What To Pack For Antarctica?

What To Pack For Antarctica

Antarctica Expedition takes place during the Austral summer (November to March). Generally, temperatures in the Antarctic are in the -5°C to 5°C range. Although it can be quite sunny, you should prepare for rain, snow, fog and a high wind-chill factor.

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Weather in Antarctica can be pretty unpredictable, so figuring out what to pack can be pretty daunting.

So let us help you in preparing your Packing list for your Antarctica Expedition.

EXPEDITION CLOTHING (Comfortable, Durable & Loose)

1) Base Layers

  • Thermal Underwear top and bottom (2 Pairs)

Do we need to mention that it’s freaking cold in Antarctica? So, wearing thermals is must .Wool and synthetic fibers are best as they will draw moisture away from the body. Avoid cotton.

2) Insulating Layers

Insulating Layer

  • Fleece top and bottoms (2 Pairs) – a layer of fleece (synthetic or wool) should be worn over your base layers to get additional warmth.
  • Vest and sweaters (2 Pairs) – a full zip vest (down or wool) will keep your body warm. Zip vest will allow you to open zip or remove if you get too warm.


  3) Outerwear

  • Parka (1 Pair) – parka is a 3-in-1 jacket that keeps you insulated and protects you from wind, snow and rain.
  • Waterproof trousers (1 Pair) – waterproof pants are mandatory, as during the landing you’ll likely encounter splashes of water.


  4) Footwear

  • Rubber boots – knee-high boots are required for wet landings. Most of the operators provide rubber boots on board
  • Shoes (1 pair) – a pair of shoes with non-slip soles will be required for walking around the ship
  • Flip-flops/Sandals (1 pair) – for walking inside the ship and cabin is recommended.
  • Socks (at least 7 pairs) – woolen socks are a must. Several pairs are required for layering during cold days. Cotton socks should be avoided.


5) Gloves

  • Waterproof gloves or mittens (1 pair) – you will need a durable waterproof and insulated pair to wear ashore and while in zodiacs.
  • Gloves liners (1 Pair) – it is required for the days when weather is not very cold. Also for clicking pictures and taking videos, gloves liners are the best bet.


6) Other Items

  • Hat (2 Pairs) – bring woolen material hats
  • Neck gaiter or neck warmer (1 pair) – make sure it’s tall enough to pull over your mouth and nose; and wide enough that it can be removed easily
  • Scarfs(1 pair) – to protect face from UV and cold
  • Sunscreen and lip protection (minimum SPF 30)
  • Sunglasses with polarized lenses
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Plastic bags (plastic zip-lock bags will protect your camera from wave splash and spray while in Zodiacs)
  • Backpack – to bring your camera and necessary stuff for landings
  • Swimming costume – if you wish to do a polar plunge


7) Clothing on board

  • Comfortable and casual clothing


Covering myself with Windproof, Waterproof Pants and Jacket on a chilly evening in Antarctica


Well dressed to full enjoy the sunset from the deck


Wearing only Fleece on a sunny day in Antarctica


Cover yourself with Waterproof Pants and Jacket and be a kid in the land of penguins


Don’t forget to pack Antarctica T-shirt for fun


All the gear can be rented in Ushuaia, but please make sure you book in advance, as you might not be able to find the right size later.


Author: Offbeat Wanderlust


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