Tackling your Antarctica cruise is just a matter of knowing a few little tips before you leave and you should be prepared to have the best trip possible there. Antarctica is one of those once in a lifetime chances and you absolutely need to get it right, so here are some of my top tips for getting the most out of your upcoming trip.
Do you need a jacket?
This is an interesting question and one that is very important because a number of Antarctica cruise operators do offer jackets as part of the cost of the cruise. It is always important to confirm this beforehand, because travel to Antarctica is absolutely not possible without one. If you are going to buy one it is best not to go overboard and get something extremely warm, remember that it is only possible to visit Antarctica in the summer months and the weather will be cold, but not as extreme as you might think.
Waterproof is the word
Getting equipment that is waterproof is going to be absolutely ideal when it comes to going to Antarctica. You should definitely have a jacket (as discussed above), backpack, trousers and boots with some sort of waterproof capability to protect you. This is especially useful when going kayaking, in a Zodiac or just walking around outside.
What kind of camera should I bring?
My advice here is to bring the best possible camera that you can possibly afford, after all this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take photos in Antarctica. It is quite likely that you will never get the chance to go there again, so it is important to have the best camera possible to get the best results. Trust me, this is something that you absolutely won’t regret doing and you can also continue using the camera afterwards too. Getting spare batteries and memory cards for your camera is also advisable, as you will be using it a lot.
This is something that you absolutely need to stock up on before you go. There is absolutely no way you will be able to find this kind of stuff whilst in Antarctica! Make sure you have enough to last your trip and then a little bit more, just in case. It is also a good idea to get some anti-nausea medication, because you may find it rough when crossing the Drake Passage on the way to Antarctica.
Binoculars are definitely at the top of my list when it comes to this. These will enable you to see wildlife, like seals, whales and penguins from far away. The wildlife is definitely one of the highlights for me and many other people and this means that you have no reason to miss a single sight in Antarctica.
I have covered some of the basic tips in this article and if you need to know more it is a great idea to contact your tour operator, just in case there is something that I have missed. Most of all, have a great trip, you are going to love it!