These mustang suits protect people from the Arctic's icy waters. Photo: Faustine Bernadac

These mustang suits protect people from the Arctic’s icy waters. Photo: Faustine Bernadac

Researchers are responsible for bringing their own cold weather clothing to the field.

When packing, choose fabrics like Polar Plus Fleece, Polypropylene, Capilene, wool, and silk. Avoid cotton fabrics and jeans for remote field site use.

For recommendations specific to the type of environment you will be visiting, consult these checklists:

For a general list of cold weather gear, review the recommendations below.

Recommended Cold Weather Gear:

  • 1 each insulated parka with hood
  • 1 or 2 pairs of insulated bibs, Carhartt
  • 1 pair of wind pants, bib non-insulated
  • 1 each pile/fleece jacket
  • 1 each pile/fleece pants
  • 1 each lined wind jacket with hood
  • 2 pairs of long underwear
  • 2 pairs of expedition weight thermal top/bottoms
  • 1 each sleeping bag (rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1 each sleeping bag liner
  • 1 pair of Sorel boots with spare liners (Glacier Model)
  • 4-6 pairs of wool socks
  • 1 each hat, musher style with earflaps
  • 1 each hat, pile or wool cap
  • 1 each neck gaiter
  • 1-2 pairs of leather work gloves
  • 1-2 pairs of insulated ski gloves
  • 1 pair of expedition mittens

Recommended Personal Gear:

  • 1 each towel
  • 1 each day pack
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 each water bottle
  • Medications with copies of any prescriptions
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • Batteries
  • Reading materials
  • Toiletries