Recommended gear for Grand Alaska

Have looked at Tauck's link on gear for the Alaska tours. The site shows trekking poles. Did anyone find them necessary?
Saw a video on person said in the helicopter and plane trips, you can't take a backpack. Anyone experience that? Is it true? Thanks in advance.


  • Trekking poles are only necessary if you like to use them while hiking. Purely optional. No helicopter on this trip, but there is a flightseeing float plane ride. We couldn't do it on our trip because of bad weather. My guess is that you are limited on the plane and may have to leave larger personal items on the bus. My understanding is that the bus drops you off for the plane ride and picks you up on the other end. As always, it is safe to leave your personal items on a Tauck bus.

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