Preparing for a Once in a Lifetime Trip to Antarctica
Going to Antarctica is indeed a trip of a lifetime. There were only a few thousand people who have been there since the elusive continent was opened for tourism. Back then, only scientists have access to the place and are there throughout the year for research purposes.
Apart from the distance, the cost of getting there is also quite high. Therefore, if you wish to give it a try, you need to prepare well for it. This might not happen again, so you have to make the most of it.
Prepare your travel documents
Usually, you will leave for Antarctica from Chile or Argentina. Check if your country needs a visa to enter these countries. Technically, no one owns Antarctica, so there is no need to prepare a visa heading there. There are a lot of flights heading to Santiago or Buenos Aires which are your first ports of entry before heading to next place going to Antarctica. If you partner with an agency, they can help you arrange these details.
You must be of good health
You cant bear the temperature in this part of the world. If you are not physically doing well, you need to suspend your plans for a while. Your health condition coupled with the extreme weather might not bode well for you. The place is isolated and there are not a lot of medical experts out there to help you in case of an emergency.
Just like you trip anywhere else in the world, you need to get insurance if you are traveling to Antarctica. It comes with a huge risk so you need the best possible insurance with extensive coverage.
You need layers and layers of clothing before you head to Antarctica. It is best if you bring waterproof and windproof clothes. You also need sunscreen and sunglasses since the sun could reflect strongly with snow. The key to avoid having a lot on your luggage is to wear a lot of them.
Dont forget your electronic devices
Check the plugs used by the vehicle that will take you to Antarctica so you will bring the right charger. To avoid having your devices wet, place them in a plastic bag that can be sealed. You also need to bring a UV filter for your camera to prevent condensation on your lens.
Prepare for the voyage
It takes time before you reach the continent. Therefore, you need to prepare for days of boring travel. Once you arrive there, you will feel really excited, but not with the weather that can drop down to -8 degree Celsius. The weather might not be friendly upon arrival and you cant commence your trip.
Follow the guide
Usually, trips to Antarctica are arranged by agencies. Whatever happens, dont stay away from the group. Follow instructions carefully and dont dare do things without permission. The place is huge and isolated, but there are a lot of non-human creatures there that could threaten you.
Hopefully, these tips will prepare you for this adventure. Most of all, dont forget to have fun!
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