Antarctica What to Pack

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Antarctica What to Pack

  • A few essential items for Antarctica

    First, this tip is for people who travel with USAP, the United States Antarctic Program. In Christchurch (New Zealand), they give you a lot of ECW gear (Extreme Cold Weather) so you do not need to bring too much stuff of your own (see photos). You may want your own warm underwear and underliner socks and gloves, and your own balaclava.For luggage,...

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  • Gloves

    Dont forget to bring gloves to Antarctica !!! My best ones were really cheap gloves, ment for sports like Nordic Walking, they were thin and they were getting dry rather fast, I could wear them also while making my photos and even in heavy rain- or snowfall they kept my fingers warm, although they had been totally wet. Also for the rides in the...

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  • Watertight gear

    Riding a Zodiak is a lot of fun in sunny weather. In Antarctica there will be rough seas and in each ride you might get totally wet, when you dont have a really good weather-gear ! Forget about Goretex and similar things that might be recommended in your shop at home, these people have no idea about getting wet in the Antarctic and what it feels...

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  • Wellies / Wellingtons / Gummistiefel

    Wellies are the best solution for using the Zodiak. The beaches will never be totally flat and in 95% of all landing-places you will not find a pier, but you rather have to step into the water and that is best when wearing wellies, AND make sure they are as high as possible, mine were around 50 cm high, that was sufficient. Unfortunately Wellies...

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  • It's not as cold as you imagine.

    I'd suggest taking duffel-bag style luggage - very easy to stuff away into the ship's storage areas. Most boats have Wellington waterproof boots for the passengers. Otherwise, you really only need a pair of decent tennis shoes, and maybe some lounging around shoes or sandals for on-board. Don't overpack. You don't need snow boots and such.You'll...

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  • You can always rent your gear

    One option for those visiting from warmer climates (we came from Florida, for example) is to rent colder weather gear. I mean, sure... you can spend $400 on a parka and some waterproof cold-weather pants, but what the heck are you going to do with it back home? We rented parkas and waterproof pants from a place called Antarctic Equipment, located...

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  • Warmer than I expected

    Small day pack or fanny pack. You can't take a lot of stuff ashore with you, so you don't need a huge backpack. I just carried my camera, extra batteries, tiny notebook and pen. I brought clothing for extreme weather, and didn't use all of it. We were ashore for an hour at a time; it would be different if you were outside all day. I didn't need...

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  • antarctic packing essentials

    one suitcase and water resistant backpack. pack light since you will be charged by the airline if overweight. we kept our cases under the bed and there was lots of room in the cabin-closet/hooks. dress in layers, it's not as cold as you might think! down parka with pockets.thin fleeces, long underwear, wool socks, couple t shirts long/short, a few...

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  • Camera gear: part 2

    I didn't see a need to bring a tripod, and was perfectly fine lugging around 2-3 heavy lenses without using one to take photos. I did see a guy using a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS using it though (understandly so!). But out of 114 people, only 2 brought a tripod, and another a monopod. So if you want to pack light, a tripod is not necessary.

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  • Strong sun!

    The UV rays are VERY strong in Antarctica because of the thin ozone layer. So please bring sunblock (SPF 45 recommended) and sunglasses. I had a friend who actually got a headache after standing out in the sun for a while.

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  • Camera gear

    Waterproof camera bag will be important as the weather changes quickly and it could rain. Also, you could get wet in the zodiacs. For those who plan to bring an SLR (that is, not a small point and shoot consumer camera) I recommend two lenses. The Sigma 10-20mm is unbelievable when it comes to taking wide angle shots. I can't imagine my photos...

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  • How to keep warm and dry

    I went to Antarctica from Jan 5-15. Honestly, aside from the strong winds in the Drake Passage, it was never that cold. Temperatures were about zero degrees celsius. Here's what you will find useful: Double layered hat/beanie, a turtleneck or a neck gator, a good waterproof jacket (or just buy a can of waterproofing spray from a drug store),...

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  • Seasickness

    The Drake Passage is the terrible part about travelling to Antarctica. I have never been seasick but I lost to the Drake Passage with its terrible waves. (Also, ship didn't have a stabilizer) Remember: BRING SEASICK PILLS/EAR PATCHES!

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  • Antarctica- many items/services provided...

    Pack an additional soft duffel to take all the extra items home with you. You will probably receive a parka and other goodies as part of the excursion, leave room. Many of our travel mates had to purchase additional luggage, which is not cheap in Ushuaia. Slippers and town walking shoes will suffice. Shore boots (check with your company) are...

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  • Packing List

    Many Icebreakers lack storage space so you may want to bring luggage that can be folded up when it is empty. Once on the boat you will be leaving your outerwear (parka, boots...) in the ships changing room. This is good news since it will get wet and stinky quickly. It just takes one visit to a penguin colony to leave your clothing smelling like...

