Moving from Oregon to Alaska: Q & A Edition

Ya’ll are a curious bunch, which is why I love you. So, here is (hopefully) everything you’ve asked and wanted to know about Alaska and this “adventure “that my family is on. Maybe a few things you would rather not know- I’m not sure. Just skip along if that’s the case. If you have more questions for me that I didn’t answer in this post- just leave it in the comments section and I’ll reply there!

How to Move From Oregon to Alaska… With a 8 Month Old… With a 3 Week Notice….

Did you fly or drive? What about all your stuff?


We flew here. I hate planes.

Lucas crawled around on the floor a lot before we got on board. He needed to get his energy out. Do you think an airport floor is dirty? Nah.

Lucas did pretty well on the plane. He slept most of the way. It was a night flight so it worked out well. I had to take off his pants because it was so ridiculously hot.

Then he woke up to watch the plane land and see all the snow! This isn’t Hawaii baby.

How exactly did you get all your things here?

I’m so glad you asked.

Here is everything, plus two more crates Our whole life is right there. All of of our things got saran wrapped together and shipped on a boat from Washington to Alaska. You’ll notice my laundry basket is there. Yes, I kept our laundry basket. It was a good basket!!

Then we had to put all of this stuff in storage. We are not into our home yet- we’re still house hunting, so we are staying with a very sweet couple in their basement.

Somehow my husband and family managed to fit everything into a 10 by 10 storage unit. I don’t know how they did it. It was amazing. Couches, bed, laundry basket and all.

I couldn’t do much. I had baby duty.

Are you cold?

Nope. I like the cold. In the last week it’s been anywhere from 10 degrees to 30 degrees. Sure, it’s cold, but it’s nothing extreme and it’s not like I’m outside a whole lot. It hasn’t seemed to bother Lucas much either.

Is it what you expected?

Honestly, it’s not. I remember when my husband first mentioned the idea of moving to Alaska months and months ago, I imagined it as a remote place with no internet and lots of igloos. It’s nothing like that. It is a city like any other. What makes it different from my old city is the snow and mountains all around you. There are places in Alaska that are literally on the top of a mountain or in the middle of no where. I met a man on the plane who lives 40 miles outside of Anchorage. He has to travel by snow mobile to get to his house and the closest store is 40 miles away! Can you image? Now that is an adventure. It’s like the city you live in most likely, just a little colder and much more snow. Okay okay and moose walk around.

Have you seen any moose?

We haven’t seen one yet! Any day now…..

Why did you move there again??

Work and career changes and opportunities!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

14 thoughts on “Moving from Oregon to Alaska: Q & A Edition

  1. I would LOVE to live in Alaska.
    Would be a compromise for us really.
    I am Canadian and would like to move back, but he doesn't want to move out of the States.

    Oh, we moved in with my inlaws once and managed to fit everything in a 10×10 unit too.

  2. How exciting!

    I find it amazing you fit all your life's possessions in a 10×10 “closet” and I can't fit 11 years worth of stuff in a 2 floor 6 room house!! LOL

  3. its -25 degrees here with the wind chill! I live in colorado springs for goodness sake! I haven't been able to leave the house in days (ok, I could I just don't want to bundle my baby up and shovel off my car 😉

  4. I love what you said about Anchorage! It IS just like any other city – just farther north. No one ever seems to believe me when I tell them that about my hometown. Sounds like you are settling in! Enjoy the winter.

  5. HI, I've been a subscriber to your lovely blog for more than a year and it's the first time for me to read this post .All the time I thought you were from Oregon and your DH is from Anchorage LOL

    WOW , your move is like an adventure to me , I am from Cairo Egypt.

    June 12, 2011 2:17 AM

  6. sorry I had trouble posting from my google account .I kept submitting and it took me to sign in again each time .

    I am Lina from Cairo .

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