First: TAKE THE TRIP TO ANTARCTICA.
It is unforgettable. Spend as much time on the bridge of the ship as possible. Go to all of the lectures. Meet new people. Seeing a place free of pollution, garbage, and hunters was fantastic and helped shape my opinions on environmentalism. – Stephen Kohn
If possible, take your laptop and blank DVDs. Not only can you view and back up your own images, but many an hour was spent on our voyage sharing images with others on board. Be prepared for changes in the proposed itinerary, it's only given as an example, really. - Judith Bewell
Certainly take time out to see some of the places en-route, whether it is Buenos Aires, Ushuaia and the surrounding areas. It takes a long time to get there so make the most of it. – Mike McCormack
Summer in Antarctica is not nearly as cold as one might expect. We often were too hot with gloves and hats on. Conditions were like a cold, windy day in the mountains. Due to the low humidity, one should always take a water bottle to stay hydrated. - Barbara Wilson
Don't take your climbing/hiking boots unless you are doing something serious. The snow is soft and wellies/gumboots are fine even for moderate hill climbs. You need the latter for getting ashore anyway. - David Oates
Set your expectations high and you still won't be disappointed because nothing prepares you for a trip to the Antarctic, South Georgia and The Falklands. The latter 2 are well worth taking in. Do not skimp on this vacation, of all the vacations you will ever take.
- James Keaney