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  • Not enough room for everything

    Would recommend a holdall with wheels as lighter than a standard case, also will flatten so can be kept in the cabin under the bed. Case storage available on board but in a seperate cabin. Weight was a big problem,20kg in economy class. Hurtigruten give you a list of must have gear(mostly winter things so bulky) & also for a few days you are in hot...

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  • Gloves

    I had one pair polar fleece gloves & one pair 'Arctic' mittens. For landings, I always wore both. This way my hands were always warm, but I could easily get the mittens off, to take photos! You can get these items in Ushuaia, but expect to pay!

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  • sunscreen you can get burnt

    all the clothes you pack should extremly warm heaps of film or plenty of memory cards it is a wonderful photography spot

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  • Clothes

    As little as possible. Warm clothes. Not toom much.Ypu won't need 5 pairs of Gortex pants - one will be enough.You will need about 3-4 warm turtlenecks .........// 2 pairs of warm underwear ......// HAT!! ........// gloves (one thin pair + one gortex pair) ...........// few pairs of nice thick wool socks (you may need about 6-7 pairs of these,...

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  • Clothing for Antarctic.

    I also spent some time in Buenos Aires & Ushuaia, so the rolling suitcase worked for this lone traveller. I took a medium sized hard fabric shell case, which had two large 'pockets' at the front, which I used for items I needed to easily access and things that I was not concerned about losing, or were easily replacable. I recommend using those...

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  • Waterproof Pants & More

    A small waterproof bag for your camera is great for zodiac landings. Takewaterproof pants, as for landings from a cruise you will be on the water. Most times you will need to step into the water to walk on to shore. Also tall waterproof boots are a must! Don't forget your sun block! You could get the worst sunburn you have ever experienced! Also...

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  • Dressing for the cold

    Of all the holidays I’ve been on, I think this was the hardest to pack for! I had to consider:- temperatures of 40 degrees and over in Buenos Aires where we spent the first couple of days- temperatures well below freezing in the Antarctic itself- dressy clothes needed for the two formal evening events on board ship- casual comfortable clothing for...

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  • Come Prepared!!

    In the region you are bound to be making a number of wet landings in zodiacs - hence waterproof boots are strongly recommended. Also be prepared for changes in weather - from one moment the sun is shining without a breeze to the next second when strong winds and snow make the stay pretty uncomfortable if you are not dressed correctly. Warm and...

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  • Binoculars

    Some binoculars come in really handy, especially if you are interested in bird watching or want to be the first one to see the first iceberg or whale or what have you....

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  • Films, films, films...........

    Taking pictures is what you will do most of the time while in Antarctica, so be sure to bring loads of film with you!!!100 ASA sensitivity should be enough, especially when you have lots of snow, bright icebergs and ideally blue sky!Do not forget extra batteries and maybe even a second camera (just in case)....A skylight filter for regular...

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  • Sun protection

    Be sure to take along good sun protection and some sunglasses with a high UV filter. Especially, if you are lucky and you have good weather, you will appreciate both!

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  • Onion principle

    It is cold in Antarctica, okay, but not all THAT cold, since you can only go there during the Antarctic SUMMER. We had 0ýC +/- 5ýC, so it was not that bad....The onion principle is what really works - many layers on top of eachother - it worked fine for me!Skiing underwear is nice, a fleece sweater, long sleeve T-shirts, warm socks, some thin...

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  • Rain suit

    A rain suit is absolutely necessary for any trip to Antarctica. Not because it often rains, but because of water splash during Zodiac cruises.When the sea is calm and speed low, you can leave the rain suit in your rucksack (but DO take it with you, as weather and sea conditions may change from hours to hour).However if the Zodiac speed is...

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  • SUN-GLASSES, wind and water proofed...

    A small waterproofed bag for when you go on the rubber boats. 1. SUN-GLASSES!- Very good sun-glasses. Since you are focusing on your Antarctica trip to be cold, you could tend to forget that the sun gets reflected by ice, snow and sea. - Also bring glasses when you wear contact-lenses: the salty water and wind can irritate your eyes2....

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  • Rubber boots

    On all trips to Antarctica, you should bring rubber boots. The shafts of the boots should be around 300 mm tall as a minimum. These boots are necessary as the only way to go onshore is with rubber boats (so-called Zodiacs), which mostly land on rocky beaches. Once you have arrived, you first step into the shallow water (possibly with waves)....

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  • Batteries and film

    Many people have mentioned that there is no place to buy film and batteries, very true, so bring more than you thing you will need. In addition, if you go on the zodiac rafts and do some landings, make sure and not only bring extras with you, but put them in a place where you can reach them! The first day on the zodiac I needed to change film and...

