Pack well – it’s worth taking the time. If you don’t use something at home, you likely won’t need it when you’re away.
Pack as lightly as you can, while at the same time making sure you don’t forget any of the essentials for your trip, such sun block, any medications you may need or a good book. Consider what might make your trip more comfortable, such as ear plugs, a quick dry towel or a reusable water bottle.
Pack clothes that are comfortable and multi-purpose (noting that white is often best to avoid when traveling, particularly when going to off-the-beaten-path places). It’s always wise to pack things that don’t wrinkle easily. Last but not least, leave anything expensive or sentimental for you – that you don’t absolutely need – at home. Better safe than sorry.
If your itinerary includes the Amazon, you will want long sleeves and long pants for our outings – preferably cotton or “wick away”, to help keep you from overheating. Avoid any “sunscreen” clothing – it does not breathe and can cause serious heat exhaustion.
Some essential items we recommend:
- Long pants (at least one, preferably lightweight pair)
- Several t-shirts (include at least one long-sleeve)
- Sandals (waterproof recommended) – noting rubber boots will be available for EarthTreks’ hikes in both the Amazon and the cloud forest
- A light sweater or two (fleece always travels well)
- Some pairs of long, fairly thick socks (for use with rubber boots)
- A light rain jacket and/or rain poncho (fully waterproof), preferably with a hood – both recommended
- Your favourite hat
- Comfortable, supportive walking/hiking boots/shoes/sandals (options are good…)
- A bathing suit (even if soaking in the hot springs or swimming is not in your plans, it’s always better to be prepared, and it won’t take up much room in your luggage regardless)
- Insect repellent (recommended with DEET)
- Sunscreen (recommended: 30 SPF)
- A camera with charger & memory card (with LOTS of space for photos and videos!)
- Binoculars (optional, but recommended)
- A good flashlight with lots of battery life/spare batteries
- A few colour photocopies of your passport & travel insurance
- A towel (quick dry is easiest, and be sure to wash it if it’s new) – this is necessary at the hot springs
- A basic first aid kit & any medications you may need
- A day pack – a small lightweight backpack to take on day trips, that can double as a carry on to pack a few essential items (clothing and otherwise) in the unlikely event that you lose your luggage
- Zippered plastic bags (to keep things dry that you want to stay dry)
- A major credit card (or two), and bank card for ATM withdrawals (noting that debit cards must say PLUS or Cirrus on the back in order to work internationally) – as opposed to travelers cheques, which can be more of a hassle on many levels
- Some cash, including small bills, for when you arrive
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