We will come to your hotel at the specified Gear Check time to review your clothing and equipment.
On the afternoon before your Antarctic flight we will schedule your Luggage and Equipment Pick-Up time. We will weigh and collect your checked luggage at your hotel at the specified time. Your checked luggage allowance on the flight from Punta Arenas to Union Glacier is 55 lb. (25 kg). Any checked luggage in excess of this amount will be charged at $30 USD per lb. ($66 USD per kg). Payment must be in US D cash.
For the safety of our staff, individual bags must not weigh more than 66 lb. (30 kg) each. All luggage must comply with international air transport regulations. Fuels or other hazardous substances are prohibited on flights to Antarctica. Sharp objects (e.g. multi-tools, Swiss Army knives) are prohibited in carry-on luggage. Carry-on luggage will be screened by airport security personnel.
Luggage will be collected the day before your flight to pre-load the aircraft to be ready to depart as soon as the weather is suitable on flight day. You will not have access to your checked luggage until you arrive in Antarctica. Do not put anything in your checked luggage that you might need during your stay in Punta Arenas or during the flight (e.g. passport, medications, cameras, sunscreen, and money).
You will keep your carry-on luggage and polar clothing (base layers, jacket, pants, gloves, hat, eyewear, & boots) with you. If you rented a sleeping bag from us, it will be delivered to your tent in Antarctica.
You can leave a bag at your hotel with your city clothes and other items you do not wish to take to Antarctica. We will provide luggage tags and ask you to fill out a form describing the left luggage in case we have to move the bags to an alternate hotel upon your return to Chile.
You are invited to a Welcome Briefing in Punta Arenas the night before your Antarctic flight. At the briefing, we will describe the flight dispatch process, update you on the current weather, and prepare you for your arrival at Union Glacier. Please stay to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and meet the other guests that will be traveling with you.