What to pack for a cruise to Antarctica
This is important, so listen up - DO NOT OVER PACK. Mr. A and I already travel light, so we had no issues doing this but I can tell you right now you can leave your gowns and fancy shoes at home. You will NOT need them on this trip. One way to minimize your footprint is to pack sensibly and just carry a backpack.
This is what you will absolutely need: (yes I fit all this in my trek bag)
Waterproof pants - this is an absolute MUST but just pack one of this!
Shoes - gum boots; our cruise line was going to give us this so we did not pack it. Please check about this with your ship before packing
Jeans or light pants to wear when inside
Layers - one sweater to wear over your t-shirts
Jacket - I recommend bringing a parka or thick winter jacket. The jacket the cruise gives you is just water and wind-proof, not good enough for the cold.
Swimsuit - if you want to use the common pools
Gym wear - if you plan to work out
Thick beanie, Scarf or balaclava to keep your face and lips from drying up in the wind
Sunscreen - minimum of 50SPF
Moisturizer and chap-stick
Our first emotions from being here were indescribable... the spaces overwhelming, the sound of the cracking popping ice as the ancient air releases into the icebergs endlessly fascinating, the mystic undeniable. Pure. Untouched. Magic. Mother nature as it was meant to be. There is no other way to feel it but deeply and completely. Everything else just felt unimportant.