Autumn in Fairbanks – Alaska Packing List & Look Book 2021

Getting ready for fall travel? Here’s how to pack for a trip to Alaska in just a carry-on plus outfit inspiration for what to wear in Fairbanks in late August.

I just got back from a few days in and around Fairbanks, Alaska and had a great time. Like with any other trip, dressing the part was important and I packed outfits based on the activities on my itinerary. Even aside from outfits, there were a few essentials to pack for this Fairbanks, Alaska vacation. If a trip to the North is on your bucket list and you don’t quite know how to fill your suitcase, start scrolling for my tips on how to pack for an Alaskan autumn vacation.

While you’re packing for cold weather travel destinations, check out these posts, too!

Jazzmine standing on trail in Creamer's Field Wildlife Refuge.

While planning this trip, I looked up how do people dress in Fairbanks and the results were overwhelmingly casual. I noted that and incorporated a bit of my own style–bright colors, luxe fabrics, and a little rich auntie flair–to still both confident and comfortable. So, what is the weather like in Fairbanks in August, anyway? It is chilly, with lows in the low 40s and highs in the mid 50s. Of course, late evenings and early mornings are cooler. So it’s advisable to dress in layers. Check out what I wore during this trip followed by a women’s Alaska packing list for this time of year, which also works for the spring weather, by the way!

Fairbanks, Alaska Fall Look Book

Jazzmine standing in airport wearing all white sweat suit and leopard sneakers.

Airport Outfit: Rich Auntie Sweatshirt | Leopard Sneakers

Jazzmine taking selfie in hotel mirror wearing camel colored bodysuit.

Dinner & Drinks: Plunge Bodysuit | Black Jeans | Booties | Belt | Hoops

Jazzmine sitting on bench in Georgeson Botanic Gardens.

Hiking & Botanic Gardens: Similar Anorak | Leggings | Sneakers | Sunglasses

Jazzmine standing in front of "Greetings from Fairbanks, Alaska" mural.

Breakfast: Camel Turtleneck | Black Leggings | Aviators

Jazzmine taking selfie in Chena Hot Springs.

Chena Hot Springs: Snow Leopard Bathing Suit

Jazzmine taking selfie in hotel mirror wearing neon green sweater and black leggings.

Ice Museum Tour: Sweater | Liquid Leather Leggings | Black Headband | Fuzzy Socks

I squeezed all these looks and more, my traveling essentials and the items below into just a carry-on bag and personal item. Here are my must-pack items for visiting Alaska in the fall.

What to Pack for Fall in Alaska

I hope you found this Fairbanks packing guide helpful and use it for your next adventure up North. And sharing is caring so make sure you pin this Alaska packing list 2021 over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Thank you! This was super helpful. I’m going to Fairbanks in 3 weeks and I was wondering what to pack. Is bug repellent still needed at the end of October? Aren’t the mosquitos dead by then? 😳 Any other helpful hints would be appreciated! Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi, Ivette! So glad this post was helpful to you. I traveled late August/early September so I can’t speak to whether the mosquitoes will still be around end of October but you can always purchase repellant once you arrive if you find that you need it. My only other tips is just to stay present in the moment and enjoy yourself and it will be an amazing trip.

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