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Northwest Passage: In the Footsteps of Franklin (Arctic 2024)

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What to pack on your polar expedition WEATHER CONDITIONS & TEMPERATURES Polar weather is extremely variable; temperatures may hover around the freezing mark and winds can be strong. The extended daylight warms sheltered areas so that you may sometimes find it warm enough for t-shirts. However, you may encounter rain, snow squalls, fog and white-outs during an expedition and should be ready for any conditions. WHAT TO BRING! Packing for the Polar Regions doesn't have to be daunting, and to make it easier for you, all Quark Expeditions voyages include a Quark parka to keep, and a loan of insulated waterproof boots. Additional suggested items include: TO WEAR ON LANDINGS Base-layer wool or synthetic top Base-layer wool or synthetic bottom Mid-layer warm or fleece top Mid-layer warm or fleece bottom Warm wool or synthetic socks (keep a dry pair in your bag, and bring extras for layering) Glove liners Waterproof gloves or mitts (bring an extra pair) Scarf, buff, or other face protection Warm hat that covers ears (bring an extra) Waterproof pants (mandatory for every Zodiac ride) Waterproof, lightweight backpack or dry sack Polarized sunglasses with UV protection (bring an extra pair) Ski goggles (offers extra protection for adventure options or Zodiac cruising on snowy or windy days) Sunscreen Lip Balm TO WEAR ONBOARD Complimentary Quark 3-in-1 Parka provided on board (wear the waterproof shell out on deck, and the removable liner indoors to stay comfortable) Comfortable casual clothing like lighter shirts, pants or jeans, etc. (in case the ship gets warm) Comfortable non-slip closed-toed unheeled shoes (flip flops, sandals or slip-on shoes should not be worn on board due to safety concerns) ADDITIONAL ITEMS Swimsuit (for the Polar Plunge! Some vessels may also have a pool, hot tub, sauna and/or steam room. See your ship book for details.) Light warm jacket to wear during travel to the ship Workout attire (for the fitness center!) Binoculars Hand and feet warmers Camera with charger and extra batteries Extra memory or laptop with spare storage (for saving photos) Waterproof cell phone case or rain sleeve for camera Lens cloth for camera Earplugs and eye masks for sleeping Voltage converters and plug adapters (see ship book for details) Personal alarm such as mobile phone, watch, or alarm clock Moisturizer for face and hands (polar air can be dry) Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses Reusable waterproof bags or plastic bags with zippers (to keep small items organized and cameras dry) Seasickness, indigestion, headache, or other medications Hand sanitizer Passport, visas, immunization and vaccination records, travel documents, etc. (as required) Small amount of local currency (see pre-departure book for more details) Water bottle (a collapsible reusable water bottle will be provided onboard) Bug spray 19 Call a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 1.888.892.0073 or your Travel Professional | Visit for additional details For more packing and gear-related info, visit the Quark Expeditions® online Polar Boutique at Scan this QR code to watch our video on what to pack before you go!

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