
Here are a few extra tips to help prepare yourself prior to your move to Alaska.
- In the dead of winter, Alaskans tend to want to drink. As a result, some areas may get a little rough, so please remember to keep your eyes and ears open, and stay away from dark alleyways and dim lit streets when/where you can.
- Dress for the occasion and be prepared. With temperatures sometimes falling below 40 degrees, it is imperative that you bundle up and stay warm. After all, a lack of preparedness can turn deadly in a moment’s notice.
- Do not lose sight of the end! Keep in mind that the snow DOES eventually melt and pave the way for spring and summer in Alaska.
We hope that the above information was helpful! As a professional Anchorage moving company, we wish you the very best of luck with your upcoming move to Alaska. If you have survived your first arctic winter in Alaska, congratulations! It is important to remember, however, that no one winter is alike to the other. If you thought that your first winter in Alaska was a piece of cake, not to worry… you are guaranteed to be tested again next year.
If you’re looking for even more adventure, check out this article from the Alaska Wilderness League on How To Survive In The Alaskan Wilderness.