Who Am I?
After two years working in the Middle East I have money in the bank and itchy feet. I'm on a mission to visit every continent in the world and experience as much as possible while I am there.
An adventure to the frozen continent
Planning for a trip to Antarctica is serious business. Especially since there are no gift shops on the continent and no turning back for another pair of socks. This has been exacerbated by the fact that I have just returned from two years living overseas (in the desert no less) and essentially have to start from scratch. One concern I have with this trip is that I hate being cold. I can think of nothing worse than being in the snow but feeling too cold and miserable to enjoy it. Therefore, I spared no expense ensuring that I have the right clothing for the job. It was also essential for me to have good camera gear with more than enough memory and charge because I intend to take an absurd amount of photos of icebergs and penguins and whatever else I find. Anther important consideration was sea sickness medication as the trip crosses notoriously rough waters and while I don’t normally get motion sickness, the only boat trip I have been on before crossed the Bass Strait so I won’t be risking it. Instead I visited my GP and politely asked for something that will definitely do the job if the need arises.
So here is a bit of a run down on what I’m taking with me,
Other Important Items
Along with some necessary summer clothing for South America and toiletries my luggage weighs in at a paltry 13.5 kg. Not bad for an amount of clothing that entirely fills my backpack. Also, with a luggage allowance of 23 kg for my internal South American flights I am left with almost 10 kg extra weight to fill (for the inevitable spending spree, what was that about gift shops in Antarctica?). One good thing about cold weather gear these days is that its unbelievably lightweight. I remember back to the old days of big, thick woolen jumpers and big, heavy walking shoes. Of course the real test will be on that first day I get off the boat and onto dry land. I’ll never need to buy cold weather gear after this, that’s for sure!