Jungle Trek Kit List.
Travelling in tropical destinations is hot, humid, and wet - which is full of challenges in itself! You can use this packing list as a guide for getting the right gear you will need to take on your jungle trek. Being properly prepared will help make your trip enjoyable, keep your kit dry, and you safe from the tropical bugs & biting insects.
High factor sunscreen
Wash bag (a rolled, hanging one is best)
Document Wallet (preferably a waterproof one)
All purpose soap
Dry wash Bath/Sink plug
Insect repellent – Deet based
Bite Relief Click
First Aid kit (with sterile needles and blister pads)
Water purification and neutraliser
Travel Clothing is designed to be lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, quick drying and tough. Most are designed to have a high sun protection factor built in, added ventilation, and secret security pockets. It is almost impossible to stay dry in the tropical heat so make sure you have a ‘dry’ set of clothing for night time use that is stored in a dry bag during the day.
Men’s and Women’s Underwear
Long Sleeve Shirt
Short Sleeve Shirt/T-Shirt
Lightweight Waterproof Jacket
Lightweight Waterproof Trousers
Sleeping while in the 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 on a hammock, under a mosquito net, in a sleeping bag liner. There is more than likely though going to be nights you need the extra warmth of a sleeping bag. Down sleeping bags offer a lightweight and warm solution, though will not keep you warm if it gets wet. A synthetic bag is bulkier but will still keep you warm if it gets wet. Remember a Silk Liner is lovely to sleep in on its own but will also add about 5C to your bag. It is easier to clean than the sleeping bag however, and is small and lightweight.
Sleeping bag (1-2 Season)
Sleeping bag Liner
The choice of which bag to take on you travels is diverse. You can choose from a front loading pack that usually come with its own day pack, a top loading trekking pack or a duffle bag if you have lots of kit to carry. Check your main pack, as well as your day pack, comes with a rain cover and /or separate your gear with dry bags so you keep everything dry. Whichever bag you choose, make sure it fits you and your travel needs.
20-25 litre daypack (if your main pack doesn’t come with one)
Raincover and / or dry bags
Looking after your feet in the jungle is essential as like everything else, they will get a bashing and will be hot and sweaty whatever you wear! Waterproof boots or shoes will make your feet hotter so a pair that are well ventilated will be better suited. 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. As geeky as it sounds, socks are great to wear with your sandals in the evening to stop anything nasty biting you. Be sure to take extra care of your feet at night by making sure they stay dry and covered.
Walking Shoes or Boots
All of this information is downloadable in one handy PDF that you can get here!