So you’re going to Antarctica on a cruise! The excitement is palpable, but you still have to pack, travel a very long way and be prepared for the one million photo opportunities.
It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed, it’s not every day that you travel to the icy continent. Never fear, here’s a complete list of what to take with you for an adventure of a lifetime.
Forget about packing a huge, bulky jacket. Most cruiselines provide a heavy-duty waterproof jacket for your cruise – and you even get to take it home with you.
You will also be provided with boots for expeditions, so no need to worry about footwear when out exploring. But you’ll still need some essential layers. Key word: layers!
Toiletries and Medications
Electronics and camera gear
Before cruising, check what the electrical sockets are on board i.e American, European and take the appropriate power adaptor if necessary.
Depending on your photography level, you might need an extra bag for your lenses and accessories.
Just remember, you’ll be carrying all your gear alone with only the provided backpack to store things.
There is limited space in the zodiacs and be prepared for your gear to get wet. Don’t take anything too heavy to carry for more than two hours.
A very important note: There are strict environmental laws which means any clothing and gear that will be taken on expeditions will be inspected and cleaned with a vacuum. Everything need to be carried and no gear or bags or personal equipment is to be placed on the land/snow/ice.
Other travel tips
Getting to Antarctica is not simple, but part of the exciting adventure. As you will be boarding your cruise in Ushuaia, Argentina, you will most probably be flying to Buenos Aires and then boarding a charter flight to Ushuaia.
And the ONE thing not to forget, is your sense of adventure. Don’t miss out on any opportunity to go out on an expedition while in Antarctica. You might never have that moment again. And, if you get the chance to take a polar plunge, take that leap!
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