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Antarctica Packing List

Packing Advice

  • This packing list is just a recommended guideline for your reference. Everything is optional for you to choose from.
  • Extra luggage can be left at your hotel or our office.
  • It's best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Print a copy of your reservation and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.
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Since the weather conditions in this region can vary so widely, and due to the unique nature of this trip (e.g. wet landings), you will want to pack very carefully. Prior to leaving on your expedition, you'll receive a comprehensive Expedition Manual with a complete "what to bring" list and other critical information to help you enjoy your trip to the very maximum. We are here to help if you have any specific questions, just call or email us.

Clothing

Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferrably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.

  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Sweater, jackets
  • Wind-proof jacket
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Belt
  • Pajamas

Cold Weather Clothing

  • Down jacket or parka (for temperatures below freezing plus wind)
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Long underwear
  • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Footwear

  • Warm snow boots
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferrably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks

Baggage

  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access
  • Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and gear (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer

Electronics

Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible). Remember to set the date and time on your cameras.

  • Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
  • Camera, lenses, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Video camera, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Tripod (travel size)
  • GoPro, memory disks, batteries, charger/power cord
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Cell phone, power cord, battery backup, headphones
  • Watch/Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity converter/adapter

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deoterant
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, nail file, nail brush
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics

First Aid

You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

  • Prescription drugs
  • Malaria pills (if necessary)
  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, Aspirin
  • Bandaids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Throat losenges
  • Vitamins
  • Antihistemines
  • Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Diahrea medicine (Immodium AD or similar)
  • Ace bandage
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
  • Diamox for altitude (talk to doctor)

Documents

  • Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after your trip)
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary
  • Medical insurance card
  • Address book
  • Business cards
  • Document organizer
  • Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), travelers checks' numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud). Put copies of your travel itinerary in each checked bag.

Other

  • Sunglasses, straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook, lots of pens
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2006 with no tears)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sun shade
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, santa hats for your holiday photo
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Water bottles and/or Camelbak
    • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets
    • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and stores

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, AWR travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
  • Cell phone, headphones
  • Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Kleenex, wet wipes
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
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