Packing List Of Essential Gear

Base Layer

Long underwear: Breathable, light-weight tops and bottoms provide warmth without bulk. We recommend high performance capilene. Capilene wicks, dries quickly, and is a great option if you are allergic to wool. We suggest at least two sets, based on the length of your trip.

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Insulation Layer

Expedition stretch top and bottoms: This lightweight layer is worn over your base layer and under your waterproof outer layer. Warmth and flexibility are important for comfort when sitting in Zodiacs.

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Loft jacket, pullover or vest: The loft traps heat with remarkable efficiency, even when wet. It is feather light and compacts for easy packing. Loft garments are water repellent and windproof and double as outerwear in mild weather. Fleece is also an insulation layer option but it tends to bunch up when worn with layers.

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Outer Layer

Waterproof pants: Breathable and wide enough to fit over boots. Knee-high side zippers are preferred so you can get your boots on and off easily. Buy a size larger than your base layer to ensure you are comfortable sitting in the Zodiac with one or two layers under your pants.

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Rain jacket: Packable, lightweight, waterproof rain jacket. The fabric should be breathable so that moisture from your body can escape. Pack this piece in your hand luggage so that you have a windbreaker ready when you deplane.

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Footwear

Boots: Flexible, pull-on boots with sturdy soles are ideal. As you will step into icy water during Zodiac landings, boots are essential and must be at least mid-calf high (12-15 inches / 30.5-38 cm in height).

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Socks: Extra heavyweight socks made of wool or wool blend for maximum warmth. If you are prone to cold feet, add sock liners and/or foot warmers.

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Hats & Gloves

Hat: Fleece is excellent because it is lightweight and extremely warm. Wool is also recommended. Choose a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and flaps to protect your ears, the best choice.

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Neck gaiter: A practical and stylish way to protect your neck. Neck gaiters are more flexible than balaclavas and don't fly around like scarves. You can wear a neck gaiter around your neck or use it as a headband. For added warmth, wear two and pull one over your face to protect your mouth and nose.

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Gloves: Windproof and waterproof ski gloves. Gloves that keep your hands warm are expensive but are a great investment. Select gloves that provide excellent warmth and durability. A breathable lining is a must.

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Glove liners: Recommended as they provide extra warmth on cold days. Some glove liners are wind-resistant and will protect your hands when you slip off your glove to take photos.

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Accessories

Backpack: Lightweight and water-resistant backpack for carrying items ashore and keeping your arms free for embarking/ disembarking the Zodiacs. If you have a lot of camera equipment and do not intend to use plastic seal-proof bags, pack a waterproof backpack.

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Trekking poles: A lightweight, collapsible, walking staff (also called a trekking pole) provides a sense of security, increased balance, and confidence when walking on ice, snow and/or rugged terrain.

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Seal-proof waterproof bags: Heavy-duty plastic to use to store your camera, film, binoculars and more in your backpack.

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Foot/Hand warmers: To put between your feet and your socks and to slip into your hands for extra warmth.

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Mosquito Head Net or Body Net To protect against mosquitos and other insects. Especially recommended if your itinerary includes Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.

Also recommended: A pair of good sunglasses or goggles with U.V. filter protection and protective lotion for lips, hands and face.



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