My journey to Antarctica began yesterday. I was able to bring around 75 pounds of luggage with a carry-on. If any of you have tried to pack cold weather gear, you'll know that it takes up a lot of space - now image packing for a trip to Antarctica! To stay warm and comfortable in the Antarctic, we must wear several warm layers of fleece or wool. Cotton is actually pretty worthless in the extreme temperatures found in Antarctica. Below is a list of the clothing that I packed for my trip:
3 pair of sunglasses - 24/hours a day of sunlight reflecting off the bright white snow can cause a condition called "snow blindness"
3 wool and fleece beanies
2 neck gaiters
2 fleece balaclavas
4 pair of heavy wool socks (>80% wool)
6 pair of casual wool socks
6 pair of boot liners (to help wick the sweat!)
3 pair of fleece pajama pants (to add an extra layer on the legs)
2 pair of long-underwear/thermals (top & bottom)
3 pair of fleece sweatpants
1 down jacket
1 fleece jacket
2 pair of jeans
In addition, I also had to pack my large snow boots and all the daily essentials such as toothpaste and shampoo!