Best Antarctica Gifts
Your best friend? Your brother? Your neighbor? You know someone going to Antarctica? (or even looking for a gift for yourself before the big trip?) Get something that shows you are as excited as they are about their Polar adventure (its is a once-in-a-lifetime trips after all). Below I’ve gathered small gift ideas – perfect for stocking stuffers or for any time you need a small gift for your polar explorer friends. Give them any of these and they will love your forever (its the small stuff that can make or break a trip).
Best Ice Cubes Ever
How can you resist this gift for your polar going friend? Basically you can’t resist. Perfect for the pre-trip party and then again for the party to share photos of the trip. After seeing a few hundred penguins this Gin and Titonic kit is exactly what you will need.
Weather Proof Journal
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Hard Cover Notebook, 6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″, Black Cover, Journal Pattern (No. 790F-LG)
There are apps and twitter and Instagram, but something about an Antarctic Journey and the lack of constant media and technology invites one to take pen to paper to record the immensity of the experience. There may even be times during the trip to site alone watching the icebergs drift and what better time to break out a journal and capture the moment. But, not any journal. The Rite in the Rain Journal is exactly what Nature requires – water proof – you can write on the paper when wet. It’s the book of choice for all whose work in the field from biologists in the middle of the Jungle to farmers in the field to military units in the middle of the dessert. These have been the go to all weather books since 1916.
All Weather Pen
Rite in the Rain All-Weather Trekker Pen – Black Ink – (No. 98)
If you bring a weather proof journal, then you need the best of weather proof pens. The Trekker Pen has pressurized ink, so you can write in the rain, upside down, or where ever you need to jot something down. It also comes with a very convenient key ring to attach to a backpack and a comfy rubber grip. And the ink will never explode in your pocket. This pen is a must have for travelers.
Rechargeable Hand Warmer. –
Standing on deck watching whales, sitting in the dinghy marveling at icebergs. But trying to take in all this beauty when your fingers are freezing? There is a simple solution – hand warmers. There are two type – the low tech variety that are cheap and easy, but only one time use or the latest versions that are charged by USB and can act as a back up battery bank as well. Which ever way you choose to go it will make watching those whales and icebergs infinitely more enjoyable.
Lip Balm with Sun Protection
Kiss My Face Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm, SPF 30, 0.15 oz SticksSpf lip balm
Lip balm with SPF is a MUST for all polar travelers. Most time is spent on the water or the snow two of the highest reflective surfaces in a part of the world with higher than average ozone levels.
Chums Classic Glassfloats Floating Eyewear Retainer, Sunglass Strap Floater, & Eyeglass Float | 2pk Bundle + Cloth, Orange
Sunglasses are a must – again for the sun and snow and water. But the reality is as you want to take great photos you take them on and off to see the view finder. The best way to keep track of sunglasses are with Chums. these that float – Just in case… and are a bright color so that you won’t lose them if you do happen to put them down!
Plug for Everywhere
A universal adaptor, while bulkier than a single use adaptor ensures that you are ready for where ever and whatever. Travelling to Antarctica one will pass through Chile and or Argentina. These two countries already have two different plug types. Once onboard a cruise ship they usually have European or American plugs. The only way to be ready is to have on adapter that has it all. This one also has USB slots as well.
Travel Med Kit
Adventure Medical Kits Travel Medic First-Aid Kit – –/–
A basic Med kit such as this one specifically for travelers has the basics of what you might need, especially on a polar cruise when you don’t have the option to walk down the street to the local pharmacy. The kit comes with the essentials for upset stomach (and other GI problems), for pain, plus blister care to keep you in your boots exploring the penguin colonies. This travel kit is slim and easily slips into a backpack or purse.
Its Antarctica. Its summer. There is light nearly 24/7. Hopefully the rooms have light darkening shades, but if they don’t? Eye masks are a simple must. This can often be overlooked, so do your Antarctic bound friends and family a favor and pick one up for them, so they can start their action packed day after a full night of restful and darkened sleep. This one is highly recommended for its comfort and darkening abilities.
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
The definitive Antarctic Adventure Story – make sure your friends have read Shackleton’s’ story. Drama, disaster, leadership, human perseverance. Its all there and its all real and everyone lives – its truly amazing. Get one for yourself as well if you haven’t read it yet. For more book suggestions check out our other two book guides: Antarctica Fiction and the Best of Antarctica Books
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