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Just how do you go about packing for a scientific diving trip to the Antarctic? Well, for me, it all started nearly 6 months ago with a visit to the British Antarctic Survey clothing store in Cambridge and a very warm dress-up session.


Get your kit-bag

Antarctica is the coldest and windiest continent on Earth. In these conditions, it is important to be properly dressed! I was led through this first challenge by the kindly guys at the British Antarctic Survey Clothing Store. On a very warm July day they selected everything i might need and even managed to keep a straight face while I tried it all on. My kit-bag is filled with all kinds of outdoor clothing for every eventuality - everything from socks to sunglasses and the all important layers.


Jen trying on Antarctic outdoor gear in the BAS clothing store


Box up your cargo

This is all of my scientific gear which could be sent out on the boat to Antarctica.The Natural History Museum and Heriot-Watt university equipped me with everything I could need to complete my scientific work including packaging for up to 4000 bryozoan specimens!


My cargo sets sail

Both my kitbag and cargo have already started their adventure - they were loaded onto the RRS James Clark Ross in July and carefully packed away for the following months at sea. The "icebreaker" was set to experience the whole range of temperatures during its journey South - travelling through the heat of the tropics as well as the icy temperatures of an Antarctic Spring. To stop my scientific liquids from freezing solid or exploding in the heat many of my packages were, perhaps counter-intuitively, safely stored in the onboard "fridge". They have arrived safely and are waiting for me in Rothera, Antarctica.


RRS James Clark Ross

Gather all the rest of your stuff together


The fun bit! Time to get all the new gadgets I need for my project, and of course thoroughly test them out. I have been well provided for by my generous sponsors and have fantastic dive equipment,scientific and camera gear which I have been trying out in recent months. I think I have pretty much figured out how it all works...



Shiny new dive equipment from my sponsor, Apeks

Pack everything else..


Jen's research is being undertaken as a collaboration between:
Heriot Watt University, Natural History Museum, UMBS, Millport, and the British Antarctic Survey.




Jen is funded by the NERC Collaborative Gearing Scheme and Heriot Watt Alumni Fund and sponsored by Catlin Group Limited, Apeks Marine and O'Three.