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Carry On to Antarctica

I have made it back to McMurdo Station, Antarctica for a third and possibly a fourth season. I am working at the Mechanical Equipment Center this upcoming summer. If all goes well I will stay for the winter too.

You might be asking, “What do you take to Antarctica?” The short answer is: Anything you can carry or ship. Some folks send skis, bikes, 42″ 3D smart TV’s, and so on. I try to travel as lightly as possible. When you lose all but the clothes on your back in an earthquake in a foreign country, you tend to change your priorities and outlook on how to travel.

After two summer seasons under my belt, I have a pretty good idea of what I need to be comfortable. Not to mention I put some items in storage. The items I stored were mostly clothes. The items I shipped were snacks, books, and toiletries.

So what did I actually take with me to McMurdo Station, Antarctica? Have a look:

Carry-on Bag to Antarctica

Carry-on Bag to Antarctica

This is all I needed to travel with to get to Antarctica. The total travel time was 10 days. Here is a list of what is in the bag:

  • Miscellaneous toiletries
  • Electric razor
  • Fast drying towel
  • Eye glasses
  • Reading material
  • Watch
  • Computer peripherals
  • Cell phone
  • New Zealand wall outlet adapter
  • Fleece pullover
  • Rain jacket with hood
  • Flip-flops
  • Icebreaker Merino Wool underwear
  • Icebreaker Merino Wool t-shirt
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Instant coffee
  • Passport
  • Pens and pencils
  • Notepad
  • Contact lenses
  • Antacids

The items I took that are not pictured are:

  • Computer
  • Running shoes
  • Keen sandles
  • And the clothes I was wearing, of course!

So that is it. That is all you need to take with you when you travel to Antarctica. As I mentioned before, it does help to ship your other necessities ahead of time. It is just as easy when returning home. McMurdo has a US Post Office and you can use the APO in Christchurch when you arrive to send your goodies back home.

What is least amount you have traveled with while going great distances? Did you have drop zones or purchase items as needed? Share with us what you did to make travelling easy.

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