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What to Wear in Antarctica

What To Wear In Antarctica

Our complete travel packing list, based on personal experience, on what to wear in Antarctica.

Congratulations – you’ve decided to go on one of the world’s most extraordinary adventures in one of the most remote regions on the planet.

This is going to be an experience that will change your life forever, and you’ll be so thankful that you have taken the leap to visit the White Continent.

So now you need to figure out what to pack for Antarctica.

Luckily this needn’t be a stressful or confusing time, and we’ve put together this list of the best Antarctic clothing that will help you on your own expedition.

Even though we travel full-time, living out of our backpacks, we did pick up some specialised clothing for the cold weather in Antarctica that helped make our time there as comfortable as possible.

Now we want to help you with our own packing list for Antarctica.

Alesha having fun sliding down a hill in Antarctica in her One Ocean Expeditions waterproof pants, boots and jacket.

What To Wear In Antarctica

Chances are your trip to Antarctica will last anywhere from 10 to 21 days, which isn’t too long of a time.

Because of this we recommend not overpacking your bags, and instead choosing a select number of high-quality clothing.

You’re also going to want to consider the importance of having a base layer and outer shell as the foundation of your wardrobe.

One question we get asked a lot is, “How cold is it in Antarctica?” Even though Antarctica is known for being extremely cold in the winter, in the summer it can actually be quite nice, with temperatures hovering around freezing.

When we were there the coldest temperature we saw was -5 degrees celsius. But it’s possible for the mercury to drop to -20 in the summer. The wind brings this down even more.

Don’t worry, you won’t freeze, even if you are camping in Antarctica. If conditions are too dangerous the expedition leader will come up with alternatives to keep everyone safe.

Here is our complete list of what to wear in Antarctica.

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Our Antarctica Packing List


  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal underwear
  • Comfortable trousers or jeans
  • Thermal socks (two pairs)
  • Merino wool socks (two pairs or more)
  • T-shirts x…

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