Packing Tips for Expedition Cruises

There are several things to remember to bring along with you when you are coming on an expedition with us.

To make packing a bit easier, we have drawn up a packing list, covering both polar waters and expeditions in warmer waters such as the crossings of the Atlantic Ocean, South America, and in Europe. If you should forget something, don’t worry! On board all our ships you will find a shop with a wide range of clothes and practical items.

  • Be sure to bring your passport, as well as a copy of it.
  • On board it’s smart to wear ordinary shoes.
  • Bring a memory card with a large capacity – there are sockets in the cabins to recharge photo equipment.
  • The dress code on board is relaxed and casual; you are not expected to dress formally for meals.
  • Extra shoelaces are also a good idea.
  • Bring a good pair of binoculars.
  • A small waterproof backpack is necessary for carrying essentials.
  • Sun protection, including sunglasses with UV filter lenses and lip salve with UV protection. Dry, cold wind and sun often cause chapped lips.
  • Money in the correct currency; remember, our ships also accept several credit cards.
  • Bring sufficient medication to last through any unforeseen delays.
  • You will receive a wind- and water-resistant jacket as a memento, except on MS Nordstjernen.
  • Rubber boots are available on loan, at no extra cost, aboard all expedition ships, except MS Nordstjernen, MS Maud and MS Otto Sverdrup. 

We have partnered with Ship to Shore to provide you with a gear package that is suitable for any of our destinations. You can build your own package or choose from curated destination-specific clothing and equipment packages that have been built based on experience in these destinations.
View these packages here.

Expeditions to polar waters – this includes Antarctica, Svalbard, Greenland, Arctic Canada, and the Norwegian coast.

  • Warm winter jacket
  • Wind- and water-resistant trousers and long thermal underwear and top (we recommend wool).
  • Warm cap or headband
  • You should also bring swimwear to for use in our on-deck whirlpools.
  • Scarf or fleece tube
  • Warm woolen sweater and fleece or jacket; remember, layers are essential.
  • Sunglasses with UV filter lenses.
  • Gloves and mittens, fleece, and wool.
  • Warm socks
  • Bring extra batteries for your camera, as battery life is shorter in cold areas.
  • Shoes with good soles are recommended for outdoors, on deck, and for excursions ashore. Make sure they are worn-in walking boots.  

Expeditions to warm areas – generally, the Amazon and the areas around the equator are hot and muggy, but during the evenings, it can cool down quite a bit, especially if it rains. Fast-drying clothes that can be layered work best.

  • Inexpensive rain poncho
  • Sandals or shoes you don’t mind getting wet
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat
  • Light jacket (water-resistant) that will keep you warm on a cool evening or dry during a sudden downpour.
  • Swimwear, both for use on beaches and on the whirlpools on deck
  • Short and long-sleeved T-shirts with UV filter
  • Sunglasses with UV filter lenses
  • Shorts for warm days
  • Trousers for cooler days
  • Insect repellent with Deet
  • Anti-itch cream for insect bites