Luggage and bags: As you will be on board a ship you will not be having to lug bags around on a daily basis. You unpack all your gear and stow the bags. The only limitations will be airline restrictions.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most expedition ships supply the outer layer 'wet skins' and gumboots. Under these you need many light warm layers. Merino wool next to your skin helps draw moisture away from your body and believe me, even though it is freezing outside you will perspire! I wore a merino base layer t-shirt and long-johns then another light thermal layer followed by a fleece layer plus another thermal layer on my top half.
Feet are the same - merino socks and then thick woolen socks. Wear layers on your head too - fleece beanie under a woolen one - and keep you ears warm. Gloves can also be layered but can be trickier depending on what you need to do with your hands - it's difficult to operate camera equipment in thick gloves.
You need regular clothes for on board - T-shirt and trousers are fine - with a down jacket and headwear for out on deck. No-one dresses for dinner. Possibly include one nice dress/shirt/top for the captain's dinner.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The bathrooms on board the Akademik Ioffe had their own shower gel, shampoo and conditioner - all environmently safe. You will need to bring the rest of your toiletries.
Be prepared for sea sickness. Even the best sailors can be struck down by the infamous Drake Passage. There is a doctor on board and a reasonable stocked clinic but only for minor ailments. You need to bring all regular medications - there are no pharmacies/drug stores in the Antarctic!
Photo Equipment: The opportunities for photography are incredible in the Antarctic. It is a very good idea to bring two camera bodies one with a 'universal' zoom lens (I have an 18-250mm) and the other with a more powerful zoom (150-500mm). This saves having to change lenses - difficult in gloves and not good for your camera in the cold (see my tip on condensation). I also took a wide angle (10-20mm) and my Macro.
Because you will be shooting in bright snow you may get benefit from some neutral density filters - plain and graduated.
A tripod is a must as is a good quality gear bag - mine is a backpack style.
Miscellaneous: If you wear prescription glasses you must have a spare pair - there are no optometrists down here!Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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 water proof clothes and you will enjoy this part of the world!Related to:
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