One of the most important things when organizing a trip to the polar regions is knowing how to pack correctly to make the most of your trip once at your destination.

Remember that you will be traveling to very remote places, where there is often no possibility of getting any forgotten items.

Our expeditions take place in the most extreme areas of the planet, so it is essential to always be prepared for any unforeseen eventuality and dress appropriately. There is no such thing as bad weather, only poor clothing selection.

Therefore, here are our best tips and recommendations to make your trip unique.


The weather in these areas can be highly variable, with conditions shifting not within a single day but even during a single landing. Furthermore, strong winds are usual, making the temperature feel much colder. At all times, be prepared for windy and wet conditions. The only certainty about the weather is its unpredictable nature.

In the Arctic, summer temperatures can vary but typically range from around 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F). In Antarctica, summer temperatures range from -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F) on the Antarctic Peninsula.

What to pack

When getting ready for a trip to the Arctic or Antarctica, it’s vital to pack the right gear to stay comfortable and safe.

Remember to dress in layers. Pack thermal base layers, warm mid-layers, and outer layers to protect you from wind and water.

Avoid wearing tight clothes that don’t trap warmth. Choose materials like wool, silk, or fleece to keep you cozy. Avoid cotton clothes as they don’t provide good insulation.


Rubber boots

Rubber boots, sometimes known as Wellingtons, are available on board in various sizes. Only if you require a specific size should you bring your own. Please keep in mind that prior passengers have worn them on board.

Wet landings require the use of pull-on, unlined, knee-high boots. Boots must be 14″-16″ tall and have solid, rubber-ridged, non-skid soles. These specifications are critical. You may have to step into the water up to 10″ deep during wet landings.

Waterproof jacket

Some boats offer the jacket as a gift, while on other ships, it is necessary to rent in Ushuaia or bring your own (no boats lend them).

A waterproof jacket is an essential piece of gear for your expedition. It will help to maintain you warm and dry in wet weather.


Waterproof over pants are a must when using Zodiac boats or engaging in landings. Wear them over warm pants to keep you warm and dry on your adventures. A pair of snow ski pants is also an excellent choice.

Base layers

Silk, merino wool, or polypropylene underwear are excellent choices as they are thin and keep you warm.

Middle layers

We recommend bringing wool or fleece sweaters and tops, also multiple turtlenecks for layering. These mid layers can be worn underneath your parka for further warmth and on board the vessel for added comfort.


Make sure to keep your feet warm at all times. Pack several pairs of socks to wear inside your rubber boots. Wear long wool socks over thin silk or polypropylene socks. When going outside, wear two pairs: a thin one next to your skin and a thick woolen couple on top. It’s a good idea to bring extra socks since the thicker ones might get wet during landings. You can switch them out. The thinner socks are great for when you’re on the ship and already warm indoors.


Pack at least two pairs of gloves to keep your hands warm and dry. If you like to take pictures, bring a pair of thin gloves that allow you to operate the camera. Wear thick gloves during zodiac landings. On very cold days, wear thin gloves and thick gloves on top. Take an extra pair in case one gets wet or misplaced.

Hat and Scarf

Pack a cozy woolen hat or cap to cover your ears and a scarf or neck gaiter to protect your face. Bring a hat with a brim or peek to shield you from the sun. Make sure it has a strap to keep it secure in windy weather.

Bathing suit

Did you know that during each voyage to Antarctica, there’s an exciting event called the Polar Plunge? The Expedition Leader and Captain carefully choose the best time and place for this daring activity, constantly monitoring the conditions. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and you may want to engage in this (optional) memorable experience.

Additional Items to Remember:

  • Don’t forget to pack high-protection sunglasses to shield your eyes.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen and SPF lip balm to protect your skin.
  • It’s handy to have a small waterproof bag to keep your belongings safe.
  • Keep in mind to bring your camera, batteries, and memory cards to capture special moments.
  • Binoculars can come in handy for observing wildlife and scenery.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the trip.
  • Seasickness medication
  • Don’t forget to pack chargers for all the electronic equipment that you’re bringing aboard. It’s recommended that while travelling internationally you should bring a universal power plug adapter.

Clothing on Board:

Vessels are air-conditioned and the temperature on board is generally between 15°C (59°F) and 25°C (77°F).

  • Most situations allow comfortable and informal attire, however, some guests may prefer to dress up for dinner.
  • Make sure you have at least one pair of deck-appropriate rubber-soled shoes.
  • Slip-on sandals, slippers, or flip-flops are neither safe nor suitable for wearing on board.