The Best Accessories For Your Polar Cruise
Many people who are embarking on polar adventure may be doing so for the first time and, therefore, it can be difficult to know what to take with you on such a trip.
From gadgets to gloves, here’s a rundown of the best companions on your polar cruise.
When exploring these icy landscapes, a good backpack is going to be your best friend. You will be carrying it for long periods on most days so it needs to be comfortable and big enough for you to fit everything you need for the day inside. One option that offers all of this is the AirZone Quest 27 from Lowe Alpine. The bag was recently named in Wanderlust magazine’s Gear of the Year list and has lots of positives, including the price.
At £80, features include plenty of pockets to store your valuables in (including one on the side for easy access), a rain cover and plenty of points to attach things to the outside. The 27 refers to the litres of space inside and the AirZone is a specially designed system that shapes to your back comfortably and allows it to breathe so you don’t sweat.
In the cold weather, a practical pair of gloves is going to be a great help. Not only do they need to be durable and keep your digits nice and warm, there’s a need for them to make taking pictures easy. Usually, mittens don’t solve this last problem very well, but the X-clusive II 3 Finger Mitt from Swany puts finger dexterity right at the top of a long list of impressive features. Not only do they look great, they also have wrist adjustments, a strap so that they don’t go wondering when you need to whip them off quickly and a loop to aid that all-important process of putting one glove on with an already gloved hand.
If you are somewhat of a glove purist though and you favour the traditional five-fingered option, you can’t go wrong with the Scott Snw-Tac 30. This comfortable fitting pair has an easy cuff adjustment, allows perspiration to get out but keeps precipitation from getting in, features technology to allow you to operate touchscreen devices with the glove on and has an attractive price of just £60.
Solar Charger –
Obviously, you will get the chance to power up all of your devices whilst you are on the ship. But, what if you forget? What if a long day of photography leads to your camera battery being beat? Or, what if your smartphone has a tendency to die quicker than you can say Kapitan Khlebnikov? A solar charger could indeed save the day and is a great thing to have in your backpack just in case.
One of the best options is undoubtedly the PowerMonkey Extreme 12V. It’s packing a whopping 9000mAh capacity Lithium Polymer battery and is your one stop charging station for practically all electronic devices. It’s sleek, compact, waterproof and, thanks to the upgrade from 5V capacity to 12V, you can now charge you SLR camera, sat nav and games console as well as your smartphone.
Even the most amateur of photographers will want to capture some of the amazing sights that you are bound to encounter on an Arctic or Antarctic cruise. If you are into your photography then you may already have all the kit you need, but if you are looking for a great way to take crystal clear pictures on your travels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is an excellent choice.
This compact digital camera will take faultless still and moving images with its 16.05 megapixels and ability to film in 4K (that’s ultra HD). It also has a fantastically fast response time of just 0.07 seconds, meaning you won’t miss those awe-inspiring moments that happen in the blink of an eye. What’s more, the camera is Wi-Fi enabled so that uploading your photos when you get home and making your friends jealous is a breeze.
Now you know all about the best accessories to take with you, why not give yourself an excuse to use them? We have a range of expedition cruises to the Polar Regions that will offer the trip of a lifetime. Speak to our team today to discover your next big adventure.