Rain Pants or Not?

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Originally posted by quietcricket
This is my situation too (except we're taking four kids in a week.) All of the "might be nice" stuff really adds up both in price but more importantly in packing space!
Have a wonderful and amazing time! I'll be looking for your trip report and/or updates, especially if you have kid friendly tips/ideas.
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Just got back and I brought my rain proof pants. Although it rained hard in Ketchikan (surprise!), I could have gotten by like many in door steps and going in shops. I think their best use is as a wind barrier. If you plan any active excursion out on the water you might want to consider having them. Even if your whale watching boat has an interior, when they spot the whales, everyone heads outside for photos. And then the whale goes down for a few minutes while you stand outside and freeze. We did the most marvelous tour out of Prince Rupert to see the grizzly bears in the Khutzeymateen Valley (only available in late May to mid July). But it did get cold while we watched them on shore.

I say bring them. They pack to nothing. If you don’t and change your mind, we bought fairly inexpensive ones in Ketchikan our first trip. They don’t look fashionable but did the job.

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Here is a tip if you have this store in your area - I just bought rain pants (actually fishing pants) at Academy Sports. They were on sale for about $20. Look like Columbia, but the brand is Magellan. I love them! Very lightweight, and they will be easy to pack. They had black, gray, and khaki. It will be nice to have them in case there is a downpour kind of day. Feeling damp all day annoys me so I think I will be glad I bought them.
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The Frogg Toggs I had mentioned and purchased are nice because they fit over pants. Just be aware of what type of rain pants you are buying.....
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We only had Sports Authority here and they are bankrupt. Going to Dick's before the cruise. They sell the Frogg Toggs. Hubby said nah, but I'm getting some! Will leave the tags on, so I can return if not used. Magellan's products are good too.
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You can order Magellan from Academy’s website. Free shipping for orders over $ 25 and Free returns, if needed.

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Originally posted by Dancing Shoes
Most concerned with the Tracy Arm excursion. Will want to be outside sometimes. Also, Ketchikan for walking around and to catch my float plane tour.
No, you don't need rain pants, particularly for what you've mentioned. I lived in Alaska for 38 years and did multiple Alaska cruises, used them twice and never on a cruise.
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We had lightweight Frogg Togg 2 piece rainsuits. About $20 each. Never needed any of it but glad it was on the shelf just in case. Was not going to stay indoors if we had rain in Glacier Bay. The Gods smiled on us with good weather during the week.
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Waterproof shoes are more important. We hiked in intermittent rain in Skagway on one cruise. The best things I had were my waterproof shoes and a good quality rain poncho. It was warm enough to wear shorts, and the poncho kept them dry.
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Been in Alaska since last Tuesday making our way down from Fairbanks to Seward before we cruise on Friday. We bought $20 Frogg Toggs from Walmart & wore them on our helicopter/glacier hike yesterday. Definitely worth it. It wasn’t raining but we had to kneel on the ice, went into an ice cave where we brushed against the walls, etc. We also would have worn them the day before on our heli/glacier dog sled excursion but it was cancelled due to extreme wind. We re-booked a similar excursion for the cruise & will wear them then. Lastly, we’ll either wear or bring them on our 9-hour Kenai Fjord tour tomorrow.

So all that said, I highly recommend them if you’re doing anything on a glacier & wouldn’t mind having them for other activities although I’m sure you could survive without them if you really don’t wanna spend the money.
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