Question #1: Where Are You Headed?
Unless you’re headed to a remote part of the Alaskan bush, you’ll have more opportunities to stock up in Alaska than you think.
For example, Fairbanks has a number of familiar chains and big box stores, including Walmart, Costco, and REI. In Fairbanks, you’ll also find local staples like Big Ray’s (outdoor clothing and gear) and Fred Meyer (groceries, clothes, housewares, electronics, and more). In busy Anchorage, you’ll have all of this, plus Duluth Trading, Cabela’s, Kohl’s, a Bass Pro Shop, and plenty more. Even on more remote Kodiak Island, you’ll find a Big Ray’s, as well as several other places like Cy’s Sporting Goods to get the gear you need to live your Alaska life to the fullest.
Additionally, plenty of online retailers do ship to Alaska:
- Amazon Prime is available in many regions. That said, some items considered hazardous materials (aerosols and lithium batteries, for example) may not be eligible for Prime shipping.
- Other stores that ship to Alaska (minimum purchases may apply) include 1-800-PetMeds, L.L. Bean, Nordstrom, Petco, and Zappos.
The bottom line? Alaska has more opportunities to buy things than you may think. Keep that in mind before you start stockpiling items to bring with you.