Don't Leave Home without Them
You're traveling to Antarctica or the Arctic, and are wondering what to pack for cold weather.
We asked Quark's Merchandise Operations Manager, Danny Pastuk - an expert on polar clothing, gear and accessories - for advice on top gear to pack to make the most of your polar expedition. Check out his suggestions below on how to stay prepared, comfortable, dry, and toasty warm:
- Base Layers
Long underwear (both leggings and a long sleeved shirt). Layers should fit close to the body but allow for movement. Synthetic fibers or wool work best. We suggest Icebreaker Merino base layers, available onboard most Quark voyages.
Well-fitting, durable, waterproof gloves are essential. Consider your needs - you may want a glove with a removable liner, or one with touch screen capability if you're a photographer.
- Waterproof Pants
A must have! Lightweight, breathable waterproof pants are essential for Zodiac cruising, hiking or trekking. Don't leave home without a pair!
- Extra Socks
Don't let cold, damp feet spoil your day. Keep an extra pair of breathable, warm socks in your pack at all times.
- Hat or Toque
Don't leave the ship without a hat, as weather can change quickly. Grab a knit beanie or toque and keep it in your pack.
- Waterproof Pack
A waterproof daypack is essential to keep your gear, cameras, accessories and extra clothing dry in all conditions. It should be light-weight and comfortable to wear.
The sun's rays are surprisingly strong in the Polar Regions. Bring a SPF 30+ or higher.
- Multi-purpose Neck Wear
An infinity scarf (neck-gaiter) can fast become your favorite gear. In a pinch this multi-purpose accessory can transform from scarf to headband to toque to face shield. There are endless ways to wear it, and you'll be sure to find at least one unexpected purpose for it on your trip.
- Batteries and memory cards
Always bring a back-up memory card with you with lots of storage as you never know when the photo opportunity of a lifetime will present itself.
- Last but not least, don't forget your camera!
Bring a camera you're comfortable with and have used in the past. Make sure to read the manual, test the features, bring a spare battery and lots of accessories (waterproof bags, lens wipes, a good strap for around your neck).
You can also check out our gear shop, or watch the “Packing for the Polar Regions” video, to prepare for your upcoming polar expedition.