"Warm clothing" Antarctica Packing List Tip by grets

Antarctica What to Pack: 45 reviews and 39 photos

 
 

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Almost without fail, we had all packed far to many cold weather clothes. It was nowhere near as cold as I expected, only dropping to minus two.

Bring waterproof trousers as you will get a wet bottom sitting in the Zodiacs.

Wellies can be hired in Ushuaia through a company called Antarctic Equipment. Wellies are a necessity as you sometimes land in 8 inches of water.

Our ship had a very relaxed dress code, apart from the Captain's parties (welcome and farewell), jeans was the order of the day. Even for the Captain's parties dressing up was optional.

Wear thermal underwear or leggings under your waterproof trousers, it makes it easier to move and is more comfortable.

Layers are more convenient as it can get quite warm if you climb to the top of glaciers. Two of our ladies became known as the Calender Girls when they stripped to their bras after a particularly hot climb!

The ship's interior became very hot and many people wore shorts on board.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you might need - there are no drug-stores in Antarctica! There was a small shop on board, but it only stocked things like film, batteries, post cards and T-shirts.

Suntan lotion! It might not be your first thought, but the air is clear (no pollution), there's a hole in the ozone layer and the sun is remarkably strong. A sunburnt nose is not very becoming!

Photo Equipment: Lots and lots and lots and lots of film!!!!!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 2, 2004
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