These are some recommendations on what to pack for the Antarctica cruise. Remember also to pack clothing suitable for the places in South America you may visit before or after the cruise, as the climate there (hopefully!) differs to that in Antarctica. Of course this makes packing quite a headache, as you also need to check your baggage allowances for the various flights. Assume you can leave some stuff if necessary in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas while you are cruising. We are happy to advise and recommend as baggage-handling can prove a key part to making sure your trip is trouble-free.

The temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula are around 0°C but may feel very cold when it is windy or wet. For the landings, thermal clothes are recommended using several layers.

  • Casual clothing for the ship, comfortable shoes for on board
  • Water/ windproof jacket
  • Warm/ waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens, thin gloves to wear under mittens
  • Warm cap
  • Thermal or woolen socks, thin socks for underneath
  • Thermal, long underwear
  •  Sweaters, polar fleece or wool recommended
  • Rubber boots (can sometimes be lent from the operator, ask in advance)
  • Swim suit (yes, you never know…but you will probably be invited to test the waters!)

What else to bring:-

  • Good quality sunglasses with UV protection
  • Binoculars
  • Sun blocker 30+ and lip balm
  • Camera equipment (check out our Photography tips for the Antarctic for more info)
  • Light daypack for shore excursions
  • Personal medication