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Nellie and a Beluga, Photo Credit Kim Powell

 

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: CHURCHILL

 

 

___ Passport
___ Rain gear (durable, truly waterproof, bring both a top and bottom)
___ 1 Bathing suit
___ 2-3 T-Shirts

___ 2 Long-sleeved shirts (one quick dry/lightweight rash guard for warmth or sun protection; the other should be a lightweight synthetic material such as polyester or

                            Lightweight fleece material that keeps the body warm even when wet, used for layering).
___ 1-2 Pairs of shorts (one quick dry and light weight)
___ 2 Pairs  long pants 
(one pair of medium rated fleece or wool pants)
___ 1 medium  and 1 heavy rated sweatshirt 
made of capilene/fleece or other synthetic material that

            keeps the body warm even when wet (non cotton)

___ Synthetic jacket such as the Patagonia Nano Puff  layered along with fleece

___ One pair of long underwear--( top and bottom- fleece, silk or capilene)

___ One ski cap or beanie for warmth with an optional scarf

___ One pair of warm gloves or mittens

___ Waterproof Windbreaker or paddling jacket or you may use your rain jacket top as a wind breaker
___ 1 Pair of hiking shoes
(lightweight hiking boot or a gortex hiking boot for potentially wet and muddy trails)
___ 1 Pair of Aqua socks/ surf booties
. Our staff likes the NRS wetshoe or equivalent 
these will keep your foot mud free while launching at muddy low tides

___1 Pair of neoprene wetsock liners such as those purchased at  NRS or equivalent, can be worn under surf booty for extra warmth
___ 2 Pairs of socks appropriate for keeping feet warm while hiking
and a lightweight, light in color pair to be worn as bug deterrents.

___ Bandana or a Buff  headwear--great for sun protection and flare! We are providing everyone with a BWV "Bluerag", much like a buff

__   Day pack --compact, for personal items when hiking or boating, lined on the inside with a garbage bag for waterproofing

___ Small Dry Bag to protect personal gear such as cameras, extra clothing and binoculars while boating
___ Underwear
___ Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, lotions, aloe, etc,)

___ Sunscreen ( 20 strength or stronger) & lip balm with sunscreen, small amount of coral safe sunscreen while paddle boarding (supping)

                       reviewed here: Corals and Hawaii Bans Harmful Sunscreens  For this trip, we recommend: Faces

___ small amount of body lotion for replenishing dry skin
___ Polarized Sunglasses with leash
___ Hat with visor or wide rim

___ Insect repellent--we like Lemon Eucalyptus by Repel, an effective non toxic alternative to DEET, others prefer the use of DEET. See More Trip Info
___ Bug Headnet 
___ Personal medicines ( anti diarrhea,bandaids,neosporine, pain reliever, anti-itch cream for insect bites)

__   Quart size water bottle, non disposable
___ Duffel bag or luggage
for your clothing and other personal gear

___ Mask and Snorkel - check with a local dive shop for proper fit or you may rent in Churchill for $10 for our 2 days of Beluga Boarding.

                  We will also be swimming at the local pool. You may want to bring your personal snorkel gear for the pool. See More Trip Info

___ Full body wetsuit 5-7 mil for our 2 days of Beluga Boarding. You may also rent a  7 mil wetsuit in Churchill for $150 for 2 days of Beluga Boarding. See More Trip Info

___ Neoprene Gloves such as NRS 3mil or equivalent or you may rent in Churchill for $10 for our 2 days of Beluga Boarding.

___ Wetsuit hood or you may rent in Churchill for $10 for our 2 days of Beluga Boarding. 

___ 2 Garbage bags for waterproofing gear or packing wet items and 1-2 gallon ziplocs

___ Headlamp for our possible night excursion to see the northern lights

___ Clothes to travel home in

OPTIONAL GEAR:

 

Extra camera batteries, memory card and charger                                                                    

Camera/film --our guides and clients like the Olympus Tough Waterproof Series 

      or the Gopro   

Camera Stick                                                                                                                                     Carabiners- for attaching items to kayaks

Binoculars-pack both camera and binoculars in dry bag                                                           Journal with pens or colored pens/ watercolor set              

1 Pair of sandals or flip flops to be worn around the hotel                                                             Waterproof watch

Ear plugs                                                                                    

Sleeping Mask for hotel room as some rooms may not get fully dark for much of night               

1 Sarong  

                                                                                                                                   

Your Favorite Adult Beverage or Snacks -can be purchased in Churchill but prices are inflated

Dry Goods for simple meals,  see Local Cuisine and Money at More Trip Info

Preferred Tea or instant Starbuck Coffee packages to add additional strength to coffee  provided on trip           

Small Dry Box (i.e. Pelican boxes) to organize and waterproof miscellaneous items such as camera

 

 

Sea Sickness Medication: If you are prone to sea sickness, we highly recommend bringing some form of prevention. Medications such as Bonine or Dramamine are usually effective although drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect.

Many clients have been very happy with Scopalimine patches that requires a prescription. Your local pharmacist or physician can advise you.  Many health food stores will recommend herbal remedies  such as Motionease for sea sick prevention and

we have found this brand quite effective. In the past, several clients have successfully used "sea bands" which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication.

Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops or some drug stores.


                  
LOST LUGGAGE: Just in case your luggage is misplaced during airplane transfers, pack or wear the following in a carry on bag: 1 pair of pants, fleece, 1 long sleeve shirt, mask, camera, sunscreen, essential toiletries and personal medications.

 

SUGGESTED READING LIST

For a great overview of Churchill Culture and Natural History we  highly recommend:

Churchill Hudson Bay, A  Guide to the Natural and Cultural Heritage.

This excellent field guide is written by  Lorraine Brandson, the currator of the Itsanitaq Museum,

formerly known as the Eskimo Museum which we plan to visit

 

Natural History

A Complete Guide to the Arctic Wildlife by Richard Sale

Wildlife of the Arctic by Richard Sale and Pier

A Naturalist Guide to the Arctic by E.C. Pielou

The World of the Arctic Whales  Belugas, Bowheads and Narwhals By Stefani Paine

Beluga A Farewell to Whales by Pierre Beland

 

Cultural History

Arctic Icons: How the Town of Churchill Leaned to Love its Polar Bears by Ed Struzik

Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in 

Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows  By   Zac Unger