In the depths of the Amazon, you’ll find some of the richest varieties of life to be found on Earth. You’ll return from your adventure with a whole new perspective on the world.
As you prepare, you may be trying to figure out what to pack. You’re likely going to need to pack more than you think.
Depending on when you go, you may encounter more rain and mosquitoes.
Are you about to embark on an unforgettable Amazon adventure? Before you take flight, know that Amazonian weather is unlike any other. Read on to discover what you need to pack for your trip.
Keep Your Skin Covered
Pack loose-fitting clothing that will cover your arms and legs. Although the Amazon is incredibly warm, you won’t want to be exposed.
Cover up to avoid mosquito bites and sunburns. The suns rays are powerful near the equator so don’t take the risk.
Humidity levels in the Amazon are high so pack quick-drying fabrics, such as travel synthetic materials. These will help keep your body cool and dry. But, pack light because you’ll have to carry everything around.
Check with your travel agency to find out how many days you’ll be out in the forest, then plan accordingly.
Protect Yourself From the Sun
The suns rays will surprise you in the Amazon. Don’t wind up with sunburned eyes.
It is possible to get a sunburn on the cornea and whites of your eyes. It causes a sandy feeling in your eyes in addition to a burning sensation.
Like any other part of the body, a sunburn on your eyes could cause future health concerns. So, be sure to shield your face, neck, and eyes with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Refillable Water Bottle
Keep yourself hydrated so you can better enjoy the experience. Make sure you carry a refillable water bottle with you. You should also pack water purification tablets.
When you go on nighttime treks or just need to get to the other side of the lodge, you want to be able to see in the dark.
There are no city lights out there to help guide you so bring along a flashlight.
In the Amazon, you may not see another group of people for days, let alone an urbanized city. You don’t want to get caught injured and stranded in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
Medical help will not be immediately available. Prepare yourself for any minor injuries, such as cuts and burns.
Pack sunscreen, sunburn relief, painkillers, bandages, and diarrhea medication. Also, don’t forget to pack any daily medications you take. Now is not the time to risk living without it!
Keep Your Feet Dry and Comfortable
You can bet you’ll be doing a lot of walking on your Amazon adventure. Your hiking boots should be light and sturdy. Make sure they’re broken in before you start hiking through the rainforest or you could end up with painful blisters.
You’ll also want to pack some sandals to wear for boat rides and other aquatic adventures. Try to find some with a no-slip rubber sole.
Find a way to store all of your shoes after you wear them. That way they don’t get the rest of your belongings wet and dirty.
Socks, Socks, Socks
Let’s face it: Your feet are going to get wet.
You’ll be sweating and walking through puddles and rain. You’re not going to want to wear the same pair of socks for very long. So, keep this in mind while you’re packing.
You can never have too many socks! That way you always have a fresh, dry pair of socks to change into.
Rain Gear Is Essential for an Amazon Adventure
The Amazon rainforest is known for its heavy rainfall. It rains about 108 inches every year. You’ll probably see rainfall every day which means you’re going to get wet.
If you pack a compact rain jacket or poncho, you can limit how wet you get. Whatever you choose, it should be easy to pack and accessible.
Torrential downpours can hit at any moment without much warning.
It cannot be said enough how wet the Amazon is. If you neglect to waterproof your stuff, you won’t be a happy camper. Your stuff will get drenched and you’ll find yourself without dry clothes or shoes.
Put all your gear and clothing in dry bags. This will save you some unhappy moments.
Bugs are everywhere! You’ll probably wonder if you’ve ever seen so many bugs in your whole life.
Don’t be frightened — this is normal.
In addition to making sure you are current on all vaccinations, you will want to bring insect repellant. Mosquitoes can carry a variety of dangerous and different diseases.
Mosquitoes can still bite through fabrics, so insect repellant will offer an extra layer of protection.
Don’t miss out on any sights like the towering trees of the Amazon. Peek into the canopy to catch a glimpse of some amazing wildlife. You may get to see some of your distant relatives swinging from branch to branch.
Some of the wildlife in the jungle can be a bit treacherous. So, you may not want to get too close and view from a safe distance.
A Good Camera for Posterity
Bring a good camera to capture all the amazing moments you’ll encounter. This is a journey you won’t forget, but document it for posterity’s sake.
Break out those beautiful pictures at a Christmas party when you’re 85 years old and say, “Your grandma fell in some mud that day, but look how cute she looks.”
You’ll need to make sure that you keep it safe from water, though. Research the extra gear available to do so.
Have a Fun and Stay Safe
This is the opportunity of a lifetime and nothing can properly prepare you for the excitement of an Amazon adventure. Be sure to have a checklist handy so you forget to pack anything.
The absolute most important thing you can bring is an open mind and a sense of adventure.
After you get home, you’ll want to explore all over the world. Check out our travel guides to help you pinpoint your next exciting journey.