What to pack for the amazon...
It's so hard to come up with this list. My friends asked me multiple times to create this guide because we were so worried about not being prepared. So this list is born out of a lot of research!
When I packed for the Amazon, I used many different sites to create a list that I felt like would cover everything we would need for 3 days there. We visited in the DRY season during their winter (June/July). However, it was still in the 80s and rained everyday because, well, it was the Amazon Rain Forest! I can only imagine what it was like in their summer! Here is the list I ended up with for the Amazon.
See my previous post to see the kind of Amazon trip we took. We were definitely roughing it - no electricity or running water, hike in and out. Here is a video of what it was like hiking through the rain forest.
I worked as hard as I could to plan ahead and here is what I came up with for our trip and a few things we wish we would have brought...
- Head lamp and a flashlight for night
- Bug spray with 100% deet
- we tried other sprays - they didn't work
- Malaria medicine
- must get before leaving from a doctor
- 3-4 t- shirts (at least 1 long sleeve)
- Long pants for walk - loose so bugs wont bite you
- I bought Colombia dry fit pants and they were the best decision ever. They dried quickly and were loose so mosquitoes couldn't get to my legs. They also rolled up to capris. Here's a link to the kind I bought.
- 1 pair of pants for each day
- I brought yoga pants - easy to roll up and comfy
- Mike and Shafiq brought hiking pants like the Colombia ones I bought
- 4 pairs of socks
- Rubber Boots
- we bought cheap ones at Target, wore them on the plane
- Flip flops
- Raincoat (I brought a poncho that was super light weight and could dry fast)
- Water bottle (refillable)
- Blister pads (important when you are always wearing rubber boots)
- Citronella soap
- Pedialite, instant coffee packets from Starbucks, and propel to have something to drink other than water and juice + stay hidrated
- Itch cream
- simple first aid kit (bandaids, ibuprofen, antibiotic cream, immodium)
- Dryer sheets to keep in clothes
- Tide dryer sheets actually help repel mosquitoes - see research here
- 2 sleep outfits (sleep pants, sleep shorts, 2 tops)
- Go Pro
- I got a Go Pro specifically for this trip (I have the Hero 3+, it is about $250 right now)
- Extra battery packs
- Waterproof case for all electronics
- Hiking stick
- there are compressible hiking sticks that are easy to pack - our tour provided them for us, but we were VERY thankful we had them. Definitely recommend.
- cards, book to read, games to play
- journal to write in
Most importantly... Bring a spirit of adventure!
NOTE: We had to carry our entire packs in and out so packing light was key. We had large backpacking backpacks that we used for the full two weeks. We also bought smaller packs that we could carry while on this shorter trip and left our big packs at the hotel. I bought this bag from REI for $30 to bring as my short term back. It worked out great.
We were nervous about having to pack and go into the Amazon knowing how difficult it would be to get anywhere else, but it ended up being such a great time. We loved it!
What else would you pack for the Amazon? Let me know!