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+$Six Must-pack Items to Take on an Arctic Adventure

  • 日期+$21 December 2011
  • 作者世界自然基金会旅游经理Elissa Leibowitz Poma
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+$The priority when packing for an expedition to a cold-weather destination is to load up on outerwear. Waterproof jackets and pants aren’t enough; the key to staying warm enough in a cold weather destination is in the accessories.

+$Here are my picks for the top items to pack for an+$Arctic Expedition-+$to keep warm and keep you and your electronics properly functioning:

+$Boots.+$The No. 1 question we often hear from travelers heading to the Arctic: Do I really need to bring rubber boots? Emphatically and without question, yes! If you forget to bring everything else with you, rubber boots that go at least mid-calf are the single-most important item to pack.

+$When you leave the ship and go ashore via Zodiac landing craft, you will have to step into icy-cold water at the shoreline. Sometimes the water level is higher than your ankle, so you’ll want taller boots. And oftentimes I hiked in those same boots-+$some travelers opted to change into their hiking shoes, but I didn’t want to tote the extra items-+$so make sure yours are comfortable.

+$Still not convinced? Then just image the fun I would have had in short shoes after inadvertently stepping in a rather deep pile of bull walrus dung at Poolepynten on Svalbard.

+$Extra Gloves.+$I brought two extra pair. Even waterproof gloves seem to get wet, and no matter how hard you try to keep them dry, they’ll likely get wet during the Zodiac rides.

+$Sunglasses Straps.+$If you’re prone to lose sunglasses (as I am-+$I always bring an extra pair), attach a strap to them. I remember one afternoon when we were on deck in Alaska’s Inside Passage, a few whales were spotted offshore. I whipped off my sunglasses to look through my binoculars, not even giving a second thought as to where the glasses went. I figured it out quickly-+$when something under my boot crunched (yes, making me 0 for 2 for stepping on things I shouldn’t have).

+$Hand and foot warmers.+$After an hour-long hike on the soft tundra, followed by some time waiting on the rocky shoreline for our Zodiac commutes back to the ship, my extremities started to feel icy. I tore open a few eco-friendly hand warmers and popped them into my boots and gloves. They made the late-afternoon much more bearable.

+$Energy Bars.+$Shivering burns calories. So, if you’re a light eater, you could find yourself a little hungry in between meals. Stashing an energy bar or some trail mix in a pocket is a good tide-over snack.

+$Always-charged Camera Batteries.+$Make sure to recharge batteries each evening before bed, or bring extra batteries that will last for the duration of your trip. Some batteries lose juice quicker in cold environments.

+$Go on an Arctic adventure with WWF.

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