As my guide would often say, “they don’t call it the rainforest for nothing” and one of the most recommended things to take to the Amazon Rainforest and on any Amazon Jungle tour is raingear.
Raingear: After trying a few different types of rain jacket, my preference was a simple but durable poncho and pair of rubber boots. If you want to be bone dry, I also advise to take some waterproof trousers.
If you’re going to the Amazon Rainforest and really don’t like the idea of getting wet, you could also take some waterproof or quick-dry socks, which are on my list of things to try when I return. My boots always had a habit of filling with water due to unforseen circumstances… If you’re planning on camping, take some talcum powder to dry your feet when back at camp.
Cooling Clothing: The other feature of Amazon jungle weather aside from rain is the amount of sunlight, which means rainforests are very humid. To keep as cool as possible the recommendation is to take loose-fitting short and long sleeved shirts and pants. Not only will this keep you cool but the loose fit makes it harder for mosquitoes to bite.
Mosquito Repellent: Mosquitoes are a nuisance wherever you travel in the tropics. Remember to take mosquito repellent, preferably a natural option rather than DEET or pythrethrin. Eating garlic and vitamin B1 helps. If you do get bitten, there are products to relieve itching and my recently discovered miracle worker is Tiger Balm, although there is a large amount of personal preference.
Sunscreen: As you are close to the equator, we recommend sunscreen (less atmospheric protection from UV) and of course a canteen or water bottle.
Brimmed Hat: Another item to take is a brimmed hat, mainly for travelling to and from hiking spots in an open topped boat; it also has the additional function of protecting your head when you fail to duck under that dangling vine or fallen tree.
Swimwear: Remember to take a bathing suit, as one of the most relaxing things to do after a long day’s hiking and wildlife watching is to swim in the cool welcoming water.
Vaccinations: Like any tropical area, ensure you have visited your personal G.P or medical professional before undertaking the trip so you have all required medication. Different areas of the Amazon are more prone to yellow fever and malaria than others.
Medkit: If you do get sick, you will thank yourself for packing a travel med kit. These are one of the best investments in any trip to the tropics. Due to unfamiliar bacteria in food and novel hazards, you may get sick at some point.
Med-kits are available from a travel doctor or you can ask your local doctor to make one up for you. What you require is dependent on where you are going, what you are doing, and how long you a planning to stay.
Med kits usually consist of general medication for headaches, stomach aches, inflammation, nausea, diarrhea, rashes, and also include pain killers. They usually come with bandages, band aids, iodine, and latex gloves.
A quality med-kit will also include a booklet for quick self-diagnosis and treatment if professional help is unavailable. Additionally, you can take water purifying tablets and sterile needles (to ensure sterility of equipment in the unlikely event that you are hospitalized).
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Flashlight: Many of the best Amazon jungle tours are located far from civilization and lack a constant supply of electricity, especially at night, so take a flashlight with spare batteries. Some extra batteries will also impress your spouse or family if you’re lucky enough to find a battery operated room light.
Mosquito Net: Most quality lodges in the Amazon Rainforest will come with a mosquito net as standard in the bedroom, but to make sure you don’t get caught out, I advise purchasing your own mosquito net. They also come in handy if you get caught out in the wild unprotected (speaking from personal experience).
Toiletries: If you can find them, we advise bio-friendly toiletries to cause minimal damage to the pristine wilderness. You may decide to go camping and end up washing yourself in the pure river water.
Additional: Our final suggestions are a daypack or small backpack, binoculars, and a camera or camcorder for observing the abundant and diverse wildlife.
If you have an interest in photography, you don’t even need to take a camera on our photography tours as all gear hire is included.
Is there anything else you would find useful to take? waterproof bags? waterproof camera? An insect-proof bubble? Leave your comments below for other ideas.