North Pole Equipment List
This is an equipment list and personal items that we recommend for you to take with you on your North Pole Cruise. The list has been designed by our experienced guides.
Baggage Size and Limits
A) 2 Duffel Bags or Soft Luggage Bags (checked Bags), both weighing up to 70 lbs. each.
B) Two - carry on bags up to 45 lbs. and 45" each.
C) Optional: One or two compression bags (compresses your clothing so it takes less space).
Rated Clothing to -45* Fahrenheit
This clothing is required to keep yourself warm at the North Pole to protect your body against the extremely cold temperature. Usually temperature is between 0* and -20* degrees Fahrenheit, but wind is extremely cold, and it may cause the temperature to drop to -40* to -65* degrees F). Therefore, this gear must be rated for -45* Fahrenheit, not less! It is formerly known as EXP GEAR (EXTREME PROTECTION).
1) Parka with hood2) Extremely Warm Boots3) Snow Pants or a combination of shell pants and wind pants (goretex and fleece)4) Extremely warm ski gloves.5) Face Protection (i.e. goggles, mask, balaclava hat, etc.)
Make sure you get a parka that extends over the top of your pants to provide protection from wind going up the back of your clothing, especially when bending over. Keep your lower backside warm at all costs. Make sure that the parka and outer warming pants are complimentary. Parka extends down and pants go up under parka.
- Rated to -45* Fahrenheit –
Unrated Arctic Clothing Accessories
Does not have to meet -45* F standard.
1) Warm hat that covers your ears.2) Balaclava is optional, but will keep you warm, especially when sleeping.
Other Arctic Gear
(Does Not Need To Be Rated for Extreme Temperature Range)
1) Sleeping Bag. (Can be rated for +30* F) 2) Sleeping Bag Insulation Mattress goes under sleeping bag to prevent conduction with ice below tent.3) Heater Packs. (Keeps you and your camera warm)4) Ski Goggles or Glacier Glasses.5) Polypropylene Underwear - polypropylene or silk, but not cotton. This underwear wicks sweat and moisture off your body to prevent chill. Long Johns and long sleeve (1 or 2 Pair), with socks (2 or 3 pair).6) Pair of gloves, cotton or polypropylene - can be clothed under big gloves or just carried with you in case you take off the big gloves to do quick tasks requiring better finger touch and skill, than that with big gloves. Never touch metal barehanded at NP.7) Camelbak, which you will carry under your parka at all times. You must always be drinking water, so you need to carry water that won't freeze. 8) Thermos Bottle - no glass inner lining, must be very durable.
General Packing List
1) 1 Pair Warm Insulated Boots 2) 1 Pair general purpose long johns3) Several pairs of warm thick socks4) 1 Pair general purpose gloves5) Sweater (long in the back to prevent draft up back) and warm pants, long sleeve shirtsm etc.6) Battery should be lithium. It lasts longer in subzero weather. NiCad or alkaline lose power within hours.7) Toilet paper or Kleenex. Your nose will run. 8) Hand towelettes - to wash your hands, face, and etc.9) Knife and, perhaps, leatherman kit
As you can see, travelling to North Pole requires a lot of preparation. The harsh conditions and extremely cold temperatures make it difficult to ensure your safety during travel. However, fear not. Follow the aforementioned guide, and this tour will bring you nothing, but good memories.