Rainy Season is ON guys!! It’s time to explore nature, maybe some new waterfalls or riverside, or a trek to some cliff which can energise you the whole year until next.
Trekking in a tropical environment is a hot, humid and wet endeavour, which presents a number of challenges to the traveller. For this reason, we’ve put together this ‘Ultimate Jungle Trek Packing List‘ as a guide to make sure you leave with everything you need for an enjoyable, safe and healthy trip!
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Though this one looks funny, it can protect you from the sun as well as rain when it comes. You can pick a normal hat instead if you wish.
There are other options as well but Lakme seems the most trusted brand. Choose a high SPF sunscreen. Go for Patanjali to save bucks and support make in India 😉
- Wash Bag (a rolled, hanging one is best)
- Travel Towel
- All Purpose Soap
- Bite Relief Click
- First Aid kit (with sterile needles and blister pads)
- Power Bank
- Head Torch or Emergency Light
- Water Bottle / Hydration System+ filtration
Nights in the tropical jungle can be as warm and humid as the days, although it can get quite cool before the sun rises. Most nights will be spent in a hammock, under a mosquito net, in a sleeping bag liner or a tent(depends on location). There are, however, more than likely going to be nights where you’ll need the extra warmth of a sleeping bag. Down-filled sleeping bags offer a lightweight and warm solution, though will not keep you warm if they should get wet. A synthetic bag is bulkier but will still keep you warm if it gets wet. Remember, a silk sleeping bag liner is lovely to sleep in on its own, but will also add about 5 degrees C of warmth to your bag. It is easier to clean than the sleeping bag too, is small, and takes up next to no pack space.
Looking after your feet in the jungle is vital, but can be tough. Regardless of what you wear on your feet, they’re going to get very hot and sweaty in the humid heat of the tropics, and may well get drenched in torrential rain or frost streams. For this reason, don’t go for a waterproof pair, as these won’t allow your feet to breathe as well as a better ventilated, non-waterproof pair. Plus you’ll be able to dry out non-waterproof boots far more easily than waterproof ones, which act to hold the water once soaked.
As with all shoes and sandals, make sure you leave plenty of time to choose the right pair for you and your feet, as blisters can be painful and unnecessary. Be sure to take extra care of your feet at night by making sure they stay dry and covered.
As geeky as it sounds, socks are great to wear with your sandals in the evening to stop anything nasty biting you.
Comment if you found this helpful. Feel free to drop suggestions or ask any questions. Trek Hard 😉 !!