CLOTHING & PERSONAL ITEMS CHECKLIST
What you should bring is dependent on what time of year you will be in residence and what you will be doing on a daily basis.
Late May through early August:
Weather: Daytime high temperatures range from the mid-40s to about 70 degrees F, but Arctic weather can change on a dime. Freezing temperatures and snow are possible at any time.
Clothes: Layers, layers, layers. Avoid cotton, seek fabrics that wick.
- Sturdy raincoat.
- Sturdy rainpaints.
- Hats for warmth, hats to protect you from rain, and hats to protect you from the sun (possibly all on the same day).
- Warm gloves. Waterproof or water resistent gloves. Rubber gloves protect against mosquitoes.
- Warm, waterproof boots. Muck boots or Xtratufs are good for short hikes in wet tundra.
- Newly sealed and comfortable leather hiking boots are a must for hiking in the mountains.
- A pair of tennis shoes is good for walking on the gravel pad around camp. Open sandals are not allowed in the labs for safety reasons.
- Long underwear.
- Lots of warm socks.
- Bring a good-sized day pack for carrying your gear into the field.
- Shirts, pants, jackets, etc. Bring wicking fabrics like polypro, polartec, polarfleece and the like), or wool, which stays warm when wet.
- Bring several pants, a pair of shorts.
- You are allowed one load of laundry every other week so plan according.
- Bug dope.
- Personal mosquito headnet for wearing in the field.
- Bug jackets with hood and net face screen are very popular. You can find them in camping supply stores and catalogs.
- Mosquitoes, which are abundant in Alaska, seem to prefer dark-colored clothing, so light-colored outer pants and shirts are best
- Bring all the toiletries you will need. There is no store once you get to Toolik and the Prudhoe Bay store (120+ miles away) is expensive.
- Bug dope.
- Towels, washcloths.
- Sheets, pillows, cases, blankets.
- Water bottle(s)