OK ladies, now lets get our packing materials in formation…
The Amazon Rainforest is an amazing place to visit, however, I felt unprepared when it came to fulfilling some items I thought of as necessities. World Adventure Trips gives great advice in their blog “Packing Guide: The Amazon Rainforest”, but as a girly-girl, I found that I needed to pack more things (of course). In the following lists I type out to you my checklists for an Amazon Rainforest visit, similar to WAT’s list but with a twist.
- Cargo pants that cover ¾ or all of the leg.
– Leggings make it easier for the mosquitos to get to you, but lets face the facts, they are cute to wear… so if you pack them just make sure they are not black or dark colors.
[Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, not only black, because dark colors absorb heat and lighter colors tend to reflect heat.]
- Baggy, lightweight shirts, especially anything sun protectant.
– For example: Omni-shade from Columbia or heat gear from Under Armor.
- 1 waterproof rain jacket and 1 poncho (poncho to carry in your bag).
– For example: Omni-tech rain jacket from Columbia.
- Shorts and/or yoga pants (time when you can wear black) and short sleeve shirts for bedtime.
– Note: The lodge runs off of solar panels and a generator, which is conserved during the night hours, therefore there are no fans in the bedrooms of the lodge. I suggest later in this article to bring a portable fan for that reason (don’t forget extra batteries).
- Socks: High socks to wear with rain boots and low socks to wear with sneakers.
The basic checklist for other girly needs.
- 1-2 pairs of sneakers/close toed shoes.
- 1 pair may get damp one day so you may leave them outside to dry while you wear another pair.
- 1 pair of sandals you don’t care too much about.
- Water shoes are not necessary but may be handy to you when you swim with pink dolphins in the unknown water abyss.
- Water canteen.
- Fill up canteen with clean water every chance you have and bring the canteen with you to the bathrooms to wash your face/brush your teeth.
- Hair ties.
- Hat (nothing specific).
- Lots of sunscreen and bug spray.
- Regular size backpack to carry with you everywhere.
- Mid-size umbrella.
- Great to have when/if it rains while you are on a boat/canoe and you can double-up on its use when the harsh sun is beating down on you.
- Trash bags/big zip lock bags for dirty/wet clothes.
- Recommend buying soap from El Chino Village to wash some clothes you want to wear again on the trip.
- Wash clothes in shower/sink at the lodge and leave hang to dry outside room. (Staff are VERY trustworthy)
- Portable fan, perhaps one that sprays water!
- Urination device.
- For example: GoGirl .
- Comes in clutch when you need to use the restroom a handful of times in the rainforest while on excursions.
- Biodegradable wipes.
- Fold-up duffle bag (fit in suitcase).
- Use this duffle bag to transfer with you when you sleep at the research center for 2 nights.
- Only carry necessities with you (I realize that can be a lot, which is the reason why I suggest a duffle bag rather than a backpack)
- You will take a small boat to the research center and cannot weigh down the boat with heavy luggage.
Out of the goodness of your heart….
While flying with LATAM Airlines, each passenger is allowed to bring two luggage weighing at 50 pounds each with no extra charge. Consider filling up spare luggage or any extra room that you may have with non-perishable food items/toys for children to give to nearby native village.
You may then replace the space in your luggage with homemade souvenirs you purchase from the locals :).
(Luggage fees vary by itinerary, please converse with travel guide for confirmation on extra no-charge luggage)
Article and post prepared by a guest in March 2017 – Brittany Smittle – Age 23 – Tampa, FL.