Lost in the Arctic?! Take a Look at These 5 Survival Hacks

Agness and Cez from Etramping are huge admirers of the Arctic! They believe that we should preserve the northernmost part of Earth and its spectacular icy landscape. Without a doubt, today’s generation is aware of global warming effects. Therefore, thousands of travelers are flocking to the Arctic before its beauty evaporates…

If you’re one of the many people who wish to experience the Arctic atmosphere, then you must formulate a plan. In this day and age, you never know what’s going to happen. One minute you’re on track, the next minute- lost! That’s why Agness and Cez have compiled a list of 5 survival tips to help you on your venture. After all, preparation is key.

Pack basic provisions

The worst thing you could do is to arrive in the Arctic without any food or water. We understand that carrying around tons of provisions isn’t always ideal. Yet, it would be a silly mistake if you ended up stranded without anything to eat or drink!water bottles

There are ways of packing lightly for your trip. Despite the Arctic’s supply of ice and water- these obviously aren’t safe survival solutions. Plus, it’s not a renewable source since it continues to melt away.  We advise you to put yourself in the situation of losing your way. Constant walking and searching will make you thirsty. With the risk of dehydration overshadowing your every step, don’t you wish you had prepared? To survive cold temperatures, it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Once you’ve consumed healthy amounts of water, warm blood keeps pumping.

Of course, it’s also advisable to bring food. Products which are high in fat and calories will sustain your energy. So, treat yourself to a few energy-saving snacks!

Wear innovative insulation

By layering up our clothes, we felt as if the cold couldn’t touch us. For your base layer, opt for clothing with thermal compression. Try not to go for cotton based items as they’re known for absorbing moisture. Unfortunately, there’s no way of drying yourself off in the Arctic so try not to get soaked! As you’ll see from the Polar Row expedition, the effects of wet gloves can seriously damage your hands.

Girl in artic coat

For your mid layer, look for fleecy or woolly material. Usually, people go for thermal wear and even scuba diver under suits. It all depends on how comfortable you feel in your outfit style. Even a simple polyester jumper could work, as long as it’s effective. You can also pack plenty of socks, hats and earmuffs for those harsh winter winds. Alongside these accessories, protect your feet with long length arctic boots.

Sometimes on a tailor-made expedition and an Arctic cruise, they’ll supply polar fleeces. These types of trips aim to accommodate. You’ll most likely be relaxing on deck tucked up in a super cozy blanket! However, it’s wise to bring your own garments for extra protection.

Gear up with gadgets

If lost in the Arctic, a GPS navigator system is a life saver! Thanks to modern day technology, we live in a world where we can electronically guide ourselves. Gone are the days of reading maps and directions based on intuition. We now have the luxury of taking handy gadgets on our adventures. Yet, there will always be something cool about using a compass…

compass in hand

If you’re taking on a serious Arctic challenge, test all gadgets beforehand. Many travelers set themselves up for their journey by practicing in identical climates. Cold weather in the wild is often the reason why many people suffer. Finding yourself stuck on foreign land isn’t easy.

Carrying an alert beacon is advisable; you can buy these from many outdoor equipment stores. With a beacon on your side, it will be a lot easier for the rescue team to find you. These are also beneficial if you’ve had an accident and cannot walk. The flashing lights will warn off any danger such as speedy ice-mobiles.

Be aware of the bear

From far away, polar bears are playful and cute! If you’re viewing them from a very close distance, you’d better run…

Luckily for this bear, their white and fluffy exterior is durable for extreme Arctic conditions. Whoever is exploring the Arctic knows not to disturb a polar bear (or any other wildlife). In the past, they have destroyed and devoured humans in seconds. They actually spend half their time searching for food. So, if you’re aimlessly wandering around the Arctic, you NEED to be careful!

Polar Bear_Erwin vermeulen-Oceanwide ExpeditionsPolar Bear | © Erwin vermeulen – Oceanwide Expeditions

According to the WWF, the loss of sea ice habitat is threatening their survival. Listed under the US Endangered Species Act in May 2008, they’re a protected species. We understand that one of the main reasons people travel to the Arctic is to see these creatures in real life. Their moments are fleeting and so are ours. We must continue to preserve nature and feel grateful to witness these bears in their environment. Be aware of the bear, but also be considerate towards their current situation.

Fight the frostbite

Frostbite is a nasty fright! People often experience throbbing and aching during the early stages of this process. Stranded for long periods of time may result in long-term effects. The NHS highlights a few of the consequences of frostbite. For instance, you could experience persistent pain in affected areas and your body parts may become numb.

Frosty hand prints

Of course, preparing yourself before your adventure is crucial! That’s why we are helping you with these handy hacks. For we are trying to help you prevent the effects of frostbite. Make sure to protect your hands with mittens. Wear well-insulated boots and thick fitted socks. Do not neglect your ears and stay equipped with a weatherproof hat.

It’s a good idea to research into frostbite and its side effects before your Arctic adventure. It really is a serious condition so try your best to prevent it. We at etramping.com understand that travel is a fun and crazy experience. It’s so amazing that sometimes we forget to maintain personal safety. That’s why these 5 life-saving hacks should help you if ever you’re worried about losing your way in the Arctic!

What helps you to endure the frosty Arctic conditions?Agness and Cez