While teeming with life and incredibly diverse vegetation, jungles represent the most extreme and hostile environments for human beings. Explorers are constantly wet, experience little light, pestered by insects and lack food and water supplies. It is especially important to be well-prepared physically, mentally and in your kit when doing any expedition in jungles and rainforest.
Please note, this list is intended as a guide; some expeditions will provide kit. You should check with your provider to see what they will be providing so that you don’t carry any unnecessary additional weight. Further, from your own experiences you may want to change the quantity of items we recommend, or add or remove your own preferred items.
Always do a medical check-up before you go, including dental. If you take any regular medications ensure you inform the expedition leader.
Before embarking visit your physician and ensure that you have been recently vaccinated for the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow Fever (South America, Africa)
- Japanese Encephalitis (South East Asia)
Equipment List - 3 Day Expedition
Lightweight, quick-drying and covering as much as the body as possible - your clothing for the Jungle should protect you from insects and the sun, while be tolerant to the constant damp and wetness of the jungle.
- 3 x underwear
- 2 x lightweight trousers
- 1 x shorts
- 2 x long-sleeve shirts
- 1 x short-sleeve shirt
- 1 x poncho
- 1 x mid-weight fleece/down jacket
- 1 x waterproof trousers
- 1 x gaiters
Equipment should be light and packed away for easy access. You can practice packing similar items together using ziplock bags and waterproof bags. The point is to get used to where you keep items so that when you are tired and need them, you don’t unpack everything to find what you are looking for.
- Travel Pillow
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag liner
- Face Mosquito net
- Travel Pack of 30-50 liters with rain-cover
- Waterproof bags
- Water canister/hydration system
- Water filtration tablets
- Wide-brimmed sunhat
- Waterproof Sunscreen
- Travel towel
- Waterproof document wallet
- All-purpose soap
- Strong DEET insect repellant
- Bite relief click
- First aid kit
- Chafing cream
- Head torch
- Travel adapter
- Multi-tool/survival knife
- Medical Kit
- Trauma kit
- Blister kit
- Infection (Gastroenteritis, UTI, tooth infection)
- Skin (dermatitis, mosquito bites, abrasions)
- Muscolo Skeletal (blisters sprains,
- Anti-inflammatories & pain killers
- Antibiotic ointment and eyedrops
- Steroid Cream
- Blister Pack
- Set of simple plasters
- Anti-diarrheal, anti-colic, anti-nausea
We recommend not using waterproof shoes as these will struggle to dry after inevitably getting wet. Instead, opt for boots that are designed to drain water quickly and easily.
We also recommend bringing sandals along during the evenings to give your feet a rest. Wear socks with them to stop insect bites.