Antarctica Packing List: Complete Gear List


A cursory search for an Antarctica packing list on the web returns a number of unsatisfactory results that only go half way in providing an overview of the key gear and equipment requirements.

These results fall sadly short in terms of explaining why and what is needed in detail.

We know that for our Antarctic cruise explorers the devil is in the detail, so a few months ago we set out to produce a complete and reliable Antarctica packing list. This page is the result of that pursuit.

It is important to note, that our Antarctica packing list continues to evolve as new and better gear becomes available, and we encourage you to contact us after your trip to add any suggestions that you think will benefit our future readers.

In browsing this Antarctica packing list we recommend using the quicklinks provided on each page to jump to key sections, and bookmarking this page so that you can return to it as your preparations for your Antarctica cruise unfold.

Please also share our list with fellow travellers, or link to it from your blog or social networks as a resource for future Antarctica travellers.

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Antarctica Packing List

Typically you get two types of travellers to Antarctica. The first are those who are unprepared and under-equipped, and the second are those who have spent far too much on gear that they’re unlikely to use during their Antarctica cruise.

In this Antarctica packing list we hope to provide a happy medium between the two. This article covers all mandatory gear that we strongly recommend you purchase in preparation for your adventure.

If you happen to forget anything then you can usually hire key gear from your operator or buy equipment from a local shop in Ushuaia before your Antarctica cruise departure.

Follow the links below to explore the complete Antarctica cruise packing list and get personal recommendations on gear that we personally use.

Gear List Sections

Antarctica Clothing

Overview on all Antarctica clothing requirements, including recommended layered clothing and the all important outer layer (i.e. jacket)

  • Base Layer
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Warm Parka
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Warm Gloves and Liner Gloves
  • Warm Fleece
  • Casual Onboard Clothes

Antarctica Footwear

From waterproof boots to socks and wellies. Don’t fall victim to purchasing poor quality boots or socks that will give you cold and wet feet!

  • Thermal Socks
  • Wellies or Muck Boots
  • Hiking Boots
  • Casual Shoes

Antarctica Headgear

This section covers useful gear to keep your head and hands warm during the freezing temperatures you’re likely to experience on your journey. Here we also cover information and recommendations on Antarctica headlamps – you will need a headlamp if you want to have a go spotting wildlife at night.

  • Thermal Beanie
  • Thermal Headband
  • Face Scarf (Optional)
  • Head Torch (Optional)
  • UV Sunglasses

Antarctica Bags

From the Antarctica kit bag to your general day-pack. Getting the right type of duffel bag is key as it will carry all your gear and equipment. Your day-pack will likely be taken with you every day, therefore it is important to get something that is light and versatile – in this section we have provided recommendations.

  • Duffle Bag or Suitcase
  • Daypack

Antarctica Accessories

Antarctica accessories, including everything from water bottles and suncream to binoculars, cameras and tripods.

  • Sunscreen
  • Powerstrip
  • Water Bottle
  • Earplugs
  • Small Bag Lock
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Medications
  • Kindle

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Antarctica Guide do not sell tours, we simply provide impartial advice. If you would like an exact quote with our recommended specialist click Get a Quote.


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