Packing Tips for New Zealand

My trip to Kiwiland was a challenge in many ways. It was my first solo trip, first time staying in hostels, and first time making my own itinerary (which was extremely exciting, for I love to plan things). Also a challenge because I forced myself to pack lightly! Now, after living out of a 36L…

Christchurch – ECW Gear Issue

Yay! Finally getting around to posting about the last few days. The day after we arrived in Christchurch (so, November 2nd) we reported to the Clothing Distribution Center (CDC) at the USAP section of the International Antarctic Center? to receive our Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear that will keep us toasty even in these sub-freezing temperatures.…

What to Pack for the South Pole

Antarctica is the driest, coldest, windiest, and the highest continent on Earth.  So I’m pretty much planning to dress as I did in Boston last winter. Here’s what I have ended up packing, keeping in mind that none of this includes my EXTREME COLD WEATHER (ECW) gear, which I will receive in Christchurch this weekend.…