Essential Packing Tips & List for an Arctic or Antarctic Expedition

Posted by Dana Elford · Jan 16 · in Greenland · about Before your trip
Are you considering or preparing for an expedition to the Arctic or Antarctica?
Our Adventure Travel Specialists have collaborated to compile this suggested packing list for any Polar Expedition you might be considering!

The atmosphere aboard an Expedition ship in the polar regions is fairly casual.
There is no expectation of any formal dress whatsoever; after all, it is an expedition.

Suggested Packing List

  • A heavy jacket and/or parka.
  • A waterproof rain jacket for rainy or windy weather that is too warm for a parka.
  • Waterproof pants (made of Goretex or similar waterproof, breathable fabric) that are loose enough to wear over a regular pair of trousers.
  • One or two pairs of waterproof ski mittens or gloves.
  • One wool ski cap and scarf if the cap cannot be pulled down to cover your neck
  • One pair of fully waterproof knee-high rubber boots with sturdy, high-traction soles
  • Comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles
  • A good pair of hiking boots is recommended if you plan on taking long hikes into the fjords.
  • One full set of thermal or silk long underwear
  • Three or four pairs of warm, sturdy, tall wool socks and an equal number of thin socks
  • Two or three pairs of warm, casual trousers to wear under your waterproof pants.
  • An assortment of fleeces, sweaters, and other layered clothing.
  • Workout clothing
  • One or two bathing suits
  • One or two pairs of sturdy sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Personal toiletries, including sun block, moisturizing lotion and lip balm to protect your skin against harsh elements.
  • Electrical converter and adapter for your hotel stay (220V to 110V).
  • Collapsible walking stick, if you are more comfortable using one on uneven terrain.
  • Camera, lenses, instruction manual, plenty of memory cards/film, battery charger and extra batteries.
  • Binoculars. A good pair of binoculars is essential to your participation in viewing wildlife.
  • A small backpack or rucksack; a waterproof bag to hold your camera and/or binoculars.
  • Travel alarm clock.
Have you been on a polar expedition? What would you add to this list?
Call one of our Adventure Travel Specialists at 604-736-7447 or select the 'contact us' button to plan your unique adventure in the polar regions!

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