No time for Amazon? No worries! Normally, our LPSD team will meet you when you arrive and spend a few days shopping in Anchorage! We will visit stores such as Fred Meyer, Walmart, or Costco and pack up totes to mail. We encourage you to make space in your luggage for frozen or chilled food and claim them as checked luggage when flying. Remember that the airlines only allow baggage weighing up to 50 lbs. Anything in excess of 50lbs., will constitute extra charges.
But in case you are traveling alone, we do recommend that you plan to spend a couple of days in Anchorage to shop for food items and mail or freight them to the village. Hotel rates are extremely expensive during the summer months, so plan accordingly. The travel coordinator should be able to provide you with recommendations.
If you are planning to mail things from Anchorage, the airport post office is open longer hours:
6:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. 7 days per week.
If you have frozen items shipped, it is best to be at your
site when the boxes arrive to insure that the packages
make it into a freezer as soon as possible.
Mr. Prime Beef
Span Alaska: 800-367-9833
Some communities do have a local store, but they usually only carry the basics, and can also be very expensive. Contact someone at your designated school location for additional information or favorite online sites they use for their necessities!
LPSD Team Favorites: Online Marketplaces
Other than Amazon Prime, here are a few other sites that offer services for rural Alaska.
Ask for Bush Mailing Services
Fred Meyer: 800-478-2611
Amazon Prime is an excellent place to start! Follow the link to get signed up for your free 30-day trial. Free Shipping on most items, means lots of savings!