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What to pack for your Polar cruise?

Helpful packing information from our expert guide

What to pack for your Polar Cruise?

What to pack for your Polar Cruise?

What to pack for your Polar Cruise

Planning a trip to the Antarctic continent or the Arctic and wondering what to bring? You’re not alone. We’ve taken the stress out of packing for the adventure of a lifetime and have compiled a list of all the necessary things to bring to these ice-ridden continents. Please note that all of our polar expeditions will provide parkas and waterproof boots.

  • Waterproof Pants — Lightweight waterproof pants in a pull-on style that can be worn over a warm insulating layer are best.
  • Core Jacket
  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket — This will act as your outer layer.
  • Insulating Base Layers — Pack a couple of warm base layers made from moisture-wicking fabrics such as polyester, polypropylene, and Smartwool. Layers are key to keeping warm in these sub-zero regions.
  • Warm Socks — Lots of them. Smartwool is recommended for durability, warmth, and long-term value.
  • 2 pairs of waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Scarf
  • Hat — warm and windproof.
  • High Factor Sunscreen — The ozone layer is at its thinnest above Antarctica, and there’s significant glare from the white snow and ice. This is a must.
  • Everyday clothes to wear onboard. Bring footwear you can slip into quickly. There are lots of opportunities to see seabirds and marine life from out on deck. You don’t want to risk missing a pod of orcas because you had to lace your shoes.
  • Camera and a waterproof camera bag
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Plug adapters and extension cord
  • Binoculars — Vital for any expedition to Antarctica or the Arctic
  • A lightweight and waterproof backpack
  • Waterproof bag for smartphone
  • UV Filtering Sunglasses
  • Seasickness medication
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