Alaskans deal with some of the most extreme temperatures and weather on the planet. The vastness of the state also contains several different climates. Within the state, you will find everything from oceanic climates in the southeastern part of the state to a true Arctic climate in the northern interior. With the range of temperatures and climates, not to mention the utter remoteness, most Alaskans learn early on that there are certain things you just always have on hand in the pantry. Growing up in Ketchikan, our Alaska pantry essentials would be slightly different than those in Fairbanks but the idea is exactly the same: being ready for those freak snow squalls, or gusts of sideways rain at 80-90 miles per hour that knocks down trees and creates landslides. No matter what part of the state you live in, it is a good idea to have the following things on hand.