If you’re the type who wants to board a ship bound for Antarctica, you already know who you are. And it should come as no surprise that packing for an Antarctica cruise can be a daunting challenge. The weather is notoriously unpredictable and constantly changing, and much of your time outdoors is spent on a Zodiac, which can be wet and windy. If you forgot something, it’s not like you can run to the store and get it back. Packing for a trip like this can be tough, but tips on gearing up for a trip like this can help you make smart packing decisions for any extreme winter adventure. After all, you don’t have to be headed to the South Pole to want to pack some great waterproof pants.
However, unless you are a scientific researcher, you will probably visit the White Continent during its summer season, when temperatures are only a few degrees below zero. This means you don’t have to go overboard with polar gear. The most important thing is to choose pieces that are windproof (fun fact: Antarctica is the windiest continent) and waterproof.
We asked Shaun Powell, Field Staff Manager at Lindblad Expeditions, and Karin Strand, Vice President of Expedition Leaders at Hurtigruten Expeditions, about the essentials you need to bring to Antarctica and what to pack. into account when purchasing these items. Between the two of them, they’ve been to Antarctica more than 200 times, so if anyone’s the authority on traveling to the frozen continent, it’s Powell and Strand. Read on to find out what they do and don’t recommend bringing your expedition to Antarctica (or your next extreme winter adventure).
A waterproof jacket
Stay warm, comfortable and most importantly, dry