Packing List

PACKING LIST

  • Extra luggage can be left in a locked storage room at your hotel for no charge.
  • Valuables can be left in a safe deposit box at your hotel (typically $1/day).
  • It’s best to leave all jewelry at home.
CLOTHING

Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments, socks
  • Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain racket and pants or rain poncho
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (and cover up for women)
FOOTWEAR
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks
BAGGAGE
  • Suitcase or duffel (20kg/44lb max for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and gear (ziplocs work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
ELECTRONICS

Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone
  • Batteries, chargers
  • GPS (for, Geocaching)
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Electricity adapter
SAFARI
  • Strong binoculars
  • Quality camera with long lens
  • Wide brimmed hat with strap
  • Animal and bird guide books
  • On your safari, take along any items you need for the day in a separate day pack: sunglasses, camera and video (lenses, batteries, disks, tapes), binoculars, water, snacks, bandana, hat, wet-wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Camping safaris: Sleeping bag
TOILERIES
  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissue
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Q-tips
  • Sewing kit
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics
FIRST AID

You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin
  • Bandaids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat losenges
  • Vitamins
  • Diahrea medicine
  • Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)
DOCUMENTS
  • Document organizer
  • Passport
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary
  • Medical insurance card
  • Address book
  • Business cards
  • Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), travelers checks’ numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion’s luggage and email them to yourself (or Google Docs).
  • Yellow fever certificate and vaccination records
BEACH
  • Swimsuit and cover-up
  • Beach sandals
  • Reef shoes (for sharp rocks and coral)
  • SCUBA/snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)
  • Underwater camera
OTHER
  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape
  • Matches or lighter
  • Clothes line, sink stopper, detergent
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Salt, pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)l
    • Steripen, water filter, iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
    • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and markets
KIDS
  • Games, toys, books
  • Swim toys
  • Gifts for local children
GIFTS FOR GUIDES, LOCAL PEOPLE
  • Shoes, t-shirts, hats, warm clothing
  • Nerf football, frisbees
  • Candy, energy bars
  • Pens, school supplies
PACKING FOR THE FLIGHT
  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books/magazines
  • Toiletries (3 ounces/container, 1 quart clear bag)
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (empty through security)
  • iPod, MP3 player
  • Cell phone
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
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