Antarctica Travel Bags

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Choosing a good bag for your Antarctica trip is hugely important as it will be carrying all your gear!

Spending a little extra on a quality bag is highly recommended as it will last you way longer and be able to take a beating from the airport handlers.

In this article we look at some the key factors you should consider and give you our personal recommendations.

We have also included on this page our recommendations for your sleeping gear. Although your cruise operator will provide you with bedding, it is better to be safe than sorry (or freezing).

Duffle Bags

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As you wont be carrying your main bag anywhere, the ideal Antarctica bag is a quality duffle bag. They tend to hold more than a suitcase, they’re easier to carry, lighter and can take much more of a beating without falling apart.

Any traveler worth his salt will recommend a decent duffle bag over a suitcase.

The key characteristics in a good Antarctica duffle bag include:

You’ll need a good-sized duffle bag for your trip, a capacity of 80L or more is ideal.

Make sure your duffle bag is made from a waterproof laminate material to ensure your clothing and gear remains dry. To be extra safe you could pack your gear into separate plastic packing units, however, this is probably not necessary on a standard Antarctica trip.

Your duffle bag should have a good quality zipper that can be locked. Remember to take a small lock for this on your journey.

A good duffle bag will have strong hand and shoulder straps for ease of carrying and versatility.

For a super affordable and robust duffel bag we recommend the Osprey duffel Bag. The Osprey duffel Bag is constructed from strong tarpaulin material and comes with lined zippers. It also has a nifty shoe compartment which works great in helping to separate dirty clothes and shoes from your clean gear. 

Other duffel bag alternatives that are very good, but quite expensive include the North Face duffle bag and the Helly Hansen duffle bag.


A lightweight day pack is an essential item, especially in Antarctica when everyone has some camera gear to lug around! You’ll also be able to carry your valuables and other items like your sunscreen, gloves, snacks etc.

The key characteristics to look for in a good day pack include:

Weight is probably the most important element in a day pack. Your day pack should be as light as possible without compromising quality.

A good day pack will have compression straps as well as the standard shoulder straps to reduce stress on your back.

Side mesh pockets are a great addition as you can carry your water bottle in them.

Day Pack Recommendations

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The Osprey Talon 22 is an exceptional day pack and will easily fit all your day items.

The bag is super comfortable and gives great support. The Talon is a market leader – very light, versatile and made from high quality materials.

The Talon comes in two sizes: S/M (20L) and M/L (22L).

Another bag

An alternative to the Talon is the North Face Borealis. This another great multi-purpose day pack.

Like the Talon, it includes all the features you would expect, plus it comes with a laptop compartment which is a bonus! The Borealis is very durable and great quality. The Borealis comes in a 29L capacity and is slightly cheaper than the Talon.

Antarctica Gear List Continued

Antarctica Clothing – From your base layers to your outer core jacket.
Antarctica Footwear – From waterproof boots to socks.
Headgear and Gloves – Gear to keep your head and hands warm, as well as recommendations on Antarctica headlamps.
Other important accessories – Useful other Antarctica accessories.


If you would like to know more about Antarctica travel bags please leave a comment below and we will endeavor to get back to you within 24 hours! Alternatively, please see our FAQ page here. If you would like to get a cruise quote, please use this form.

Thank you - AntarcticaGuide Team

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  • shoaib ahmed says

    3 years ago

    I love to visit different places and live outside of cities so I was searching for the best bag for my traveling needs especially for cold areas like Antarctica. This article really helps me in taking the right decision for my traveling and gears especially for shoes and sneakers. Thanks for sharing this.

  • cami says

    4 years ago

    I have read your blog it's really good

  • Travel Bags says

    5 years ago

    Thanks admin for sharing this informative article.

  • Suzzanne Howell says

    4 years ago

    Hey thanks for this great advice - duffle bag sorted! Now I'm after a daily backpack that is waterproof (for day trips in zodiacs etc) - any recommendations?

    • Burnham Arlidge says

      4 years ago

      Hi Suzzane, Sorry for the late reply. I would recommend any backpack your comfortable with - just make sure it comes with a protective rain cover. The Talon Osprey line of backpacks are awesome. Cheers, Burnham - Antarctica Guide Team

  • sohail zafar says

    3 years ago

    Than you so much for sharing the amazing content.

    • Burnham Arlidge says

      3 years ago

      No problem!

  • Rossow coblin says

    4 years ago

    Really informative article I've read thanks for sharing with us

  • David kenith says

    2 years ago

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