Equipment & Clothing - Polar Hiking & Snowshoe Walking

As conditions can change rapidly, make sure you have clothing and equipment suitable for the worst weather.

Important personal clothing and gear to bring (required):

- Ankle high, sturdy hiking boots for the walks and for wearing snowshoes
- When wearing hiking boots, it's best also to wear gaiters (gamaschen)
- 25 litre rucksack
- 1 litre water bottle
- Thermal underwear
- Fleece vest or jacket
- Down jacket or spare fleece jacket
- Breathable (e.g. Gore-tex®) jacket and trousers
- Trekking trousers
- Warm fleece hat
- Turtle neck (neck gaiter)
- Thermal under gloves (fleece finger gloves)
- Warm gloves (mittens)
- Thick hiking socks (plus spare socks)
- Thin under socks (against blisters)
- Sunglasses
- Sun cream / sun block
- Straps to tie snowshoes on backpack
- Waterproof bag (for camera equipment), especially for in the zodiac
- "Pee" bottle (for Antarctica only), e.g. wide opening Nalgene bottle (special
  ones for ladies are available is most outdoor shops)
- Blister plasters

Optional items:

- Hiking / walking poles
- Binoculars
- Thermos bottle

The following items will be provided onboard:

- Insulated rubber boots with good profile for zodiac landings and walks (on
  select voyages only)
- MSR lightweight snowshoes (on select voyages only)

Please Note...
Cotton clothing such as normal t-shirts and jeans are not advisable as cotton tends to get wet and will consequently remain wet while hiking in a cold environment.  Therefore we recommend thermal underwear and special hiking trousers instead

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