Tundra Tip: Wear Your Rubber Boots

Rubber boots are essential gear in the tundra.

For hiking on soggy ground, wear a pair of rubber boots. Surprisingly comfortable and practical, they're a longtime favorite of Arctic veterans who travel across tundra underlaid with permafrost, a frozen layer that prevents good drainage of the soil above. Choose knee-highs for extremely boggy areas or calf-highs for moderate wetness.