One of the most common questions we are asked is what to wear….

We have compiled an ‘ultimate list’ and a ‘budget list’. Unless you live inside the Arctic Circle it is unlikely you will own full wool suits and to buy them is really expensive. It was most certainly out of our budget when we started aurora chasing many years ago. If you’re feeling plush pick from list one. If you’re on a budget pick from list two.

Ultimate list

Top half :
*Merino wool long-sleeved base-layer*
*Wool jumper *
Padded weatherproof jacket (ski-jacket is perfect)

Bottom half:
*Merino wool long johns*
Padded weatherproof trousers (eg ski trousers)
*Wool socks*
Waterproof hiking or snow boots
*Thick wool hat with a strap under the chin to keep the cheeks warm*
An extra beanie/snood in your coat pocket wouldn’t hurt
Warm, waterproof gloves
*Silk glove liners to wear underneath gloves (if prone to cold hands)*

Budget list

Replace * items on the Ultimate List with:-

Man-made thermal long-sleeve base-layer
Fleece 2nd top layer instead of wool jumper
Man-made thermal long-johns 
Thermal socks with no wool element (wool is always superior but more expensive). Most important thing is to have room in your boots to move your feet about to allow a warm air layer. You can double up on socks but not if it means your boots are too tight as that will make you feel colder.
Thick non-wool hat with straps under the chin to keep cheeks warm.

If out on tour you start to get cold (even if just a little) then say so. Once cold it is very hard to get warm again but if caught early you can stave off the feeling either by us lighting a campfire or warming you up in our heated bus.

Be aware of what your body is telling you. Remember no-one else is experiencing what you are so don’t be shy to speak up.