First Time In Antarctica? Don’t Forget These Essentials


You are about to strike off the trip to Antarctica but before doing so it is quite certain that you will google this topic because obviously, it is not just another beach trip where you can bring anything. You need to be sure about the right things you carry to the coldest and remotest place on Earth. You do not want to spoil your “once in a lifetime” adventure by bringing the wrong clothes. The first tip is to choose an experienced company for your safe travel and is the leading provider of polar expeditions. Remember to start packing early because the weather is unpredictable and do not even spare a thought to buy something while you are there. 

Here is a list of your packing essentials to have a successful trip to Antarctica:

1. Layer up!

Though you might be enticed by the idea of carrying two to three heavy warm jackets, just chuck it because what more important than that is to wear multiple layers. It increases your body heat and adaptability in such cold climates. 

  • The base layer acts as the most vital part which includes woolen thermals with thermal underwear
  • The middle layers include shirts, sweaters, fleece 
  • The outer layer should be waterproof and windproof jackets and pants.  

This type of dressing up gives you the added benefit of removing a layer in case you feel hot but still maintain your body heat. You can check out some options recommended by Theadventurejunkies.

2. Socks 

As much as it is important to put on layers of clothes, it is equally necessary to wear layers of socks to trap more heat. Wear a layer of thermal socks put thicker socks on top of it and wear your boots. Trust us, it will keep you warm and comfortable throughout your trip. Keep a few extra pairs of each type of socks as they will get wet when you are on the shore. 

3. Hat, gloves, and neck gaiter

Don’t get lost in the big stuff of jackets and pants and don’t forget about the smaller ones that need your equal attention. Make sure to bring a warm hat along with waterproof gloves and a neck gaiter. A warm hat will protect your ears from the biting wind. Layer your gloves just like your clothes. Wear a glove liner under your big gloves so that if you take one off you have another to keep your hands from freezing. 

Your neck should be covered when you are on land excursions or involved in an activity and a scarf might not do full justice to it. A neck gaiter will stay in place forever and protect your neck and half of the face from the excruciating breeze of wind. 

4. Sunscreen, moisturizer, and sunglasses 

Are we mentioning these two in the essential list? Yes, we are because the sun shows its face in the remotest place on Earth and you would not want to get burnt by it. Don’t forget to slather it on. 

The remotest place on Earth is also the windiest and the driest, so you will need a good moisturizer to keep up with the climatic conditions to keep your skin from getting scaly. Pack a lip balm along with it. 

If you are not a fan of sunglasses, you will most certainly need them in the white and bright Antarctica to protect your eyes. Don’t carry your expensive sunglasses because chances are that you might break or scratch them. Go for a durable pair and your eyes will thank us.  

5. Medicines 

Seasickness will not discriminate if you are an experienced traveler in harsh climatic conditions or a novice. It is something that you should consider before heading towards your trip. If you have experience of traveling in harsh climatic conditions then you will know the type of medicines to carry. And if you are new to it then consult your doctor before planning your trip. 

Pack all your other medicines in case you have hypertension, diabetes, asthma, or any other condition. You would not want to depend on the basic medicine stock on your ship, so be absolutely sure that you have all the necessary medications before you leave. All the ladies out there, please carry all sanitary items.  

6. Camera  

You will surely want to boast about your visit to Antarctica in front of friends and family members and of course on social media. Plus, you would not want to miss capturing the cute penguins, seals, and other animals and the whitey mighty wonderland that is Antarctica. So, carry a good camera with SD cards, chargers, camera lenses, and batteries. 

Invest in a good waterproof camera bag because there are chances that you might get some water splashed at you in the Zodiac ride. So, don’t forget to shield your camera with a good quality waterproof bag. 

Final Verdict

So now that we have given you a list of stuff to pack and mentioned the leading company in the polar expeditions, all you need to do is to execute the plan to have a safe and wonderful trip. 

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.