Travel - What to bring
WHAT TO PACK - Clothing:Bring casual and practical attire for your trip that can be worn in layers, including:
- TOP LAYERS:
- Parka/Coat: Light-Mid Weight, waterproof/breathable shell jacket (roomy enough for a fleece mid-layer)
- Fleece Jacket: 200-weight fleece or performance mid-layer for the colder days
- Baselayer Top: Merino wool, silk, or polypropylene underwear is highly recommended
- Tops - Other: Comfortable cotton or similar for general everyday use on board and while in transit
- Shell Pants: Light-Mid Weight waterproof/breathable shell pants (roomy enough for a base-mid layer)
- Mid-Layer Bottom: 100-200 weight fleece or performance layer
- Baselayer Bottom: Merino wool, silk, or polypropylene "long-johns"
- Bottoms - Other: Casual pants or jeans for general everyday use on board and while in transit
- 2 Hats: One warm hat that covers your ears, and one thinner liner-cap for warmer days
- Mittens and Gloves: Thin liner gloves under warm mittens works best. Bring extras
- Stockings: Merino wool works great! 3-4 pair of mid-weight tall socks. High enough to avoid chaffing
- Boots: Mid-height waterproof, insulated boots, such as Bogs
HEAD, HANDS, & FEET:
ACCESSORIES & GEAR:There are a few "must have" items when traveling to Antarctica. Such as:
- TRAVEL GEAR:
- Bathing Suit: Some trips offer a "cool dip" option, some have pools
- Sunscreen/Lipbalm: Antarctica is the driest and sunniest continent on earth
- Motion Medication: Across the Drake Passage can be "bumpy"
- Day/Back Pack: Sturdy day-pack for extra clothes, camera, water, etc.
- Sunglasses: All that snow is extremely bright. UV protected is a must
- Camera: With lots of batteries, extra storage, consider a backup camera
- Binoculars: You may not get close enough to pet the wildlife
- Wildlife Guide: To identify all the wildlife you'll see
- Dress Clothes: While in transit, also some cruises offer a "formal dinner night"
- Zip-Lock Style Plastic Bags: For anything you just can't get wet but want ashore