Packing For Antarctica

With 25+ years of experience bringing travelers to the most remote places on Earth, we've assembled some of the best gear to keep you warm and dry on your upcoming adventure!

 What is Provided by Quark Expeditions? 

As part of your booking, Quark Expeditions will provide the Quark Expeditions Parka with a removable liner for insulation.The Quark Expeditions Parka will function as your outermost layer, providing insulation and protection from the elements. This item is yours to keep after your adventure!

Quark Expeditions will also provide passengers with Muck Boots, which can be borrowed during all zodiac cruises and landings.  

Resource: Quark Expeditions Size Carts
Resource: Muck Boots Size Charts

 Mandatory Gear: Waterproof Pants  

Passengers are required to wear waterproof pants during all zodiac cruising and landings. The Polar Boutique offers three options in both Men's and Women's which have been tested and approved by staff and passengers in both polar regions.

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 What to Wear 
Zodiac Cruises and Landings

  • 1 set of baselayers
  • 1 set of midlayers
  • 3-4 pairs wool / synthetic socks
  • 1 set of glove liners
  • 2 sets of waterproof gloves
  • 1 scarf and/or face protection
  • 1 warm hat that covers your ears
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
Onboard

  • 1 set of baselayers
  • 1 set of midlayers
  • 3-4 pairs wool / synthetic socks
  • 1 set of glove liners
  • 2 sets of waterproof gloves
  • 1 scarf and/or face protection
  • 1 warm hat that covers your ears
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Step 1: Baselayer

A good set of base layers are the foundation of warmth when dressing for the polar climates. Wool and synthetic fibers are best as they will draw moisture away from the body. Cotton should be avoided. Baselayers should sit next to the skin and have a slim fit. Put these on over top of your regular underwear and continue to layer. Bring two or more sets when traveling to ensure you always have a clean and dry pair.

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Step 2: Midlayer

For added warmth, a layer of fleece (synthetic or wool) worn over your base layers will provide additional protection from the cold. From bird-watching to zodiac cruising, an additional layer will provide maximum heat and comfort. Be sure to try them on with your base layers and waterproof pants before packing to ensure a comfortable fit. Great midlayer options include downed vests and sweaters.

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Step 3: Protective Outer Shell

An essential part of every Quark Expedition, the 3-in-1 parka will be provided during your expedition to keep you warm and dry during your travels. It features a durable protective hooded outer shell with a removable insulating layer. Sizing will be requested during your reservation process and parkas will be distributed on board the vessel or upon arrival to a land-based expedition.

As a reminder, waterproof pants are mandatory for all passengers.

Step 4: Accessories and Recommended Items

To keep your hands warm and dry at all times, consider packing two pairs of layered gloves. You’ll need a durable waterproof and insulated pair to wear ashore and while in zodiacs. Consider a pair with removable liners that allow for flexibility and for taking photographs. An extra pair is always recommended should your gloves become wet or lost during your trip.

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  • Waterproof backpack or dry sac
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory
  • Earplugs and eye masks
  • Universal charging adapter
  • Seasickness medicine and prescription drugs
  • Reusable water bottle 

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Questions about what to pack? We're here to help and can be reached at merchandise@quarkexpeditions.com.