Getting to travel to the end of the earth of the earth is one of the luckiest things that you could ever hope to do and trips to Antarctica are something that you will cherish for the rest of your life. I was lucky enough to go and wanted to talk more about preparing for your first of many trips to Antarctica. I hope you find it useful on your trip and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Do some serious planning
The trip of a lifetime requires the best possible planning that you can imagine. After all you will be traveling to the very bottom of South America first, which requires some planning in itself. The best thing to think about is what you want to get out of the trip, then you can compare this to the tours that you are researching. It is important to remember that no two cruises are the same and you need to be aware of what they do and do not offer. For example some larger cruise ships won’t allow you to leave the ship, which is not going to suit everybody. This is not going to be a cheap trip by any means, so you need to make sure all your needs have been met.
Get some good equipment
When you go on the trip of a lifetime, you absolutely need some great gear to go with this too. To start with you are going to a place that can very cold and this means that you need some good clothing and shoes to get you through. It is however not so cold during summer, but it is still important to be prepared. I would highly recommend some good warm layers that aren’t too thick, waterproof boots, rucksack and trousers, and some good gloves, socks, a scarf and a hat. The best thing to do is to test everything before you go, because you don’t want to find out there that there are problems, which could make things quite unpleasant.
Another thing that I saved for and invested in was a DSLR camera, which was the best idea ever! I thought about my old camera and while it was still good, you don’t get the chance to go to Antarctica everyday so you might as well take some amazing pictures while you are there! I did a little bit of practice before I left as well, which meant my photos were pretty good when I got there. I have some amazing snaps from Antarctica and I will cherish them for the rest of my life. While we are talking about optics, it was also great that I took a pair of binoculars with me and it meant that I didn’t miss the most amazing things that Antarctica has to offer.
Keep healthy and fit
This was also another great thing I did before I went! I made sure that I was eating properly and staying fit with regular exercise. This helped me to deal with the change in weather very well. I know a lot of people that got a little ill because they were perhaps not so healthy and fit before the trip. Being fit also allows you to get the most out of your days and you can maximise the time that you have in a trip that you are most likely only going to make once! A big part of this too is visiting your doctor to make sure that you are fit and ready to travel, which is what I did. You can also use this as an opportunity to stock up on any prescription medication that you may need.