Clothing & toiletries

Shelves on clothing and equipment
Station clothing store (Photo AAD)
Expeditioners roping up near rock backgroundExpeditioner struggling to reach tent in blizzardClose up of expeditioner with iced up hood and face protectionExpeditioners repairing automatic weather stationExpeditioners Mike and Billy dressed in wet weather clothing suited to Macquarie Island's unique weather

The AAD issues all the clothing you will need to carry out your work.

You should use it for the purpose for which it is designed. The clothing is expensive and it is your primary defence against the cold, so it deserves careful treatment. Use overalls for rough work to protect more fragile garments.

Sewing machines, zip-fasteners, cobbler’s kits and darning materials are available at the stations and everyone is expected to carry out basic repairs to their clothing.

Clothing represents one of the greatest items of expenditure for the AAD.

There is a small clothing store at each station with a limited range of items to replace lost or damaged articles. Replacements of worn items will be permitted when the station leader is convinced that the worn articles have suffered reasonable wear and are beyond normal repair.

Toiletries such as toothpaste/brushes, talcum power, soap, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, razor blades, boot polish and brushes and waterproofing compound are freely available to all on station from a central store.

Expeditioners who prefer to have their own particular brands of toiletry items should purchase their own supplies before departure.

Women should check with the Expedition Liaison and Training Coordinator (ELTC) regarding sanitary items for a voucher to purchase their own preferred sanitary items.

This page was last modified on 22 February 2011.