2024.25 Epic Antarctica BA

What to pack on your polar expedition WHAT TO BRING! Packing for the Polar Regions doesn’t have to be daunting, and to make it easier for you, all Quark Expeditions voyages include a Quark parka to keep, and a loan of insulated waterproof boots. Additional suggested items include:

WEATHERCONDITIONS AND TEMPERATURES Polar weather is extremely variable; temperatures may hover around the freezing mark and winds can be strong. The extended daylight warms sheltered areas so that you may sometimes find it warm enough for t-shirts. However, you may encounter rain, snow squalls, fog and white-outs during an expedition and should be ready for any conditions.

TO WEAR ON LANDINGS  Base-layer wool or synthetic top 


Swimsuit (for the Polar Plunge! Some vessels may also have a pool, hot tub, sauna and/or steam room. See your ship book for details.)

Base-layer wool or synthetic bottom

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Mid-layer warm or fleece top

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Light warm jacket to wear during travel to the ship

Mid-layer warm or fleece bottom

Workout attire (for the fitness center!)

Warm wool or synthetic socks (keep a dry pair in your bag, and bring extras for layering)


Hand and feet warmers

Glove liners

Camera with charger and extra batteries

Waterproof gloves or mitts (bring an extra pair)

Extra memory or laptop with spare storage (for saving photos)

Scarf, buff, or other face protection

Warm hat that covers ears (bring an extra)

Waterproof cell phone case or rain sleeve for camera

Waterproof pants (mandatory for every Zodiac ride)

Lens cloth for camera

Waterproof, lightweight backpack or dry sack

Earplugs and eye masks for sleeping

Polarized sunglasses with UV protection (bring an extra pair)

Voltage converters and plug adapters (see ship book for details)

Ski goggles (offers extra protection for adventure options or Zodiac cruising on snowy or windy days)

Personal alarm such as mobile phone, watch, or alarm clock

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Moisturizer for face and hands (polar air can be dry)

Lip Balm

Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses

Reusable waterproof bags or plastic bags with zippers (to keep small items organized and cameras dry)

TO WEAR ONBOARD   Complimentary Quark 3-in-1 Parka provided on board (wear the waterproof shell out on deck, and the removable liner indoors to stay comfortable)  Comfortable casual clothing like lighter shirts, pants or jeans, etc. (in case the ship gets warm)  Comfortable non-slip closed-toed unheeled shoes (flip flops, sandals or slip-on shoes should not be worn on board due to safety concerns)

Seasickness, indigestion, headache, or other medications

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Hand sanitizer

Passport, visas, immunization and vaccination records, travel documents, etc. (as required)

Small amount of local currency (see pre-departure book for more details)

Water bottle (a collapsible reusable water bottle will be provided onboard)

Scan this QR code to watch our video on what to pack before you go!

24 Call a Quark Polar Travel Adviser at 1.888.892.0073 or your Travel Professional | Visit QuarkExpeditions.com for additional details

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