Remember your Antarctica school project? This was so long ago and you probably never considered that you might actually go to one of the most remote places on earth. Before traveling to Ushuaia en route to Antarctica, it is really important to ensure that you have every box ticked before you get on the cruise ship. This article will talk a little bit more about some important things to think about before you head out on the trip of a lifetime.
Get some medication
Packing some medication to combat nausea is extremely important. You will need this when crossing the Drake Passage, which can be quite a rough stretch of sea. Of course you could risk it and not bring anything, because sea sickness won’t kill you. It will however make the trip much more pleasurable and enjoyable.
Get your health checked
Before you go to Antarctica it is imperative that you are in good physical condition without any medical conditions that could potentially worsen in the harsh Antarctic climate. Seeing a doctor before you go should indicate any problems that you might have and the possibility for them to get worse. It may pay to mention to your doctor that you are heading to Antarctica for some extra tips and advice. Having said this you should also aim to keep physically active before your trip in order to keep in good health.
Ensure you are insured
Have you considered what would happen if there were some sort of emergency in Antarctica? In the event of this happening it is important for your pocket and peace of mind to know that you will be covered by insurance in the event of an emergency or evacuation. An evacuation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, which is much more than most people can afford. You absolutely need to speak with your tour operator about insurance and what is included in your tour package. If no insurance is included you will need to either find another tour group or research and book your own insurance.
Buy some good clothes
This is not something that you want to leave to fate and you should certainly be buying proper clothing and shoes well before you leave for Antarctica. If it is possible you should try and test the clothing and shoes before you go and this will ensure that you don’t have any problems when you actually get to your destination.