Jaw-dropping and off the map, it draws adventures for a deeply rewarding experience unlike any other. The magic of the White Continent inspires many people to travel and no one gives you a better experience than Abercrombie & Kent. Abercrombie & Kent Antarctica Peninsula cruises take place during the summer months of December and January. This is because the Antarctica seasons are reversed from the northern hemisphere and winter occurs during the months of June through August. Packing for Antarctica doesn’t have to be hard or confusing, especially when you read our guide! Read on what to pack for Antarctica and what surprise freebies you get when going to Antarctica with Abercrombie & Kent.
If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to go explore the last true wilderness, one of the first things on your mind is, what do I pack for an Antarctica cruise? We put together all the essentials you’ll need for your luxury Abercrombie & Kent cruise.
Keeping in mind when packing for Antarctica, staying warm in cold weather is all about wearing layers! Inside the ship will be toasty, so you can pack regular attire for relaxing in the lounge or eating at one of the on board gourmet restaurants. When it’s exploration time, you’ll have to layer up. Between November and February temperatures can go up as high as the mid-50Fs, but usually average in the 30Fs.
For the clothing closest to your skin, merino wool is a great option that will keep you warm, will dry quickly, and won’t smell after multiple uses. Depending on how long your Antarctica cruise is, pack at least 2-4 base layers. Fleece is the best thing to wear as your mid layer. Pack one thick fleece and one thinner fleece to give yourself more options inside and outside the ship.
Free Outer Layers & Shoes
To make packing for Antarctica easier, Abercrombie & Kent provides guests with complimentary custom designed expedition parkas and a travel backpack for you to keep and take home. Guests are also provided with complimentary use of rental insulated rubber boots (‘Wellingtons’), waterproof pants and trekking poles to to complete the protection against the elements and stability on uneven ground.
It’s all delivered to your cabin so you can dress in the comfort and privacy of your own room.
The Sun Still Shines
Even though the weather is cold, the sun still shines bright. Make sure you bring sunglasses, sun block, lip balm, waterproof gloves, and a warm sunhat with ear protection. These items are necessary to stay warm while exploring and on the Zodiac rides.
Lightweight binoculars and a camera are both highly recommend to capture the spectacular, panoramic views. A few miscellaneous items that are easy to forget to pack for an Antarctica cruise are prescriptions, medications and cables for charging your electronics.
When traveling to Antarctica with Abercrombie and Kent, they will handle everything from the moment your feet step off the plane. You will quickly discover Antarctica is like no other place on earth. The unspoiled landscapes, massive icebergs, and multitudes of whales and penguins will ensure you have a trip of a life time.