Packing Essentials

It’s time to get ready for your adventure! To help you prepare, please find below our guide on what to bring with you on your upcoming voyage.

Polar expedition jacket

Complimentary Expedition Jacket

You will receive a complimentary expedition jacket (and an insulated inner jacket) at the start of your voyage. These can be worn in combination or as separate pieces. We also offer a complimentary loan of Muck boots during the voyage. If you have any questions regarding sizing requirements, please speak with our expert team prior to your expedition.


  • Waterproof Trousers: A light pair of waterproof nylon trousers is critical for keeping you warm in wind, and dry on the Zodiac.
  • Fleece Jacket: A 200-300 weight fleece is ideal, or another warm Jumper would be suitable.
  • Warm Trousers: Ski, tracksuit or polar fleece pants are suitable to wear under your waterproof trousers Jeans are not suitable to wear as an under layer.
  • Thermal Underwear: Medium thermal underwear, leggings, long sleeve shirt, and socks are essential. Polypropylene fibres are warmer when we than Sikor wool Sportwool wool sprayed with synthetic is also ideal. We recommend singlets, three tops and two bottoms minimum.
  • Woollen Jumper: Ideal to wear as an added layer over your polypropylene thermals.
  • Socks: Bring a mixture of thick and thin socks to test for the best combination to keep your feet warm.
  • Gloves & Mittens: A pair of polypropylene or woollen gloves covered with a waterproof glove such as ski gloves or industrial fleece-lined rubber gloves. We recommend you take two pairs.
  • Headwear: Please bring your preferred choice of headwear to keep your head warm. We recommend a beanie or a cap with earflaps. A neck warmer or scarf is also essential for protecting your neck and face.
  • Footwear: Warm comfortable shoes for onboard the ship Make sure they have good grip for the outside decks. Slip on shoes or moccasins are ideal for indoors. For health and safety reasons, please wear enclosed shoes in public areas while onboard the ship.
  • Waterproof day pack for excursions and landing
  • Money belt – ensure that it is discreet and comfortable to wear
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes

First Aid

  • Basic first-aid kit
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication – we recommend carrying this in your hand luggage at all times
  • Moisturiser for wind and/or sunburn
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm


  • Passport: Check the validity of your passport. Please note; most countries require a minimum passport validity of 6 months in order to enter or transit
  • Photo or copy of passport
  • Travel insurance – ensure that it will be valid for the entire journey
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Photographs of the contents of your luggage, particularly special/expensive items such as cameras, laptops and tablets etc
  • Passport photos for identification passes and certain overseas visas
  • Airline tickets and itinerary
  • Foreign currency and/or debit/credit cards
  • Debit/credit card cancellation phone numbers
  • Emergency contact numbers


  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing from ship and in national parks
  • Camera with spare battery and memory cards
  • Dry bag or plastic bag for camera
  • Laptop for image processing and other data use
  • USB stick to share photos with fellow travellers
  • Padlock with security or smart code
  • International power adaptor
  • Voltage converter
  • Power board for charging multiple devices
  • Small torch
  • External hard drive for storing downloaded images
  • Spare pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • Ear plugs (especially if you are sharing a cabin)

We hope you enjoy a true Aurora experience of a lifetime and we can’t wait to have you join us. 

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