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Packing Tips for Antarctica
Submitted by M16923

Packing pointers
Not as cold as you may think
It's summer in the Antarctica Peninsula in January and February. Daytime temperatures are normally just above freezing. They are comparable to what you would experience in, say, Berlin or New York City in January and February. But Antarctica has an advantage - the air is drier and therefore you don't feel as cold.

Wear layers
The secret to warmth is wearing layers rather than a thick single-layer outfit. And layering makes it easy for you to ... view more put on or take off clothing as the temperature changes.

Wool, silk, and polypropylene fabrics keep you warmer than cotton because they keep your skin drier.

Don't overpack
An Antarctica cruise is an adventure, not a fashion statement. For men, sweaters, open-collar shirts, and slacks are fine.

Dress policy
On luxury Antarctica cruise ships, it's smart, country-club casual, meaning no jeans in the evening. If the ship has a "formal" night, a sport coat will do (a tie is nice but not essential). No need to pack a suit or tuxedo.

Laundry / dry cleaning service
Take advantage of the one- and two-day onboard service. This will reduce the amount of clothes you need to bring.

Don't bring
Travel iron (a shipboard fire hazard) and hiking boots (you need rubber boots for the wet landings).

You may or may not need
Some ships provide you with a bathrobe, slippers, and basic bathroom amenities such as shampoo and lotion.