Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Essential Antarctica Packing List

Zegrahm Contributor|January 8, 2018|Blog Post

Packing for Antarctica is certainly part of the excitement in preparing for this trip of a lifetime. But, it’s also essential that you get it just right to ensure you are able to stay comfortable, warm, and dry—for hours on end—while out exploring in the elements. Below, please find the essential packing list for an Antarctic expedition.

Expedition Clothing

  • Knee-high, insulated, waterproof boots—we recommend Arctic Sport Boots or similar
  • Complimentary waterproof jacket
  • Wool or fleece sweater or vest to layer under your jacket
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens, and liners—photographers, consider fingerless liners for snapping photos
  • Hat or cap—be sure it covers your ears
  • Scarf or neck gaiter
  • Warm, thermal socks—bring extras, there’s nothing worse than wet feet
  • Thin socks for layering—silk or polypropylene sock liners are recommended
  • Full set of thermal long underwear—no cotton; silk, wool, or polypropylene are best
  • Hiking shoes or boots—sturdy, non-skid
  • Warm, waterproof pants—to fit over your other layers
  • Fleece pants
  • Swimsuit, for possible Polar Plunge
  • Casual clothing for onboard the ship—choose items that can be layered
  • Rubber-soled deck shoes

Other Antarctic Essentials:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen / lip balm with SPF
  • Backpack / daypack
  • Photography equipment—get the scoop from expedition leader, Michael Moore, on what to bring
  • Waterproof, or ‘dry,’ bags for camera equipment
  • Water bottle


  • Trekking poles
  • Binoculars—find out how to find the perfect pair
  • Travel alarm clock, or water-resistant sports watch
  • Ski goggles for windy conditions
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Moisturizer; the air can be very dry and cold

For more information on our upcoming expedition, visit Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Learn more about Antarctica here: The Ultimate Antarctica Travel Guide

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