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  • Packing list for GAP explorer

    Waterproof day pack for taking on shore landings Gum Boots- wellingtons etc. there are several options1) bring them with you-they are heavy and take up a lot of space2) Hire them from Turismo Ushuaia (Gob Paz) for US$20 or 60 pesos PLUS $50US deposit3) Buy them in Ushuaia from the general store in the main street San Martin for 20-25 pesos, this...

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  • Better remember everything!

    Bring a small backpack to keep your gear in during shore excursions. You can put your cameras in here to prevent them from getting wet during the zodiac rides. Bring the warmest clothing you can find! Bringing a video camera should be mandatory! The sounds of Antarctica are almost as cool as the sites. You can also do a video journal and say...

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  • Layers

    It isn't as cold as you'd think; it was 30-35 farhenheit when I was there in late december. However, the wind gets cold, so I highly suggest a Gore-tex outer layer jacket. My jacket was just a Gore-tex shell and I was afraid it wouldn't be warm enough. But with layers of a sweatshirt or long thermal underwear and then a t-shirt over the top and...

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  • Warm clothing

    Almost without fail, we had all packed far to many cold weather clothes. It was nowhere near as cold as I expected, only dropping to minus two. Bring waterproof trousers as you will get a wet bottom sitting in the Zodiacs.Wellies can be hired in Ushuaia through a company called Antarctic Equipment. Wellies are a necessity as you sometimes land in...

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  • For Sweet Dreams...

    Take an eye shade and earplugs with you. The eye shade is because if you are there in the austral summer (like 99.9% of people), the sun will shine most or all of the night. I don't know what the cruise ships are like, but on our little yacht there was a hatch in each cabin that couldn't be covered. The light didn't bother me, but it was worth...

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  • Batteries!

    Make sure you have plenty of batteries for your cameras, camcorders or other battery-powered equipment. When the temperature is cold, batteries lose their charge in a fraction of the time they normally would. Even if you have rechargables, you probably want a spare so that you can have one charging all of the time. If you have rechargeables...

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  • Protect Your Camera

    I would recommend taking a waterproof housing for your camera if you can get your hands on one. You will likely be taking a lot of dinghy trips and even a small amount of salt water on your camera will wreck it.

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  • Take Everything You Might Need

    There really isn't any place to shop in Antarctica. Perhaps some of the cruise ships have shops or canteens on them, but I wouldn't know. It's important that you pack considering all sorts of contingencies. This is especially true for medicines and toiletries.In hindsight wished I had packed more medicines. I picked up a cold on my flight from...

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  • Oakley & Chanel

    Ok, I'd never have guessed these 2 would mix.No idea what I'm referring to?Well, these are the 2 brands of sunglasses I brought along on this trip.Ok, let's face it. I'm not into branded goods. Been over that long time ago.Neither do I like to be labelled "Miss Brands", if you know what I mean.Reason why they appeared here is simple.Eye...

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  • Waterproof protection

    Rain coat helps quite a bit with the waves.Shoes had to be waterproof... or rather it's boots! Bring your own. Essentially, you might want to have some kind of protection for your camera as one'll get wet on the zodiac in more than one occassion. Plastic bags come in handy. But I never did use them. Good gracious, how on earth am I gonna take a...

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  • Every thing is hard to find

    A heavy winter coat. Typical US standard winter coats are fine.Snow-pantsWaterproof Winter Boots (Arctic boots are not necessary) The better the traction on ice the better. Consider golf cleats (crampons are not allowed in most buildings) or studded soles.Gloves - Keep these thinner and more flexible, so you are more likely to keep them on. The...

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  • Dress Warm

    Durable soft sided luggage Clothing for the Antarctica is done in 3 layers; a silk or capilene thernal layer followed by a lightweight second layer then an outer layer of fleece or Polartec. I found Polartec 200 too bulky most of the time and it was seldom worn so don't bring too much of this. Standard items for adventure travel plus motion...

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  • Packing List

    Backpack, but as everyone is based on board, a suitcase is just as good. Warm clothes are essential.Gloves, hat, scarf and thermals.The ship provides the gumboots (Wellies). So many before you have bought their own and then left them, as they had no further use for them once leaving the ship. Travel sickness tablets for those who suffer from...

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  • Packing List

    Bring the very best camera you can afford, know it and be prepared to shoot 50-100 rolls or more of film. Keep in mind that you very likely will NEVER be back here again. For most, being in Antarctica is a once in a lifetime chance...LIVE LARGE!If you are shooting digital, BRING BATTERIES!!!!! and wear them inside your coat, tucked deep in your...

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