Spirit of Shackleton Polar Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula & Antarctic, S Georgia, Polar, 22 days - from £8,399 (land only) - from €10,080 (land only) - from $13,860 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Note that a maximum of 20kg is allowed on the internal flight between Buenos Aries and Ushuaia. Please restrict your baggage to one main bag (your KE Trek bag) and a small daypack. Dress on board is informal. Beware of tight clothing that leaves no room for trapped air, which is an excellent insulator. Wool, silk and some of the new synthetic fibers, like polar fleece, retain heat better than cotton.
You must bring the following items:
Causal shoes / Trainers / Sneakers or similar for onboard
Rubber boots (Wellington boots)*
Socks (Warm, high wool or similar socks worn over a thin pair of silk, polypropylene socks should provide enough warmth and insulation for your feet. Bring several pairs of socks, since you will inevitably get your feet wet)
Waterproof & Windproof jacket
Trekking trousers / pants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Baselayer shirts / fleece
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Scarf and/or neck gaiter
Gloves or mittens (Thin polypropylene gloves under warm outer gloves is a good combination)
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x1
Washbag and toiletries
Selection of dry bags (to keep rucksack contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Warm jacket (down)
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, and plasters (band-aids). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
The following items are optional:
Warm Ski pants
Camera (in a dry bag), film/memory cards, batteries
Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Complimentary waterproof boots are supplied for the following sizes:Mens USA size 8-14 / UK size 7 to 13 ½ / Europe 41 to 48 ½ Womens USA size 3 to 9 / UK size 1 to 6 ½ / Europe 33 to 40
If you have different feet sizes to these you should bring your own rubber boots. These should be rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knee with a strong, ridged non-skid sole.
Although this is not a trekking trip, there is the opportunity to sightsee around Ushuaia. If you intend to make the most of these opportunities, you should make sure that you take suitable footwear.
If you choose the optional Kayak Excursion please ensure you have enough layers with you to keep you warm. You will need thermal underwear and vest (note that cotton is not acceptable), polypropylene/ pile (polar fleece) trousers and non bulky jacket, a fleece or tight knit wool cap (X2), a neck tube or balaclava, mid weight fleece gloves. You should also take dry bags for personal gear/camera. You will be supplied with: Kokatat Supernova Paddling suits, paddles, floatation vest, spray skirt, neoprene pogies (paddling mittens) and neoprene booties. You will be required to have with you thermal layers suitable for temperatures ranging between -5ºC (23ºF to +7ºC (45ºF)
If you choose the optional camping excursion you should pack an extra fleece or 2 (plus a down jacket) for the chilly evening on the snow. You will be provided with: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat & emergency supplies.