Resources

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (www.iaato.org) Responsible travel; loads of info.

Antarctic Heritage Trust (www.nzaht.org) Historic-hut conservation.

Australian Antarctic Division (www.antarctica.gov.au) General resource.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com) Info; traveler forum.

Royal Geographical Society (www.images.rgs.org) Photographic inspiration.

Scientific Bases (www.comnap.aq)

Top Tips

  • It's worth reading up in advance on Antarctic explorers and adventurers to get the most from your trip.
  • Consider specialty photographic equipment, such as polarizing filters, and make sure to bring a spare camera battery to use as the other charges, since they get tapped out quickly in the cold.

What to Take

  • Sturdy, waterproof slip-resistant boots for going ashore
  • Camera and video gear to capture the gorgeous things you'll see
  • A small day pack
  • Electrical adapter as needed for your cruise ship
  • Seasickness medications and solutions for the crossing
  • Good reading or viewing options for life aboard

What to Wear

Conditions are clearly rough in Antarctica, so bring layers (from long underwear to heavy parkas) designed to cover everything from wind and sea-lashed boat decks to possible sub-zero temperatures on the Ice. Emphasize waterproof, quick-dry and perspiration-wicking materials. Shoot for practical – penguins don't care about fashion.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel and health insurance
  • Read a few Antarctic explorers' tales
  • Develop a plan for clearing your camera's memory card while on your trip