Aurora Addicts Tours – What to Wear Chris Test
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.
Top half :
*Wool ( (Merino is the most comfortable) long-sleeved base-layer next to skin*
*Wool jumper *
Padded weatherproof jacket (ski jacket is perfect but not essential)
*Wool thermals trousers next to skin*
Padded weatherproof trousers (ski trousers/salopettes are perfect)
Waterproof hiking/snow boots
*Thick hat (some wool content) 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 you are prone to cold hands)*
Replace * items on the Ultimate List with:-
Man-made thermal long-sleeve base-layer next to skin
Fleece 2nd top layer (possibly 2) instead of the wool jumper
Man-made thermal long-johnsnext to skin
Wool socks are preferable and not so badly priced BUT you would survive having cheaper ones with a thermal element. Most important thing is to have room in your boots to move your feet about. that allows your feet to keep their own little biosphere warm. you can double up on socks but not if it means your boots are too tight. That will make you feel colder.
Thick non wool hat with straps under the chin to keep cheeks warm.
You can buy hand warmers etc but actually the best thing to do once out in the night air is to be realistic about how cold you are feeling. Bring an extra fleece just in case and if you start to get cold (even if just a little) say so. Once cold it is very hard to get warm again. If you are starting to get cold then the guide will be able to offer suggestions of how to stave off the feeling either by lighting a fire, suggesting you move around or warming you up in the vehicle. Be aware of what your body is telling you. No-one else is experiencing what you are so don’t be shy speak up.